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Lewis, nature and wildlife photographer

Paul Lewis has a photography show at Fraser Library this month.

Lewis began taking photographs of nature and wildlife around 12 years ago, he said.

"I started to get to the point that the photographs have been getting better," he said this week.

He has taken classes at the Colorado Free University and completed course work in Lightroom.

"It's like Photoshop but it more about developing the photos," he said.

Lightroom does basic task which have been done in a traditional dark room; improves color and lighting and cropping. His show at the Fraser Library features nature and wildlife from Grand County except for one from Telluride.

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Lewis spends much of his time in Rocky Mountain National Park.

"Most of the time it's just a walk in the park. I enjoy being out there."

The story of the photograph: Winter’s Edge:

This is a location Lewis drives by about 30 times a year. The photograph was taken off Corona Pass Road. “It’s a great view of the ski area. You don’t get an opportunity to see a dusting and then the fall colors,” he said.

Technique: HDR (High-dynamic-range), blending different photographs at different exposers to increase the range the light.

Time: cropping and developing it with HDR took about an hour or two.

Framing: Lewis bought the frame and mat and put it together himself.

This photo is on canvas. “I send the photograph to a company and they put on canvas so it has a watercolor/oil look to it.”

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