Category Archives: Moulton

John Moulton Homestead

It’s been awhile since I’ve gone back into my archives, but since I’m heading back to Grand Teton National Park I thought I’d look back through my images to look over some past scenes and also to see if there were some I never got around to processing. I noticed this one of the John Moulton Barn and Homestead.  Many images are taken of the famous Thomas Moulton Barn, but this is his brother John’s Barn and homestead.

I caught this image right after the morning sunrise and used a 17mm tilt-shift to capture the wide perspective as the storm clouds rolled past the homestead. The morning light is really nice on this homestead after sunrise and the sage give it a nice foreground element leading up to the homestead.

I’m looking forward to heading back to Wyoming again and hopefully showing some photographers this area who have never seen it before.  It’s truly a sight for the senses!

Home on the Range

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12 Best Landscapes 2013

Starting today I’m giving you a look back at my year and giving you my 12 favorite landscapes for 2013. I’ll be posting two of my favorites each day, except on Christmas, from now till the end of the year with a special post on New Years!  Let’s get started with the 12 Best Landscapes 2013!

The journey began this year with one of my favorite locations, Moab, Utah.  Moab is located just outside two National Parks, Arches and Canyonlands and some of the most scenic places in the county.  This year it was the host location for the NXNW photo blogger’s tour and Justin Balog and myself were host to some great photobloggers.  Be sure to check out their blogs and  their beautiful work. (Michael Criswell, Mark GarbowskiBob Lussier, Chris Nitz,  Dave Wilson). Yes we experiences some amazing scenery, but mostly creating friendships that will last a lifetime.

One of the iconic locations we visited was Delicate Arch and so we wanted to capture it at sunset and then hang around and so some light painting of the arch. We happened to run into another tour group that was going to light paint the arch as we’ll  and it just happened to be led by non other than photographer Dave Black. Such a fun evening outing in the desert southwest.  Here’s the result of that evening’s excursion, a light painting of Delicate Arch.

Delicate Arch Light Painting

Delicately Glowing – Click to Enlarge

My travels this year then took me back to Grand Teton National Park with photographer Ryan Wright.  We hit Grand Teton early in the summer and was able to capture much the Tetons with snow-capped peaks. The Tetons are such a spectacular mountain range and so different front the mountains here in Colorado. There are no foothills and the peaks just rise straight up in dramatic fashion.

One of my favorite icons is along Mormon Row and the iconic Thomas Moulton Barn. It’s just spectacular at sunrise and develops this patina finish as the sun rises in the morning. The Thomas Alma Moulton Barn celebrated its 100th Birthday this year! It’s such a beautiful site.  I never get tired of looking at it.

T.A. Moulton Barn

TA Moulton Barn – Click to Enlarge

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Morning at John Moulton Barn

I was just reminiscing about some of the places I’ve been this past year and thinking about some trips I want to take next year and Grand Teton National Park seems to alway pop up on the list. The park never seems really crowded and not over commercialized and the beauty of the park is just overwhelming.

This was early morning at John Moulton Barn. I love the sunlight on this barn just after sunrise and like to capture it from the willows.  You can move up along the willows and get many different perspectives of the barn. This particular morning the evening storm clouds were moving over the Teton Mountain Range onto the prairie so I capture the last bits of it along the range allowing the wonderful blue Wyoming skies to take over for the day. What an amazing view to wake up to every morning!

Morning at John Moulton Barn

Morning at John Moulton Barn – Click to Enlarge

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T.A. Moulton Barn

The Thomas Alma (T.A.) Moulton Barn celebrates its 100th Anniversary this year! This famous barn is now a famous landmark in Grand Teton National Park along with the other famous barn belonging to Thomas’ brother, John Moulton. The Thomas Moulton Barn sits along Mormon row where the Moultons and their neighbors first built homesteads. Up until 1961 the family worked the ranch to support themselves and the community.

The 100th Anniversary celebration is this year. Be sure to check out the website. If you love this barn as much as I do, be sure to contribute to the restoration of the barn. It take money to keep the barn in shape due to it’s aging and weathering.  Be sure to visit the website at

I captured the T.A. Moulton Barn this crisp morning from the left side of the property underneath the trees to give it some framing. There was just enough clouds in the sky to give it some drama but still allow the Teton Mountain range to stand out.

T.A. Moulton Barn

T.A. Moulton Barn – Click to Enlarge/Purchase

Capture Notes:

