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Fall Colors in the Colorado High Country

Every year summer turns to fall, and in the Rocky Mountains nature turns the mountain scenes into works of art. Autumn has once again come to Colorado, and it’s time for artists to get out the camera, sketch pad, or easel.

My artist tool of choice is my dSLR camera coupled with a laptop and my digital processing tools. With so many spectacular scenic opportunities out there, it’s hard to choose what to shoot next. The first step is to get out into nature, with an empty memory card, charged battery, and a monopod or tripod. Once you find your scene and the light is right, take many, many shots. I work on bracketing exposure and depth of field.

Colorado mountain color scene
Out of camera, sharpened jpeg of a fall scene in the Colorado mountains new South Park, CO.


These RAW shots are then taken back to my processing lab in my RV, and downloaded into my computer. Once images are out of the camera, and into the processing lab, it’s time to review all the bracketed photos and pick the best captures to digitally enhance.

My current style is to apply generous amounts of digital processing to transform my OoC (Out of Camera) images from a realistic photo to an impressionistic colorful simplified image that expresses my inner feelings about the scene I witnessed. For true photography purists this is probably not to their liking, but sorry, it’s my style right now in my digital art journey.

My favorite digital image processing tool of choice right now is Topaz Labs Simplify.

Thanks for reading my blog, and check out some great Fall Images on Fine Art America:
fall prints

Photo Gallery & Online Store is Open!

After a long delay, my online gallery and web store is now open at @fineartamerica.  My artist name is J.Michael Nettik, and I have a unique way of processing my digital images. I call it Digital Impressionism so therefore it’s J.Michael Nettik – Digital Impressionist.

brown thorny thistle impressionistic abstract by J.Michael Nettik

During our year of full-time RV’ing I shot over 14,000 digital images and I continue to process these photographs and create unique one-of-a-kind works of art. I have shots from The Thousand Islands of New York State to the Gulf of Mexico.

Royal terns nagging mates on beach

I have continued to shoot photographs after settling in Colorado and the Rocky Mountains. I will be posting new images and growing my gallery in the future. Enjoy, and contact me if you are interested in purchasing a print. I will send you a discount code that can be used at checkout just for visiting my blog. Thanks, and enjoy!

Digital cartooned image of Mann Reservoir

I’m sponsering a page on Fine Art America – Digital Images, there are some amazing artists doing some amazing work!

digital photos

“Sunni” and the Panama City Beach

Panama City Beach, Florida

The Name is Sunni, that’s the name I’ve given my Toyota Solara Convertible. I figure she has earned her own nickname since we spend hours together as we follow Jerry, Cabo and Big Red down the highways (often with the top down). I feel she has earned a nickname, so from now on, my beautiful white Toyota  Solara convertible will be referred to as “Sunni”! The melodic voice of the GPS led to the femal gender decision.

Panama City Beach

We made our way to our next stop,  Panama City Beach, FL, by way of Florida 30A and US 98, the costal highways wind through  more picturesque places. We hope one day to make it back to one to explore it more fully, a seaside village called Mexico Beach. There were RV parks, condos and resorts right in town on the beach. We also drove through a huge military base that stretched for miles, and over many long bridges and bodies of water before reaching Panama City. This was the heaviest traffic we’ve driven in since we left Palm Harbor. Sunni and I followed right along behind Jerry and Big Red. Somehow it is more nerve wracking to watch Big Red weave through traffic from behind than it is to ride in the cab with Jerry! I must say though, Jerry has been just amazing at how he took to towing the 5th wheel, especially since he had never towed anything before we left RI last Fall! Learning to tow a 33 foot 5th wheel trailer by pulling directly out on to Interstate 95 in Warwick RI the first time was trial by fire, he’s done great from the start.

There are actually two separate towns, the original city of Panama City and the the community on the beach called Panama City Beach.
We stayed in Panama City Beach at Pineglen RV Resort.

Trailer, car, and camp in Panama City Beach
Pineglen Camp, Panama City Beach

The park was actually located inland  in the pine trees and was laid out nicely with good sized pull through sites, ponds, screen rooms scattered throughout and a large screened area which enclosed the pool, shower rooms and laundry.
Cabo seemed to be  more comfortable here in the pines than he was by the water at our last camp ( he must be a mountain cat rather than a sea cat). He even treed a couple of lizards in the first hour we were set up as he explored his new home from the end of his leash.  He was very comfortable outside on his leash, even by himself, (at least until a car would drive by!)