Soaring Light Images: Blog en-us (C) Soaring Light Images (Soaring Light Images) Fri, 10 May 2024 14:54:00 GMT Fri, 10 May 2024 14:54:00 GMT Soaring Light Images: Blog 90 120 May Mini Show Winner This Music Meadow Ranch photo won the 'Mini-Show' at the Louisville Art Association's May Monthly Member meeting (2024) PHOTO BY ANDY SCHWARTZ

(Soaring Light Images) Fri, 10 May 2024 14:53:38 GMT
Gallery Show Reception for February 2024

Opening Reception at the Creative Framing and Art Galley on February 2, 2024 in Louisville Colorado, featuring 6 of my photos along with the works of 3 other local photographers, through February 23, 2024.

(Soaring Light Images) Colorado Gallery Mon, 26 Feb 2024 17:43:57 GMT
BEST OF SHOW Awarded at Regional B&W Photography Show This image was awarded BEST OF SHOW at the Lincoln Gallery Regional B&W Photography Show in Loveland, Colorado (April 14, 2023)

(Soaring Light Images) Sat, 15 Apr 2023 18:02:23 GMT
2021 Fall Color Photos from the San Juan Mountains of Southwest Colorado I just returned from a weekend down in Southwest Colorado in the San Juan Mountains where the Fall colors are showing. Based in the town of Ridgway (just north of Ouray and Red Mountain Pass), I took a Fall Color Photography workshop with 9 other photographers. Our last sunset shoot was off of Red Mountain Pass just south of the town of Ouray, by a pond - extraordinary scene with colors, clouds, sunset light, and reflections in the water! Selected by the editors of for their Image of the Month (October 2021). Fall Sunset Over Crystal LakeFall Sunset Over Crystal LakePHOTO BY ANDY SCHWARTZ

(Soaring Light Images) Colorado Fall Colors Red Mountain Pass San Juan Mountains Tue, 28 Sep 2021 22:55:36 GMT
Honorable Mention Award for 2021 National Photo Show This image of Milford Sound (Fjordland National Park - South Island of New Zealand) 'The Road Ends Here' received an Honorable Mention award at the Louisville Art Association's 27th Annual National Juried Photography Show on May 29, 2021. PHOTO BY ANDY SCHWARTZ

(Soaring Light Images) art show award award national photo show new zealand Wed, 02 Jun 2021 16:18:48 GMT
Juried Entries Accepted Into Upcoming National Photography Show I was excited to receive a message recently that FOUR (of 6 submitted) of my images have been 'invited' (juried) into the Louisville Art Association's 27th Annual National Juried Photography Show. Over 1,000 images were submitted by over 600 photographers from all over the US and just 100 images were accepted, making this a competitive exhibition. The show will be at the Louisville Colorado Arts Center from May 28th to June 6th. A judge will announce awards in top categories after the opening.

Fall Sunrise View of San JuansFall Sunrise View of San JuansFrom DALLAS CREEK ROAD (County Road 7) near Ridgway, Colorado Staircase at the Embarcadero Center 3 - San FranciscoStaircase at the Embarcadero Center 3 - San Francisco

(Soaring Light Images) Art Show Colorado Photography Wed, 07 Apr 2021 17:13:47 GMT
New 2021 Calendar of Great Landscape Photography NOW Available to Order!

The NEW 2021 Fine Art Landscape Photography Calendar is NOW AVAILABLE to order at:

(Soaring Light Images) Mon, 02 Nov 2020 23:56:56 GMT
Cosmic Mountain Cathedral Cosmic Mountain CathedralCosmic Mountain CathedralNight Sky over St. Catherine of Siena
Selected for the Louisville Art Association's annual Juried National Photography Show (May 2023)

I took this photo earlier this week on a night of the new moon and no clouds or even smoke from nearby wildfires. This is located by a small stone church off of Highway 7 that leads to Estes Park in Colorado.

