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Energy Shoot in Wattenberg Field

Earlier in July, I spent a full day shooting for a long time energy client.  Just north of Denver is a production field know as the Wattenberg Field.  I met my client at a local restaurant in the town of Johnstown, Colorado.  After lunch, we scouted 4 different oil rigs as well as a frac job and a production area.

Sunrise

Sunrise

After scouting, my client left me on my own to finish the day shooting up to sunset.  I selected locations that allowed the best angles to use the sun.  The photo above was shot the following morning at sunrise.  Shortly after the sun broke the horizon, I pulled out my drone for a quick flight of the same rig shown above.

Drone view

Drone view

I've been flying a drone for about 2 years now, don't get enough time or opportunity to use it on assignment.  Not only is it fun to fly, I love the perspective.

Ground view

Ground view

Here are a few more images for the Wattenberg Field.

Sunrise

Sunrise

Frac Job

Frac Job

Hong Kong

Working late in Hong Kong

Working late in Hong Kong

Just after my Mentor Series Trek to Vietnam I went to Hong Kong for some personal time shooting.  I had 3 days to shoot, the weather was a bit wet, however I think I got a few nice ones. Here are a few photo that might peak your interest in visiting Hong Kong if you're close by.

Hong Kong, Skyline

Hong Kong, Skyline

Housing Project, Hong Kong

Housing Project, Hong Kong

Temple Street Night Market, Hong Kong

Temple Street Night Market, Hong Kong

Here are just a few more images, I would recommend that you get up early as well as shoot late into the evening.  What a super place.

Kowloon Park, Hong Kong

Kowloon Park, Hong Kong

Hong Kong Refections 

Hong Kong Refections 

Man Mo Temple, built in 1847

Man Mo Temple, built in 1847

Wong Tai Sin Temple, Hong Kong

Wong Tai Sin Temple, Hong Kong

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Vietnam 2016 Mentor Series Trek

Hanoi, Vietnam 2016

Hanoi, Vietnam 2016

I've recently returned from a trip to Vietnam with Popular Photography Magazine's Mentor Series Treks.  This was my 27th trek guiding for the Mentor Series, I had a wonderful time and I've made many new friends.  A Mentor Series trek is a great way to visit wonderful locations with photography in mind. The treks are very well organized and you have wonderful instructors or mentors there to assist you with improving your photographic skills.

We started in the north, Hanoi City. We photographed early morning at the local vegetable and flower markets where farmers from the countryside bring their produce and flowers to the city for sale. Later in the day we wandered through Hanoi's narrow streets shooting local life.  We even fit in a pedi-cab ride in the evening.

Hair cut, Hanoi

Hair cut, Hanoi

Brooms, Hanoi

Brooms, Hanoi

The following day we headed to Ninh Binh Province, about a 2 hour drive across beautiful landscapes and rice paddies.  Ninh Binh is often referred to as 'Ha Long Bay on Land' because of the impressive limestone formations.  Later that day we took a second boat ride into a "Preserved Nature Area" of Ninh Binh, Wow!  The landscape was fantastic, as a matter of fact a film crew of about 500 were filming "King Kong and Skull Island move.  Coming out in March of 2017.

Ninh Binh, Vietnam

Ninh Binh, Vietnam

Ninh Binh, Vietnam

Ninh Binh, Vietnam

We next took an overnight train ride on the "Victoria Train" to Lao Cai, an 8 1/2 hour trip.  When we arrived in  Lao Cai we drove to Sapa, here we photographed the local ethnic Hmong and Dao people in nearby villages. I also managed to fit in an hour message for $7.00 USD. 

Hmong women, Vietnam

Hmong women, Vietnam

Doa women, Sapa

Doa women, Sapa

From Sapa we headed back to Lao Cai for the train ride back to Hanoi for an early morning flight to Can Tho City in the southwest of Saigon.  Can Tho City is in the Mekong Delta know as the rice-bowl of the Mekong.  The rich fertile region allows for 3 crops per year, rice paddies everywhere!

