October 2009 Newsletter

Morning Light Photography - October 2009 Newsletter

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Warm greetings from Estes Park! After a very busy summer and autumn, things are finally quieting down up here. I figure it is time to try and finally write a newsletter. I'd hoped to send these newsletters out quarterly, but that certainly won't be the case this year.

Christmas Holiday News

The first bit of news is that we are offering a 15% discount on purchases made before Christmas via our website. Just enter the code: "christmas09" during checkout to receive the discount. If you are ordering wood mounted pieces remember that they need to be ordered by the end of November to get them in time for Christmas. Every year Americans spend $45 billion dollars on the Christmas holidays. (See video.) Think what would happen if we re-directed even a small portion of that to helping the world's poorest find a way out of poverty. This season my gallery is teaming up with the Shimoga Project to build and finance the creation of a new school amongst India's "untouchables". These "untouchables" (Dalit) typically have no chance of an education and have no way out of their dire situation. This school will change the lives of many. If you would like to join with us in this project visit: http://theshimogaproject.com.

Remote Images

This summer I came away with many new images, mostly from locations in Rocky Mountain National Park that are rarely photographed. One of my new favorite locations is an area called "Wonderland". It is located in the middle of the park but not accessible by any trail. There are waterfalls and cascades all along its eastern side, a beautiful meadow with a meandering stream, dozens of tarns above tree line and several large lakes at the base of dramatic peaks. It is another of those beautiful hidden areas in the park. This summer the National Park Service also let me into one of their protected research areas to document the area for them. This was a real honor and allowed me to capture some very unique images. During the summer I also took a walk through Hayden's Gorge and Forest Canyon. It was quite an adventure to say the least. You can read my full trip report about it. I've also put together a collection of my favorite images from this past summer. It is hard to believe that I've spent nearly six years exploring this one little park and am still finding so many new and spectacular areas.

Photo Workshops and Guiding

Since the spring of 2007 I've been offering photography workshops and guiding in the national park. After some consideration, I'm planning to take a one-year break from these activities during 2010.Even though I enjoy meeting many wonderful people, it is becoming more difficult to take time from running the gallery and, after all expenses are taken into account, the net income is negligible. I would still be happy to offer classroom instruction as I have time, but I won't be able to take people into the park since it would require insurance, licensing, medical training, etc, which are the big expenses. I apologize to those of you who were planning on going out with me this next year. .

Upcoming Events

During the month of November I'll be the featured artist at the NCR Gallery in the Tennyson District of Denver. I'll be there on Friday November 6th from 6pm to 9pm to greet people and answer questions. Stop by if you are in the area. At 7pm on Monday November 9th I'll be speaking at the Loveland Photographic Society about communicating emotions through photography. Then I'm off for a week of family vacation, no camera allowed! :-) Fortunately this coming week I'll be in the deserts of Arizona and Utah for a photo trip so it should be out of my system by the time vacation comes around. Contact me for details.

On Facebook

Just a reminder that I have an artist page on Facebook for those of you who are active in the digital world. I try to post new images on the page almost every day. It is a great way to keep up with what I'm doing and I occasionally offer specials that you might not otherwise hear about. Check it out: http://www.facebook.com/MorningLightPhotography design page.

Clearance Items

Every year I like to change the photography on display in my gallery. To make that possible I sell some of the pieces off the wall at a greatly reduced price. If you are interested in a terrific deal, then visit the clearance page on my website and help me keep things fresh.

Wishing everyone a wonderful end to 2009!

Erik Stensland
Morning Light Photography
P.O. Box 2843
Estes Park, CO 80517

"Photography is simply recording the artistry of God."