Thanksgiving

I am thankful for all of the things we take for granted: clean, running water; electricity & gas; the roof over our heads; our cars; education; an over-abundance of clothing, shoes, furniture, and blankets; and jobs! I think of people who have designer clothes, homes with more space than they know what to do with, and cars from high-end dealerships and no longer feel envious. I think of all the things we have and know that even though they may not be top-of-the-line things, they are still more than so many others in this world do not have. I am thankful for the luxury items we have but certainly don’t need.

And this…

Fall in Colorado…the beauty of nature all around us!

Tiny Snowflakes

By the time I was able to even attempt to capture close-up shots of snowflakes, the larger flakes stopped. :( I was able to get a few semi-okay photos, though. {click the first photo to start slide show}

Jackass Hill Park | Colorado

I finally made it to Jackass Hill Park! While location scouting with Steph, I noticed it while scrolling around a map app on her phone navigating to a different location. JHP was on my list of spots to check out, so we killed two birds with one stone on that trip. It’s not exactly the kind of park to romp around with small children or play fetch with Fido because it’s not landscaped at all – nothing but weeds (aka: natural or native vegetation). However, it’s definitely a good spot for a clean and simple background. No trees to block the view of the mountains beyond.

Jackass Hill Park

Jackass Hill ParkSomeone left behind a little surprise. What a waste! There were four unopened bottles left.

Jackass Hill Park SurpriseThese were from a different location, but they’re so pretty I just had to add them!

Flower

Flower

Dog in a Log

Hiking through the forest, working up a sweat (and a pant), thinking this looks like a good place to take a break and rest a bit. Doesn’t this sound like a peaceful escape? Enter reality… She was actually in a bright blue plastic tunnel at a dog park, but I had a different vision…

Dog in a Log | Denver Area Pet Photography

I thought about sharing both images separately before the composite, but … nah! There has to be a little mystery.

Lights, Camera, Flower!

Calming nausea with the magical pink stuff while suffering through an annoying headache that had me just this side of dizzy is no fun. A little photo therapy was essential. These were done with a single off-camera flash.

Carnation - One Light

Carnation - One Light

Carnation - One Light

Flash – manual at 1/4 power a little less than 3 ft away with a 6 in mini soft box attached.
1/125, F11, ISO 100

Portraiture captured my attention a few years ago and drew me away from other types of photography. I strayed from flowers and landscapes and anything else nature related because the internet was flooded with these types of photos. Everywhere I looked, there were flowers and bugs up close and personal! I think it’s time to add a little bit of that type of photography back into my life. Since about every other person is a “photographer” these days with snazzy over-the-counter cameras, not many are seeking professional photography services. Of course I would welcome any opportunities to do portraits for people, but during the long lags in between such opportunities, I’m going to do more just for myself and call it therapy! :D

Fall Snow

Our first measurable snowfall of the season. It has snowed already, but it was basically a dusting. I knew a lot of it would melt fast, so I grabbed my camera and headed out around 7 a.m.

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Fall Colors in Colorado

We took a drive through the mountains yesterday. Yep, a Sunday drive!  :) We may not have much variety in fall colors in Colorado, but the yellow of the Aspens are amazing!

I heard the Aspen groves are thickest at Kenosha Pass, so we headed that way first out Hwy 285. I guess they get a lot of sun because many were already bald. Harumph! So we doubled back just a little bit and took Guanella Pass over to Georgetown, stopping to eat our packed lunch at the summit. On the way down into Georgetown, I took a photo of a big house in town at the last switchback. We ended up stopping to see what it was when we got down there and found it to be a museum: Hammil House. So we took the tour! That’s for another post, though. ;) We took the Mt. Evans exit to explore a little more, and this was probably where we saw the most colors of all.

A little bit of orange in the mix, too.

I liked this lone tree standing out in the sunlight down by a creek…

And these tall ones reaching up for the sun by the same creek…

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Sheila Karner is no ordinary Denver portrait photographer. Each portrait session is treated with care and creativity uncommon with other Denver photography studios. Your photography session is designed to offer you unique photographs in the Denver, Colorado area.

Sheila Karner Photography offers portraits such as high school senior photography and family portraits primarily in the Denver metro and surrounding areas in Colorado. Email for more information.

Located in the southeast Denver metro area, Sheila Karner is sure to meet your photography needs!

Old School Gone Digital

There’s something about black and white photographs. I can’t put my finger on it. The mystery? Seeing something in a way our eyes don’t naturally perceive? The mood they evoke? All of the above, I believe! I think the eye isn’t distracted by too many colors. What is it about black and whites that draw you in?

Here are some of mine (taken mid-day with a polorizing filter) to help you think about that…

Here’s that last one in color…

Ha! I just realized there was a bug on my lens when I took this one! There were many little buggies out that day. I’m talking SWARMS! Can you spot the bug?

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Sheila Karner is no ordinary Denver portrait photographer. Each portrait session is treated with care and creativity uncommon with other Denver photography studios. Your photography session is designed to offer you unique photographs in the Denver, Colorado area.

Sheila Karner Photography offers portraits such as high school senior photography and family portraits primarily in the Denver metro and surrounding areas in Colorado. Email for more information.

Located in the southeast Denver metro area, Sheila Karner is sure to meet your photography needs!

Play Date

Thursday adventure … treasures!

My photog partner in crime (Steph) at work!

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Sheila Karner is no ordinary Denver portrait photographer. Each portrait session is treated with care and creativity uncommon with other Denver photography studios. Your photography session is designed to offer you unique photographs in the Denver, Colorado area.

Sheila Karner Photography offers portraits such as high school senior photography and family portraits primarily in the Denver metro and surrounding areas in Colorado. Email for more information.

Located in the southeast Denver metro area, Sheila Karner is sure to meet your photography needs!

Scouting & Discovering

Thursdays might have to be all about photography. Anything and everything to do with it – whether it be shooting, editing, learning more about Lightroom and Photoshop, workshops, or scouting locations for portraits, landscapes, and nature in general. Today was an adventure in scouting locations, which lead to pleasing discoveries!

We started out at Silo Park. I can come up with about a dozen scene possibilities there. There was a small garden there with peppers, tomatillos, eggplants, and more…

Then we headed to Morrison. These were taken near Red Rocks…

Steph!

Then, at a location Steph and I want to keep a secret, there was this…

Suddenly, like a moment straight from the Wizard of Oz, we were nearly pelted with apples from a nearby tree!

Hunger (and the need for toilets) struck. So we headed into town and had Mexican food at Morrison Inn. Almost ready to get back in the car and head home, this little guy (or gal) had to be the center of our attention for a few minutes…

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Sheila Karner is no ordinary Denver portrait photographer. Each portrait session is treated with care and creativity uncommon with other Denver photography studios. Your photography session is designed to offer you unique photographs in the Denver, Colorado area.

Sheila Karner Photography offers portraits such as high school senior photography and family portraits primarily in the Denver metro and surrounding areas in Colorado. Email for more information.

Located in the southeast Denver metro area, Sheila Karner is sure to meet your photography needs!