Rice paddies, Vietnam

Rice paddies, Vietnam

Field worker, Vietnam

Field worker, Vietnam

From here we drove about 2 1/2 hours to Saigon, stopping to photograph where every we pleased.  Here are a few more images of the region.

Sapa, Vietnam

Sapa, Vietnam

Monk, Vietnam

Monk, Vietnam

We ended our trip in Saigon where we had Vespa rides in the city and we photographed the skyline from a popular terrace top bar called the Chill Bar. 

Saigon Skyline, Vietnam

Saigon Skyline, Vietnam

I love these treks!  Getting to make new friends and sharing my love of photography with the participants of the trek.  If you enjoy traveling and taking pictures, you might want to think about joining me on a Mentor Series trek.  My next overseas trip will be in September to Spain and Portugal. For more information regarding that trek and other locations, visit the Mentor Series site. 

Shooting your hometown

Feels good to get out and make some photos.  It's been cold here in Colorado and we've had a lot of snow.  We had a few nice days of sunlight and I decided to take advantage of that by going out and shooting.

Wellington Webb Building, Denver, Colorado

Wellington Webb Building, Denver, Colorado

Taking the time and shooting your hometown is a good way to stay sharp, testing your metering skills as well as perhaps some new equipment. I spent about an hour walking around downtown before sunset and came up with a few nice images.  I then went up to a favorite spot to shoot a cityscape.

Denver Public Library

Denver Public Library

Parking garage for the Denver Convention Center

Parking garage for the Denver Convention Center

Denver Center for the Performing Arts Complex

Denver Center for the Performing Arts Complex

Detail, Preforming Arts Complex

Detail, Preforming Arts Complex

The following cityscape involves an in camera double exposure.  The moon was rising out of the frame to the left, I first made the exposure for the moon and then the city.

In camera, double exposure.

In camera, double exposure.

Valley of Fire Mentor Series Trek

April 17-19, 2016

April 17-19, 2016

Join me this April for a fantastic Mentor Series Trek to the Valley of Fire.  Located in the Mojave Desert just about 60 miles from Las Vegas, NV. The Valley of Fire gets it name for the magnificent sandstone formations that appear to be on fire when reflecting in the sun rays. 

There is also a Pre-Trek Exclusive:  This is only open to 6 people the day before the trek actually starts. Join me for an evening photographing scenic stops along the Las Vegas strip.  We'll be shooting the Bellagio fountains, mega hotels, neon signs and its dramatic architecture. We'll be ending the evening at a special location which will provide panoramic views of this iconic location, it also includes welcome cocktail and a digital review session.  This extra "Pre-Trek" is only open to 6 persons and costs only $450.00 Contact the Mentor Series for more details.

Mentor Series, India 2015

Varanasi, India

Varanasi, India

I've recently returned from a fantastic Mentor Series Trek to India, what a fabulous adventure. We started off in Delhi, visiting Asia's largest mosque "Jama Masjid", took pedicab or rickshaw tour of Old Delhi visiting spice and silver markets. We also visited the beautiful Sikh Temple "Bangla Sahib Gurudwara", one of my favorite sites in Delhi.

Bangla Sahib Gurudwara, Delhi, India

Bangla Sahib Gurudwara, Delhi, India

Bangla Sahib Gurudwara, Delhi, India

Bangla Sahib Gurudwara, Delhi, India

Bangla Sahib Gurudwara, Delhi, India

Bangla Sahib Gurudwara, Delhi, India

Bangla Sahib Gurudwara, Delhi, India

Bangla Sahib Gurudwara, Delhi, India

From Delhi, we then flew to Varanasi, one of the holiest of all Indian sites. Varanasi is situated on the west bank of the Ganges or Ganga River.  Life on the banks of the Ganga begins before dawn when thousands of pilgrims, come down to the river to wait for the rising sun and immersion in the sacred river.

