Flatirons Running Inc. – Grand Opening

Saturday Feb 6, 2016 marked the grand opening of Flatirons Running Inc., located on 629 South Broadway Street in Boulder, Colo.

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Janay & Lolo run with Falcons

Military brats Janay DeLouch and Lolo Jones ran alongside the USAFA Falcons Track & Field team January 22-23, 2016 in Colorado Springs, CO.

 

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Olympic athlete Janay DeLoach competes in the Women’s 60m hurdles (preliminary) clocking in at 8.03 seconds

 

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Olympian Lolo Jones competes in the preliminary 60m hurdles at the Air Force Track and Field Invitational at the Academy’s Cadet Field House on Jan 23, 2016 in Colorado Springs, Colo. (photo/Liz Copan)

 

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Olympians Lolo Jones (second from left) and Janay DeLoach (right) compete at the Air Force Track and Field Invitational at the Academy’s Cadet Field House on Jan 23, 2016 in Colorado Springs, Colo. DeLoach finished at 7.94 seconds in the Women’s 60 meter hurdles, and Jones at 8.00. (photo/Liz Copan)

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Jones and DeLoach

Remembering a splash of color

Winter skies are here, the snow has fallen, the colors have slumbered…let us not forget the dream of autumn golds, the velvety colors of transition…

California dreaming, on such a winter’s day?

Move over Cali (nothing personal, love you), but I dream of the richness of the mountains, Telluride’s autumnal splendor and explosion of colors…

Amidst a sea of white and grey, I dream in color

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Class of 2015, you are dismissed!

The U.S. Air Force Academy Class of 2015 tosses their hats in celebration as The USAF Thunderbirds roar over Falcon Stadium in Colorado Springs, Colo. May 28, 2015. Over 800 cadets graduated and became 2d Lieutenants. Deborah Lee James, the Secretary of the Air Force gave the Graduation Address.  (Air Force photo by Liz Copan) (released)

The U.S. Air Force Academy Class of 2015 tosses their hats in celebration as The USAF Thunderbirds roar over Falcon Stadium in Colorado Springs, Colo. May 28, 2015. Over 800 cadets graduated and became 2d Lieutenants. Deborah Lee James, the Secretary of the Air Force gave the Graduation Address. (Air Force photo by Liz Copan) (released)

I couldn’t be more proud of “my kids.”

I say my kids because four years ago I watched them; wide-eyed, insecure adolescents filled with a mixture of hope, fear, and uncertainty, “doolies,” some barely 18 years of age.

The U.S. Air Force Academy Class of 2015 celebrates after sending their hats skyward as the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds roared over Falcon Stadium in Colorado Springs, Colo. May 28, 2015. Over 800 cadets graduated and became 2d Lieutenants. Deborah Lee James, the Secretary of the Air Force gave the Graduation Address.  (Air Force photo by Liz Copan) (released)

Through my lens, I have watched them grow and mature into women and men of great strength, integrity, and character, who will one day be tasked with leading our country.

Among the newest batch of second lieutenants, 360 will directly attend pilot training, 89 will work in space and cyber space fields, 89 will attend graduate school and 44 will join nuclear missile operations.

I still have a difficult time parallel parking, let alone flying a fighter jet (which is amongst one of the many reasons I am an artist).

840 hats were tossed in the air, voices raised in celebration as the F-4 Thunderbirds echoed their roaring sentiments.

You’re not kids any longer, congratulations Class of 2015.
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Take Back the Night 2015: ‘Shattering the Silence’

Cadet squadrons, athletic teams and other units here designed T-shirts campaigning against sexual violence, including slogans such as

Cadet squadrons, athletic teams and other units here designed T-shirts campaigning against sexual violence, including slogans such as “Hurts one, affects all,” “Stand up, speak out” and “H.O.P.E.– Hold on, pain ends” during the Academy’s second annual Take Back the Night event April 16, 2015 at the Cadet Field House and Clune Arena in Colorado Springs, Colo. (Air Force photo/Liz Copan)

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Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James provided opening remarks.

Nearly 400 red glow sticks glisten to represent the number of sexual assault victims here in the last 10 years, at the Academy's second annual Take Back the Night event April 16. Cadets heard messages from Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James and Katie Koestner, the first survivor of date rape to speak out nationally. (U.S. Air Force photo/ Liz Copan)

Nearly 400 red glow sticks glisten to represent the number of sexual assault victims here in the last 10 years, at the Academy’s second annual Take Back the Night event April 16. Cadets heard messages from Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James and Katie Koestner, the first survivor of date rape to speak out nationally. (U.S. Air Force photo/ Liz Copan)

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Springtime at Hanging Lake, Glenwood Springs, CO

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morning embers of the sun dance on the waters of Hanging Lake (photo/Liz Copan)

 

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Air Force Drops 1-0 Match To Seattle

Air Force men’s soccer dropped a 1-0 match to Seattle U in Western Athletic Conference action on Senior Day October 26, 2014 at the Cadet Soccer Stadium. The Falcons (6-5-4, 2-4-1 WAC) allowed the lone goal of the match to the Redhawks (8-5-1, 3-2-1 WAC) in the 22nd minute.

