Thank you, and welcome to my photo website. I am a hobbyist who likes to get out once and a while and take some pictures. Colorado offers plenty of opportunites to take amazing photos, and there is usually no shortage of subject matter. My current camera is a Pentax K5, and I use a variety of lenses, again mostly Pentax. My software of choice for editing is Aperture or Photoshop, however I try to take the best photo I can with the camera and keep the digital editing to a minimum (cropping notwithstanding). Please enjoy browsing my work.
I was out looking for things to take pictures of with my 150-500mm Sigma zoom, when I happened upon this hawk on Black Forest Road near Hodgen Road in El Paso county, northwest of where I live. He was sitting atop a grain silo just keeping an eye on the fields. He was pretty accomodating and stayed close enough for me to take about fifty shots (then I think he just got bored with me). Had the photographer been more skilled, more would have come out better, but I do like the ones I've posted here.
On a side note, chasing birds (hawks, in particular) seems to be a bad habit I've picked up from Norman Hayward, a friend and accomplished photographer who takes some great nature photos. I'd like to blame Norman for this, but the truth is, he's taught me a lot about the techincal part of taking pictures, and my efforts have improved because of his help (not to mention, I would have never been able to get a picture of a hummingbird).
I went to Penrose House near the Broadmoor in Colorado Springs for a lunchtime photo shoot. I was testing out my Sigma 150-500mm zoom lens. I took over 200 shots, but here are a few that I like.