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Mike Hendren - Fine Artist

Mike Hendren

Castle Pines, CO - United States








Mike Hendren

Castle Pines, CO - United States

Mike Hendren - Fine Artist

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About Mike Hendren

The process of taking a photograph allows us to express how we view the world around us. It can reveal how we see things - our perception of reality. At times, it provides a creative medium that allows us to alter that perception.

In some sense, photography provides a way to capture time and then travel back there whenever you wish. Every time you look at a photo, it can transport you back to that moment, allowing you to relive and remember.

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Blue and Gold in a Stream

February 5th, 2011

Often in the fall, I like to travel around the state of Colorado to enjoy the changing of the colors in the aspens. On one of these trips a few years ago, I was camped next to a stream near the Black Canyon of the Gunnison. At one spot along the s... 

Its an Upside Down World

January 21st, 2011

I had been wanting to catch a sunrise, looking through this snow globe, so one cold winter morning I was ready with camera and tripod. As the sun crested the horizon, I started shooting - a series of bracketed images so I could create a "high dynami... 

Waiting Out the Storm

January 20th, 2011

As one of our frequent spring snow storms was winding down here in Colorado, I stepped out the front door and found this Robin huddled in a pine tree. It was a fairly sheltered spot, but as you can see from the photo, that poor Robin had water dripp... 

Valentines Day

January 8th, 2011

Just before dinner with my "Valentine", I took this photo of the table setting. It was a great Valentine's Day and was topped off with a wonderful dinner paired with this terrific wine - the 2005 Bella's Garden Syrah by the Australian vintner, Two... 

New York City - "the city that never sleeps" - is such a vibrant, exciting place to visit. Yet, there are spots around town where you can find a quiet spot to unwind. One of those places is Central Park. A few years ago, in the fall, I was visit... 

The "downtown" area of Denver, also called "Lodo" is an active, energetic area. The Pepsi Center (Avalanche hockey and Nuggets basketball) and Coors Field (Rockies baseball) are both within easy walking distance, and of course the Broncos play footb... 

San Francisco Cityscape

January 5th, 2011

San Francisco is one of my favorite cities. It has a mild climate with the Pacific Ocean on one side, and so many sights to see: China town, cable cars, the Golden Gate Bridge, and much, much more. Plus, it's just a short drive north to wine count... 


January 4th, 2011

My favorite part of Colorado is the southwestern corner, especially around Creede. For many years, my family has camped near the Rio Grande Reservoir in the 30-Mile Campground. It's a beautiful spot, right in the heart of some of Colorado's wildest... 

Dinghy at Sunset

January 4th, 2011

This was in the Sea of Abaco, just off the northeastern most island of the Bahamas, Abaco. As you can see, it was a beautiful evening with a near calm sea, and just a small shower over the island in the distance. I did enhance this image, especia... 

Sailboat Reflection

January 3rd, 2011

A few years ago, while sailing around Abaco, the northeastern most island in the Bahamas, we had to take refuge in one of the small protected ports while a storm passed. The morning after a windy, unsettled night found us in an almost perfect calm. ... 

Spa Day saved with NX2

January 2nd, 2011

This is Bella and Sophie - Our Maltese "girls" weighing in at 6 pounds and 4 pounds - tiny bodies but huge hearts! It's rare for them to look this nice. Five to six walks a day takes its toll in dirty paws, matted hair, and assorted pieces of bark a... 

Abstract Sunrise

January 2nd, 2011

Sometimes, you may have a beautiful image that is not technically even a good image. I shot this particular photo right at sunrise while anchored near one of the small islands off Abaco, Bahamas. The scene was spectacular, but I screwed up the foc... 

Meteor Crater in HDR

December 31st, 2010

I was traveling through Arizona in 2009 - headed home after visiting my son and his wife in Phoenix. I took a little detour, just about 6 miles off I-40, near the eastern border of Arizona to visit the famous Meteor Crater. It is truly impressive,... 

