New Photos Added!

Hey folks!  I just added some new work to "Deserts," "Forests," and "Mountains," as well as a ton of new ones to "Concerts," including shots from The Meters with John Medeski (check out the full batch in "Current"), The Motet, Leftover Salmon, The Sam Bush Band, and the Yonder Mountain String Band.  Check 'em out!

A Year on the Loaf

As some of you well know, I like to wander.  When I wander, I usually bring a camera.  Since moving up to Sugarloaf last November, I've taken far too many time-lapses, all with the intent of of some vague, eventual something.  This is the first something.  The idea occurred to me this past Fall, while considering that we'd been up here for almost a year, "I'll put some of my favorites together and finish/upload it on the day we moved in."  It seemed a reasonable goal, but some Final Cut debacles, along with a case of extreme restlessness, proved otherwise.  But finally, a month and a half late, here it is!  All footage in the video was shot by myself, and all within 5 minutes of our home.  As always, click through to Vimeo to watch the video in 1080p high-definition.  The song is "Wildflower Honey" by Steep Ravine.  Enjoy!

Andddd...We're Back!

While the website has become a nice historical museum of all things C.B. Klein over the last few months, I can assure you there's plenty more on the way. Head on over to the Current page to check out some photographs from my (relatively) recent stroll through the Dale Chihuly exhibit at the Denver Botanic Gardens.  As always, the photos in the current section are largely untouched and unaltered, so take them with a grain of salt!  In addition, keep an eye on the Mountains and Forests portfolios in the coming weeks; I'm working through batches from a handful of summer/fall adventures as we speak, and poems will likely come hand in hand.  That's all for now, thanks for checking in, and happy browsing!

C.B. Klein: The Store?!

Shocking, isn't it?  I bet you didn't think I could even run a store!  Well, thanks to Squarespace, their 10th anniversary announcements/improvements, and a particularly foggy day off, I've finally opened an online store here at cbklein.com.  Photographs are now available for purchase as prints, matted prints, or framed (and still matted) prints in a variety of sizes up to 20"x30".  While the store is open and products are for sale as of today, you can expect various additions and improvements in the near future, such as canvas and giclee prints, detailed product images, and PayPal compatibility.  Furthermore, please keep in mind that prices are subject to change in the coming weeks; the store is new to me too!  Last but not least, stay tuned for our 20% off "grand opening" sale upon the completion of the online store.  As always, enjoy and happy shopping!

HDR at Last!

That's right folks!  Two or three months later, and I've finally managed to upload an initial HDR portfolio.  I'm still working through a final batch of photos, so expect to see some new ones pop up in the coming weeks (or months at this rate).  Per usual, I will thin out the portfolio as it progresses, so soak up the extra photographs while you can!  Thank you all for your patience, and of course, enjoy.

Current 3.0: Badlands HDR

I'll try to keep this short.  I've been working through 2 years worth of HDR triplets with the goal of eventually adding an HDR portfolio to the website.  Every location produces a keeper or two, but South Dakota's Badlands have proved absolutely and consistently breathtaking.

Strangely, both the weather and lighting were exceptionally terrible that day.  I took some decent shots, and though I didn't expect it to make much difference, I snapped a handful of HDR triplets as well.  Now, nearly a year and a half later, I'm astonished by the quality and character of the (almost) finished HDR images.  Simply put, the photographs are apocalyptic.  As always, enjoy, and keep an eye out for the HDR portfolio in the next week or so!


 

 

"Current"

Hey folks!  If you've been on the site in the past day or two, you may have noticed a new section, aptly titled, "Current."   The idea is quite simple; this section will house a small selection of photographs from one of my recent adventures.  The photos do not represent finished products, collections, or portfolios, and are often not edited at all.  Instead, they provide an unfiltered look into my process and my eye. 

The first featured batch comes from the Denver Botanic Gardens.  Strangely, I've seen my fair share of lily pads, but their pond is one of the best in terms of quantity and quality.  It's a beautifully curated garden if there's such a thing.  Though I'd visited the gardens once before, I found myself utterly amazed by the deep, pure, clean black of the pond's water.  It provides perfect backdrop to photograph the incredible variety of shapes and colors.  You'll see what I mean.  Enjoy and keep posted for the next round!

