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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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Volcanic Frost

Along the Blue Mesa Reservoir outside of Gunnison Colorado is the Curacanti National Recreation Area. The Curacanti Recreation area is great for boating, fishing, swimming and hiking and also forms into the canyons leading into the Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park. This is area also contains two volcanos that helped form the volcanic layers in the area.

A winter storm has passed through the area and the original mission was to see the clear bubbles on the Blue Mesa Reservoir that had frozen over, but since the snow storm left about a foot of snow the original mission was squashed. The snow however made for very interesting textures along the volcanic rock rising above the reservoir along with interesting contrasts.

I felt this scene needed a cinematic look so I cropped it to a wide format style along with a compressed look from the telephoto lens. Note the small trees on top of the formations have a miniaturized feel to them that help them stand out.

Volcanic Frost

Volcanic Frost – Click to Enlarge/Purchase

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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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Holiday Swing

Happy New Year! I hope you had a wonderful 2015 and are ready to kick off 2016. I definitely ended it with a bang and a great quick trip to Gunnison and Crested Butte! It’s the kick I needed to get back in the “swing” of things for 2016.

Ryan Wright showed me a picture on Instagram of some clear frozen ice located in the Blue Mesa Reservoir and that was our initial goal was to capture this wonderful clear ice, but when we arrived in Gunnison it had started to snow and the next morning the Blue Mesa Reservoir was covered in 4-6 inches of snow so the ice was not to be seen. We did however capture the beauty a fresh snow in Gunnison and Crested Butte. We embraced the single digit weather (1 degree on Wednesday evening) and captured some very holiday festive scenery around Crested Butte and Gunnison.

This image is of a festive lighted tire swing on a farm near the turnoff to Jack’s Cabin.  The lights of the swing lit up the tree and and accented the frost from the light snow that was falling that evening. One of the unique and wonderful scenes near Crested Butte.

I had forgotten how beautiful Crested Butte was and may have to incorporate it as part of my fall tour this year. It’s just a wonderful mountain town with great scenery surrounding the area.

Have a wonderful 2016!

Holiday Swing

Holiday Swing – Click to Enlarge/Purchase

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12 Best Landscapes 2013 – Part 5

We finish out the 12 Best Landscapes 2013 in Colorado. Image #8 is something panorama of the Milky Way along Ohio Pass near Crested Butte, Colorado. This image was taken on a clear evening this past year during my fall photo tour.  One of the benefits of not having any clouds in the sky makes for an amazing sky at night especially when the moon is small in the sky.

A Panorama of the Milky Way Over Ohio Pass

Milky Way Over Ohio Pass | Click to Enlarge

West Dallas Creek is home to one of the most amazing fall scenes and is image #9 of my 12 Best Landscapes for 2013. This is Mount Sneffels and is a prominent 14 thousand ft. peak near Telluride and Ridgway, Colorado. The Sneffels Meadow here in this image contains some of the most amazing fall colors in Colorado and is a definite must see for photographers. It will definitely be one of the places we visit next year during my Colorado Fall Colors Photography Tour.

A View of Mt. Sneffels and Sneffels Meadow along West Dallas Creek near Telluride and Ridgway, Colorado

Sneffels Meadow | Click to Enlarge

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Stars over Ohio Pass

The first day Lee A. Brown, Chris Nitz and I got into the Crested Butte Area on my Fall Tour it was a crystal clear day. The sunset was uneventful since there were no clouds in the sky, but I knew that evening it would be perfect conditions for some astrophotography. We dressed warm and headed for Ohio Pass. The sky did not disappoint us. Be sure to check out Chris’s first astro shot on his blog.  Well done, Chris!

We experimented with some different compositions, did some light painting on the trees and just before we left I borrowed Lee’s Zeiss 21mm lens to do a few compositions. The Zeiss is one sharp lens.  I should have borrowed it more on the trip. This is a lens that is definitely going on my wish list. I created this 9 shot panorama of the Milky Way. It’s my first panorama of the Milky Way and I still have some things to learn and experiment to get it just right, but I have to say this is a good first start.

I enjoy experimenting and trying new things. The process of learning and discovering is what keeps the brain active and is what I love about photography. There seems to be something new to learn and do and is what keeps me excited to be a photographer.  I love sharing what I know and if you ever come out to Colorado I hope that I can share some of my knowledge with you.

I’m definitely looking forward to next years Fall Tour. I know that Chris is coming out again. Hopefully you can join me next year.  Have a great weekend!

Stars over Ohio Pass

The Milky Way over Ohio Pass – Click to See it Large!

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Illuminated by Starlight

One of my favorite things to do on a landscape photography trip is to get away from the city at night and just scenery illuminated by starlight. Seeing a cloudless sky under the millions of stars makes you realize just how vast and large the universe is and we are just a small part of that universe. I remember the first time a fellow photographer taught me the proper settings and technique for capturing the night sky and just how giddy I was seeing the image on the my LCD screen. Now when I bring others out to shoot astrophotography for the first time, pass on the same techniques and it is even more enjoyable to see them jump for joy as they capture their first star lit sky or their first milky way.

This image was from a camping trip this past summer at Paradise Divide in West Elk Mountains just outside of Crested Butte. The night sky was amazingly clear this evening and the sky was still giving the lake a mirror like finish to reflect the stars.

I’m so looking forward to a little warmer weather this Spring, Summer and Fall and trips I have planned back to Moab, Grand Tetons, Great Sand Dunes, West Elk and San Juan Mountains and not only capturing the beautiful daytime scenery, but getting out at night to capture the night sky away from the light pollution of the city. I’m looking forward to meeting some of you on my upcoming to Moab this Spring. If you have never done astrophotography be sure to hit me up and ask me for some pointers on the trip.

There is also space available on my Photo Tours this year with Colorado Photo Tours.  It’s not too early to plan and book your trips for the upcoming year. Ryan Wright and I will definitely be heading out for some night time astrophotography during our tours and teaching others how to capture the beautiful night-time sky. I hope you can join us.

Illuminated by Starlight

Illuminated by Starlight – Click to Enlarge/Purchase

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Lost Lake

This is Lost Lake near Kebler Pass in the Crested Butte, Colorado area. It’s always stocked with fish and is a great place for families to camp. Kids and parents alike will enjoy fishing and hiking. If your interested in seeing this area of the country don’t forget to check out my photo tour website, Colorado Photo Tours. Hope to see you out here in Colorful Colorado next year.

This is Lost Lake near Crested Butte, Colorado. I was in the area this summer scouting the area. If you would like to see this area next fall send me an email or visit my photo tour site at http://www.cophototours.com. edit

Lost Lake near Crested Butte, CO – Click for Lightbox View

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