Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Delicious Panzano's...

Hungry??  So was I when photographing these culinary works of art!!  See more of Chef Elise Wiggins' impossibly delicious creations at Panzano Restaurant in the gorgeous Hotel Monaco, right in the heart of downtown Denver.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Architectural Photography Portfolio Presentation

This slideshow offers a glimpse into my authentic, albeit indirect path and approach to my work in architectural photography -- a path which included many years in architectural design and a passion for landscape photography.

Included are photos of many GORGEOUS architectural gems in Colorado and the southwest! Enjoy!

Music: Zero 7, "Salt Water Sound"

Friday, November 5, 2010

Celebrating Autumn's End in the Mountains...

Fall in the mountains carries quite a weight for us crazy photo types.   My eyes often suffer an exhaustion of consumption after a gorgeous day of shooting.  I remember some autumns past, when upon the last leaf's falling I would breath a sad but honest sigh of relief... the pressure to capture dramatic light on fleeting color was gone.

This autumn I have been so busy shooting real jobs (for which I am hugely grateful!) that I have not had as much time for fun landscape outings, but I did manage one trip up to the Maroon Bells, and thought I'd share just a few of my favorites.  Hope you are all having a lovely fall '10!

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

McClure Pass Panorama

(click image to see larger)

My wide angle lens was recently rendered temporarily out of commission in a job-related tripod incident...

I might have normally pulled out that wide lens for a shot such as the above, encompassing such a vast expanse of scenery.  However, on the heals of my 16-35mm being sent to the shop, Outdoor Photographer's George Lepp inspired me (at this past week's first annual Telluride Photo Festival - I'm already excited for next year's festival!) to take out the 70-200mm and create a panorama from 7 different vertical shots (something I haven't done for a while).  Check out the above image by clicking to see it larger (although this is still a low res version).  What a satisfying experience to make a crisp, high resolution image with an older Canon 5D that would print over 4 feet wide!

The patterns up there were truly gorgeous... what an interesting fall, with some patches still green, and others completely bare already.  Here are some of the details that are in the panorama:

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Macro Food Photography

Denver architect Gosia Kung of Kung Architecture, recently commissioned me after seeing some of my macro floral work, for a super fun (and educational) assignment, to create artwork for the walls of a Vietnamese restaurant she is designing.
Every part of this project was fun for me, from shopping the Asian market, to composing and shooting, to getting creative in the kitchen with the "leftovers" (food which did not wilt under the heat of the lights).  These ingredients are so luscious and sensual... I had no idea there was a natural edible color such as the hot pink of a gorgeous Dragon Fruit, nor did I realize you could cook with fresh turmeric (quite tasty).  My cutting boards will never be the same!
Pho-natic is scheduled to open early August at Colfax and Grant, across from the Capitol Building in Denver.  I can't wait to check it out!

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Art Dress by Nicole Finger

Nicole Finger, an incredibly talented painter (and lovely person) from Telluride, Colorado, asked me to photograph her this past weekend wearing the fruits of her latest passion, couture painting.

It began last year with an original creation for the Ah Haa Auction: a bold safari themed dress which she modeled during the live auction, adorned with a huge, live snake draped across her shoulders!

This year's spectacular dress (the second in what I certainly hope will be a long line of Nicole's art dresses!) takes a retro and artful turn, its inspiration being Gustav Klimt's "The Kiss."  The fabric is intricately painted with shimmering colors and then hand jeweled.

The piece will be auctioned during the live auction part of this Friday night's annual Ah Haa School "Artopia" fundraiser in Telluride.

Sparkles beautifully in late afternoon Colorado light... and on such a gorgeous artist!

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Fireworks... Denver Style!

Denver threw their first official fireworks party this past weekend - sponsored by the Civic Park Conservancy - and it was a HUGE success!  The Colorado Symphony Orchestra performed a classic July 4th concert, the skies cooperated beautifully (nice rainbow over the Capitol appeared right behind us) and an estimated 25,000 people came out for the show.

For some reason, I think it is positively adorable how much Denver loves their City + County Building; the colored lights on the facade are part of their annual winter Holiday Show.  They made for a creative and original complement to the spectacular fireworks!

Already can't wait to see what they do next year!  
Denver Rocks!!

Friday, July 2, 2010

Lake Front Residence, IL

Recently travelled to Chicago and photographed a house for my mom, a hugely talented interior designer who just finished up work on this recently completed beautiful lakefront home.  Classic details and incredible light made it a joy to experience (and photograph!).
I could live in the kitchen alone...  Enjoy!