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New Black and White Adventure: Formations

Larry Weidel


While photographing Pike's Peak, I became fascinated with these rock formations.

They remind me of how wet sand forms when dripped from the hand of a child building castles. I noticed clouds were moving in and decided to see what would appear. I waited, camera in hand, hoping the clouds would cooperate by entering the frame in an aesthetically pleasing way.

The clouds soon covered the entire sky. Interesting, but not what I was going for. I took a few shots, but it wasn’t what I was after.

Then, moments later, a smaller cloud passed in front of the blanket of clouds in the back that mimicked the rock formations. I couldn't believe it! And that's why this photograph was born.

New Abstract Reflection: Aspen Dream

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 Aspen Dream

Aspen Dream

Home to ski resorts and breathtaking scenery, Aspen is in a remote area situated in the Rockies.

Full of exciting adventures and an abundance of mountainous terrain covered in Aspen trees, it has a deep appeal to many.

Spending time there is a photographer's dream.

The vast landscapes change with each season and each day brings new opportunities for exploration and inspiration.

New Landscape: Majesty, Maroon Bells, Aspen, CO

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 Majesty, Maroon Bells, Aspen, CO

Majesty, Maroon Bells, Aspen, CO

While flying through the upper Maroon Creek Valley, a shaft of sunlight broke through the clouds to illuminate a grove of Aspen trees.

As I quickly focused my lens to capture the remarkable scene before me, the pilot informed us he was going to have to turn around and head back to the landing zone. The fuel was approaching dangerously low levels.

Determined to make the shot, I pleaded with the pilot for an extra 60 seconds. He said 10 seconds and that was it.

As he started to bank right, I managed to frame and capture this amazing moment.

Later the co-pilot joked that he was scoping out a clearing for an emergency landing. Luckily we made it back to the landing zone safe and sound, apparently running on fumes.

When I look at this image, I am struck by the beauty of the valley with the magnificent Maroon Bells shrouded by mist in the background.

New Landscape: Storm Rise

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 Storm Rise

Storm Rise

In the West, afternoon clouds slowly build up in the summertime—sometimes bringing massive amounts of rain, lightning, and flash floods.

Thankfully the rains did not come on this particular day, but what did grace the skies was an ethereal formation of clouds, heightened by the interplay of light and shadow.

I had been stalking a small herd of pronghorn antelopes hoping to gather some wildlife images.

As I turned around to grab a different lens from my camera bag, I glanced up and was astounded by the incredible illumination of clouds. I had been so focused on the pronghorns that I was unaware of what was happening in the sky right over my shoulder.

The light conditions were superb, a rare combination of atmospheric conditions and a strikingly beautiful cloud composition.

New Abstract: Blue Notes #2

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 Blue Notes #2

Blue Notes #2

If you are familiar with my work, you will know that one of my recurring themes is that beauty is all around us—sometimes hidden, sometimes in plain sight.

Fascinated with the patterns of bark and various types of moss on this tree trunk, I created a compelling composition of colors and natural elements.

The intricate details of which come alive when this image is enlarged.

NEW MoMA Series

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Visit to the Museum of Modern Art

Creative, witty, and educational, the MoMA series is a comment on the confusion the average person experiences when confronted face-to-face with dramatic statements of world-renowned abstract art.

You know you're looking at something everyone says is universally respected and praised, but you have no idea why. 

One of Bob Dylan's lines seems appropriate here, "You know something is happening, but you don't know what it is, do you, Mr. Jones." 

Click over to the MoMA Series to see the full series. From the series page, click on the first image to enlarge it to full screen. Then click right to go through the images. 

NEW Highlands Bowl Series

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Aerial Views of Highlands Bowl

Highlands Bowl is where the experts ski, and even they have never seen aerial views like this. 

A bucket list item for many, Highlands Bowl is arguably the most intense skiing in all of North America. The summit, which is only accessible by foot, descends from a peak of 12,382 feet.

What makes these images unique is the vantage point. There's simply no outcropping or higher peak anywhere around where you can really see what the climb to the ridge looks like.

Even if you are one of these rare people who have the billy goat-style stamina required to make this 45 minute trek carrying skis, snowboard, and/or backpack, you still never really walk over any spot that will allow you to get these same views. 

The helicopter, on the other hand, changes everything and makes all of these views possible. 

What made this day spectacular was the fact that it was the third weekend of March, which historically has the most skiers in town and we had just had a big snowfall the previous week. So the conditions all came together on this crystal clear, snow bird Colorado day. 

They say every day is different on the mountains, and this was one of the most spectacular. We were very fortunate to record it. 

View the Full Series

To see the full series, click over to the series page.

Since these images look spectacular in black and white, we also created a black and white Highland Bowl Series, which we call Highland Bowl B&W.