I know that many of you were concerned about us following the incredible storms we had here in Colorado. We received nearly a year's worth of rain in just a couple of days. This destroyed most of the roads in and out of town and badly damaged much of the surrounding community. Our little shop surprisingly survived without any damage. The gallery is now open a few days each week. As more visitors return to Estes Park, we will increase our hours. In the meantime, we are trying to assist those who are in need. You can join us by contributing to the great work being done following the flooding by Crossroads Ministries of Estes Park or by contributing to help my friend "Igloo Ed" who lost his home in the flood.
Earlier this spring I opened a new gallery called Images of the Desert in northern New Mexico. It is located at the Christ in the Desert Benedictine Monastery which is the most remote monastery in the western hemisphere. Here I have a collection of my favorite desert photographs on display. I've been working on this collection for quite a number of years but have not had a place to display these images until now. So far, the gallery has been quite successful. This monastery is well known and has become a place of retreat for many across the world. We hope that if you are ever in the area that you will take the time to visit my gallery in it's amazingly beautiful and peaceful setting.
Today, we received news that we are one of the businesses with the highest ratings on Trip Advisor and so have been awarded their certificate of Excellence. We try as best as we can to make sure that we do our best for everyone who visits our gallery or places an order with us. I am something of a perfectionist and so am not content until our customers are fully satisfied. My aim is not to grow a big business but to treat people right. If you've worked with us in the past we'd love it if you left a review for us on TripAdvisor, Yelp or on Google Business Pages. Your input is always appreciated!
Yesterday, I installed one of my recent photos inside the Waterfront Grille Restaurant inside the Estes Park Resort on Lake Estes. This was a little larger than most of the print orders I get. They needed it to be 30 feet long by 6 feet tall. It also needed to be removable so that they can open this accordion wall each weekend. So, we did it in canvas panels that attach to the carpeted wall with Velcro. I think it came out really well.
Almost every day people tell me that they wish they could take photos like mine but feel it is an unreachable goal, only to be accomplished with top-of-the-line, expensive equipment. In this new e-book, I provide an introduction to the world of landscape photography, making it easily understandable while also showing how you can do it on a very limited budget. Getting Started in Landscape Photography is your guide to taking the first steps in this wonderful art.
For years, people have been asking me for information about where to photograph in Rocky Mountain National Park. Well, I've finally put together a 100 page book filled with photos that shows where to go, when to be there and how to get the best shots. It is based on many years of experience and is an incredibly helpful guide for those visiting the national park. Right now, I've just released it in a PDF version which can be read on tablets and computers and soon I will also have printed copies available as well. I'll announce it here when they are ready. Click on the image to read more about it or to order the PDF version.
In early May I managed to run away for a week to enjoy my yearly spring trip to the desert. This is where I unwind after months of being trapped in the gallery and begin to prepare myself mentally for the busy photographic season which lies ahead. It is always so much fun to run away from winter for a little bit and get an early taste of spring. On this trip I alternated from visiting heavily traveled spots to more remote locations. Have a look at some of what I saw.