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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

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The Golden Gate Bridge

Happy Valentines Day!  I thought today I’d bring you an image from the city where the Summer of Love movement started back in 1967, San Francisco.

One of the icons of San Francisco is The Golden Gate Bridge, which goes over the Golden Gate from the San Francisco Bay to the Pacific Ocean.  The bridge is part of US 101 that takes you from San Francisco to Marin County. I captured The Golden Gate Bridge on this day after the fog had rolled out of the bay giving way to a glorious summer afternoon.  This image was captured from Battery Park just above Fort Point.

Have a great Tuesday!

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Colorado State Capital

This past weekend I was downtown capturing some of the Holiday lights around town and I’ll share those images with you later this week.  Today, however I thought I would share with you the Colorado State Capital Building here in downtown Denver.  You can see the gold dome from many areas around town.  The image I took shows the gold dome peering out of the night sky.

The building was built intentionally to look much like the United States Capital Building in Washington, D.C. The Capital building was built-in 1890 and made from Colorado white granite.  The building opened for use in November 1894. The gold dome contains real gold plating which was added in 1908 to commemorate the Colorado Gold Rush.  There is a marker on the 15th step of the entrance denoting the elevation of 5,280 ft., or a “Mile High” above sea level.  From this step you can see the sun set above the Rocky Mountains.

Colorado State Capital - ©2011 Rick Louie Photography - All Rights Reserved.

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Delicate Arch

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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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Mirror at Jackson Lake

I’m taking you back to one of my favorite places, Grand Teton National Park. I had the opportunity to visit this wonderful national park twice this year.  It’s amazing how different the landscape looks in different times of the year.  This image is from late September, right as the colors were starting to change for Fall.  This particular day after capturing the sunrise at Oxbow Bend we came upon Jackson Lake about mid morning and the wind had calmed allowing Jackson Lake to become mirror-like. Most other times I’ve driven by Jackson Lake it’s had some wake early in the morning. Sometimes it’s just luck being in the right place at the right time.

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Up, Up and Away!

This past weekend in Colorado Springs was the annual Colorado Balloon Classic, the largest and the longest continuously running hot air balloon festival in the Rocky Mountain Region.  This year the festival ran into a bit of bad weather and the ascension was cancelled on the first day.  I went down for the festival and caught the ascension on the final day.  The weather was perfect for the balloons to rise over Colorado Springs.  I saw a photographer next to me doing some time-lapse.  I may have to give that a try next year.  One of these days I’d like to make it down to Albuquerque for the International Balloon Fiesta which is larger than this festival.  It’s such a wonderful sight to see the bright-colored balloons over Prospect Lake with the mountains in the background and crystal blue skies.

Come back tomorrow and I’ll treat you to some star-gazing from Mt. Evans!

Up, Up and Away! - ©2011 Rick Louie Photography - All Rights Reserved.

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Wildlife Friday

It’s Friday and here’s another installment of Wildlife Friday.  These again were from Grand Teton National Park and probably my favorite wildlife shots from my visit.

The first two are of bison.  The first bison was seen shortly after shooting pictures of the running of the horses at the Triangle X Guest Ranch.  This bison looked as if he had been extracted from a  herd and was on his own.  He had just rolled over and bathed himself in the dirt and stood up when I captured this shot of him looking right at me from about 75 yards.

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Capture Notes:

  • Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mk II
  • Lens: Canon EF 70-200 f/2.8 IS L USM, Canon EF 2X Extender II
  • ISO: 100
  • Focal Length:  340mm
  • Aperture:  f/5.6
  • Shutter Speed: 1/250 sec.
  • Post Processing: Aperture – minor adjustments, cropped to 8X10 Format, sized for web

This second shot of bison was taken my last evening at Grand Teton National Park.  My wife and I were headed out to Oxbow Bend for the sunset when I spotted 3 or 4 Bison out in the field getting ready cross the road.  This scene was taken as they were heading across the field getting ready to approach the road.  There was a 3rd Bison not captured in this scene and there was a baby calf, but I lost track of the calf.  I think it had turned back before crossing the first fence.  I was initially alone out in the field taking pictures, but by the time I had gotten this shot 4 or 5 cars had pulled up and a crowd was starting to gather around me.  The bison didn’t want anything to do with the crowd and started to high-tail it across the road and over the other fence into the open pasture.

Heading Home - ©Rick Louie Photography - All Rights Reserved.

Click to Enlarge – Heading Home – ©Rick Louie Photography – All Rights Reserved.

 

Capture Notes:

  • Camera: Canon EOS 5D MK II
  • Lens:  Canon EF 70-200 f/2.8 IS L USM, Canon EF 2X Extender II
  • ISO: 200
  • Focal Length:  350mm
  • Aperture:  f/5.6
  • Shutter Speed: 1/200 sec.
  • Post Processing:  Aperture – minor adjustments, cropped, sized for web

These next two shots are of horse in an open pasture at the Lazy S Ranch.  It was the afternoon and these horses were probably done for the day and out grazing.  This first scene struck my eye with the background contained a grove of aspen.

Evening Gaze - ©Rick Louie Photography - All Rights Reserved.

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Capture Notes:

  • Camera:  Canon EOS 5D MK II
  • Lens:  Canon EF 70-200 f/2.8 IS L USM, Canon EF 2X Extender II
  • ISO: 100
  • Focal Length:  400 mm
  • Aperture:  f/5.6
  • Shutter Speed: 1/160 sec.
  • Post Processing:  Aperture – minor adjustments, cropped to 8X10 Format, sized for web

This second picture, the horse just look so beautiful with the shiny tan hide and blonde mane wind-blown over the eyes.  I shot this in Tungsten white balance to cool down the background giving it contrast against the warm tones of the horses.

American Beauty - ©Rick Louie Photography - All Rights Reserved.

Click to Enlarge – American Beauty – ©Rick Louie Photography – All Rights Reserved.

Capture Notes:

  • Camera: Canon EOS 5D MK II
  • Lens:  Canon EF 70-200 f/2.8 IS L USM, Canon EF 2X Extender II
  • ISO: 100
  • Focal Length:  350mm
  • White Balance:  Tungsten
  • Aperture:  f/5.6
  • Shutter Speed: 1/500 sec.
  • Post Processing: Aperture – minor adjustments, cropped to 8X10 Format, sized for web
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