(Soaring Light Images) Fri, 21 Aug 2020 04:04:11 GMT
January 2020 Exhibit at the 'R Gallery' Boulder Colorado I am excited to announce that up to SIX of my best images taken during the past 9 years, have been selected at part of Boulder's new 'R Gallery's 'Best of the Decade' exhibit. The exhibit will feature up to 10 artists (not all photographers) from December 30th through February 2nd. The opening reception is Friday, January 10th from 6 to 8 PM. "R Gallery" is located at 2027 Broadway (just north of the Pearl Street downtown pedestrian mall) in Boulder, Colorado. Their website is: (or

(Soaring Light Images) Wed, 18 Dec 2019 01:58:47 GMT
NEW 2020 Photography Calendar! The NEW 2020 Photography Calendar is NOW available to ORDER ONLINE! Go to: (case sensitive).

Washboard Sky Over the DunesWashboard Sky Over the DunesAt the Great Sand Dunes National Park

(Soaring Light Images) Sun, 10 Nov 2019 16:00:11 GMT
Great Sand Dunes National Park
A few weeks ago, I attended a photography workshop through SOUL ROAD TRIPS, held at the Great Sand Dunes National Park in the San Luis Valley of southwest Colorado. Dune ClimbersDune ClimbersGreat Sand Dunes National Park

(Soaring Light Images) Colorado Great Sand Dunes Tue, 16 Jul 2019 03:09:35 GMT
Accepted Into National Art Show This photo was recently invited to be in the Louisville Art Association's 34th Annual National Fine Art and Photography Show, to be held at the Louisville Arts Center from August 31st to September 8th. Holiday TracksHoliday TracksThis was photo was recently 'invited' to be part of the Louisville Art Association's 34th Annual National Fine Art and Photography Show to be held August 31 through September 8th, at the Louisville Arts Center.

(Soaring Light Images) Tue, 16 Jul 2019 03:06:23 GMT
First SOLO Show

(Soaring Light Images) Wed, 26 Jun 2019 03:04:46 GMT
Third Place Award in 2018 National Juried Fine Art & Photography Show I just received tonight (Saturday, Sept. 1, 2018) the THIRD PLACE AWARD in the 2018 Louisville Art Assocation's 33rd Annual National Juried Fine Art & Photography Show, for my "HERD AT DAWN" photo (seen in the upper right). The judge with me was Colorado painter Michael Clark.

(Soaring Light Images) art show awards colorado art show Sun, 02 Sep 2018 04:12:50 GMT
Selected For Louisville Art Association National Juried Fine Art & Photography Show Pleased to announce that TWO photos have been selected to be exhibited in the Annual Louisville Art Association's Juried National Fine Art & Photography Show. Both photos were taken at the Music Meadow A Window Gaze at Dawn LightA Window Gaze at Dawn LightSelected for the Louisville Art Association's 2018 Annual Juried National Fine Art & Photography Show Ranch near Westcliff Colorado in mid-May.

(Soaring Light Images) Fri, 27 Jul 2018 02:41:04 GMT
New Photos from Dan Ballard's RANCH PHOTOGRAPHY Workshop Brought back some wonderful images from last weekend's photography workshop, given by Dan Ballard ( These and more are in the "Faces of the West" gallery page under My Portfolio. A Window Gaze at Dawn LightA Window Gaze at Dawn LightSelected for the Louisville Art Association's 2018 Annual Juried National Fine Art & Photography Show

(Soaring Light Images) barn colorado cowboy ranch westcliffe Sat, 26 May 2018 19:25:35 GMT
Photos on Exhibit in Upcoming Gallery Art Show for May-June 2018

(Soaring Light Images) Thu, 26 Apr 2018 03:55:51 GMT
Three Sisters Sunrise photo wins People's Choice Award at Art Show

(Soaring Light Images) Sun, 22 Apr 2018 23:11:54 GMT
3rd Place Award Winning Photo in Local Art Show Three Sisters Sunrise ReflectionThree Sisters Sunrise ReflectionThis panoramic image requires a custom size. Please contact me before ordering to print the entire image.
3rd Place Award winner AND People's Choice Award winner in the Louisville Art Association's 2018 Annual Spring Show.

