Evan Chu
Rocky Mountains in Colorado, 2021

In July, 2021, I traveled to the mountain town of Ouray (7792 feet, 2375 meter in altitude) in the Rocky Mountains in southwestern Colorado state of USA. I attended a landscape photography workshop organized by Arizona Highways PhotoScapes.

Professional photographer Jim Steinberg shared his knowledge and experience with us. Photo guide Sara Goodnick provided expert assistance.

Photos
Governor Basin
Governor Basin

Landscapes of Rocky Mountains

The workshop had five students including myself. We spent five days photographing the spectacular landscapes of the Rocky Mountains. We reached our highest altitude by truck at California Pass (12960 feet, 3950 meters).

In the mornings, we departed the hotel around 5:30 AM to reach the very best locations to photograph sunrise. In the afternoons, we participated in photo critiques to discuss our images from the prior day. In the evenings, we went to the best locations to photograph sunset around 8:30 PM.

We often traveled in the back of an open-air pickup truck that had three rows of seats. The local guide expertly drove the truck on very steep, narrow, and rock-strewn mountain roads that were very difficult to navigate.

Photographic Tools

  • camera: Olympus OM-D E-M1.
  • lens: M.Zuiko ED 7-14mm f2.8 Pro.
  • lens: M.Zuiko ED 12-40mm f2.8 Pro.
  • lens: M.Zuiko ED 40-150mm f4-5.6 R.
  • tripod: Slik Pro 714CF II.
  • filter holder: Conklin Z-Pro.
  • filter: Singh-Ray graduated neutral density.
  • filter: Sigma circular polarizer.
  • memory: SanDisk SD cards.
  • bag: Lowepro Nova 4.
  • software: Adobe Lightroom Classic.