If one enjoys photography, and one spends a lot of time in the mountains, it's easy to amass a nice collection of photographs. I firmly believe that about 75% of great nature photography is just being there. Another 15% is the mechanical understanding of your equipment, e.g., proper shutter speeds, f-ratios, lenses, etc. Talent or "the eye" makes up the rest. I'm sure some of you will disagree with that, which is fine, but I've been in too many places so beautiful that any idiot could make it look good to believe otherwise.
I've scanned some of my favorite prints, but about 1/3 of my collection is slides and I hope to get those up sometime. I finally bought a digital camera in 2005 (I was waiting to be able to easily afford a good one), but all of the older photos were on film. The scanner to which I had access isn't the greatest (you can see this in high-contrast areas, like the sky above snowcover), and at some point I would still like to do a better job on the old photos with the better scanner I have now. Most of the shots were taken on "over-the-counter" Fuji ASA 100 or 200 film. (I rarely buy pro film anymore for "normal" photography, except sometimes Velvia for slides.) I was using an inexpensive 15-year-old manual Minolta body and usually a 35mm or 50mm lens.
Finally, these images are all copyright Brian Rachford 1994-2005.
(All regions are in Colorado unless otherwise noted.)
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