Mar 27 2017

Newsletter No. 96 Now Available

I’ve just released Newsletter No. 96 and have introduced six new images, including “Jim Bridger Power Plant” above.

If you are not signed up for the newsletter, you can do so here: http://www.colethompsonphotography.com/NewsletterSignup.htm

Cole


Mar 14 2017

Studio Tour – April 28, 29 and 30, 2017

I would like to invite you to my home and studio for the annual Fort Collins Studio Tour. I’ll be exhibiting my latest project “Melting Giants” that was created in Newfoundland in 2016.

Here are the dates and times:

          Friday, April 28, 2017 from 4 – 9 pm

          Saturday, April 29, 2017 from 10 – 5 pm

          Sunday, April 30, 2017 from 12 – 5 pm

My address is:

          4780 Totonka Trail, Laporte, CO  80535

          Note: I am in a remote location, so please use a GPS!

 

I realize that most of you will not be able to attend, but if you do happen to live in the area or will be visiting, I’d love to meet you.

If you have any questions, please contact me at: Cole@ColeThompsonPhotography.com

Cole

 


Mar 11 2017

The Sun


Mar 9 2017

A Special Treat on the Dunes


I love photography, but I also love flight. From birds to the Wright Brother’s first flyer, from the SR-71 which my father worked on to the V-22 Osprey that my son flies on. I love flight and airplanes.

And so it was a special treat to see my first B2 over the Mesquite dunes of Death Valley! It made several passes and fortunately I had my 100-400 lens on and was able to get these shots.

It is very impressive but my first thought was: this shouldn’t fly!

There was a companion aircraft that I at first thought was a tanker, but it didn’t look like any tanker that I was familiar with. It looked as though it had a radome on the nose and something odd on the tail. 

Does anyone know what this plane is and what it does? I’m guessing that it is measuring emissions to see how stealthy the aircraft is, perhaps after some modifications or new equipment?

I was also lucky enough to see my first V-22 Osprey refueling over Death Valley! My son Caleb is a Crew Chief on this aircraft. I was not lucky enough to photograph it however.

Cole

 


Mar 5 2017

Photographer’s Forum Spring 2017


Feb 16 2017

Why Do I Create?

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I’ve been posting an image a day on social media and have noticed that certain images are very popular and others are not. Often I find that my least favorite images are more popular than my favorite ones.

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Let me give an example. There are two of images in my “less favorite” group that are very popular, they are Diminishing Cliffs (above) and Road to Nowhere (top). Don’t misunderstand, I do like these images, but I consider them two of my less creative and more mundane images. However they generate a lit of “likes.”

Here’s my dilemma: each time I post one of those images and get a flurry of “likes,” I am tempted to post more images like those. I am tempted to create more of the images that people want to see.

Why? Because I love the praise and the attention…I’ll admit it, I like the “likes!”

So what do I do? How do I respond to this conflict of interests?

I stop and ask myself: why do I create?

When I first started creating images, when I was a 14 year old boy, I created for the pure joy of creating. I created to please myself.

But over time other motives crept in. I found myself creating for positive feedback.

Then I started trying to win contests.

Then I argued that I needed to build a resume in order to be taken seriously as a photographer.

Then I was creating to be famous and to be respected as a photographer.

Then I was creating to make money from my photography.

And now, after some fifty years, I have come full circle and am once again creating for the pure joy of creating. What a long journey I have taken to learn the lesson that my 14 year old self knew!

The truth is that “likes” (or fame or fortune) are not bad, but I could never be happy producing work just to please others, no matter what the reward. The buzz from a “like” only lasts a moment, while loving my images produces an internal satisfaction that lasts a lifetime.

Life is much more simple when I try to please just one person…myself.

Cole


Jan 25 2017

Death Valley Photo Tour in Late February – One Spot Now Open

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A good friend had to cancel out of our Death Valley photo tour on February 20 through 25 due to medical reasons. 

If you’re interested in a last minute trip to Death Valley with John Barclay and myself, please contact John right away at johnbarclayphoto@me.com or (215) 896-8334

Speedy recovery Roger!

 

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Jan 5 2017

The Story Behind “Melting Giants “

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I use Singh-Ray Neutral Density filters to create my long exposure images and occasionally write blog articles for them. 

They have just published my article that explains how I created the “Melting Giants” series. 

You can read the article here:

The Story Behind “Melting Giants”


Dec 21 2016

MERRY CHRISTMAS!

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Cole


Nov 22 2016

Signed LensWork Issue No. 127 Available

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Hello to all!

If you have not seen it yet, this issue of LensWork is now on the newsstands. If you are fortunate enough to have a Barnes and Noble nearby, you can pick up a copy there.

If not, I’d be happy to mail you a copy for $10, signed if you like.

Just PayPal me at Cole@ColeThompsonPhotography.com with your mailing address.

Thanks!

Cole