  • Use a circular polarizer (CPL)  to help give the sky some definition. Be wary using a CPL with lenses wider than 24mm because it creates an uneven pattern in images.
  • For sunrises such as this image I use a Graduated Neutral Density filter to balance the brightness between the upper part of the image where the sun is hitting and the lower part that is not illuminated by the sunlight yet.  This allows the image to be balanced so you can capture the photo in a single exposure. I prefer Singh-Ray filters and use the Lee Filter Kit System to hold the filters in place, which is especially useful for long exposures.  I prefer the Singh-Ray Filters because they don’t leave any unusual color casts like some of the cheaper competitors.  They are worth the money.
  • Use if the tilt-shift lens allowed me to make the barn and mountains look more upright instead of the layed back look you sometimes get with wide angles. It’s the same concept of capturing tall buildings and the tilt-shift allows you to straighten out lines.
  • I also used the tilt-shift lens to shift to the left and to the right and this allowed me to create a perfect 3-shot vertical panorama for this image.
  • This image was done using focus stacking and was the composite of 6 images using Photoshop CS6’s feature of Auto Blending Layers. This allows me to capture the image at a lower aperture and cause less refraction in the image and still have the full image in focus.
  • Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark II
  • Lens: Canon TS-E 24mm f/3.5L II Tilt-Shift Lens
  • Filter: Singh-Ray 4×6″ Graduated Neutral Density (3-stop) Optical Resin Filter
  • Filter Holder: LEE¤Filters Foundation Kit (Standard 4×4″, 4×6″ Filter Holder) (Requires Adapter Ring)
  • Adapter Ring: LEE¤Filters Adapter Ring – 82mm – for Wide Angle Lenses
  • ISO: 50
  • Focal Length: 24 mm
  • Aperture: f/8
  • Shutter Speed: 1/4 sec.
  • Post Processing: Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 4 Software For Mac, Nik Software Color Efex Pro 4
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Sunset over John Moulton Barn

I have been planning and preparing for my trip coming up to Grand Teton National Park. It’s been a year since I’ve been up to Wyoming and looking forward to making the trek up there again with Ryan Wright. I was looking back through the archives and I came upon this image that I had never processed.

This is the John Moulton Barn. It’s one of the two Moulton Barns along Mormon Row. The other famous barn is the Thomas Moulton Barn which is celebrating it’s 100th Anniversary this year. It was quite challenging with the light of sunset and the dark barn from the rain that day. I finally was able to blend a couple of images to get the look I wanted.

I think over the next couple of weeks I’ll share of few Grand Teton images to get you and I excited about one of my favorite National Parks.

Sunset over John Moulton Barn

Sunset over John Moulton Barn along Mormon Row in Grand Teton National Park.

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Fall at the Thomas Moulton Barn

I was noticing that the fall colors are starting to appear here in Colorado.  They days are getting shorter and evenings are getting cooler.  I was looking back over some of last years fall images and came across one here at the Thomas Moulton Barn that I had not yet processed.  The morning sunlight gives off a warm glow to the patina finish on the Thomas Moulton Barn and just seemed to match the fall golden grass around the barn and in the fields surrounding the barn.  There is a warm rustic glow to the scene.

I keep hoping I can get a long weekend to head up to Grand Teton National Park this year, but I just haven’t been able to free up that weekend so far. Maybe a winter trip is in store this year.

Fall Sunrise at the Thomas Moulton Barn

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JH Weekly

You may have noticed some cosmetic changes to Rick Louie Photography over the weekend. I hope you like the changes. It’s just a little more simplistic style and created a new home page gallery. Things are still under construction here at Rick Louie Photography. I hope to have them completed by this coming weekend.

If you have been looking for a new Desktop Wallpaper for your computer, HD digital downloads of my images are now available for $2.99! Just click on my Sunflower Sunset image on the right hand side of this page. Thanks to the fine folks 500px at for setting up this service .

Some exciting news for Rick Louie Photography this past week. The weekly newspaper in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, JH Weekly decided to use my Thomas Moulton Barn image for their article on the Moulton Barns. It was nice to have an image published from the Grand Teton Area, one of my favorite places to visit. It’s hard not to take a great image from the Grand Teton area. Here’s the link to the PDF of the print publication that went out in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. The T.A Moulton Barn image is on page 23 of the paper. JH Weekly: February 22 – 28, 2012

Thomas Moulton Barn - ©Rick Louie Photography - All Rights Reserved.

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Thomas Moulton Barn Illuminated

My last trip to Grand Teton National Park I worked with Jeff Clow on his Dirt Cheap Photo Tours and gave a little session on long exposures.  We went out the Thomas Moulton Barn along Mormon row and did some light painting.  It was fun to see people’s faces light up as they captured their first long exposure.  This is one of the images I came away with that evening.  It’s a little different look at the Thomas Moulton Barn then you normally see in photos.  My unique perspective on the classic barn.

Thomas Moulton Barn Illuminated - ©2011 Rick Louie Photography - All Rights Reserved.

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Fall in Grand Teton National Park – iPhoneography Slide Show

I just got back from a fabulous 4 days in Grand Teton National Park.  Fall colors are in full bloom in the park and should peak by the middle of this week.  Next weekend maybe too late.  Here in Colorado I hear fall colors have started as well so I’m planning some trips to capture the changing of colors this coming weekend.  I haven’t had time to process any of the photos yet and I’ve still have quite a few Banff and Black Canyon photos to process, but stay tuned Grand Teton content will be coming in the next few weeks.  I’m going to leave you today with some iPhone content.  Here’s a quick slide show of some of the behind the scenes and other activity this week in Grand Teton National Park.  Have a great week!

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John Moulton Barn

This is the John Moulton Barn. This is the northern Moulton Barn. The Thomas Moulton Barn, which I showed you last week, was built in 1910 and then Thomas helped brother John build this barn in 1911-1912.  Many people don’t realize there are two Moulton Barns built along Mormon Row in the Antelope Flats area.  The John Moulton barn is more out in the open and surrounded by sage and brush giving the scene a completely different textures enhancing the foreground of the scene.  There was a time when people wanted to tear down these barns, but through historic and conservation efforts these two wonderful historic barns are being preserved and adds to the history of the Grand Teton National Park area.

Have a great weekend!

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