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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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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

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Milky Way over Paradise Divide

I thought I would share another image from Paradise Divide.  This one is overlooking the valley below the divide.  The Milky Way was very prevalent that evening. I never get tired of seeing the Milky Way and cherish the sight anytime I can get far enough away from the city to view it.

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View from Paradise

Ryan Wright took me up camping a few weeks ago to his old stomping grounds where he grew up.  He showed me some of the most beautiful scenery in all of Colorado in and around Gunnison, Colorado and the San Juan Mountains. This is the view of the Paradise Divide overlooking the valley above Crested Butte and Schofield Pass.  This area is known for the best single track mountain biking trails in the world. Colorado has been dry this year and we didn’t see the wildflowers we had hoped for but it still didn’t disappoint. The wildflowers here above the valley were in full bloom and there’s nothing like fresh mountain air with the sweet smell of wildflowers.

View of the valley below Paradise Divide above Schofield Pass and Crested Butte

Wildflowers along the trail leading up to Paradise Divide while overlooking the valley above Schofield Pass and Crested Butte.

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