July 2015 - Bens Viewfinder

July 12th, 2015 - Infinite Sand

We visit the Great Sand Dunes again today with honestly one of my favorite shots I took on this whole trip. I really don't know what it is about this shot that I love so much, but just overall the simplicity and subtlety of the shot is what makes it so great to me. I love all the clear lines leading everywhere and the the gradual roll to the dune along with the gradual gradient of the shadow coming from the left. Add in the couple of clouds in the sky to break everything up and you have what I feel is a very beautiful image. I am going to keep this short today and let you get back to enjoying your weekends. Enjoy my friends.


July 11th, 2015 - Delicate Arch

Today we head back to Arches National Park and visit Delicate Arch. Although I am very in love with the super panoramic shot I took of the area of this arch, I really wanted to get a closer up shot where the whole focus was on the arch itself. You really get to focus on the details of the rocks and marvel at how this beautiful thing stays standing. There are no safety barriers or fences around this thing, I literally walked right under it and looked up at it. Sadly there are people who climb on it, even though it is forbidden. I wonder how many years this beautiful monument has left in existence, but I am sure glad I got to see it in person before Citi s gone. Turned out to be a beautiful morning to shoot and the sky was beautiful and interesting which really helps the shot. Hopefully you are all having a great Saturday. Enjoy the shot my friends.


July 10th, 2015 - Hot vs Cold

We visit Colorado again today and are back at the Garden of the Gods. You are looking up at Pikes Peak here in the photo and I took this not only because I enjoyed the way the rocks framed the mountain, but the kind of cool contrast of hot vs cold. It was probably roughly 90 degrees where I was standing and I later drove to the top of that mountain and it was in the mid 30's. It was super nice of the clods to move in for me. When we had first arrived at the park there almost wasn't a cloud in the sky. I don't mind taking some photos without clouds, but I tend to think they make a photo more interesting. The shot also kind of gives you a nice sense of depth and distance which is nice. I will keep it rather short today and just say happy Aloha Friday to you all and I hope you have amazing weekends. I am hoping to finish a really cool shot for you for sunday but if not I have lots to share still!


July 9th, 2015 - Time Lapse Fun

For fun I thought we would do a time lapse video instead of a regular photograph today. I will say I am not the greatest video editor, but I loved the people wandering through on this. This was shot at the Great Sand Dunes in Colorado. I was waiting for the sun to drop lower in the sky and figured I would do this to fill some time. Enjoy.


July 8th, 2015 - Mesa Sunset

We visit Mesa Arch for the second time today with a bit different of a shot than I have shared before. If you haven't seen the first one, go back to the website and check it out. That was an 8 shot stacked pano shot, this is a single wide angle shot. If you look at the two they have very different effects on the eye and how you view the scene. This is why I I don't mind publishing multiple photographs of the same subject. I love the super warm harsh sunlight that is hitting just parts of this photo as it set behind the big hill behind us. This is another cool natural landmark that the state department has decided not to mess up by putting up safety rails and what not. It is just naturally there for you to see how it should be. I enjoyed getting to include a bit of the gorgeous sky in this shot too, which shooting with the wide angle afforded me the ability to do. Well I am off to do some cooking for the wife, I hope you enjoy the shot and leave me some feedback.


July 7th, 2015 - Long Shadows

We are gonna keep it simple and short today with another shot from the Great Sand Dunes. I don't know why, but I just think this shot tis so cool. I know it isn't and epic landscape or anything, but I love when things showcase how cool light can be. You also get a sense of how big some of the dunes we were hiking on were. This is my wife and I trekking on our way down to a smaller dune as the sun was going down. Kind of reminded me of a Salvador Dali painting. Anyways, sorry for the kind of late post. I hope you are all having a great Tuesday and we will return to regularly scheduled programming tomorrow.


July 6th, 2015 - Dynamic Desert

We are back at the Great Sand Dunes today for a photo that I expended a lot of extra energy to try and take. Once we had hiked way up the dunes and were already exhausted I saw this little dune off in the distance that I thought would make for a great shot, so instead of coming back down the easy why, I walked way out to this area and took this shot. I just love all the levels going on in this shot both in physical distance and levels of different light. I also love the transition from sandy desert to forest mountains to snow cap summits. An extremely diverse landscape to say the least. This was pretty late in the day so I had some really nice shadows on the peaked dunes and the cloud rolling over the mountain side adds a nice dark shadow which I think looks very cool. Hopefully you all enjoy the shot as much as I do and hopefully your weeks are off to a good start. Enjoy and we will see you tomorrow.


