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9/22/13: NICA Cloud City Challenge, Leadville, CO

Sunday was the second installment of the 4-race High School MTB Series, the Cloud City Challenge up in Leadville. Unfortunately all but the middle waves (freshman and sophomore boys) got wet. Here are a few from the freshman and sophomore DI/DII boys. Click the following if you’d like to see the entire set of images from the 2013 NICA Cloud City Challenge.


9/8/13: NICA Snow Mtn. Ranch High School MTB Race #1

A few from the first race of the High School MTB season, from Snow Mountain Ranch, near Granby. A hearty thanks goes out to Primal’s John Hutchinson and all the volunteers who put on a fantastic race, marred only by the fantastic thunderstorm that hit about 2 laps into the Varsity and JV races. Feel free to check out images of Golden High School competitors in particular.


4/8/13: Double Encore and Xcellent Creations merger

I recently completed a project of corporate headshots for two Denver mobile app developers, Double Encore and Xcellent Creations. With 42 employees combining under the Double Encore branding, the company intends to be a top-choice partner for leading brands, with clients like Major League Soccer, JetBlue, and iBike.

Prior to their merger becoming public knowledge, I went to each company’s office and photographed all employees, duplicating the lighting and background so that all images could be utilized in their new website,, which was launched on March 26, 2013. Images can be found on both their Leadership and Team pages, a screengrab of which is contained below:



1/17/12: Some Conceptual Studio Work

I spent some time in the studio completing a self-assignment which consisted of photographing some backcountry and outdoor gear using low-key lighting and background. One subject in particular proved a challenge in lighting, and here are the results (quippy tags thrown in just for the fun of it):


10/2/12: ISS Lunar Transit photographed from Golden, CO

At 6:35 AM this morning, the International Space Station made a somewhat rare lunar transit which was observable here in Golden, Colorado, passing in front of the moon just before sunrise at a distance of about 730 km.  Images were captured using a tripod-mounted Canon EOS 7D, with EF70-200/2.8L IS lens + 1.4x TCII. Planning for this event took quite a bit of time and effort trying to minimize as many possible confounding factors as possible. I’ve adding details to the bottom of this post if you are interested in background and planning information, including some of the various apps I used.



ISS lunar transit at 0635 on 10/2/12, Golden, Colorado

An image of the International Space Station making a lunar transit at 0635 on 10/2/12, Golden, Colorado. This iamge represents ~3.75 seconds, and the ISS is approximately 740 km to the west.



ISS lunar transit entry at 0635 on 10/2/12, Golden, Colorado

An image of the International Space Station ‘entering’ the lunar disc at 0635 on 10/2/12, Golden, Colorado. The moon’s Mare Tranquillitatus (the ‘Sea of Tranquility’) serves as the contrasting backdrop on the last easily visible image of the ISS (at left).



ISS lunar transit at 0635 on 10/2/12, Golden, Colorado

A closeup image of the moon as the International Space Station makes a lunar transit at 0635 on 10/2/12, Golden, Colorado.




Some Background on Planning and Methods:


I started planning for this shoot about a week ago, when I was alerted via that the ISS would make a lunar transit, with Golden placed right near the line of intersection. I didn’t get too serious until about three days ago, since long-term weather forecasts tend to be rather marginal beyond about 5 days, and conditions for optimal astronomical ‘seeing’ are far more specific and complex than just a nice, clear night.

As the date neared, I watched CalSky’s refined predictions of the flightpath of the ISS in comparison to the location of the moon; the path was, at its nearest, 5 km from our house, so it wouldn’t be logistically difficult to plans for changes at the last minute. The path I needed to locate myself on was approximately from Hwy 93/64th extending southeastward to the I-70/Hwy 58 junction.

