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Nicholas Jensen Photography

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Have you been wondering what’s up that trail that goes up from the Rock Cut? At over 12,000 feet you might want to take your time, but you’ll find these interesting formations called the Mushroom Rocks. It was nearly 1:30 AM by the time I made it here, I’ll have to come back earlier to get the right angle for some closeups with the galaxy while staying on the trail. With the backlighting from Estes Park, this view isn’t bad either. ———————————————————————— Camera: Nikon D750 Lens: Tokina 16-28 AT-X Pro Exposure: 13 sec at f/2.8 ISO: 6400 Processed x10 stack in Sequator & Photoshop CC ———————————————————————— #photooftheday #nature #landscape #explore #naturelovers #naturephotography #instanature #landscapephotography #nightphotography #landscapelovers #nightsky #ourplanetdaily #optoutside #nikond750 #findyourpark #coloradolife #starrynight #nikonnofilter #coloradogram #landscapecaptures #colorfulcolorado #rmnp #longexposure_shots #landscape_hunter #amazing_longexpo #ishootraw #longexpoelite #meandmymanfrotto #jaw_dropping_shots #thegreatmilkywaychase
If traveling up to the highest visitor center in the National Park system isn’t high enough for you, the Alpine Ridge Trail ascends the hill above it to reach 12,000 feet. Near the top this rock outcropping makes an excellent place to look around and maybe catch a photo. While there’s lots of people here during the day, at night it can be all yours. The lights of Estes Park brighten the horizon in this view of the night sky. ———————————————————————— Camera: Nikon D750 Lens: Tokina 16-28 AT-X Pro Exposure: 15 sec at f/2.8 ISO: 6400 Processed with Sequator & Photoshop CC ———————————————————————— #photooftheday #nature #landscape #explore #naturelovers #naturephotography #instanature #landscapephotography #nightphotography #landscapelovers #nightsky #ourplanetdaily #wildernessculture #optoutside #nikond750 #findyourpark #coloradolife #starrynight #nikonnofilter #coloradogram #landscapecaptures #colorfulcolorado #rmnp #longexposure_shots #landscape_hunter #amazing_longexpo #ishootraw #longexpoelite #meandmymanfrotto #thegreatmilkywaychase
My latest blog post is up! I shared a lot about this special moment previously, but if you’d like to read more about it click the link on my profile and get the full story. This special moment brought to you pushing through the doubt, getting out there anyway, and having an amazing morning. Go check it out! —————————————— #photooftheday #blogpost #cloudbow #nature #natureasart #spring #landscape #adventure #explore #naturelovers #naturephotography #neverstopexploring #instanature #landscapephotography #landscapelovers #ourplanetdaily #wildernessculture #optoutside #nikond750 #findyourpark #passionpassport #coloradolife #nikonnofilter #liveoutdoors #coloradogram #landscapecaptures #colorful #rmnp #landscape_hunter #ishootraw
So it turned out the Milky Way didn’t make it above the trees before the moon came up, but we had a good experience beside a raging creek under the stars just the same. Here the moon is already starting to brighten the sky, while the foreground is lit by my new @goalzero Lighthouse Mini lantern. It’s my first attempt at low level lighting, it’s only going to get better from here. ———————————————————————— Camera: Nikon D750 Lens: Tokina 16-28 AT-X Pro Exposure: 15 sec at f/4 ISO: 6400 Processed in Nikon Capture NX-D & Photoshop CC ———————————————————————— #photooftheday #nature #spring #landscape #explore #naturelovers #waterfallwednesday #naturephotography #neverstopexploring #instanature #landscapephotography #waterfall #nightphotography #ourplanetdaily #optoutside #intothewild #nikond750 #findyourpark #starrynight #nikonnofilter #coloradogram #landscapecaptures #colorfulcolorado #rmnp #longexposure_shots #amazing_longexpo #ishootraw #lowlevellighting #meandmymanfrotto #nationalparkgeek
About this time last year, this photo was a part of my first successful attempt at shooting the Milky Way. It’s been quite the year of adventures since then, and I’ll be venturing out again this Saturday night to see the Milky Way at Alberta Falls. If you’re a night sky shooter too, come on out and join my group. If you haven’t tried yet but want to, come join us too. It’ll be a great time. Message me for all the details. ———————————————————————— Camera: Nikon D750 Lens: Tokina 16-28 AT-X Pro Exposure: 30 sec at f/2.8 ISO: 6400 Processed in Nikon Capture NX-D & Photoshop CC ———————————————————————— #throwbackthursday #photooftheday #nature #natureasart #landscape #adventure #naturelovers #naturephotography #instanature #landscapephotography #nightphotography #milkyway #landscapelovers #nightsky #ourplanetdaily #optoutside #nikond750 #findyourpark #coloradolife #starrynight #nikonnofilter #coloradogram #mountainscape #landscapecaptures #landscape_specialist #colorfulcolorado #rmnp #longexposure_shots #landscape_hunter #ishootraw