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11-08-14 Historical Weapons & Remote Shooting

On Saturday November 8, Ray and I accompanied LTC Nathan Watanabe and Lt Col David Bachler with the US Air Force Academy’s History Club to the POW (Privately Owned Weapons) Shooting Range on Fort Carson in Colorado Springs, Colo. to document historical weapons in action.

Weapons ranging from the Revolutionary War to the Vietnam era were demonstrated on November 8, 2014 by the Air Force Academy's History Club at Fort Carson, Colo. (photo by Studio Copan)

Weapons ranging from the Revolutionary War to the Vietnam era were demonstrated on November 8, 2014 by the Air Force Academy’s History Club at Fort Carson, Colo. (photo by Studio Copan)

It was the first time we had experimented with remote camera controls, but to our delight, the CamRanger performed beautifully and allowed us to capture areas that were certainly off limits during the live fire.

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When I photographed the history club’s Historical Weapons Live Fire back in 2012, I was restricted to photographing from behind the line of fire due to safety reasons.
With the CamRanger, we were able to hook up the Canon 7D with 300mm f 2.8 lens (and pray that no stray bullets took it to an early grave) while remotely controlling the camera from a smartphone.

 

Liz Copan (left) photographs from close range while Ray Kaltenbach (center) controls the Canon 7D remotely from his smartphone using the CamRanger

Liz Copan (left) photographs from close range while Ray Kaltenbach (center) controls the Canon 7D remotely from his smartphone using the CamRanger

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notice the camera perched safely on the ridge

 

 

 

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Veteran’s Day — Recognizing our Heroes

Despite being bombarded by advertisements, promotions and “too big to miss sales events,” today is November 11, 2014 and it is Veteran’s Day once again. This day is one of the few times out of a busy year the general public acknowledges the sacrifices and contributions our service members have made (or in the retail industry, a new sales flyer and some flashy graphics).

Patriot Guard Rider Daniel Cisneros holds a flag as the casket of Capt. Ryan P. Hall arrives at the Shrine of Remembrance in Colorado Springs, CO on March 9th, 2012. Members of The Patriot Guard Riders escorted the body of Capt. Hall from Peterson Air Force Base to the Shrine of Remembrance.  Capt. Hall died Feb. 18th, 2012 when his U-28A was involved in an accident near Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, located in the Horn of Africa. (US Air Force Photo/Liz Copan)

Patriot Guard Rider Daniel Cisneros holds a flag as the casket of Capt. Ryan P. Hall arrives at the Shrine of Remembrance in Colorado Springs, CO on March 9th, 2012. Members of The Patriot Guard Riders escorted the body of Capt. Hall from Peterson Air Force Base to the Shrine of Remembrance. Capt. Hall died Feb. 18th, 2012 when his U-28A was involved in an accident near Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, located in the Horn of Africa. (US Air Force Photo/Liz Copan)

I am privileged to work with these remarkable men and women every day, and I can tell you it is truly an honor to have them enrich the tapestry of our legacy with their service.

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Never to be ridden by its owner again, the motorcycle belonging to Capt David I. Lyon is parked for the funeral of the 2008 Air Force Academy graduate who was killed in Afghanistan on December 27, 2013. Lyon was buried in the USAFA cemetery in Colorado Springs, Colo. January 8, 2014. (Air Force photo/Liz Copan 

We ask so much from them, much more than most of us are willing to give of ourselves. As Americans, we have been conditioned to presume our liberties and freedom will always be there. Even I often take it for granted that there will be someone else to fight for it.

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Funeral service for LtCol Morris “Moose” M Fontenot Jr on Oct 3, 2014 at the Air Force Academy Cemetery in Colorado Springs, Colo.

So please, the next time you see a veteran (yes, even the less glamorized former heroes, dejected, crusty, and seemingly defeated begging for change outside of your local WalMart) remember that their service and story matters.

Their sacrifices matter.

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Members of the Colorado Patriot Guard Riders await the casket of LtCol Morris “Moose” M Fontenot Jr on Oct 3, 2014 at the Air Force Academy Cemetery in Colorado Springs, Colo. Fontenot died Aug. 27 when his F-15 crashed near the Shenandoah Valley in western Virginia. A 1996 graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy, he had most recently served as commander of the 67th Fighter Squadron based in Kadena Air Force Base in Japan. He served as a squadron commander at multiple locations. Following active-duty assignments in Washington, D.C., Japan, Idaho, Florida, Alaska and numerous deployments in the Middle East, Fontenot joined the Massachusetts Air National Guard in February. He had more than 2,300 flying hours, including 240 combat hours. His decorations included a Meritorious Service Medal, an Air Medal, an Aerial Achievement Medal, an Air Force Commendation Medal, Air Force Achievement Medal and Combat Readiness Medal. (Air Force photo/Liz Copan)

USAFA Swimming vs. Colorado Mesa & Colorado School of Mines

The Air Force men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams swept a pair of dual meets Friday Oct. 24, 2014 at the Academy’s Cadet Natatorium. The men beat Colorado School of Mines (126.00-101.00) and Colorado Mesa (124.00-109.00). The women also beat Colorado School of Mines (130.00-83.00) and Colorado Mesa (118.00-111.00).

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Junior Leah Weber competes in the women’s 200 yard individual medley race on Oct. 24, 2014

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