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The Sawhill Ponds Landscape

Posted By David Mendosa On October 10, 2012 @ 6:08 am In Photography | 1 Comment

Sawhill Ponds Wildlife Preserve [1], one of my favorite places to photograph birds, is less than 10 miles from my apartment in Boulder. I’ve gone there dozens of times, but never before did I focus entirely on photographing the landscape instead of wildlife.

This morning I had the opportunity to learn from Boulder’s most renowned landscape photographer, Chris Brown [2]. He presented a program, “Fall in the Rockies: Landscape through Photography,” at Sawhill Ponds that the City of Boulder Open Space and Mountain Parks department offered. I have known Chris for years and treasure my autographed copy of his book, Path of Beauty: Photographic Adventures in the Grand Canyon [3].

Chris led me and about a dozen other students of photography along two trails that I had never taken on any of my trips to Sawhill Ponds. When I mentioned that to him, Chris said that he had never taken those trails either. He told me that they just felt right to him today.

He was so right.

The temperature was a chilly 36 degrees and heavily overcast when we arrived and only warmed up to 45 degrees by the time we left three hours later. Since we found our scenes only a short distance along the trails, we didn’t even get the chance for much exercise to warm us up. But in compensation for our cold hands and noses I not only got some photographs I would have otherwise missed but also earned much from Chris about photography, particularly about exposure, focus, and composition.

Panorama of One of the Sawhill Ponds (Canon 7D with 18-200mm lens at 18mm, f/16, 1/180, ISO 400) [4]

Panorama of One of the Sawhill Ponds (Canon 7D with 18-200mm lens at 18mm, f/16, 1/180, ISO 400)


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A Pond in Fall Below the Rockies (Canon 7D with 100-400mm lens at 100mm, f/16, 1/125, ISO 400, -0.5 ev) [5]

A Pond in Fall Below the Rockies (Canon 7D with 100-400mm lens at 100mm, f/16, 1/125, ISO 400, -0.5 ev)

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Close-up of Fall Colors (Canon 7D with 100-400mm lens at 100mm, f/16, 1/190, ISO 400, -0.5 ev) [6]

Close-up of Fall Colors (Canon 7D with 100-400mm lens at 100mm, f/16, 1/190, ISO 400, -0.5 ev)

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I haven’t been shooting nearly enough on overcast days like today. Partial to warmth and to sunny skies as I am, today I filled large gaps in my photographic experience and knowledge.

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[1] Sawhill Ponds Wildlife Preserve: http://www.bouldercolorado.gov/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=3028&Itemid=1035

[2] Chris Brown: http://chrisbrownphotography.com/

[3] Path of Beauty: Photographic Adventures in the Grand Canyon: http://www.tatteredcover.com/book/9780312598358

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