This sunset Sunday night was on its way to leaving me wanting more, and then these fiery beams shot out from the tops of the peaks and it became something else entirely. That’s why you stick it out to the bitter end, sometimes it’s worth it. ———————————————————————— Camera: Nikon D750 Lens: Nikon 24-120 Exposure: 2/3 sec at f/22 ISO: 100 Processed in Nik HDR Efex Pro & Photoshop CC ———————————————————————— #photooftheday #nature #natureasart #sunset #landscape #naturelovers #naturephotography #instanature #landscapephotography #hdr #landscapelovers #sunsetlovers #goldenhour #sunset_pics #ourplanetdaily #nikond750 #hdrphotography #sunsethunter #sunsetsky #coloradolife #nikonnofilter #coloradogram #mountainscape #landscapecaptures #colorfulcolorado #landscape_hunter #hdr_beautiful_landscapes #sunsetview #sunset_vision #ishootraw
On the northeast corner of Terra Tomah Mountain, there is a large gash cut out that when the clouds begin to encroach it takes on a life of its own. Is it a smoldering volcanic crater? Is it a smoky dragon’s lair? Use your imagination and tell me what you see. _______________________________________________________ Camera: Nikon D750 Lens: Nikon 24-120 Exposure: 1/60 sec at f/16 ISO: 100 Processed in Nikon Capture NX-D & Photoshop CC _______________________________________________________ #photooftheday #nature #natureasart #landscape #explore #naturelovers #naturephotography #neverstopexploring #instanature #landscapephotography #landscapelovers #ourplanetdaily #wildernessculture #optoutside #intothewild #nikond750 #findyourpark #coloradolife #roamtheplanet #nikonnofilter #coloradogram #mountainscape #nikonlove #landscapecaptures #colorfulcolorado #rmnp #landscape_hunter #ishootraw #weareparks #nationalparkgeek
I often end up on my photo adventures solo because the conditions can get a little crazy sometimes. The upside is this kind of drama that you have to be there to see. This reminds me more of a scene from the Smokies than the Rocky Mountains, but that’s just the kind of morning it was. _______________________________________________________ Camera: Nikon D750 Lens: Nikon 24-120 Exposure: 1/60 sec at f/16 ISO: 100 Processed in Nikon Capture NX-D & Photoshop CC _______________________________________________________ #photooftheday #nature #landscape #adventure #spring #explore #naturelovers #naturephotography #neverstopexploring #instanature #landscapephotography #landscapelovers #wildernessculture #optoutside #intothewild #nikond750 #findyourpark #coloradolife #liveoutdoors #nikonnofilter #exploretocreate #coloradogram #mountainscape #rmnp #colorfulcolorado #lifeofadventure #landscapecaptures #landscape_hunter #ishootraw #jaw_dropping_shots
The nice thing about going up Trail Ridge Road when it’s closed to cars is that you can stop anywhere to rake a picture instead of having to wait for the next pullout. This big view has mountains, mountains, and more mountains, but there’s nowhere to pull off in traffic. Featuring Longs Peak on the left, Stones Peak in the center, and Terra Tomah Mountain on the right, among others, and the clouds filling in the valley below, this view demanded another panoramic shot from my iPhone. _______________________________________________________ #photooftheday #nature #natureasart #landscape #explore #naturelovers #naturephotography #neverstopexploring #instanature #landscapephotography #shotoniphone #landscapelovers #ourplanetdaily #wildernessculture #optoutside #intothewild #findyourpark #coloradolife #liveoutdoors #exploretocreate #coloradogram #mountainscape #rmnp #colorfulcolorado #lifeofadventure #landscapecaptures #weareparks #jaw_dropping_shots #amazing_shots #coloradolive
This photo has a lot going on. The inversion layer has pushed its way all the way up Forest Canyon and surrounded Terra Tomah Mountain, filling in the glacial cirques around it. There is also a partial cloud bow here, but this has supernumeraries formed under it as well showing a bit of color. Truly a unique scene to look down on from above. _______________________________________________________ Camera: Nikon D750 Lens: Nikon 24-120 Exposure: 1/80 sec at f/16 ISO: 100 Processed in Nikon Capture NX-D & Photoshop CC _______________________________________________________ #itsamazingoutthere #photooftheday #nature #natureasart #landscape #explore #naturelovers #naturephotography #neverstopexploring #instanature #landscapephotography #landscapelovers #ourplanetdaily #wildernessculture #optoutside #intothewild #nikond750 #findyourpark #coloradolife #liveoutdoors #nikonnofilter #exploretocreate #coloradogram #mountainscape #rmnp #colorfulcolorado #landscapecaptures #landscape_hunter #ishootraw #jaw_dropping_shots
