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Colorado Fall Color Tour 2016

The Colorado Fall Color Tour for 2016 is now open for registration. Tour space is very limited and will be split up into two tours – Aspen and Crested Butte, Colorado. This is a discovery year for me so cost is low if you want to do some discovery work with me this year.

Hope you can join Chris and I this year!

Colorado Fall Color Tour 2016

Rick Louie Photography Colorado Fall Color Tour 2016

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Snowy Barn

Just outside the town of Crested Butte there is quite a bit of farmland. On this particular morning after a winter storm the fresh coat of untouched powder covered the barn and the fields surrounding it. The bluejay blue skies are normally seem uneventful, but were a perfect backdrop along with Mt. Crested Butte for this Snowy Barn Scene.

Snowy Barn

Snowy Barn – Click to Enlarge/Purchase

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Waves of Frost

I think I might call this Crested Butte Week! I found so many images I hadn’t processed from my trip down to Gunnison/Crested Butte and now I’m springing them all on your this week. Here’s another fantastic scene of frosted over pine trees. To me it just looked like a wave of frost flowing up and down the mountain side. It was an amazing scene. Click on the image to view it on a large scale!

Waves of Frost

Waves of Frost – Click to Enlarge/Purchase

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Frosty Creek

You wouldn’t think that venturing out in sub-freezing weather would be much fun, but right before New Years, Ryan Wright and I ventured down to the Gunnison/Crested Butte area to add some much needed winter scenes to our portfolios. We hit the area just at the right time and a beautiful blanket of fresh powdery snow covered the area and made for wonderful holiday scenes!

Venturing up the Highway 12 along Coal Creek toward Kebler Pass the hills were filled with frosty snow covered branches.  Looking down from the road there was this amazing scene with a snow covered creek, some tracks where an rabbit had made fresh tracks and a forest of frosty pine trees. The quiet of the early morning was broken up by only the water from the creek moving below the snow.

Frosty Creek

Frosty Creek – Click to Enlarge or Purchase

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County Road 9

One of the most beautiful roads in the Uncompahgre Wilderness during the fall is the West Dallas Creek Road, or County Road 9. There is an amazing view of Sneffels Mountain Range towering over the West Fork of the Dallas Creek, colorful scrub oak and the surrounding valley full of large groves of aspens. It’s one of the highlights of my Fall Tour and I look forward to seeing this area every year.

West Dallas Creek Road

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Merry Christmas!

Wishing everyone a Very Merry Christmas!  Have a great Holiday!

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas!

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Diamonds in the Rough | Colorado Fall Colors

The Colorado Fall Color Tour starts in 10 days!  Colors are already starting to turn here in Colorado and I’m really getting excited for this year’s tour.

This year we have Armando Martinez out starting off the tour with a wonderful Lightroom/Photoshop training session and we’ll end the tour with a Full Moon!  It will be one of the biggest moon’s of the year!

Here’s a glimpse of things to come.  One of the images from the Capitol Peak area near Aspen.

Diamond in the Rough | Click to Enlarge/Purchase

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Standing Tall

I’m getting so excited for fall colors!  It’s just around the corner!  Only 17 more days for the Colorado Fall Colors Tour.

I’ve actually had one opening free up on the tour if anyone is interested. Just contact me for more details. We are starting in Aspen this year with a Photoshop Lightroom class and finishing up with 3 days in the San Juan Mountains near Telluride.

I think this is my favorite time of the year with the crisp mornings and warm afternoons and shimmering gold leaves of the aspen trees against the beautiful mountain backdrops of the Rocky Mountains. This image was taken along McClure Pass in the Aspen Snowmass Wilderness. The tops of these aspen trees towered above the hillside along Captiol Peak mixed in among the deep green pine trees. I used my Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8 IS L IIs to compress the images isolating the group of golden aspens standing tall on the hillside.

Standing Tall | Click to Enlarge/Purchase

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Arrowhead Golf Club | Denver

I’ve never had a chance to capture the Lion formations from the north side Roxborough State Park at Arrowhead Golf Club, but this past summer I had the opportunity to capture a wedding through my portrait business, Rick Louie Studios and took an opportunity to capture the beautiful red rock formations. It’s an amazing view down the valley and give the Arrowhead its signature views.

I took some artistic license for this image and applied a pastel preset to it that I normally only use for portraits. It gives the image sort of a dreamy look to it.

Afternoon Sun on the Red Rocks surrounding Arrowhead Golf Club in Roxborough Park, Colorado

Arrowhead Golf Club | Click to Enlarge/Purchase

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Splish Splash!

I’ve been building up an expedition vehicle to take myself and tour guests up into the back country. I started with a 2006 Toyota 4Runner and added some suspension components, larger wheels, all-terrain tires and skid plates underneath. This weekend I joined up with Chris Nitz, The Photo Frontier to take the 4Runner out on its maiden voyage into the Umcompahgre Wilderness down in the San Juan Mountains of Colorado. It’s probably my favorite area of the state.

I took this opportunity to visit some places I’ve never visited before and to see if some of these locations might be viable for upcoming tours. These trails took us to some of the most amazing views Colorado has to offer. The vehicle was packed tight with not only photo gear, but with tents, luggage and some recovery gear just in case we ran into some trouble. Luckily for us we didn’t run into any trouble and the 4Runner handles some fairly rough terrain with ease. The 4Runner got a little dirty so we decided to give it a little bath while out on the trail in Governor Basin.

Toyota 4Runner taking a bath in Governor Basin, Colorado

Toyota 4Runner taking a bath in Governor Basin, Colorado

This weekend was about exploration, making good friendships even better and creating memorable experiences all while experience Colorful Colorado! We exceeded limits we never thought we could and also experience others pushing themselves to the limit of the human spirit (The running of the Hard Rock 100 was happening while we were out exploring the trails).

I’ll have more on the 4Runner build in a future post for those who are interested.  Have a great week!

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