(Soaring Light Images) art show award banff Sun, 22 Apr 2018 16:12:44 GMT
Andy Schwartz Awarded 3rd Place in Louisville Art Association's 2018 Spring Member Show

(Soaring Light Images) art show award Sun, 22 Apr 2018 16:10:21 GMT
Photo Calendar for 2018 NOW AVAILABLE for Ordering! My new 2018 photo calendar is NOW available for ordering. Please email me at: [email protected] for pricing, etc. To see the calendar photos, click on the link in the upper right of the home page ('Calendar 2018').

(Soaring Light Images) Thu, 12 Oct 2017 04:08:17 GMT
Fall Full Moon Set Image Selected for the 2017 LAA National Fine Art Show I am excited to announce that my Harvest Full Moon Set image has been selected to be part of the Louisville Art Association's 2017 Annual National Fine Art and Photography show. This exhibit will take place at the Louisville Arts Center during the first week of September. There were over 600 submissions of art and photography with the best 100 or so pieces juried into this show. Mesa Harvest Full Moon SetMesa Harvest Full Moon SetThis image is sized in a 2:1 aspect ratio. To print the ENTIRE photo, select 12" x 24" print size.

(Soaring Light Images) Wed, 19 Jul 2017 01:42:32 GMT
Exhibiting for June 2017 I have 6 photos now hanging on the north wall of the Louisville Recreation Center lobby through the month of June 2017. The full moon set image is new to the exhibit.

(Soaring Light Images) Sat, 03 Jun 2017 22:00:57 GMT
Incredible Banff!

Just returned from FOUR incredible days and nights in the Banff National Park area west of Calgary Alberta Canada with international photographer/instructor Dan Ballard. The above image was taken north west of Banff off of the Ice Fields Highway at sunset.

(Soaring Light Images) Banff Mountain reflection sunset Thu, 01 Jun 2017 02:05:01 GMT
Award Winning Photo My Fall Full Moon Set image was one of the winners of the January 2017 "Mini-Show" held during the Louisville Art Association's monthly member meeting. The photo was a 15" x 30" printed on aluminum by DURAPLAQ of Longmont, Colorado.

(Soaring Light Images) Sun, 15 Jan 2017 17:45:00 GMT
Humming Bird Caught In the Act I took this photo a couple of months ago in Estes Park (just outside of Rocky Mountain National Park). It will be part of the upcoming Louisville Art Association Annual Fall Member Show at the Louisville Recreation Center in Colorado November 9 - 12, 2016.

(Soaring Light Images) humming bird Sun, 16 Oct 2016 17:46:53 GMT
Full Moon Setting An AMAZING morning up on Davidson Mesa just a few miles west of my house here in Louisville, Colorado. This was taken as the full moon was setting over the mountains above Boulder as seen from the mesa. Mesa Harvest Full Moon SetMesa Harvest Full Moon Set

(Soaring Light Images) boulder colorado full moon settting mesa Sun, 16 Oct 2016 17:44:07 GMT
Misty Morning A few weeks ago, I planned a pre-dawn drive to a nearby hill south of my house, in hopes of capturing a great winter sunrise. I was 'greeted' instead by thick fog (a rare event in Colorado) and decided to make the short trip anyway to see how soon the fog would move and dissipate. The above image was the result of the fog receding down into the valley below, revealing the hill top and the western foothills above Boulder.

(Soaring Light Images) Boulder fog foothills mist Thu, 10 Mar 2016 03:40:42 GMT
2015 LIFE IN LOUISVILLE Photography Contest

At this evening's City Of Louisville Council Meeting, the winners in the annual 2015 LIFE IN LOUISVILLE Photography Contest were announced. My 'NEW YEAR MESA SUNRISE' (also featured in my 2016 Photo Calendar) was awarded 3rd Place in the NATURE category.

(Soaring Light Images) Tue, 03 Nov 2015 03:35:06 GMT
Photos On Display at the Louisville Recreation Center For the month of JULY, I have EIGHT photos on display on the north wall of the lobby area at the Louisville  Recreation Center. They include images from New Zealand, the San Juan Mountains, the Coachella Valley, San Francisco and the city of Boulder Open Space.

