I flew into Denver on a crystal-clear Thursday and gathered with my fellow trekkers to begin our Rocky Mountain adventure. The group represented the “best of America”...New York to Chicago to San Diego, New England to New Orleans, Tennessee to Texas, even Alaska! We boarded our bus for an evening shoot of the Denver skyline with Michelle Cast and our mentor, Layne Kennedy. Layne was warm and welcoming as well as talented and instructive. He and Michelle got us off to an enthusiastic start as nature provided us with great clouds, a hawk and some lightning, and Denver did its part with a ferris wheel, a photogenic motel and even some fireworks! We “painted with light” in a nearby field of wildflowers and thanks to Layne’s direction were able to use this technique with the city lights as well, a boon to several of us who were traveling without tripods!