Category Archives: Denver

Full Moon Rising

The Photo Frontier and I had a great turnout for the Full Moon Jamboree. The Supermoon greeted us with a beautiful moon directly over the skyline of Denver. Here’s a couple images of the Denver skyline as the moon was rising over the city.

This first image I used a long telephoto to compress the image just as the moon come up behind one of the cranes in the city and in the 2nd is a little wider view of the city skyline as the moon was rising over.

Full Moon Rising | Click to Enllarge/Purchase

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Supoermoon rising over Denver skyline.

Supermoon Rising | Click to Enlarge/Purchase

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Full Moon Jamboree – Denver Workshop

Join The Photo Frontier and I Saturday Night, August 29th, 2015 for the Moonrise over Denver Jamboree.  We’ll be looking over Downtown Denver for the Full Moon Rise and capturing the city as the moon makes it presence.   Hope you can join us!

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Full Moon Jamboree | Click on Image

Full Moon Jamboree | Click on Image


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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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Highland Bridge

I’m doing a little Throwback Thursday today.  I was hunting for some Colorado images from my library of images for a book that’s being published and came across this image of the Highland Bridge.  I decided to reprocess it again as my tools and skills have gotten better and thought it would be fun to re-work one of my first digital images.  This is the Highland Bridge in Denver and an image I call “Stairway to Heaven”.  This was a long exposure taken with a Canon T1i and a 10-22mm zoom lens.  Just goes to show you don’t need a full frame camera and a fancy L lens.  Have a great weekend!

Stairway to Heaven | Click to Enlarge/Purchase

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A Ray of Hope

The sunflower fields are starting blooming here in the Denver area. Thanks to John DeBord for the tip on the location of this field.  It is a huge field spanning hundreds of acres!  It’s going to be a great crop of sunflowers this year.  I’ve noticed there are quite a few fields that are in the early stages and will be in full bloom over the next couple of weeks.

I captured this image a few nights ago right at sunset just as the “God Beams peaked below the clouds.  It was like a ray of hope to the sunflowers as they stretched out for the last beams of sunshine. It was another beautiful sunset here in Colorado!

God Beams of sunshine as the sunsets on a field of sunflowers near Denver, Colorado

A Ray of Hope | Click to Enlarge/Purchase

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LoDo Glow | Lower Downtown Denver

I thought I would share another image from Lower Downtown Denver (LoDo).  This one really caught my eye with the red glow of the DaVita Building and also I was able to capture some light trails from the light rail trains moving past. This image was captured during blue hour and gave a nice contrast to the orange glow of the trains. Union Station and the red of the DaVita skyrise.

I have a little project working and hope to capture more of Denver over the next year so this was a nice start.  I’ll post an image I took a few years ago coming up so you can see a before and after of this area.  It is interesting to see the growth of buildings that has occurred. Hopefully I’ll be able to capture it again when the building is finished in LoDo.  Hopefully I have this wonderful private capture point in a couple of years to continue this perspective of Lower Downtown Denver.

The Glow of Lower Downtown Denver during blue hour

LoDo Glow | Click to Enlarge/Purchase

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LoDo Denver, Colorado

It’s been a while since I capture LoDo Denver (lower downtown Denver), but thanks to a friend I was able to capture if from a special vantage point again. RTD has put in a new structure around Union Station and so i wanted to capture the skyline view with the new structure in place.  Here’s the new LoDo Denver!

Lower Downtown Denver skyline by Rick Louie Photography

LoDo Denver – Lower Downtown Denver, Colorado skyline | Click to enlarge/purchase

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Afternoon Fountains | Roxborough State Park

I was out one afternoon a couple of weeks ago showing some friends some scenery around town and so I had to swing down to one of my favorite areas near Denver, Roxborough State Park.  It was still mid afternoon and the sun was still a bit harsh, but the shadow play against the fountains is still beautiful. If you ever make it to the Denver area, make sure you visit this gem just southwest of Denver.

The afternoon sunshine on the fountains at Roxborough State Park, Littleton, Colorado

Afternoon sunshine on the Fountains at Roxborough State Park | Click to Purchase/Enlarge.

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Balancing Act – Flickr10 Photowalk

I participated in the local Flickr 10th Anniversary photo walk last month.  I never really got around to processing the photos.  The walk that evening was an exercise to get to know my new Canon 85mm f/1.2 L II better. It’s really my go to portrait lens and quite heavy, but decided that it was my lens for the evening to see what I could capture. When you have a lens that can shoot at f/1.2, not many shots are other than at f/1.2.  I love the isolation that this lens produces. It’s not the fastest focusing lens but when you nail focus it’s amazing!

I edited these images in Lightroom 5 using VSCO Film 01 pack. It contains an adjustment for one of my favorite films I used to use – Kodak Portra 400 with the exception of Armando’s Toast in which I used a Kodak Ektar 100 out of VSCO Film 05 pack.

Here are some shots from that evening’s photo walk.  Click on the images to see the large!

Justin Balog

Justin Balog of – One of the Flickr10 Photowalk Hosts

Balancing Act

A Balancing Act – Woman having fun with friends walking a tightrope in Commons Park, Denver, Colorado

Fire Poi Performer in Confluence Park, Denver

Fire Poi Performer in Confluence Park, Denver

Fire Poi Performer down along the South Platte River, Denver

Fire Poi Performer down along the South Platte River, Denver

Armando Martinez one of the Flickr10 hosts giving a Toast!

Armando Martinez of Pixel Training, one of the Flickr10 hosts giving a Toast after the walk at McLoughlin’s.

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Memorial Day

May God bless all those who have given the ultimate sacrifice for our country.

Have a Happy Memorial Day!

May God Bless all those who have given the ultimate sacrifice for our country!  Happy Memorial Day!

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