Back Roads of Life

Kebler pass in Autumn
Autumn Road Trip

 

The plans are made for my Autumn 2018 road trip.  I’ll be heading out to the San Juan Mountains this year during the last week of September with my good friend Jonathan Steele.

In a perfect world the weather will throw everything at us. I don’t really look for perfect blue skies and sunny days. I like drama in my scenes. A little mud doesn’t hurt either.

This photo was taken on Kebler Pass a few years ago on a road trip with my good friend Merlin Peck. It’s having those things to look forward to that make life worth living.

Daydreaming of The San Juan Mountains

Panoramic photo of the San Juan Mountains in Colorado
San Juan Mountains – Colorado

After three weeks of website work, I’m taking Friday off. My mind is burnt and I’m daydreaming about getting into the mountains.

Today’s photo was taken near Ridgway, Colorado a few years back.

I’ve visited this location many times over the years. It’s a grand view and the variation in weather, sky and autumn color from year to year always makes for a new and interesting scene.

I’ll be working in the San Juans this Autumn and taking bookings for private photo tours. Check out my main website for more information.

True Grit

Photography by Gary Gray
Chimney Rock and Courthouse Mountain

On Owl Creek Pass in the Cimarron Mountains near Ridgway, Colorado.

This is the field where the climactic scene of the 1969 John Wayne movie True Grit was filmed. Robert Duvall and his gang lined up here on horse back and John Wayne charged, waving his rifle in the air as he cocked it, from directly behind me.

Interestingly, in the movie, Glen Campbell and Kim Darby were watching from a hill above to the left.

Campbell made his heroic rifle shot from a hill the doesn’t exist. It’s just a dirt parking lot along road that takes you to Silver Jack reservoir.

A large portion of that movie was filmed in Colorado’s San Juan Mountains near Ridgway/Ouray

Here’s a link to the scene on YouTube.

I Have My Camera With Me

Colorado Landscape Photographer Gary Gray
Priest Lake Cabin

Browsing through my landscape photos this morning looking for a lazy day Sunday image, I came up with this photograph from the San Juan Mountains at a place called Priest Lake.

This photo was taken shortly after a robust snow storm hit the area near Telluride. It made for difficult driving but offered up some great photography.

I love it when seasons collide and I have my camera with me.

Photography is a Business Too.

Colorado Landscape Photographer
The Dallas Divide – Colorado

One of my continuous photographic endeavors is to steadily increase my stock photography catalog.

For the entire months of February and March to date, this has been my hottest stock image.

This photo of “The Dallas Divide” in the San Juan Mountains was taken last Autumn on one of my photo tours using the Nikon D7200 and the 18-140mm VR kit lens. It’s a great portable camera kit and is capable of taking outstanding landscapes.

The real trick I suppose, is to keep taking photos of everything you see. Those photos can be converted to cash. Photography is a business too.

Other Reads

A very good read this article on Fstoppers by Danette Chappell

Photography and the Addiction to Compliments, Praise, and Positive Criticism

One reason I’m moving my internet photography away from Facebook and to the open internet.

There is a lot more truth on the Internet than you think. One just has to read beyond the headlines and sometimes connect the dots.

Facebook is an artificial environment. Yeah, I use it every day I’m around it, I keep people entertained with my latest brain farts, but the photography?

Facebook is unfulfilling for this photographer. I don’t care about likes. I care about good photographs. I post too many photos with the intention of getting likes. I don’t show you much of the strange stuff on Facebook because when I do, nobody likes it.

Every so often, I feel I have the change my mindset. Mental cleansing. Cerebral enema, purge the Facebook red meat from my photographic colon.

Crude but effective.

Art isn’t always pretty.

Kebler Pass, Colorado

Random act of photography

Photo Tours by Gary Gray
Autumn scene in the San Juan Mountains of Colorado

Taken near Ridgway, Colorado at sunrise.

Ridgway is normally where I work from when doing Autumn photography in the San Juan Mountains. It provides good access to The Million Dollar Highway, the Dallas Divide and Last Dollar Road area.  There’s a good pizza joint in Ridgway too.