CalSky centerline prediction


The only bad part about this particular transit was the time of day, a bit too close to sunrise for optimal twilight conditions. I had planned on using two cameras, one for the moon, the other a wide-view time-lapse of 30-sec exposures that might have been either composited into a single image, or compiled into a time-lapse. Due to the sky being too bright from the rapidly rising sun, the images aren’t usable for either endeavor, although you can see the ISS trail in the sky. Oh well, I knew it wasn’t likely to work out perfectly.


Picture with iPhone5; gives a rough idea of how light it was.


The close-up images of the transit, however, I assumed to be a bit more straightforward to plan for, since the ISS would be illuminated by the sun against a relatively dark sky. I went back and forth, debating whether I should rent a 500/4 lens, but I considered the $100 ‘gamble’ to be unsavory, since I can’t control the weather, despite how hard I try. So, I decided to ask my neighbor John if I could borrow his Canon 7D body, since the 1.6 crop factor puts more pixels on the subject, even though my camera is higher resolution. He agreed from London, and I owe him one!


StarWalk app


Even though I am a devoted raw file shooter, I decided to shoot JPEG, since the buffer depth at 8 frames-per-second is greater than the 9 seconds of continuous shooting time that I wanted to capture. Shooting raw, most cameras need a break to process after about 3 to 4 seconds, not enough to capture the track of the ISS across the entire frame of the image. Precise focus and tripod stability were the main criteria for this aspect of the shoot, along with forgetting about the ramifications of the fact that I only have one remote shutter release, which meant I’d need to ‘manually’ trip one of the camera’s shutters. I chose to go manual on the telephoto setup, since I’d only need to shoot continuously for about 9 seconds, after which I could forget about that camera. It did cause some post-processing headaches, since I then had to register (align) the images for the time-lapse sequences (even with a tripod, just lightly touching a camera using a 448mm-equivalent lens causes significant movement).

The last decision to make was in regard to exposure, and three aspects could prove critical to image quality: exposure, lens aperture, and ISO setting. Not having done this before, I was guessing at how fast the shutter speed would need to be to freeze an object traveling at 17,000 mph, even if it was 460 miles away. I settled on 1/1000th of a second, which worked well enough. Lens aperture vs. resolution is pretty well-established among experienced photographers; any lens stopped down approximately 2 to 3 stops from wide open will be near its sharpest. However, there is a tradeoff here in that stopping down for increased resolution will require either a slower shutter speed to offset the change in exposure, or increasing the ISO to do the same, both of which could decrease sharpness in the image. Since I’d ‘randomly’ decided on 1/1000th for shutter speed I decided to stick with it, so I decided to test only for ISO vs. f/stop settings. Having owned a 7D, I knew quite intimately its tendency toward–we’ll say ‘enhanced’– luminance noise characteristics, so I knew my goal would be to keep ISO as low as possible, given the circumstances. After tens of thousands of sports images, I like and trust my Canon EF70-200/2.8L IS lens, even with a 1.4x converter at 200mm, so decided to roll the dice and shoot wide open. The result: 1/1000th at f/4.0, ISO 400; trusting some serious gut here, new terrain that it is.

A 40-pound backpack and five hours of sleep later, I found myself hiking under a nearly full moon to a hilltop where I thought the best composition for the wide-angle shots would be. CalSky’s final prediction last night moved that location from 500 meters north of the centerline to only about 200 meters, fortunate luck given that predicting paths of satellites in comparison to planetary bodies at altitudes other than sea level gets rather complex.


Satellites app


Once set up, I stoked up the ‘Satellites’ app on the iPad and started the wide camera shooting, and watched the WNW horizon for the first sign of the ISS which was due to break the horizon at 6:30. The ISS came into the frame of the telephoto rig at 6:34:59, and crossed nearest the center of the lunar disc at 6:35:04.37, close enough to the prediction of 6:35:04.09 to be precisely accurate. Being only 200 meters off of centerline , I’m not sure why the transit didn’t get closer to the center of the lunar disc, but I assume it is related to CalSky not taking into account elevation at the observing point (not sure about this though, have read differing opinions).

