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Dominique Griffin’s Pro-Debut @ Gas Monkey | Dallas, TX

It's gonna be like the 12 days of Christmas for this fight, lol. I have enough pictures for each day leading up to the fight December 1st. Gonna be funny. Haven't done a marketing campaign like this before. It wasn't planned, I just had so many good photos from the photo session, I wanted to show them all. So, I will have to be a little creative, so they don't all look the same. Looking forward to it....

Dominique Griffin

Electric Peak, MT | elev. 10,968ft

This is the view that I grew up with. Then, it was Long’s Peak (Twin Peaks) as I grew older. Been so spoiled with magnificent views my whole childhood. It really effected me. Possibly, the leading determining factor in why I am who I am. That is saying a lot, you know, God & all. But, the landscape is God, so… Just seeing sunrise/sunset/storms/clear skies/night skies/snow capped/dry…… what a beautiful thing to behold everyday of a young life. I love the mountains.

Electric Peak Mountain

Grand Prismatic Spring | Oil Painting

Not sure how these are viewing on your screen, all digital devices are different, or can be. I am going to print these this afternoon to check them out. I made them with canvas style prints in mind, hopefully paper looks good too. Stay tuned! Enjoying messing around with the effects on photoshop. These are not just simply applying the setting & walking away. I used multiple layers, varying the brush settings, blending them together & altering colors, etc.
Yellowstone Park

Lower Falls of the Grand Canyon in Yellowstone Park

One of the many iconic photo locations in Yellowstone, the South Rim Drive of the Canyon.  Definitely, one of the spots I remember most from my early visits to the park.  The canyon is stunning, it is just a reminder of the many "looks" the park has in such a relatively small area of land.  The falls have a lookout directly above the crest of the falls.  You can see some people standing there in this photo.  It is quite the impressive site, in that particular location as well.  I did take some video, but that vantage point, I don't know if pictures really capture the power of the falls.  The river is so heavy & it is channeled even narrower at the drop.  I have never been to Niagara, so I wonder how it compares.  

I took a few different shots from various locations here.  This isn't particularly my favorite that I took, but I wanted to see the detail I got at full zoom (120mm).  I am looking forward to having my souped up computer that will be able to eat HDR's for lunch!!  Till then I am stuck on my tricycle (laptop) pedaling as fast as I can....

Lower Falls Yellowstone River

Sunset at Carter Lake, Colorado

Wow!  Incredible sunset.  The pictures don't even come close to doing it justice.  I was just overwhelmed, this setting was so powerful.  The water on the lake & the different mountain ranges, varying in depth.  This would have been a great HDR.  The boaters & wakeboarders out there will remember this evening for a long time.  It was stunning.  Maybe the most moving sunset I have ever seen, or at least in recent memory.  My kids were there with me, which made it even more special as I continue trying to show them how beautiful where I grew up was & have it impact them in a way it did/does, me.  As you turn around from this spot where I took this picture, you can see DIA, Loveland area/Berthoud area, as the suns rays shine down on the cities & towns of the Front Range.  Unfortunately, my vehicle & a telephone pole were messing up the shot.  The people who live in on this lake & surrounding area are very lucky to have such amazing views, just about every night & morning.....  unreal.

sunset carter lake

Starting off the Summer Photo Tour, right! & a little dangerously…..

Whenever you are traveling from Houston/Dallas to Denver, you have two options; going the back way through Amarillo/Raton Pass or up through OKC/Kansas to I70.  Now, generally, you need to make your decision on WEATHER!  LOL.  That, was not really why I chose the Kansas route this time around, it had more to do with my van not breaking down.  I hoped the interstate would be easier on the engine (Mazda).  It has been a great little van, other than it has a pinhole in the radiator & has spit spark plugs out to the cylinder head up through the ignition coils..... yea.  

Man, we saw this storm a comin about a 100 miles away.  I was even on the phone with my wife saying, "there is a storm ahead & we are going right in..."  The storm developed very quickly & we were here at the beginning of what rambled on for the rest of the afternoon & evening.  Luckily, I trusted the bad feeling that I had & we exited I70 to avoid hail.  80 mph winds > felt that.  Tornado warning > Saw that.  

We had to go about 35 south @ 80mph to avoid this storm.  I have seen tornadoes up close, been through Hurricane Ike as well as many severe snow storms.... this was pretty epic.

Last Night’s Sunset from Spring Branch | Houston, TX

Well, it is now 4am....  Up all night working on my website, uploading pictures, changing the format, wondering what the hell am I doing, say to myself "dang I need another computer to do all this faster....."  So, the sun was sun was setting last night & it started to rain.  It was really beautiful lighting as the sun was shining through the evening shower, this picture does no justice!  I tried the wide angle lens that I have, but ended up using my old trusty Nikon 24-140 f4 that has all the bells & whistles Nikon had to offer like 6 years ago, lol.  Anyway, here's your moment of Zen!

The Sunset in Houston