Something Different — Southern Colorado Landscape

Southern Colorado is just gorgeous. I used to go camping and hiking up there in the Rio Grande National Forest. You could go days without seeing anyone, and at night, not a light in sight to interfere with the stars. It was just beautiful.

In this part of the forest, you don’t have the huge mountains that you have in other parts of the state, but a more subtle beauty that I really enjoy. And it isn’t as popular for recreation as other parts of the state, so you get all the solitude you can handle.

This photo was taken back when I was using my first DSLR, the Nikon D70 with the kit lens. Even though this wasn’t pro equipment, I still really like the way this photo turned out. It was taken late in the day during the summer, and the light was just beautiful. So please remember, that equipment isn’t the end all to achieving good photos. It’s the eye behind the equipment and knowing how to use what you have. Lesson over. 🙂 Hope you enjoy this photo!

Shot with an 18-70mm lens at f/11.

Image Copyright © Katie Johnson. All Rights Reserved.


~ by KatiesCameraBlog on January 17, 2012.

63 Responses to “Something Different — Southern Colorado Landscape”

  1. Nice one, Katie. Looks like a wonderful place; the solitude must be splendid!

    With regards to equipment, I remember reading somewhere that looking at someone’s photos and then saying ‘wow, you must have a good camera’ is the equivalent of being invited around for dinner, enjoying a lovely meal and then saying ‘that was delicious – you must have good cooker’.

  2. What a beautiful shot, Katie! I love the landscape and tones. 🙂

  3. What a nice shot Katie. The kind of colours you’d see in a painting… Soothing tranquility! [of course it’s all to do with the eye!]

  4. Great photo. What nice photo developing advice!

  5. Love it Katie! I can “feel” the light…I love photos that give us the option to “feel” the space you were in. Thanks for sharing

  6. What a great place, and as always. Keep giving you positive comments about your way of keeping the colors natural.

  7. Looks like a delightful place to go roaming about. Wonderful landscape shot.

  8. The lesson is great, Katie. Totally agree! 🙂

    This photo is beautiful. I just loved the transformations of the green color in the entire photo. Brilliantly captured! 🙂

    I hope to see the night stars photo, Katie. I love stars too. 🙂

  9. While it must be great to be able to purchase professional equipment, I absolutely agree that the most essential component to a well-executed photograph is the photographer’s vision and way of seeing. Hope your travels are going well, Sally

  10. Love it!

  11. Great colours and fantastic scenary.

  12. As Julius Schulman said: “The camera is the least important part of photography”. I always remind myself of this when I have “camera envy”.

  13. Great photo. It doesn’t matter with what or how the final picture is achieved. It is the result that matters. Beautiful! 🙂

  14. Wow! So warm and peaceful. Lovely!

  15. Beautiful, Katie!

  16. Very pretty. Reminds me of where I grew up a bit. 🙂

  17. Beautiful landscape – just need a horse to ride through it on!

  18. Amazing paysage. You captured such a nice one, Thank you dear Katie, with my love, nia

  19. very beautiful shot….

  20. love the soft grasses in the foreground. the light is quite lovely as well…

  21. Pretty shot. I totally agree on your equipment vs. photographer’s eye statement, Katie.

  22. Wonderful landscape 🙂 I can feel warm breeze … 🙂

  23. Gorgeous photo Katie, and you delivered the message so many young and/or budding photographers need to learn. It’s not the camera that delivers the amazing shot any more than it’s the stove that prepares the delicious meal. I’m a big fan of your work; keep up the great shots!!

  24. This is glorious

  25. Such wonderful landscape!

  26. So soft and welcoming.

  27. Beautiful shot Katie. I love the converging diagonal lines.

  28. Great photo Katie! And you are so right in saying that it is not necessarily the equipment, but the eye and imagination of the artist behind the camera. Keep up the great work!

  29. Lovely 🙂

  30. Really pretty….my little brother lives in Pueblo, CO.

  31. Stunning image and really love the golden colours (with the blue of the mountains in the background).

  32. There is no other word to say than “wow!”

  33. Calm, peaceful. Your composure is breathtaking!

  34. What a wonderful place to get away from it all, and a beautiful photo to get us wishing we were there!

  35. Warm and inviting. Beautiful.

  36. beautiful scene

  37. Beautiful photo!

  38. Yes, i love the comment “you must have a good camera” you have a good eye, enjoy the scene with varied colours of green- especially now with snow and -32celsius with a wind chill of -43

  39. It is indeed very gorgeous Katie 🙂

  40. What a delightful panorama!

  41. True beautiful

  42. Beautiful! Thanks for showing us ur side of the states 🙂

  43. Gorgeous photograph Katie, the light you’ve captured is superb 🙂

  44. Breathtaking, Katie! I wish I was there – it is a wonderful landscape.

  45. Wow! What a view, Katie!
    Beautifully captured, too!

  46. Beautiful.

  47. Beautiful landscape. Great shot 🙂

  48. Beautiful!

  49. wooow..i love this shot

  50. Oh, that’s so lovely and peaceful. Hope you’re enjoying your trip…

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