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After I had backpacked deep into the Rawah Mountains of Colorado, a few co-workers and myself hung out around the campfire before the big day of counting bighorn sheep. While relaxing at our new home for the next few days, we noticed the sun's rays illuminating the tops of some nearby mountains. So, camera and tripod in hand, I waded out into the middle of the lake next to camp to capture a few shots.

The water was crystal clear and the colors began to transform with the dwindling light. Even though I was getting rained on and slightly cold, the gorgeous surroundings were more than enough to take my mind off of it. For awhile at least.

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As the clouds pass by, Jasper and I enjoy the view from the top of High Dune, the tallest sand dune in North America at 750 ft (230 m). Not only is the top a great place for a view, but it is also a great place to get blasted by the afternoon winds and sand. But with a view like this, the little hike and getting sand blasted was worth it.

Jasper and I had a great time watching the clouds roll by. They create so many shifting shapes over the sand and watching them roll around the mountain tops was something special too. Such a peaceful and quite place this is. Actually, it is so quite that is has been rated the quietest national park in the lower 48.

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On my recent trip to Southwest Colorado and the Canyonlands of Utah, I made a point to try and find a place photographed by Thomas Mangelsen. It is one of Colorado's hardest, and in my opinion most beautiful, 14ers. The peak is known as Wilson Peak (14,017 ft) and after driving down a wrong road believing I finally figured out where it was for sunset, I finally came to the conclusion I was wrong. So, in the later hours of the evening, I found myself searching for it in the middle of the night.

Miles away from everything in the hot rod, I decided to pull over on the side of the road and check my location. Using a high ISO to reduce the length of my exposure, just to check I was in the right area, I figured out that I was. Cheers began to erupt into the pitch black of the night knowing that a good shot would soon ensue.

So, lowering my ISO and dragging out my shutter, I sat quietly alongside the gravel road, eating my chilli, tuna burrito and chicken noodle soup waiting for my exposure to finish. Once I knew I had my low noise exposure, I again cranked the ISO up to shoot and freeze the stars. A manual blend in photoshop created the image you see here.

Enjoy!

P.S. The lighting is from the moon rising back and to my left.

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On the last day of an elk scouting excursion with my brother Gabe, another intoxicating Colorado sunset was taking form. Flying across the landscape to find the perfect shot, within reason, couldn't have been a better task since my brother had just recently became the owner of a Land Cruiser.

From a distance, my brother spotted a small grove of trees that sat perfectly in the open for a fantastic foreground subject. It was a matter of waiting for the right lighting and the virga to light up and POW!

It was a wicked way to spend the last moments in an area with my brother after such an arduous weekend.

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A long rest after a morning summit found us getting the itch to shoot around our beautiful campsite in this humbling basin of the Sangre de Cristo Range. A wide angle lens does a wonderful job in this scene, placing emphasis on the well contrasted textures of the foreground, while giving equal importance to the depth of the image. Thin cloud cover allowed the camera to capture a range of detail, easily controlled within one exposure. I worked this area for a while, trying my hand at different horizon placements and compositional choices. It never fails, this being one of the first shots of the scene ends up being my favorite.
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A hunt for a photograph that I found in Denver International Airport by Thomas Mangelsen led me to this spot. Located at the very end of a gravel road, I spent the night in my hot rod anticipating something like this. My mom told me the day before to not worry about how all of my photographs turned out. It only takes one.

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Before setting, the sun peaks from behind some clouds forming a beautiful glow that greets the evening golden hour.

Small walls of water push along the stream, trickling over the sandy confinements of the bank to form new temporary routes for the creek to flow. The arms eventually recede once the Northeasterly winds subside, leaving only abstract designs as the water soaks back into the sand.

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After a long weekend trip in the woods near Crested Butte, the drive out showcased some amazing lighting.

With the sun setting for the day, beautiful storm clouds swept over the massive aspen forests of Kebler Pass. Then, as if from a childrens book, a gorgeous rainbow appeared in frame.

A truly magnificent way to cap off a wonderful weekend with the brother.

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While the air cools surrounding the desert and mountains, the colors themselves burn richer than the entire day. My lens rests upon a temporary sandbar that will soon erode from the passing stream. Later, the winds will carry the sand back to the dunes to create another stunning mound of sand for hikers and photographers alike to enjoy.

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Photo taken in Kananaskis Country, Alberta.

Head over to my blog for the photo and a little more information!

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