(Soaring Light Images) Sat, 04 Jul 2015 04:04:20 GMT
Mesa Sunsets and Sunrises The Davidson Mesa Park in Louisville is becoming my favorite place to shoot with its beautiful mountain backdrop and trails that lead the viewer into the landscape. The seasons change the light and colors throughout the year. Here is a winter sunset. Winter Sunset Over the MesaWinter Sunset Over the MesaFrom Davidson Mesa park, east of Boulder

(Soaring Light Images) Wed, 07 Jan 2015 04:58:42 GMT
Pre-Show Gallery Check

Photos are on the north wall of the Creative Framing and Art Gallery, prior to the Friday, November 7th opening reception at 6 PM.

(Soaring Light Images) Thu, 06 Nov 2014 23:02:51 GMT
Desert Oasis Reflection Oasis ReflectionOasis ReflectionMcCallum Pond in the McCallum Grove of the Coachella Valley Preserve east of Palm Springs near Thousand Palms.

My recent trip to Palm Springs and the Coachella Valley, took me to this desert preserve where I found this wonderful oasis in the McCallum Grove.

(Soaring Light Images) coachella valley preserve desert oasis mccallum grove mccallum pond Tue, 04 Nov 2014 02:16:20 GMT
Gallery Show Opening Reception Here is the advertisement for the upcoming gallery show reception featuring 15 of my photos along with the works of 3 other artists. The opening reception will be Friday, November 7th from 6 to 9 PM at the Creative Framing & Art Gallery, located at 916 Main Street in old downtown Louisville, Colorado

(Soaring Light Images) Mon, 20 Oct 2014 00:17:46 GMT
Soaring Light Images to Exhibit at Louisville Art Gallery

I just received a call last night from the owner of the CREATIVE FRAMING AND ART GALLERY (located at 916 Main Street in old downtown Louisville Colorado) inviting me to exhibit 10 to 15 photos in the art gallery for the months of November and December. I am very excited for this rare opportunity and hope that this will open the door to more opporunities to sell my work!

(Soaring Light Images) Sat, 13 Sep 2014 21:54:21 GMT
New Zealand Adventure! I have just returned from an amazing 2 weeks on the south island of New Zealand, where I spent time with professional landscape photographer DAN BALLARD who was my guide and helped me raise the level of my expertise on taking great photos with great light.

(Soaring Light Images) New Zealand South Island Sun, 27 Apr 2014 04:31:01 GMT
TRAVELING TO NEW ZEALAND! Two weeks ago, I took a major step toward my dream trip to NEW ZEALAND after buying airline tickets with Air New Zealand for mid-April. I will be traveling to ChristChurch on the South Island on April 9th with International Professional Landscape Photographer DAN BALLARD, who will be doing a private 1-on-1 workshop with me for 2 whole weeks!

(Soaring Light Images) Dan Ballard New Zealand Tue, 28 Jan 2014 04:20:43 GMT
Coachella Valley Wind Generator Farm Visiting Palm Springs and the Coachella Valley this week. I spent a few early mornings shooting sunrises nearby...the image below was of the large wind generator farm on the northwest side of the valley looking toward Mt. Jacinto at dawn.

Desert Wind Generator FarmDesert Wind Generator FarmNear Palm Springs, California - early morning Fall of 2013
This image is sized in a 2:1 aspect ratio. To print the ENTIRE photo, select 12" x 24" print size.

(Soaring Light Images) Coachella Valley Palm Springs Wind Generator Farm Wed, 30 Oct 2013 17:15:50 GMT
Fall Color Workshop in Ridgway, Colorado Just returned last night from a 3 day Fall Color workshop with Dan Ballard (who I will be going with to New Zealand for a private workshop next April 2014). I took several hundred photos during 6 different location shoots in the Ridgway/Ouray area just north of the San Juan mountains. The colors there have not yet peaked..almost wish I could have stayed another week...but we had great light most of the time and it even snowed on Red Mountain Pass during our first session on Friday (Sept. 27).  Dan also gave an amazing 2 hour tutorial on Adobe Lightroom at the end of the workshop that provided me a wonderful workflow to achieving brilliant colors in post processing as seen below. This was taken before sunrise on the "Dallas Divide" early Sunday morning. There were many photographers besides our group, lined up here for this shot (some were with a workshop led by Colorado Photographer 'laureate' John Fielder).