July 5th, 2015 - Canyonlands Sunset

Today we share one of the coolest and most unexpected sunsets I have ever photographed. I had stopped at this location to photograph the sunset but had set up and was planning on shooting this significantly different. I was using a different lens and zoomed in on the canyon you see in the middle of the photo. But as the sun was setting the sky just exploded into this insane fiery glow. What you see is not photoshop tricks, this is honestly what it looked like while standing there. I photographed this just after taking the shots of the Mesa Arch. It goes to show that it is nice to have a plan when out photographing sometimes, but being ready for anything that comes up is always important. I am going to keep the post shorter today, enjoy the sunset and the rest of your holiday weekend friends.


July 4th, 2015 - Top of the World

Well happy 4th of July my friends. I don't have any fireworks photos for you this year so instead I will give you a view from atop the world. This shot was taken on top of Pikes Peak at over 14,000 feet above sea level. Now I didn't have to hike this one, they are nice enough to give you a road to drive all the way up. It is a bit of a scary drive, but a very fun one. They hold sprint races every year up this mountain and after seeing what the road looks like with my own two eyes, I can certify that the people who race it are crazy! As you can see though the scary drive is definitely worth the trouble, you can just see forever. It was roughly 85 degrees when we were at the bottom of the mountain and it was roughly 38 degrees where I stood to take this. If you take away the few stops I made along the drive up, it takes about 45 minutes to drive all the way to the top of the mountain. Last thing, if you noticed the railroad tracks on the bottom right of the shot, those are from a little train that will run passengers up and down the mountain if you don't feel comfortable driving. Enjoy the shot and your 4th of July my friends.


July 3rd, 2015 - Rock Cathedral

We are back in Arches National Park today with a shot of an awesome rock formation that I am calling the Cathedral. This is not its actual name and I honestly am not sure what its real name is. After doing our morning hike to Delicate Arch we kind of drove around the byway through the park and stopped at a few places and took photos and this was just off the road. It seriously almost looks like some of these formations were created on purpose. They just have such interesting placement and shapes. It was still early enough in the morning that I got a few interesting shadows on them which was nice. I think when I took this shot thought it was already over 100 degrees out. There were bad heat warnings all over the region. I absolutely love clouds in the sky like these. So wispy and light. They look super awesome at sunset and sunrise too. Well enjoy our little photo for the day and we will see you again tomorrow. I am off to do some snorkeling today.


July 2nd, 2015 - North Shore Sunset

We take a break from shots from Colorado and Utah today with a shot I took last night on the north shore. We had some new friends invite us over to enjoy their beautiful bit of paradise and some snacks along with some good company. I got to learn some cool stuff about some of the other islands in Hawaii and some hidden cool gens here on Kauai. You are looking down the north shore here on Kauai on this shot. The beach down below me is the not so secret beach that everyone knows about. I love little light shafts coming off of the few clouds in front of the sun. What was kind of cool was literally as the sun set, the moon rose behind us just massive and full. Then to ad the cherry on top the Jupiter and Venus planets were bright in the sky right next to each other. Made for an awesome evening with some new friends. Enjoy the sunset and the rest of your Thursday my friends.


July 1st, 2015 - Catching my Breath

So here is today's deal. I am posting two versions of this photo. One in color and one in black and white and the one with the most votes will be the one that stays. I know I don't do this very often but I honestly can't seem to decide on this one. Both have merits I enjoy in them. If you are viewing this on the website, the color version is on the front page and the black and white is in the June daily photo area. Now the photo itself was taken at the top of the Hoosier pass trail we hiked the day after arriving in Breckinridge. We had originally planned to take it easy and just go up an easy part of this trail and turn back after an hour or so. Before we knew it though we were pushing ourselves to the very limit to get to the top of this little summit in the shadow of Mount Quandary. When I took this photo I was standing at over 12,000 feet elevation. Considering 36 hours earlier I was at sea level, I was struggling to catch my breath. Shortly after taking this shot a thunderstorm started setting in on the mountains behind us and we had to haul butt down the mountain. The effort and the view was so very worth it though. Enjoy the shots and make sure to like the one you want or leave me some comments letting me know what you enjoy. Tomorrow I will remove the losing photo from the site. Thanks everyone!


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