 

Big Country

This was an interesting one to say the least.  I set up the camera, we ate our turkey sandwiches, and the next thing we knew, the winds were howling and the peaks had vanished into the clouds.  We hid in the trees, attempting to defend ourselves from fifteen minutes of heavy sleet.  Keep an eye out for the cliff jumper on the far right, as well as folks on the rocky shoreline and above the tree line.  As always, it's available in 1080p HD over at Vimeo.  The song is "Big Country" by Béla Fleck & The Flecktones.

Elk Jam

Though nearly an island as of now, Estes Park was relatively dry a few days ago.  While visiting some friends in town, we drove up to Rocky Mountain National Park in search of some of its famous elk herds.  Heading straight for the Morraine Park area, we found ourselves disappointed at first as a light drizzle began to fall, and the herds were nowhere to be found.  

At the far end of the meadow, we encountered some traffic.  Sure enough, a medium-sized bull stood about one or two feet from the road: a classic "elk jam" scenario.  Curious cars crept past him unnoticed as he continued to sniff through the grass for an early autumn snack.  Tourists swarmed and cars continued to move along in slow, single-file fashion.  Not once did he seem concerned by the many vehicles; buses and RVs carried on without the slightest glance from the bull.  There was another in the bushes behind him, presumably also foraging for food.

Around the corner and past the overcrowded dirt "parking lot," the entire herd revealed itself.  At least thirty strong, they wandered around about a hundred yards or so from the roads and the crowds.  Like the bull, they seemed entirely uninterested in the swarms of humans, beside the presumably alien noises of a starting engine or an unruly child.  Talk about gentle beasts.  Anyway, below is a short montage of the herd including a mother feeding her yearling and an enormous bull maintaining the peace.  The song is "The Pasture" by Nederland, Colorado's own Elephant Revival.  Enjoy, and for those of you in Colorado, stay safe!




100 Year Flood

It's been raining for almost four days now here in Boulder, Colorado.  Last night, everything still seemed relatively normal, though the storm drains and irrigation ditches carried a bit more water than usual.  As the rain continued to pour down, we quickly crafted some aluminum foil boats and went out to race them in the streets.  For the record, I went 4 and 1 in the inaugural flood races.

Boat races aside, things changed drastically overnight; the rains grew heavier and increasingly relentless.  We woke up this morning to news of road closures, flooding "creeks," collapsed buildings, and fatalities.  The lovely town of Lyons, which we drove through just two days ago, is currently an island; there is zero road access in and/or out of town.  The National Guard arrived this afternoon to begin rescue efforts (especially in Lyons), but the persistent heavy rain is keeping helicopters grounded.

Some are saying this was long overdue, that this is a "100 Year Flood."  Meteorologically, a 100 year flood is an event that has a 1% chance of occurring in any given year.  For any of you jam band or live music fans, this may bring to mind the String Cheese Incident song of the same name.  Yet, even more so, such an event reminds us of the unrestrained power of nature, and particularly, the immense force of water.  Cars float away in as little as one foot of flowing flood waters, and trees and boulders get tossed around like sticks and stones.

Graham and I went out twice this afternoon, both times to Boulder's Central Park.  Usually a relatively calm and predictable feature in the park, today, Boulder Creek raged under Broadway like the Colorado after the Spring snowmelt.  Calling it "incredible" or "breathtaking" would be a vast understatement.  "Soul-stirring" is somewhat closer to the feeling, though it too manages to fall short of the true experience.  Along with the video below, photographs and more videos can be accessed via my TwitterInstagram, and YouTube accounts.  For now, particularly for those of you in Boulder, take care, stay dry, and be smart.  It's horribly and entirely possible that the worst has yet to come...

Update:  Current estimates range from 50 year flood to 500 year flood, depending on the area.  As of noon on Friday (the thirteenth), it's finally sunny here in Boulder.  Possibly more rain to come, but cleanup and rescue efforts have begun in full force.