(Soaring Light Images) Mon, 30 Sep 2013 15:39:22 GMT
Taos Landscapes I have taken off this week to drive down to New Mexico for a few days. Arrived in TAOS and took this image at dawn by the Rio Grande Gorge bridge, looking east toward the mountains near Taos. This image comprised of 3 exposures processed with Nik HDR Efex Pro software.

(Soaring Light Images) Rio Grande Gorge Bridge Sunrise Taos Tue, 13 Aug 2013 02:01:17 GMT
Now Being Represented by ARTREPRENEUR After receiving an invitation upon review of my work, I am now being represented by The Artrepreneur, a web based company that markets artwork including photography to the general public through their website ( as well as to many other businesses such as galleries, interior design businesses, etc.

(Soaring Light Images) Thu, 25 Jul 2013 03:23:23 GMT
Moab Photo Symposium 2013 Workshops Just returned from a weekend in Moab for the 2013 10th Annual Moab Photo Symposium. I took 2 workshops - 1 with symposium organizer Bruce Hucko on water relections in Mill Creek Basin. The other workshop was with Colorado "Photographer Laureate" John Fielder who took us into Arches National Park to shoot photos along the area known as "Park Avenue" and ended up shooting sunset light on Balanced Rock as seen above. There was another workshop with Jack Dykinga that brought both groups together for this sunset shot.

(Soaring Light Images) Mon, 06 May 2013 03:41:44 GMT
Point Loma  

Arrived in San Diego on Thursday (Jan. 17, 2013) and have been shooting photos each morning and late afternoon. Yesterday, I went to Point Loma and shot this photo from the top landing of the spiral staircase inside the old lighthouse, looking straight down at the bottom by the entrance way. I was unable to use my tripod due to the angle I needed with the camera, so I held my hand as steady as could be and released the shutter at 1/8th of a second using my Nikkor 18-200mm VR lens.

(Soaring Light Images) Sat, 19 Jan 2013 21:33:54 GMT
First Out-Of-State Photo Order Boulder Tulips in Spring Snowfall This photo was just selected by an art procurement business in Virginia to hang in an Owensboro, Kentucky hospital hallway. I received my downpayment check in the mail today. The photo will be enlarged to 24" x 36" on a 'canvas wrap' format with my signature in the lower right corner along the bottom edge, to be delivered by no later than March 15th.

(Soaring Light Images) Sat, 29 Dec 2012 23:41:50 GMT
TIMES SQUARE - NYC Shot a week ago before Thanksgiving while visiting family in NYC. I did not have my tripod with me and decided to try shooting a series of exposures for HDR while keeping my hand as steady as possible. NIK HDR Efex Pro was used to align four bracketed shots to bring out the foreground detail without ending up with a white sky.

(Soaring Light Images) HDR NYC Times Square Sat, 01 Dec 2012 06:07:32 GMT
Joshua Tree National Park Arrived here in Palm Springs Oct. 26th and spending 10 days photographing the desert around the Coachella Valley.

I drove up to Joshua Tree National Park early in the week to try and capture sunrise over the high desert. Not as fortunate with my sunset shots.

(Soaring Light Images) Sat, 03 Nov 2012 18:09:47 GMT
Sunset from Davidson Mesa Great sunset tonight, taken from on top of Davidson Mesa on the west side of Louisville, looking west toward the Boulder Mountains.

(Soaring Light Images) Boulder Davidson Mesa Sunset Sun, 21 Oct 2012 03:07:26 GMT
Fall Sunrise from Teller Farm North Trailhead After rain/snow mix this past Saturday, I got up early yesterday morning (Sunday-Oct. 7th) to catch sunrise from a trailhead in East Boulder. Here's the view looking west across Boulder Valley at the snow dusted foothills and the Continental Divide.

(Soaring Light Images) Boulder Farm Sunrise Teller Trailhead Tue, 09 Oct 2012 01:57:47 GMT
Mt Sneffels Traveling this week to southwest Colorado. I made a stop in Gunnison earlier this week to shoot in the Crested Butte area and catch the end of Stage 2 of the USA Pro Tour Cycling Race. Now I'm in OURAY and drove up highway 62 west of Ridgway and took this photo on the way back from Telluride, along the Dallas Divide.

