FAVORITE SHOOTING LOCATIONS:

These are a few of the places I return to regularly.  They might be specific spots, reoccurring events, or just a general area I like to explore.  Many of my best shots have come from these locations -- places I return to for inspiration, and where appropriate, solitude and spiritual connection.  GPS coordinates have been included for easy identification, though most areas extend well beyond GPS designations.  I frequently add to and modify these entries.

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Highway 7 - Estes Park

Colorado:  Offers a great roadside overlook of Longs Peak. Located on Highway 7 approximately 8 miles south of downtown Estes Park.  Look for the marker.

GPS:  37.74950, -105.53293

Great Reno Balloon Race

Nevada:  Hosted in Rancho San Rafael Park on the second weekend of September, the balloon race offers close-up shoots and full vistas in the wee hours before dawn and throughout the morning.

GPS:  39.54954, -119.82967

Chilcoot-Vinton

California:  A lazy, quiet agricultural area on the high desert of California, with canals, barns, fields and old fences.  For some reason, it has great light -- a nice departure from the desert scrub just over the hill from Highway 395 and Reno just 45 minutes away.  Also, just a short jump to Frenchman's Lake.

GPS:  39.80030, -120.13320

Paint Mines Interpretive Park

Colorado:  Tucked away in the emerging plains east of Colorado Springs is a small, colorful, geological erosion area turned into an interactive park.  It's free, not gated or crowded, and a great place to shoot vistas, macros, and isolated smatterings of people for scale.

GPS:  39.01948, -104.27434

Great Sand Dunes National Park

Colorado:  Situated 35 east and north of Alamosa, the Park offers endless vantage points alongside the entrance road or out on the dunes.  The best shots usually require a sandy hike up the dunes.

GPS:  37.74950, -105.53293

Five-Points Jazz Festival (Denver)

Colorado:  A local jazz festival with multiple stages, both inside and outside, with easy access throughout.  Situated in the Five-Points neighborhood, this festival moves along Welton Street offering subjects from jazz, to food, crowds, dancing, etc.  Look for it the third weekend in May.

GPS:  39.54954, -119.82967

Pawnee Grasslands

Colorado:  The flat vastness is a challenge to shoot well, and subject matter can be scarce.  Patience is a virtue here, but when it clicks it clicks well.  Located north of Highway 14 between Fort Collins and Sterling, you'll need a full tank of gas to cover the entire region.

GPS:  40.80988, -103.98927

MacGregor Ranch - Estes Park

Colorado: Less than 2 miles of downtown on Devil's Gultch Road, the vista offers roadside access overlooking ranch buildings, grazing livestock, and rock formations along Lumpy Ridge.

GPS:  37.74950, -105.53293

Pyramid Lake

Nevada:  This is a spiritual place 30 miles north of Reno, both for the Paiutes and for photographers.  The lighting and conditions can change radically from hour to hour.  These days, access to the east and north may be restricted by the Tribe, but there are lots of perspectives along the western road.

GPS:  39.95556, -119.60776

RiNO Arts District (Denver)

Colorado:  If you're looking for street photography and funky art-scene material to shoot, RiNO is the place.  Covered with graffiti murals, this is a classic old warehouse district long taken over by creatives.  Lots of cool food, fun places, and interesting alleys.

GPS:  39.75891, -104.98579

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Estes Park, Colorado
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