Category Archives: La Sal Mountains

La Sal Mountains

The La Sal Mountains are a prominent feature in the desert landscape near Moab, Utah and act as a stark contrast to the sandstone and canyons surrounding Moab. This past winter as we were driving down the Potash Road the La Sals stood out fully covered with snow as the foreground leading up to the mountains were still filled with fall colors and the different textures of the sandstone and canyons leading up to the magnificent range of mountains.

La Sal Mountains

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Public Restroom Cisco Utah

Here’s a little change of pace today from Cisco, Utah.  Cisco is a ghost town in Utah near the junction of SR-128 and I-70. At one time the town served as a saloon and water-refilling station for the Denver Rio Grande Western Railroad. The town has many remnants of the railroad glory days, but now has been filled with abandoned vehicles and has become victim of vandals and heavy damage. This town is perfect for a little HDR photography and shooting the town at the high noon hour it’s also a chance to use your black and white photography to capture contrasts.

I decide to mix the two today and create a little piece of Americana today. Here’s my artistic vision on the town’s public restroom (outhouse) that sits on the edge of town with the La Sal Mountains as a backdrop. I wanted to give this image an old yellowed film image look. This is a 5-image HDR processed in Nik Software’s HDR Efex Pro 2 and then finalized it in Silver Efex Pro 2.

Public Restroom - Cisco Utah

Public Restroom – Cisco Utah – Click to Enlarge/Purchase

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Fisher Towers

This past weekend I went out to Moab, Utah with the North by Northwest group of photographers. It was a great time and we captured some amazing images, but mostly it was time we spent creating good friendships and memories that will last a lifetime. I can’t wait for the 2014 trip!

We drove from Colorado to Moab and went in along the scenic River Road (SR-128).  Along the route are the Fisher Towers which are about 20 miles southeast of Moab, Utah and some of the most scenic landscapes along the Colorado River. The rock formations of varying colors of red, brown, maroon created from the iron ore content continue to erode and create new shapes and spires in this ever-changing landscape. The snow-capped La Sal Mountains and created a nice backdrop for the sandstone spires jutting up from the Professor Valley. I ultimately decided to process this image in black and white. The mid-afternoon sun seemed to washout the colors for me and a monochrome image gave me the contrast I was looking for in the image.

Fisher Towers

Fisher Towers – Click to Enlarge/Purchase

I will be sharing more of the images from this trip over the coming weeks, but be sure to check out some of my fellow photo bloggers sites for their images and perspectives from the trip.

North X Northwest Photographers:

Justin Balog

Mike Crisswell

Mark Garbowski

Robert Lussier

Chris Nitz

Dave Wilson

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Turret Arch at Sunset

Happy New Year!  I hope that everyone had a wonderful holiday. I took a few days to unwind, spend some time with family and jot down some goals for the new year. I’m looking forward to a fresh start fo the new year not only for my photography but also for myself.

I had seen many of the iconic shots of Turret Arch and driving to this location at sunset I was originally in quest for one of the iconic shots.  As I was driving in I noticed the landscape and the La Sal Mountains behind the famous arch and decided to capture the famous Turret Arch in a broad perspective. The setting sun’s winter glow illuminated the red rocks and the mountains surrounding the landmark giving it a warm feeling on this crisp winter’s day.

Turret Arch at Sunset - Arches National Park, Utah

Turret Arch at Sunset – Arches National Park, Utah – Click to Enlarge/Purchase

News and Happenings:

I thought I would share some news that occurred around year-end.

My Denver Skyline image made it into a store display over the holidays!  It was pretty exciting to see it on display at the mall. Those of you in Colorado, there will be more of my images available now at all American Furniture Warehouse Stores.  My “Blue Sky over the Queen City” and “Sunrise at Mesa Arch” canvas prints will now be in stores to pickup.

American Furniture Warehouse Store Display

Denver Skyline on Display at the Southlands Mall

A photo session I did for Al Woodward appeared in the December/January Edition of Colorado Expression Magazine. I was pretty excited to see this publication finally publish.

Colorado Expression-Dec-2012

Colorado Expression Magazine – Dec/January Edition 2012/2013

Finally I was excited to hear that my “Two Bisons in Grand Teton National Park” image will be in next year’s Wyoming Traveler’s Journal.