(Soaring Light Images) Fri, 24 Aug 2012 01:17:15 GMT
30th Annual Rocky Mountain Regional Rodeo-Jefferson County Fairgrounds, Golden, Colorado I had the opportunity to practice my pan shooting at the 30th Annual Rocky Mt. Regional Rodeo this past Saturday (July 14th) held at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds near Golden, Colorado. The above photo was taken at 1/30th of a second. Movement of the rider separate from the horse in the saddle may explain why the center of the horse remained sharper than the rider himself.

(Soaring Light Images) Wed, 18 Jul 2012 01:01:02 GMT
2nd Annual SONIC BOOM Criterium Bicycle Race Spent yesterday morning, photographing the 2nd Annual SONIC BOOM Criterium Bike Race sponsored by Lucky Pie Pizza in old downtown Louisville(Colorado). It was an opportunity to practice pan shooting as the riders went by to blur the background and try and keep the riders in focus..definitely made some progress on achieving this effect.

(Soaring Light Images) bike race Sun, 08 Jul 2012 18:16:59 GMT
9th Annual Moab Photo Symposium

I just returned yesterday from attending the 9th Annual Moab Photo Symposium in Moab, Utah. There were 11 great worshops led by excellent instructors who were all highly regarded in their respective photography fields. Each gave inspiring presentations each morning about 'their story' and how they became passionate about their work.

The Friday May 4th workshop I took, was led by Dan Ballard which started in a small Moab city park where we were given 'assignments' on shooting 1) SIMPLE!, 2) SIMPLE with a 'LINE" and 3) SIMPLE with an "S" curve line in the image. We then headed for Dead Horse Point State Park to shoot along the cliff edge as the sun got low in the sky and brought color to the rocks.

On Saturday afternoon, I participated in a workshop led by local/national photographer Tom Till that took us to Arches National Park where we drove to the EYE OF THE WHALE Arch via four-wheel drive trail off the main park road. From there, we hiked a short distance and took turns shooting on the ledge through the 'eye' when sunlight began to light up the arches' ceiling.

(Soaring Light Images) Tue, 08 May 2012 00:03:20 GMT
Nikonians Workshop on Nikon Creative Lighting System (CLS) I recently took my first "NIKONIAN'S" workshop on the Nikon Creative Lighting System (CLS) with instructor Winston Hall. The class was a great 'hands-on' experience allowing me to use my camera and Nikon strobes to get a better understanding of how to use the CLS for making the best photos with added light.

(Soaring Light Images) CLS Nikon Nikonians SB700 Mon, 16 Apr 2012 03:36:55 GMT
Reflections in a Slab The GETTY ARTS CENTER was built over 10 years ago in the Santa Monica Hills just north of Los Angeles.  For the past 3 years, I have driven up to the center to take photos around the grounds. This past January, a new sculpture of a large, highly polished 'slab' was set up in the south end of the main lobby. I waited for the many visitors to walk by and shot this one of the reflections in the slab that included another photographer with a different focus....

(Soaring Light Images) Getty Arts Center Fri, 24 Feb 2012 03:53:22 GMT
High Desert Sunrise

Sunrise at Joshua Tree National Park


For the past 16 years, I have been spending late October (around the time of my birthday) in the Palm Springs area of the Coachella Valley. I only 'discovered' Joshua Tree National Park a few years ago and have made it part of my photo itinerary during each trip.
It was this morning that I got motivated enough to get up before 5 AM and drive to the park (about 50 minutes) before sunrise. I wasn't completely sure of the best spot to be at sunrise and decided to take a chance. I recently added the app to my iPad2 for the "Photographer's Ephemeris" but I'm still learning how to use the maps and information on sunlight location to help me scout the area in advance for best position for lighting.

Anyway, here's one of my 'efforts' early this morning in Joshua Tree NP as the sun rose and began to light up the valley..


(Soaring Light Images) Joshua Tree National Park sunrise Fri, 24 Feb 2012 03:29:25 GMT