“Gateway to Heaven” The phenomenon you see in this photo is called a cloud bow. It is a cousin to a rainbow, but because the water droplets in a cloud are much smaller the colors scatter leaving it mostly white. They are also known as a fog bow or white rainbow. It is uncommon to see one, and they are easy to miss as well. This was the first of a few I saw on Sunday, you can also see a partial one in the middle of yesterday’s panorama if you look closely. This photo has so much story in it, so if you’re willing continue on with me for the raw experience that brought me to this moment. This month has been challenging for me and my photography, as the weekend weather all month has been poor. Even this past weekend wasn’t great, but I had been looking at biking up Trail Ridge ever since it opened to bikes at the beginning of April. High winds are common up here, but this weekend was the first with a generally calm wind forecast, as well as being the last weekend before the road would likely open to autos for the season. I woke up at 3:30 AM for the drive up to Rainbow Curve for sunrise, but here the forecast held true and it was completely clouded in. I was tired from the early wake up, and I was tempted by the poor visibility to bag the whole thing and go home. Would it really be worth the effort? But this was something that I had been wanting to do, and my guidance in these situations is always to go anyway when there is no danger. I would definitely be safe, and you never know what will happen. So I pushed myself out of the truck, got myself packed up, and started up the hill on the bike. A little short of a mile up, I came to this spot with a somewhat interesting view of the hillside trees in the clouds, and I also needed a breather, so I hopped off the bike and started taking some shots. Suddenly, the sun began to break through and this scene appeared in the breaking clouds. I quickly pulled out my camera, and in a hurry to capture what was there I didn’t even grab my bike as I backed up to fit the bow in the frame. After a few shots I retrieved it and continued, but the bow was already dissipating and those shots weren’t as dramatic as this.
When I bought my new @diamondbackbike fat bike back in March, I got it not only because I wanted to ride but because I hoped it could take me places for my photography that I wouldn’t necessarily get to on my own two feet. Yesterday was the first fulfillment of that. I drove up to the closure point on Trail Ridge Road, and continued on my bike up to the Forest Canyon Overlook where this amazing view awaited. Because I started at dawn, I also had the whole place to myself. When the road opens for the summer in a few days, this place will be full of people, but for this special moment in time it was peaceful and undisturbed and it was all mine. This photo was taken with my iPhone X, swipe to see the whole panorama. _______________________________________ #photooftheday #nature #landscape #adventure #explore #naturelovers #naturephotography #neverstopexploring #instanature #landscapephotography #shotoniphone #landscapelovers #panorama #ourplanetdaily #wildernessculture #optoutside #intothewild #findyourpark #coloradolife #liveoutdoors #exploretocreate #coloradogram #rmnp #colorfulcolorado #lifeofadventure #landscapecaptures #landscape_hunter #jaw_dropping_shots #amazing_shots #nationalparkgeek
Last week I gave you a look at the excellent views at Royal Arch, now here is a look at the arch itself lit by the first light of the day. Part of the same formations that form Boulder’s iconic Flatirons, it is a sight worth seeing. Although the hike to get here is not long, it is still moderately difficult due to the elevation gain to reach it. ________________________________________ Camera: Nikon D750 Lens: Tokina 16-28 AT-X Pro Exposure: 1/20 sec at f/16 ISO: 360 Processed in Nikon Capture NX-D & Photoshop CC ________________________________________ #photooftheday #nature #natureasart #landscape #sunrise #naturelovers #hiking #naturephotography #instanature #landscapephotography #landscapelovers #goldenhour #ourplanetdaily #optoutside #nikond750 #coloradolife #nikonnofilter #colorfulcolorado #landscapecaptures #landscape_hunter #ishootraw #jaw_dropping_shots #amazing_shots #coloradolive #lpm #mthrworld #coloradotography #303magazine #keepboulderfun #landscape_captures