HDR Sunrise Using Photomatix Pro

December 20th, 2010

I used Nikkor's wonderful 14-24mm wide angle zoom set at 17mm and f/8.0 - wow, I loved this lens! Sadly, I no longer have it. :-( After bracketing 5 images with 1ev spacing, I processed them first in Photomatix Pro to increase the dynamic range.... 

Merging Images in Photoshop

December 19th, 2010

Photoshop is an amazing piece of software. One of the really cool things it can do is merge images in several ways. Two of the possibilities are: 1. Merge to a panorama, or 2. Merge into a composite. The panorama is very useful when y... 

Morning Hunt at the Black Canyon

December 19th, 2010

A couple of years ago, I took a few days to travel around Colorado and enjoy the changing colors of fall. One morning, shortly after sunrise, I stopped to take a picture of this grassy area on the north rim of the Black Canyon of the Gunnison wher... 

The Black Canyon of the Gunnison is an awe inspiring site. The most common place to view it is from the South Rim Visitor Center at the west end not far from Montrose, Colorado. My favorite part of the canyon, however, starts at the east end wher... 

Mule Deer Buck in Fresh Snow

December 17th, 2010

We had a few inches of fresh snow one day last fall. The morning brought us clear skies and sunshine, and as I walked around the end of my garage, I was treated to this beautiful sight! This mule deer buck was just meandering along, looking for f... 

Canyonlands National Park

December 17th, 2010

Shortly after I retired from Delta Air Lines, I spent a few days in Moab, Utah. While there, I got to see Arches and Canyonlands. Both are stunningly beautiful places to visit. I took this photo from the south end of "Island in the Sky", not far... 

Monument Valley, Arizona

December 14th, 2010

Monument Valley is the aptly named area in northeastern Arizona. These are just two of the magnificent formations that rise up from the desert floor, some reaching heights of 1,000 feet above the surrounding terrain. They are beautiful at any time ... 

A few years ago, I was in Monument Valley, Arizona, one crystal clear morning. My goal was to get some photos of the famous rock formations, there. As the light strengthened and threatened to end my "morning shoot", I saw this hot air balloon bei... 

St. Elmo, Colorado

December 12th, 2010

St. Elmo is a little tiny town and while it may be small it is big on character! This is the storefront of one of the few buildings in St. Elmo and if you go there, this small general store may be the only business that is "open for business". Yet,... 

Energy from the Wind

December 11th, 2010

I shot this photo at the windmill farm north of Ft. Supply, Oklahoma. These huge, power generating windmills are amazing. This particular group must contain over one hundred windmills scattered over several miles. When the wind blows and the blades ... 

The Great Sand Dunes of Colorado

December 11th, 2010

One of my favorite places in Colorado is the desert. Well, it does have lots of sand but it may not technically be a desert - the Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve is located near Alamosa, Colorado. It's a great place to spend time and a... 

San Francisco Fog Monster

December 9th, 2010

A few years ago, right after takeoff from San Francisco, I looked out the cockpit window and saw this amazing sight of the fog rolling in over the city. This was probably taken from an altitue of just three or four thousand feet as we were climbing o... 

Fluid Dynamics - Waterfall

December 8th, 2010

On one of my "photo journeys" through Colorado, I spent an evening in Buena Vista. At their municipal park, there is a stream running through it that comes to this waterfall. I used a slow shutter speed of 1/8th of a second to get this very smooth lo... 

While flying for Delta Air Lines, I was fortunate to fly as Captain on their Boeing 737-800 which was one of the first airliners to have a “heads up display” (HUD) for the Captain. This HUD is a piece of glass that hangs in front of the pilot, near t... 

A few days ago, I was treated to a spectacular, fiery sunrise the morning after a few inches of fresh snow softly coated the pines near home. Hear was a golden opportunity to try out some HDR (High Dynamic Range), using my new camera, the Nikon D7... 

We all talk about which camera is the best or which lens is the fastest or sharpest, always looking for that perfect combination that might help us take awesome photos. However, the absolute most important part of any photography shoot is the brain....