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Colorado Paint Mine Revisited - Calhan, Colorado

We always seem to screw up the perfect time to go out and do some nighttime photography.  Well, while I was munching on my granola for breakfast yesterday I got to thinking... Hmmm, the Paint Mine outside of Colorado Springs would be cool to shoot at night.  Tonight is a full moon and mostly clear.  Mostly.

Sounded good to us.  Time to charge the batteries and clean off the filters.

Since we are now interested in serious Neutral Density Photography, we packed our Variable Neutral Density filters and step down rings in the bag and headed out.

We took a few test shots and then setup our tripods, attached our ND Filters and found that they really SUCK.  Big time.  We couldn't get the filters to stop all the way down.  I won't go into all of the details about ND Filters but they basically allow you to stop down the light entering the camera lens without affecting color.  Why would you do this you ask?  Nice blurs on waterfalls, creamy ocean shots, unbelievable landscapes.  The lis…

Kansas and Oklahoma Road Trip

One thing is for certain is that traffic does not exist in Kansas or Oklahoma.  Not even during the Labor Day Weekend.

Michelle and I took Friday off so we could do a short road trip (750 miles one way is considered short for us) through Kansas and to Tulsa, OK.

Michelle plotted a few interesting things to see in both states.

Kansas:  Monument Rock (yes, a rock), Strataca Salt Mine and the Keeper of the Plains in Wichita.

Oklahoma:  A waterfall and the Philbrook Museum of Art.

We got off of the interstate for Monument Rock and the road immediately turned into a dirt road.  Drive twenty miles, make a left.  Drive six more miles, make a right.  Drive twelve more miles, make a right.  This went on for a bit but we eventually got there.  We pulled in the parking area and nobody else was present.  Sign of good things to come.

The sun wasn't out and but we had some cool clouds for the most part.

I will have to say that Monument Rock was really cool.  In the middle of nowhere, surrounded…