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Ryan Wright

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Behind the Lens: Crested Butte Backcountry

Published November 17th, 2011

Ah, the backcountry around Crested Butte, Colorado. I have many, many fond experiences in the West Elk mountains that surround the idyllic town of "CB". Some of the more impressive photos I've taken have been in these mountains, and many of those locations are more easily accessible than most people may think.

If you look at a map of the mountains of central Colorado, you'll probably notice Crested Butte is literally where the pavement ends. Colorado state highway 135 heads north out of Gunnison and winds its way up to Almont and then continues on to Crested Butte. This highway is somewhat odd because aren't any mountains passes to go over to get to CB, which is unusual because literally every other highway outside of Gunnison goes over at least one mountain pass. The Upper Gunnison River Valley is a very isolated valley, known for its brutal winter weather where temperatures can regularly plummet to -30F. Crested Butte is a four season (if there are in fact four seasons in Colorado) ...

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Behind the Lens: Great Sand Dunes National Park

Published October 21st, 2011

Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve is located in the San Luis Valley of southern Colorado, and near Monte Vista where I grew up. Growing up in the Valley was a mostly enjoyable experience, but something that strikes me as odd is that as a family we never really went to the Sand Dunes except occasionally for an after church gathering. It wasn't until I started getting more into photography that I saw the Sand Dunes for what they, a gem of landscape photography.

It's such an odd place for sand if you think about it. The San Luis Valley rests at around 7600 ft. above sea level and on one end of this gigantic valley are sand dunes reaching up to 750 ft. tall. Sunset out there is magical though; like the mountains that flank the dunes, the oranges, reds, and purple transform the dunes into something majestic.

This particular photo was taken in the flats before you actually arrive at the dunes themselves, the rain that had been falling all day in the Valley (read: unusual) was fin ...

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Starry, Starry Night

Published June 29th, 2011

I've decided to try to use this space as a photography blog about...well my photography. Mind blowing huh? More accurately, about the pursue of photography and everything along the way. In more cliche terms, blogging about the journey and not the destination.

First, a little about myself. I've been practicing photography for the better part of a decade now. I've been pursuing it professionally off and on for the last five years. I say off and on because I've had multiple other jobs during this time. I love learning the hows and whys of photography, I love seeing a great photograph and trying to pick it apart to see what that photographer did well (and in some cases, not so well). I have started photographing weddings in the last few years, and am still a relative novice at that trade. Most clients have been friends or acquaintances, so it has been nice to provide them with photography from someone they know.

Still with me? Ok, so time to explain this post. I love night photography. ...

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