About all you ever wanted to know and more about threading a needle in Earth’s orbit, eh?

Enjoy the images!


PS: While testing the lens/body setup last night, I had a random encounter with something as the  moon was rising; I’ll post a tidbit on that later, when I’m not so tired… :)


SolarWalk app


First light, 10/2/12 after shooting ISS lunar transit

First light of the morning, after shooting the ISS lunar transit on 10/2/12. The two most critical items of the shoot? F-Stop Tilopa BC to carry everything, and coffee to enable me to carry everything!



9/14/12: Print Commemorating President Obama’s visit to Golden, CO.

A couple of people have asked about obtaining a print of the President speaking in Golden, so I am making available this image as a Commemorative of the occasion. Please click the icon below the image to access the sales page if you are interested (please, only order 12×18″, 16×24″, or 20×30″ sizes; remember to add ‘Standout Mount’ as applicable).


Commemorative print, President Barack Obama in Golden, CO 9/13/12





9/13/12: President Obama in Golden, CO

Today was quite the day here in Golden, where I had the honor of photographing the President of the United States during a speech in Lions Park, about a mile from our house.

“Hello, Golden! You know, this is just too pretty. I don’t know how you guys get any work done around here.”

It was a mere 4 days ago that most of us learned that the President would be visiting Golden, apparently for the first time since Ulysses S. Grant. Colorado was merely a territory back then, so today was indeed a special day for both the City of Golden, and Jefferson County. And for me, as I was truly honored to be able to cover the event for the City of Golden Police Department. Fortunately yesterday’s frontal rain had passed, and left 8400 of us with both clean air and beautiful blue fall skies.

Below find a selection of images from this historic event; regardless of political affiliation or views, I sincerely hope you enjoy the images, at least more than the ‘lady’ in the last image.



Oh yeah, I almost forgot! After 10 minutes or so of shaking hands with people in front, President Obama turned to leave, but then stopped and returned to the media bleachers and shook a few hands. Mine happened to be the last before he disappeared into the tunnel…



9/8/12: Jessica Redfield Ghawi giveSPORTS Equipment Drive

On Saturday I had the pleasure of covering the Jessica Redfield Ghawi giveSPORTS Equipment Drive, which started at the Pepsi Center.

As many of you probably know, Jessica Redfield Ghawi was one of the victims of the Aurora movie theater shooting; she was an avid sports fan and journalist passionate about service. She had a vision for collecting donated hockey equipment to distribute to victims of the 2012 Colorado wildfires, but her aspirations were tragically cut short on July 20, 2012. Her family decided to realize her dream, and worked with Kroenke Sports to expand the project to accept donations of all types of lightly used or new sports equipment, which A Precious Child (a local non-profit organization) is to distribute to fire victims in the next several weeks. The donation drive was a spectacular success, with nearly the entire trailer full of donated items of all sorts. Abundant media was present to cover the event, which was also attended by several Denver Nuggets and Avalanche players, who stepped in to lend a helping hand. Once the truck was loaded at the Pepsi Center, it proceeded to A Precious Child’s office in Westminster where scores of children, firefighters, and adults alike were present to offload the truck into their storage facility.



5/20/12: The 5th Annual Gallop at the Grove

The 5th Annual Gallop at the Grove 1k/5k Run was held on Sunday, May 20, a fundraiser for Maple Grove Elementary School here in Golden. This is my fifth year donating time to cover the event, and as usual, the weather was a spectacular bluebird day here in Colorado. 16-year old Liam Meirow from Frisco, Co won the overall with a time of 17:02, while 15-year old Tabor Shull from Kremmling, CO was (once again) the fastest female with a time of 18:34.

For those of you who ran the race and would like to purchase race images, you can find them posted on my sales portal:

2012 Gallop at the Grove Race Images

A few captures from the day’s festivities follow…