Five New Years Resolutions for Photographers

Improve your Photography in 2014

Commit to photograph a minimum of once a week.

  • Photograph subjects that are available to you.
  • Something in your home, office
  • Use your iPhone or digital camera.
  • Make it easy for you to keep this commitment

Buy a bunch of flowers and practice at home, or on your lunch break.

  • Use your iPhone, smart phone or digital camera
  • This is NOT about great photos, but like any sport, you need to practice seeing.
  • Don’t complicate this one, KISS (Keep it simple, stupid)

Selfies are the easiest subject, go for it.

  • Include some hint of your location in the frame, a “sense of place”
  • Sitting at your desk, on your coffee break, lunch
  • No need to share if you’re shy, this is about practicing using your camera

Upload your photos to your computer, tablet

  • At the end of 2014, you’ll be glad you can see your improved skills
  • Share with your friends
  • Share on your blog
  • It’s fun to get comments as your vision improves in 2014

Once a month, go out and make a day of making photos.

Nothing improves my photography more than practice
If you’re serious about your desire to improve then give yourself the gift of time

 

Join a Photo club
Take a class
Go spend money on that piece of gear you’ve been drooling over
Take a workshop, spend time with other photographers who love to be behind their cameras. (shameless advertising, www.kitfrost.com)

 

 

 

 

Winter Landscape Photography

Let it snow…Let it snow.

I live in Durango, Colorado, where winters are long, beautiful and the locals get really excited about “powder” in the mountains.  Once the storms have hit, I like to wait a day for the roads to be plowed (they always are cleaned up quickly heading north to Durango Mountain Resort).  I drive up along 550 North out of Durango for my take on the Winter Wonderland.

What do you think?

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Early winter, late fall snow. Haviland Lake, Durango ©Kit Frost

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Directly across from Durango Mountain Resort Ski Area. I love this pond. ©Kit Frost

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The Hermosa Cliffs, north of Durango, with Haviland Lake. ©Kit Frost

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My favorite seasonal view, Pigeon and Turret peaks, shrouded in early snowfall. ©Kit Frost

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I often frame a tree in the foreground, and loved the “weight” of the snow on this fir tree. Clearing clouds over West Needles. ©Kit Frost

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When working on a composition, I will often move around the see if left or right tree is better. ©Kit Frost

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Spud Mountain, A familiar, local, landmark in the West Needles. ©Kit Frost

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Version 1, clouds clearing over the Twilight peaks. ©Kit Frost

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Version 2, clouds clearing over the Twilight peaks. ©Kit Frost

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The Hermosa Cliffs, and Castle Rock. ©Kit Frost

Winter morning Haviland

Another view of the West Needles, Twilight peaks, clearing storm. That’s Haviland lake at the bottom of the frame, with 2 foot of fresh snow. ©Kit Frost

 

Colorado Fall Colors

I thought it would be helpful to show some examples of past years’ color display in Southern Colorado, for folks out there planning a trip to Southern Colorado to capture and enjoy the fall colors.

These are screenshots taken in Lightroom 4 so you can see the image data in the top left corner.

Ajax Mountain and Telluride, Sept 23, 2006

Ajax Mountain and Telluride, Sept 23, 2006 ©Kit Frost

 

9000 foot views South of Rico, October 1, 2010

9000 foot views South of Rico, October 1, 2010 © Kit Frost

Lake City, Colorado.  Lake San Cristobal and surrounding peaks. October 10, 2006 ©Kit Frost

Lake City, Colorado. Lake San Cristobal and surrounding peaks. October 10, 2006 ©Kit Frost
Near Durango Mountain Resort, October 8, 2011 ©Kit Frost

Near Durango Mountain Resort, October 8, 2011 ©Kit Frost

 

Red Mountain Pass, September 25, 2008 ©Kit Frost

Red Mountain Pass, September 25, 2008 ©Kit Frost

What I learned doing this research:

  1. Be ready anytime in late September through Mid-October for Colorado Fall Foliage to change color.
  2. Be prepared for snow (and cheer for it)
  3. Bring raingear, snowgear, gloves and a warm hat (this past Friday it was about 20 degrees or less up on Dallas Divide).
  4. Get out and STAY OUT.