Here’s that sunrise view I was taking a picture of in yesterday’s post. Looking directly towards the sun is challenging, even partially obscured by the clouds, so I used HDR processing to bring out the full range of details. Shoot in RAW friends, you won’t regret it. Last time I hiked to Royal Arch, it was snowing and this view was completely enveloped in cloud, so this was my time to come back and take it all in. _______________________________________________________ Camera: Nikon D750 Lens: Nikon 24-120 Exposure: 1/50 sec at f/16 ISO: 100 Processed in Nik HDR Efex Pro & Photoshop CC _______________________________________________________ #photooftheday #nature #natureasart #landscape #sunrise #naturelovers #naturephotography #instanature #landscapephotography #hdr #landscapelovers #goldenhour #ourplanetdaily #optoutside #nikond750 #hdrphotography #coloradolife #nikonnofilter #exploretocreate #coloradogram #sunriselovers #colorfulcolorado #landscape_specialist #landscapecaptures #hdr_beautiful_landscapes #landscape_hunter #ishootraw #jaw_dropping_shots #amazing_shots #coloradolive
I don’t post many pictures of myself, but yesterday morning at Royal Arch I was shooting the sunrise and someone else that was there said, “Hey, that looks cool, hand me your phone and I’ll take a picture.” I did, so here I am in the wild doing my thing. _______________________________________________________ #photooftheday #nature #adventure #sunrise #explore #naturelovers #hiking #naturephotography #neverstopexploring #hdr #shotoniphone #iphonex #goldenhour #optoutside #coloradolife #liveoutdoors #exploretocreate #coloradogram #sunriselovers #colorfulcolorado #lifeofadventure #landscape_hunter #coloradolive #amongthewild #coloradotography #findyouradventure #adventurethatislife #303magazine #keepboulderfun #royalarch
This is a photo I took last summer at the Alpine Visitor Center in Rocky Mountain National Park. While I liked the idea of it at the time, the HDR processing I had to use on it to balance the interior lights of the visitor center against the night sky made it turn out super noisy. I’ve been challenged by it ever since as to how to overcome this challenge and make it useable. Should I reshoot it this summer at lower ISO, or is there a better way to process it and still balance the light? Recently I’ve started giving stacking using Sequator a try, so I pulled up my files from this image again to see if I could make it better. The processing in Sequator & Photoshop ended up being a lot more work intensive, but while not completely eliminated the noise is greatly reduced to where I think this image could now be useable. What do you think? Share your thoughts in the comments! _______________________________________________________ Camera: Nikon D750 Lens: Tokina 16-28 AT-X Pro Exposure: 15 sec at f/4 ISO: 5000 Processed in Sequator & Photoshop CC _______________________________________________________ #photooftheday #nature #natureasart #explore #naturelovers #nightscape #naturephotography #hdr #nightphotography #nightsky #nikond750 #hdrphotography #findyourpark #coloradolife #nikonnofilter #starrynight #coloradogram #rmnp #colorfulcolorado #longexposure_shots #hdr_beautiful_landscapes #amazing_longexpo #longexpoelite #ishootraw #jaw_dropping_shots #manfrotto #amazing_shots #nationalparkgeek #coloradolive #milkywaymonday
As the night wore on, we shifted our location a little farther down the road to compose the Milky Way over the Nokhu Crags. Unfortunately, the clouds creeping into the edges of this photo soon blocked out the sky and our night was done. We were glad to have captured this moment. _______________________________________________________ Camera: Nikon D750 Lens: Tokina 16-28 AT-X Pro Exposure: 15 sec at f/2.8 ISO: 5000 Processed in Nikon Capture NX-D & Photoshop CC _______________________________________________________ #photooftheday #nature #landscape #naturelovers #naturephotography #instanature #landscapephotography #nightphotography #landscapelovers #nightsky #ourplanetdaily #intothewild #nikond750 #coloradolife #nikonnofilter #starrynight #exploretocreate #coloradogram #mountainscape #colorfulcolorado #landscape_specialist #landscapecaptures #longexposure_shots #amazing_longexpo #landscape_hunter #longexpoelite #ishootraw #jaw_dropping_shots #manfrotto #coloradolive
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