May 3 2017

Alter-View Interview

Over the last couple of weeks I have had the pleasure to speak with Dasha from Alter-View.

The result is this interview:

https://www.alter-view.com/magazine/photography-showcase-cole-thompson

Cole


Apr 18 2017

A Nice Note from the Jim Bridger Power Plant

If you’ll recall from a couple of weeks ago, I sent a print of this image to the Plant Manager of the Jim Bridger Power Plant. (you can read the story below)

I just received a nice note from him:

Cole

P.S. Here’s the original story:

I was heading to Death Valley by way of Wyoming when I spotted a huge steam plume to the north of I-80. It turned out to be the Jim Bridger Power Plant.

It was a cold and sunny day and the white water vapor almost glowed against the dark blue sky. I shot three exposures. My practice is to name my image the first thing that pops into my mind and so I named this “Jim Bridger Power Plant.” But what I wanted to name it was:

“No You Can’t, Yes I Can.” 

And here’s why.

I was photographing for only a short time before a security guard drove up and said that I was not allowed to photograph the power plant. I’m used to this protective (yet ignorant) behavior and politely asked if I was on a county road or a private road, to which he responded “a county road.” 

I then explained, still politely, that I was allowed to photograph the plant as long as I was not trespassing. The next exchange went like this:

“No you can’t. Yes I can.”

I could see that I was getting nowhere and so I asked him to call out the Sheriff to settle this dispute. I was hoping that he would be better versed in the law than the security guard, but from past experience I was giving it only a 50/50 chance. 

About 20 minutes later several men arrived and one approached, introducing himself as the plant manager. (I was feeling bad now, for disrupting his day over something like this)

He proceeded to tell me that I could not photograph the plant, and I again asked if this was a county road or a private road to which he responded “a county road.” I again made it clear that I could photograph anything I wanted as long as I was not trespassing. Again the verbal dance:

“No you can’t. Yes I can.”

It was clear that this conversation was going about as far as the other and one so I offered to show him the images, to put his mind at rest that my activities were harmless. He accepted my offer and was quickly satisfied that there was no “clear and present danger.”

We ended the encounter by him explaining his post-911 concerns and I acknowledged those as legitimate. But I said, I still have the right to photograph the power plant….and around we went again!

“No you can’t. Yes I can.”

And that is why I wanted to name the image 

“No you can’t, Yes I can.”

We ended the standoff, by agreeing to disagree.

I’m going to send him a print of this image, he was a nice guy who was just trying to ensure the safety of his power plant.


Apr 15 2017

New Website Needed

I’m in need of bringing my website into the 21st century, right now I’m like the Moai of Easter Island. 

I would like someone to design it so that I can easily maintain it after that. 

I’m hoping to find someone who would be willing to trade services for my art, either partially or fully.

If you’re qualified and interested, please let me know! 

Cole@ColeThompsonPhotography.com

Cole

 

 


Apr 14 2017

Newsletter No. 98 with Six New Images

Sierra Wave

I’ve just published Newsletter No. 98 which introduces six new images, including “Sierra Wave” above.

“Sierra Wave” was created just to the east of Mt Whitney, the dark peak just right of center. A Sierra wave is a cloud that is formed when strong winds from the west hold the cloud front at bay, often forming interesting structures such as this one.

Along with this image, I’ve introduced five new “Ancient Stones” images from the Alabama Hills, which is located at the base of these mountains. 

If you’re subscribed to my newsletter, it’s waiting for you in your in-box. If you’re not subscribed, then you can sign up here: http://www.colethompsonphotography.com/NewsletterSignup.htm

Cole


Apr 4 2017

Newsletter 97 Now Available

Breakfast at Zabriskie’s 

 

When I told my father that I was heading back to Death Valley for three weeks, he said that he couldn’t imagine why anyone would go back there twice! He said that he had been there once and there was nothing to see.

This is my 10th year and I cannot imagine running out of things to see. And even if I did, I’d still go for the peace, quiet and tranquillity. It has become my annual photographic and spiritual pilgrimage.

In this newsletter I’m introducing five new images, and will introduce several more in the weeks to come.

If you are signed up, you’ve already received the newsletter (it’s different from this blog).

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

Cole

 


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