An incredible floral display in the Colorado high country
2019 was my fifth consecutive wildflower/macro photo safari, and boy was it ever amazing! The long, wet spring we had this year meant that the blooms around Crested Butte were off the chart. Unlike previous years, where we had to go up above 10,000′ to find the best blooms, this year’s spectacle was in full swing all around Crested Butte.
Crested Butte, Colorado, is sometimes referred to as the “wildflower capital of the USA,” and this year proved why. The hillsides were covered in color; yellow sunflowers interspersed with blue and purple lupines transformed the valleys into a painter’s palette. We also encountered glacier lilies, red and sulphur paintbrush, fairy trumpets, and of course, Colorado columbine.
Our shooting sessions took place every morning and afternoon, and during the day, I worked with my clients to help them perfect their workflow/keywording and image processing. We also learned how to perform focus-stacking with close-up and landscape subjects.
I’m offering three international photo tours for 2020, and they are going to be really fun! My 2020 travel photography workshop destinations include Croatia, Ireland, and Panama. I design each of these tours with your comfort in mind, and my goal is to make sure that you return home with incredible photos. Group sizes are generally capped at 12 or fewer photographers, and when land tours are involved, we’ll have a private driver and excess seating capacity so that everyone has room for their camera bags. My international tours are a great opportunity to learn mobile workflow and creative travel photography techniques, including long exposure, infrared, and creative composition.
Nearly one year ago, the US Supreme Court ruled that out-of-state retailers must collect sales tax on internet sales. While not all states have fully implemented this ruling, in time you will no longer have a sales-tax free way to shop. You’ve probably already seen that Amazon and other online retailers have started charging sales tax on internet purchases. For those of us purchasing photography gear, sales tax savings were a huge reason to shop online.
Today, site sponsor B&H Photo announced a premium credit card in conjunction with PayBoo that offers a rebate equivalent to your state’s sales tax. This card, issued through Synchrony Bank, is only valid for purchases at B&H Photo. You will still pay sales tax on your purchase, but then you’ll get an instant rebate on your order to offset the sales tax amount.
I’m going to chalk this photo up to the “mandatory shot” department. You can’t go to Paris and not enjoy the splendor of the Eiffel Tower at night. I set up in the early evening with my clients and we enjoyed the spectacle during the magical “blue hour” of twilight. Even though this image isn’t particularly unique, it’s mine.
This shot is actually a 4-shot stitched panorama (merged in Lightroom Classic CC). Each image was captured at 2 seconds, f/8, ISO 64 with my Nikon D850 mounted to a Gitzo 1-series tripod with RRS BH-40 ball-head. The final image weighed in at just around 109 megapixels!
Photograph two fabulous cities of light with Jason Odell, April 20-28, 2019
Discover the art of travel photography with Jason P. Odell
We’ll arrive in London and spend four days photographing some of London’s most iconic sights and landmarks, with an emphasis on night and twilight photography. From there, we’ll take the train (first class tickets included) to Paris, the city of light. There, we’ll spend the next four days and nights photographing the magical Parisian streets and landmarks by day and night.
Creative Photography by Day and Night in Two Amazing Cities