Photo of the Day: Gorilla Loose in Telluride Colorado


At its root, this blog is about photographs. So here’s one I snagged last night with my iPhone at sunset from the always-epic Telluride, Colorado. Anybody spot the gorilla face in the picture?

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39 Responses to Photo of the Day: Gorilla Loose in Telluride Colorado

  1. Donnie Bell Design July 23, 2010 at 7:12 am #

    I definitely see it. But my initial reaction is “That was taken with an iPhone?!?” Amazing picture quality. But I guess that’s what you get with an amazing photographer.

  2. Elis W. Alves July 23, 2010 at 7:23 am #

    Yep. I see it too. So cool when that happens! You and Zack (Arias) are making me want to get an iPhone just so I can walk around with a tiny camera with me at all times (instead of a big bulky one) and have my own visual diary! Thanks for the inspiration! :c)

  3. Ben July 23, 2010 at 7:28 am #

    Telluride is the best place on Earth!!

  4. Dave Dugdale July 23, 2010 at 7:41 am #

    I was just there a couple of weeks ago and also stopped in Ouray and got this amazing shot on my iphone. It looks like the mountains are on fire.

  5. Jesus Cruz Jr July 23, 2010 at 7:48 am #

    No, I don’t see it.

  6. Tanya from Little Village Naturals July 23, 2010 at 7:54 am #

    Wow! I love that! For the first second, I thought “what Gorilla?”. But then I spotted it! Very cool!

  7. Quentin Guillory July 23, 2010 at 8:13 am #

    this is too cool.. what are the odds?!?!?!!

  8. Brian July 23, 2010 at 8:30 am #

    Looks more like the Stay Puft Marshmellow Man of Ghostbusters fame….

  9. Michael P July 23, 2010 at 8:40 am #

    Win! Gorgeous and nostalgic. Loving the warmth and the flare.

  10. Mitch July 23, 2010 at 11:40 am #

    I think I see a Ninja Turtle

  11. Elisa Mitchell July 23, 2010 at 2:29 pm #

    Wow! that is sooo neat : )

  12. Greg Brave July 24, 2010 at 6:06 am #

    Nice! But why is this gorilla is so angry?

  13. johannes S July 24, 2010 at 10:18 am #

    Why does the Gorilla-face make you think of David’s workshop?

  14. Kevin Shea July 24, 2010 at 4:40 pm #

    I saw that. Love it when stuff like that happens. Great photo!

  15. Sam July 24, 2010 at 5:49 pm #

    I see pretty much nothing.

  16. Darrell July 24, 2010 at 9:59 pm #

    I could never see those damn 3D images hidden in posters at the mall back the 80s either. One of the great failures of my life.

    Loved that Zach Creative Live though – had no problem seeing that! ;-)

  17. marcus grip July 25, 2010 at 11:36 am #

    can´t see it, any help? Haha!

  18. Matt Timmons July 25, 2010 at 8:00 pm #

    I totally see it! For those having trouble-
    the two dark spots just below half-way down under the sun flair are his nostrils, and the horizontal line in the concrete near the bottom above the vignette is his mouth. His eyes are two sun flairs on opposite sides of the sun.

    • Joel July 31, 2010 at 8:07 pm #

      Thanks Matt. Yep, that was it.

      • ck August 13, 2010 at 8:38 am #

        yep, I see it, but never thought before that this gorilla has a mouth. at first, I knew only by seeing his eyes. right now, I am thinking that “he” is could possibly a girl (or call it: a goddess) and her face looks sad. :|

  19. Aric Hoek July 25, 2010 at 10:56 pm #

    Is the face on the ground? I think I see the eyes.

    Wait. Just read the post above and now I can totally see it. Way cool!

  20. Heinz Schmidt July 26, 2010 at 1:13 am #

    Just wanted to shout out a thanks for David duChemin’s CreativeLive weekend.

    It was a religious experience and has changed my (and probably thousands of other photographers’) approach to photography completely.

    Two Jack Studio

    • Chase July 26, 2010 at 6:39 am #

      thanks heinz. i’ll make sure david and the whole creativeLIVE team gets your feedback. thanks for spreading the word!

  21. SACHA July 26, 2010 at 2:57 am #

    see it, believe it. there more between the sun and the earth!! haha

  22. David Haut July 26, 2010 at 5:15 am #

    I found Waldo!

  23. sacha July 26, 2010 at 7:26 am #

    wow very unique, great stuff, cheers :)

  24. Neil Walton July 26, 2010 at 9:29 am #

    Very cool photo from a very good photographer…

  25. James Bunch July 26, 2010 at 4:48 pm #

    man, phone cameras have come a long way, not to mention great apps for in phone editing

  26. Bob DeChiara July 26, 2010 at 5:56 pm #

    Great stuff!!

  27. Tai Gray July 26, 2010 at 9:28 pm #

    I got a picture with my iphone with lens flare that looks exactly like that :-)

  28. Brian July 27, 2010 at 10:03 am #

    Nice Chase. Ironic, given that the photographer is a little bananas. ;)

  29. mark owen July 28, 2010 at 8:48 am #

    Chase you and Zack continue to inspire me. I used an iphone during Scott Kelby’s worldwide photowalk. Here’s the results

    Thanks for inspiration

  30. Slainte July 30, 2010 at 11:29 am #

    Seriously, Iphone needs to be paying for the publicity. One of the main reasons I want one now is for the on board editing and trickery.

    Great shot.

  31. Joel July 31, 2010 at 8:06 pm #

    I see it! Now, tell me, why can’t I get the same image quality on my iphone? =(

  32. Anthony August 5, 2010 at 1:17 pm #

    Thats creepy. But amazing at the same time, a once in a lifetime picture.

  33. Carley Brown August 9, 2010 at 4:33 am #

    I see a panda bear face. This is an awesome shot! as all of yours are! I’m a fan of you, your company, and your work fo sho :)

  34. Phil August 10, 2010 at 6:44 pm #

    Love my iPhone always with me camera. So nice to see your great phone shots and so many others online!

  35. Jim August 18, 2010 at 2:26 pm #

    Looks more like Kermit the Frog to me. Or maybe a ninja turtle, like someone else mentioned. Fantastic shot though. Still wish that app was available for android.

  36. Terri Davis September 4, 2010 at 12:05 am #

    Chase – An amazing job! What I’ve seen & read so far..I will purchase this book. Seattle is a unique place, a lot of sounds & “fashion” came out of Seattle. I want to see more! And the hard work & dedication that you have put into a project of this magnitude is absolutely astounding. Donating your proceeds to artists, new & old has something to be said all on its own. Truely beautiful work. I love pictures of people. You look at them & wonder what they’ve gone thru, where they are, what hardships or joys they have had in life. A couple other photographers that can capture “real people”, that I have always admired is Annie Leibovitz and Linda McCartney. Two women who could capture the essence of people. Just as you have. Be proud of your work. I can’t wait to own this book! Thank you!
    xoxoxox (this is how i sign just about everything)

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