Morning at the Ghat

Morning at the Ghat

Offering prayers and floating tiny candles on the river

Offering prayers and floating tiny candles on the river

Candle offerings for the departed

Candle offerings for the departed

Immersion in the sacred river

Immersion in the sacred river

The Aarti Ceremony

The Aarti Ceremony

Varanasi Sadhu

Varanasi Sadhu

Varanasi Sadhu

Varanasi Sadhu

Varanasi is the most remarkable place I have ever been, I'm very thankful to have seen such a place. just amazing!

We next flew to Agra, home of the fabulous Taj Mahal.  This beautiful structure was completed in 1625, it's actually a mausoleum for the beloved queen and wife of Emperor Shah Jehan.

In camera double exposure

In camera double exposure

Taj Mahal, Agra

Taj Mahal, Agra

Taj Mahal, Agra

Taj Mahal, Agra

Taj Mahal, Agra

Taj Mahal, Agra

From Agra, we traveled by bus to Jaipur. This was about a 250 mile drive site seeing along the way, stopping at the Chand Baori Step Well. Towns used step wells to gather water and also to socialize with local town folks.

Chand Baori Step Well

Chand Baori Step Well

Chand Baori Step Well

Chand Baori Step Well

Chand Baori Step Well

Chand Baori Step Well

Jaipur is home to the Amer Fort, which use to be the capital for 6 centuries before Jaipur was built, Jaipur is only 9 miles south.

Amer Fort, Jaipur, India

Amer Fort, Jaipur, India

Amer Fort, Jaipur, India

Amer Fort, Jaipur, India

Amer Fort, Jaipur, India

Amer Fort, Jaipur, India

Amer Fort, Jaipur, India

Amer Fort, Jaipur, India

Amer Fort, Jaipur, India

Amer Fort, Jaipur, India

Another fun place we visited for Pushkar. Pushkar is world famous for Camel Fair, the largest in the world. Cattle traders from all over Rajasthan and neighboring states converge here to buy and ell camels and horses.

Pushkar Camel Fair

Pushkar Camel Fair

Pushkar Camel Fair

Pushkar Camel Fair

Pushkar Camel Fair

Pushkar Camel Fair

Pushkar Camel Fair

Pushkar Camel Fair

Jodhpur was next on our list of locations to visit.  Jodhpur is home to what is know as the Blue city which is just below the impressive Mehrangarh Fort. This fort was constructed sometime in the 1450's.  

Mehrangarh Fort, Jodhpur, India

Mehrangarh Fort, Jodhpur, India

Mehrangarh Fort, Jodhpur, India

Mehrangarh Fort, Jodhpur, India

The Blue City, Jodhpur, India

The Blue City, Jodhpur, India

The Blue City, Jodhpur, India

The Blue City, Jodhpur, India

The Blue City, Jodhpur, India

The Blue City, Jodhpur, India

Jaswant Thada, Jodhpur

Jaswant Thada, Jodhpur

Jaswant Thada, Jodhpur

Jaswant Thada, Jodhpur

Jaswant Thada, Jodhpur

Jaswant Thada, Jodhpur

Jaswant Thada, Jodhpur

Jaswant Thada, Jodhpur

Before leaving Jodhpur for Delhi for our return flight to the States, several of us on the trek went to a wedding.  Next to our hotel, a small town was holding a celebration of two couples getting married. You might say we were wedding crashers.... invited by them of course.

Wedding celebration, Jodhpur, India

Wedding celebration, Jodhpur, India

Wedding celebration, Jodhpur, India

Wedding celebration, Jodhpur, India

Wedding celebration, Jodhpur, India

Wedding celebration, Jodhpur, India

What a wonderful trip, truly a trip of a lifetime!  My next Mentor Series adventure is to Vietnam is coming March.  If you would like to join me, you can find more information at the Mentor Series Web Site.