Friday, May 24, 2013

Long Lived the King

Yesterday around 9:15 in the morning, I was on my way out to our job site when i got a call from a co-worker to get down to the Champion Cottonwood right away because it was on fire!!! 

For those who don't know, The Champion Cottonwood of Boulder County is (was) North America's largest Plains Cottonwood Tree.  Standing over 100 ft tall and over 9 ft thick, the cottonwood tree was guessed to be 150 years old.  For a cottonwood tree, that's friggen ancient!! 

I arrived on scene to a whole mess of fire fighters, open space staff, and county sheriffs all trying to assess what was going on, how it happened, and how to put out the smoldering tree.  I was given a hard hat and told to start documenting.  

This series of shots are of the hardworking staff of Boulder County and other local fire departments working hard to put this fire out quickly.  

To view these shots in higher quality and larger please visit my gallery at 

- Mike

Saturday, May 18, 2013


I just found out how to issue coupons through my website!  I've created a few codes to give people up to 60% off on all of my prints!

For 35% off  your entire purchase enter the coupon code BCClohrphoto1 at check out.

For 60% off your entire purchase - Visit my facebook page at and click "like"  - Mention this blog post and I will message you a code for 60% off all prints!

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Friday, May 17, 2013

People in the Landscape

I absolutely love being outdoors.  This is reflected in most of my photography.  Studio and portrait shots... not really my thing (as far as photographing that style for myself).  I definitely consider studio work and portrait photography a fine art, and a tough one to master don't get me wrong.  And I respect anyone who loves to shoot that style, but having people in my photograph... It's just not for me.  HOWEVER!!  There is one exception to this preference of mine.  A time when I actually prefer people in my shots. That scene is when someone is in your shot, they are still the subject of your shot, but they have a vast landscape before them!  So vast that although they are still your main subject, and "supposed to be" the main focus of your shot, they are small and give scale to the vastness of the landscape.  

By showing that scale with a human being, I feel that everyone who sees your photograph is not only given that sense of scale, but can relate to the person in that shot.  I feel that they can identify, and put themselves into the vastness of that scene giving your photo so much more impact and connection with your viewer.  

Below are a few shots of mine that demonstrate this technique.  One of them is from inside of a barn, It's not a vast landscape but it still is a cool setting that can connect you with the person inside of the barn.  

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Mid May Update!!!

I have been slacking on my blog updates!  For this I am sorry... to me... and to who ever else reads this... which is probably close to everyone on the planet.  Everyone is just very shy, I know.  It's ok, I understand.

Anyway! The end of last month was nuts!!  We were ending up with a 6" snowstorm on a weekly basis!!  I guess that's not unusual for April in Colorado, but after such a warm, dry winter here it was definitely a (pleasant) surprise.   The late snow ended up resulting in a few end of the Winter season snowy photography opportunities for me, and I took full advantage!

These last 2 are my personal favorites of the last minute snow storms.

It's warming up now however and everything is getting SOO green!!  It's almost time for infrared photography season again.  This year I am even considering getting myself a set of really nice neutral density filters.  They will be good for capturing lightning and making for some silky water shots in the middle of the day when I don't typically shoot photos on account of the light being a tad harsh.  

Anyway - This is a photo blog and I doubt you came here to read my rambles.  So here are some more spring time photos/photos I've taken since my last post!  


Also I have gotten in my first ever photo workshop experience (leading them) recently!!  This past saturday I led a class of 17 people on a free photography workshop/hike. It being my first one, there were a few hiccups and I learned a ton about leading workshops, but I would be silly to think that there wouldn't be some learning curve with leading a class and teaching.  It was an amazing class, a beautiful day, and I learned just as much about teaching as I hope I taught about photography.  

Anywho - Happy May!!  

Thunderstorms, Infrared Photography, and Warm Nights for Stars!!!  

Time to get shooting!