Pastel colors fill the sky above the Mummy Range on a cold winter morning.
This morning conditions were finally right to photograph a spot I found in April. I spent an hour standing around waiting for the light to get right and it was -11F. I realized about half way into that time that I didn't have the right boots on, so if anyone saw me they would have this strange man dancing by himself trying to keep feeling in his toes. It was definitely worth it though. Now, I just need to get into our crawl space and pull out the winter boots.
This image was taken with the Nikon D810 and is a composite of 6 vertical photographs, meaning that I can print this at extremely large sizes. Photo © copyright by Erik Stensland.
One of my favorite views in Rocky Mountain National Park deep in the backcountry. This image can be printed extremely large, larger than what is listed on this website. Contact me if you want a "life-size" print. That's what I would like for my room. :). Photo © copyright by Erik Stensland.
I shot this image from Thunder Pass on the northern edge of Rocky Mountain National Park. The dividing line runs right down this ridge and then up to the summit of rocky Static Peak in the center right. On the right hand side are the Nokhu Crags located just outside the park boundary.
This image can be printed very large, contact us for pricing information. Photo © copyright by Erik Stensland.
A spring snow covers Longs Peak and the Estes Valley on the second of May creating a world of snowy wonder. Photo © copyright by Erik Stensland.
Last night I decided to take advantage of the thick smoke from the fires in Wyoming and Montana so I climbed up to the east summit of Mount Meeker to photograph the setting sun between the west peak of Meeker and Longs Peak. The sunset didn't disappoint. Photo © copyright by Erik Stensland.
This morning was one of those times when you know you are either going to come away with nothing or with something absolutely spectacular due to the large number of clouds on the horizon. Fortunately on this morning the sun found a crack and lit up the bottom of the peaks with wonderful warm light for a few moments creating this magical scene. Photo © copyright by Erik Stensland.
It is not often that all the elements for a photo come together. As we hiked up to Spirit Lake the wind was blowing and thick clouds covered the mountains with their shade. It looked like I might not need to take out my camera this evening.Then, about an hour before sunset the clouds began to part making way for the light of the setting sun and the winds died allowing the water to resume its peaceful stillness. That evening was one I will remember for a very long time. The mountains and remaining clouds above them lit on fire and reflected on the still water. The sunset lasted longer than any I have seen for a long time and so I was able to make this photo which is a composite of 6 images which allows it to be printed at very large sizes. Photo © copyright by Erik Stensland.
Although it is already the 3rd of June, Trail Ridge Road was still closed for snow removal. It will be the latest opening of the road in 20 years. Despite the closure, perhaps even more because it was closed, I decided to hike up there and enjoy a quiet evening at Rock Cut. It was a beautiful sunset with the only sounds being the dripping of water from the melting snow and the sound of howling coyotes on the other side of Forest Canyon. This photo is a composite of about 8 separate photos and can thus be printed as a panorama at very large sizes with amazing detail. Photo © copyright by Erik Stensland.
Not many folks get up here but from a distance I've been looking at this valley for years. It was quite a slog to get here from camp in time for sunrise but the beautiful rocky terrain mixed with the warm mountain light made it well worth the effort. Photo © copyright by Erik Stensland.