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Hi, I'm Tamera, a professional wedding, portrait and boudoir photographer in Colorado Springs. But this blog isn't about my professional work; no, it's a daily love note to my beautiful city, where I've lived for most of my life. I love it here and I hope you enjoy seeing Colorado Springs through my eyes and lens!

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28 April 2017

Skywatch Friday

Getting a post in with only an hour left to go in the day... this is a daily photo blog, ya gotta do what ya gotta do, even on busy days! Here are three photos I took of magnificent Pikes Peak on the same day, April 5th. The first one was taken at 1:35PM, while the sun was directly on it. I had noticed that a strong wind was causing the snow to fly off the summit. I love when it does that! So I grabbed a camera and headed for the overlook. Later in the day, I had an errand to run but noticed how dramatic the mountain looked, strongly backlit through the clouds. I curtailed my errand and headed back for the mesa. The shot was taken at 4:44PM. The last shot was taken as I was heading to meet friends for dinner downtown. I didn't have a real camera with me, so I just used my cell phone (it was taken from behind the wheel -- I checked for traffic, briefly stopped the car and snapped a photo through the windshield at 7:10PM). As you can see, the mountain had a beautiful rim of light, like a halo. Stupendous! Pikes Peak is always beautiful, but she really put on a good show for us that day!

For more Skywatch Friday pictures from bloggers everywhere, click HERE. Have a super weekend!

27 April 2017

Distortions: Homage

I've mentioned before on this blog that my favorite photographer is André Kertész. In fact, I once did a little homage to him here, in March of 2009. For the last couple of days I've posted images that I took on a visit to the MCA Denver. Here are some that were inspired by Mr. Kertész's Distortions period. As I was sitting by the window taking the pictures that I featured in yesterday's post, I noticed how the reflective material on the angled outer surface of the window well created a distorted view of the street behind me, giving me the slightly disorienting sensation that I was sitting both inside and outside the building. I immediately thought of Kertész and took a handful of photographs. Here are the three winners.

26 April 2017


I'm fascinated by the idea of capturing people in motion. Unfortunately, I'm not a very good street photographer, which is ironic because when I originally picked up a camera in college, street photography was all I wanted to do. I am a crackerjack wedding photographer and portraitist, and I'm even a reasonably competent landscape and nature photographer when pressed. But alas, I'm a lousy-to-average-at-best street photographer. Isn't it funny how you pine to be good at something that you have no talent for? Like sewing your own clothes or painting a masterpiece or writing a great novel? Ironically, the skills I deploy as a wedding photographer to capture fleeting moments somehow don't work when I attempt street photography. It's frustrating! Nevertheless, I'm ever inclined to see my artistic handicap as a personal challenge, however foolish that may be. I perpetually tilt at the proverbial windmills with my camera. Though I'll never be a Garry Winogrand or a Vivian Maier, I decided this year to improve and, as you know, the only way you get better at things is to practice. I've been trying, I tell you! I don't see any improvement yet, but patience, patience...

So! When Pat and I were at the MCA Denver a couple of weekends ago (see yesterday's post), I found myself repeatedly drifting to an upper floor window overlooking 15th and Delgany. As I sat on the bench, I idly photographed people through the thick glass as they crossed the street. Some observations: it's interesting how folks will diligently wait for the "walk" signal before they step foot off the curb, even if there are no cars coming. It's also interesting how quickly they will all fall into lockstep, like soldiers. Another thing I noticed was how, if they are strangers, they will find strategies to distance themselves from one another once they commence crossing the street. Some will walk more quickly, while others will hang back; some stare ahead at a distant point, while others look down. Anything to avoid a semblance of contact. And finally, the random patterns they make when viewed from above, and the deep shadows cast by the afternoon sun, were interesting as well. I only allowed myself to take one photograph of each group, and I deleted none of the images. Here are all the photos I took, in chronological order.

P.S. I almost forgot to tell you! If you like contemporary street photography, there's a fantastic City Daily Photo blog that you should be following. B.C. at Chicago: A Daily Photo Blog never fails to impress me with her street photography talents. I only wish I was a good as she is. Check it out!

25 April 2017

Jean-Michel Basquiat show at the MCA Denver

Pat and I hit up the "Basquiat Before Basquiat" show at the MCA Denver a couple of weekends ago. We're both big fans of the artist so we enjoyed seeing his early work from the years before he was discovered. We also checked out Ryan McGinley's unabashedly personal photographs on the second floor and the Wall Writers show in the basement. Really good stuff! Here are some images from the day.
Some of Basquiat's painted sweatshirts. Clearly he was endlessly, helplessly, voraciously creative.
Pat checking out a Basquiat painting.
These guys were doing a photo shoot all around the gallery. I think they must have been a band. We came across them in the Bubble Garden upstairs. The guy crouching inside the bubble had the biggest 'fro I've ever seen.
Ryan McGinley's photography, seemingly thousands of Polaroids.
I ended up on the same bench that this girl is lying on. I became engrossed by people crossing the street below me. Maybe I'll post pictures of them tomorrow.

24 April 2017

MCA Denver

The Museum of Contemporary Art in Denver is currently hosting a show of early Basquiat works. We checked it out on April 9th. I'll post some images from that (and more) tomorrow. Here's a moment I captured of one of the security personnel glancing out the window.

23 April 2017

Sunday Style!

I spotted this cool chick walking on Colfax in Denver a couple of weeks ago, and managed to get exactly one shot of her. Just look at her! So comfortable in her skin and her iconoclastic, rock and roll style. I found her footwear especially interesting -- an unexpected mashup of work/combat boots and cowboy boots. Not everyone could pull that off, but she does!

22 April 2017

Anatomical confusion

Pat and I had a great adventure this week at the top of a mountain, and I have many musings and photos to share, but I've been trying to catch up on work since we got home so I can't show you any of it just yet. I do, however, have this terribly anatomically incorrect depiction of a woman on the tailgate of a truck, spotted earlier this month in Denver. I must say, the artist either has severe astigmatism or they took a lot of artistic license with this poor woman's body! She apparently has no skeleton and is made of Silly Putty. 😉