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Two Bison in Grand Teton National Park


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The Open Range

Today’s image is a wide panoramic view of the Monument Valley in Utah. This is what I picture in a scene from a western movie. I just need a cowboy on a horse in this scene. The Fisher Towers and La Sal Mountains are in the distance.

I have a busy week in New York next week, so not sure how much time I’ll have to post. Hopefully I’ll have a chance to get out and capture some images in NYC. Have a great weekend!

The open prarie in Utah's Monument Valley looking toward the La Sal Mountain Range

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Fury Road – The River Road, Pt. 3

I noticed this road just off of The River Road in the Castle Valley area you could see the Fisher Towers in the distance. I’m a sucker for a wide open road and there is just something compelling about capturing it on “film”. This at first seemed like a nice southwest scene, but then as I was setting up for the shot the clouds started to accumulate in an angry fashion. It just struck me as a scene from a Mad Max Film. If you never scene a Mad Max movie, its futuristic movie about the breakdown of society, murder, vengeance; kind of post-apocalyptic fiction. Anyway, there are rumors that they are scouting for locations for the 4th installment of the series which will be called Fury Road, so I thought I would name it after the 4th installment of the Mad Max series. It was just fitting that I processed this in B&W. Would love to hear your thoughts.

Fury Road - ©2011 Rick Louie Photography - All Rights Reserved.

Click to Enlarge - Fury Road - ©2011 Rick Louie Photography - All Rights Reserved.

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Mesa Sunrise

It’s Friday!  I’m ready for the weekend!  I thought today I’d leave you with a nice sunrise for the week.  Today’s image comes from Canyonlands National Park.  This image is Mesa Arch.  This is one you want to get up early for and it’s just a spectacular view from Mesa Arch at sunrise.  It’s an easy hike of 0.6 miles from the parking lot, but be sure to bring a flashlight or headlamp if you are hiking here before the sunrise.  In the winter months you definitely want to dress warm.  The sunrise light just warms up Mesa Arch and gives it a spectacular orange glow.  I liked this vantage point so you can see more of the textures and pillars of the canyon below and the mountain range in the distance.

Mesa Sunrise - ©2011 Rick Louie Photography - All Rights Reserved.

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This was a crazy week!  I was supposed to be in New York this week, but plans changed and ended up in Monterey, California.  I didn’t get much time there, but was able to capture a nice sunrise and sunset.  I’ll be sharing that with you soon.

Be sure to check out my Facebook Page!  I’ll be posting my summary of the iPhone photos for the week tomorrow on Rick Louie Photography’s Facebook Page.

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Delicate Arch

Delicate Arch - ©2011 Rick Louie Photography - All Rights Reserved.

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Since I was in the neighborhood of Arches and Canyonlands National Park I decided to take a break from capturing Rocky Mountain Big Horn Sheep and do some landscapes.  I drove down to Arches late one afternoon in order to capture Delicate Arch at Sunset, well actually just after sunset.  Sunset was around 4:45pm and I arrived at around 4:15pm to the Wolfe Ranch trailhead.  It’s about a 1.5 mile hike out to Delicate Arch with about 480 ft. of elevation gain.  The first part of the hike is fairly flat and it’s not until you get to the slick rock part of the trail it’s gets fairly strenuous with a steep up hill incline to the arch.  Let’s just say this old man was huffing and puffing by the time I made it to the arch and the sun was just setting as I was able to find a spot to set up.

When the sun sets at Delicate Arch the crowds of people leave in order to take the hike back to the parking lot while there is still light in the sky.  The best light, however is after the sun sets in the sky and goes below the horizon that the color of Delicate Arch begins to glow.  In the winter months the angle of the sun set as it goes below the horizon make for magical light against Delicate Arch and the arch turns a glowing orange hue.  It is absolutely breath-taking!  Stay the extra 30-60 minutes and captures some long exposures of the arch and you will be amazed at the beautiful color of Delicate Arch.  I just happened to catch the Delicate arch on a clear evening so I was able to capture the snow-capped La Sal Mountains in the background.

Tips for hiking to Delicate Arch for sunset shoot:

  • Bring Water – There is no shade and can be a strenuous hike (3 miles round trip)
  • Bring a bright flashlight or head lamp – You will need it to hike back to the Wolfe Ranch Trailhead in the dark
  • Dress in layers – It was warm hiking out, but when the sun goes down in this open desert, it can get quite cold and drop 20-30 degrees after dark
  • Bring a tripod – you will need it for long exposures

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