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Colorado's 20 Best Landscape Photographers Featured

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Vestal Basin by Kane Englebert Vestal Basin by Kane Englebert

I've updated my list as of 9/5/2014 to include new ratings and photographers. 

Colorado is an amazing place for photography.

The variety of scenes available to shoot are quite diverse and one could spend a lifetime shooting photos here and still not get a full collection of shots. The State has a huge variety of photographic subjects including color, culture, mountain vistas, desert scenery, forests, 14ers, lakes, cities and National Parks. 

Last month, I set out to try to identify what I felt were the best 20 photographers from Colorado that also shoot photos of  Colorado scenes. I posed the question on Google Plus and received quite a few responses. I went through all of the responses and narrowed down the options to the top 20 photographers and have listed them here in the order that I feel they belong.

I made my choices based on three sets of criteria:

  • How likely would I be to purchase a print from this artist?
  • Based on their featured photos, what is the subjective technical difficulty in obtaining those shots?
  • How likely would I attempt to emulate the shots that they obtained?

Here are the photographers and links to their website, in order:

1. Kane Englebert

Kane Englebert - Vestal Peak

Vestal Peak Sunrise by Kane Englebert

Since 2008, when I began seriously taking photos while climbing Colorado's mountains, i envied and admired the work of Kane Englebert. His style, vision, and subject matter were all things I found quite incredible. Ever since, I have always strived to try to vision my own work after his, with little success. Kane sets the bar quite high for quality, realism, scenes, subjects and composition. He also happens to be a really friendly guy, willing to take time to give new photographers tips and compliments, as evidenced by his comments on a 14ers.com trip report of mine from last year. Kane is just an all-around great landscape photographer and thus earns the number 1 spot on my list of the top 20 landscape photographers of Colorado. 

2. Jack Brauer

Jack Brauer Wetterhorn Peak

Wetterhorn Peak Wildflowers by Jack Brauer

Jack Brauer's photos embody my own personal style of photography, which is - get up early, find an awesome mountain, climb it, and let the magic happen. The quality of photos that Jack takes are quite difficult to match in terms of composition, light and difficulty in acheiving. For example, Jack has a photo on his site of Capitol Peak at sunrise. Just getting there by sunrise is a feat of its own. I think you'll agree that his photos are quite impressive. You can also check out Jack's blog, which is pretty incredible as well. 

3. Nate Zeman

Nate Zeman Photography

Glow - Chimney Rock by Nate Zeman

I had personally never heard of Nate Zeman before inquiring on Google Plus about Colorado Photographers. When he was recommended, I went to his site and was quite impressed by the high quality of photography that I found there. Nate's work reminds me a lot of Kane Englebert's and I was most intrigued by his fall photo collection. Nate's work is quite outstanding. The scenes he captures are from vantages that most people will never see, which is why I picked him for this list. 

4. Sarah Marino

Sarah Marino

Wilson Peak - by Sarah Marino

Sarah Marino is a very impressive artist specializing in the Colorado West. Her work is quite astounding. It is clear through the expression of her work that she has a real connection to the natural world and has an immense amount of creative vision and talent. Indeed, her work is marvelous and I envy her ability to capture some of Colorado's more incredible areas. Especially impressive though, is Sarah's work in the desert of the West. Check out her site and be ready to stay awhile!

5. Mike Berenson

Mike Berenson

Wonders Of The Night by Mike Berenson

It is no secret that one of my obsessions is night photography - and there is no one better at Colorado night photography than Mike Berenson. I had the pleasure to meet Mike when both of us had work showing in the Denver Photo Art Gallery. Mike is not only a class act but also one of the most generous and forthcoming guys when it comes to photography knowledge. If you have the opportunity to take one of his night photography workshops, don't hestitate! His work and knowledge is nearly unparalleled. Mike's night photography shooting and post-processing techniques are constantly pushing the boundaries and the results are proof that he takes a great deal of pride in his work.

6. Grant Collier

Grant Collier

Milky Way over Pawnee Buttes  - by Grant Collier

I am a huge fan of Grant's work, especially his night-time shots, including the above panoramic image of the Milky Way. Taking such photographs requires timely execution and a great deal of forethought to pull of the shot. Grant resides in Lakewood, Colorado and his work has been featured on CNN.com, NBC, CBS, WB2, UPN, The Special Reserve Collection, America's Scenic Drives, the Mammoth Book series, the Cube Book series, the Denver Post, and the cover of the Rocky Mountain News.

7. David Kingham

David Kingham

Sneffels in Snow - by David Kingham

David Kingham is one of the best photographers on Google Plus right now. It is especially awesome that he also hails from Fort Collins, Colorado. I was impressed when I read that he decided to license all of his photographs under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs License, meaning anyone is free to download a high resolution version of his photos as long as you follow the guidelines.  

8. Stan Rose

Stan Rose

Crystal Moods - by Stan Rose

Stan Rose is a very talented photographer and moderator at naturephotographers.net. His gallery is one of the most impressive ones I've seen on the web, with a broad array of subjects, locations and photography methods. There's not a bad shot on his website, and I would encourage you to go take a look at it. 

9. Dan Ballard

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Rocky Mountain Fire - by Dan Ballard

Dan Ballard is an internationally renowned photographer with a very large following on Google Plus. Dan has visited nearly 50 countries and has some pretty spectacular images of those countries on his website. Dan is perhaps best known for his photography workshops across Colorado. I'd personally love to attend one sometime and learn from one of the best! 

10. Todd Caudle

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Jagged Mountain Reflection - by Todd Caudle

Todd Caudle is best known for his work on the annual Colorado Mountain Club calendar. His work is quite excellent and worth checking out. He often takes very unique shots of Colorado's 14ers, and I greatly appreciate that. Getting to some of the spots he takes shots from requires quite a bit of effort, and the reward is obvious in his work. 

11. Andy Cook

Andy Cook

Great Sand Dunes - by Andy Cook

Andy Cook is a professional photographer based out of Colorado Springs, Colorado. His images are classic in nature and provide some very vibrant and astonishing views of some of Colorado's more amazing areas. He is well known for his poster that can be found at many tourist locations throughout Colorado. 

12. Koveh Tavakkol

Koveh Tavakkol

Alpenglow - by Koveh Tavakkol

I had not heard of Koveh Tavakkol's work before inquiring on Google Plus about Colorado photographers. When I found Koveh's website, I was immediately impressed by the strong showing of Colorado landscapes. Like me, Koveh is a self-taught photographer and it is clear by the superb quality of his shots that Koveh has truly mastered the artform. 

13. Erik Stensland

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Bear Finally - by Erik Stensland

Erik's gallery is focused on Rocky Mountain National Park, which I think is a superb idea. The park is full of amazing features and locations, so what a great place to get a full gallery of! Erik's shots should be greatly appreciated by photographers and collector's alike. The locations he is shooting from and the conditions he strives to photograph are rare in nature. Additionally, Erik blends the intelligent use of fancy equipment (filters) with the natural beauty of the Park, and that is a really refreshing thing to see.

14. Stephen Weaver

Stephen Weaver

Gore Range Autumn - by Stephen Weaver

Stephen Weaver is an award-winning photographer and a geological scientist with an eye for difficult shots in difficult spots. He has won many awards for his work and it is well-deserved. His photograph of the Crestones is probably one of the most striking landscape images I've seen. 

15. Rick Louie

Rick Louie

Sunflower Sunset - by Rick Louie

I'd not heard of Rick Louie before inquiring on Google Plus about local photographers. I was immediately impressed upon visiting his website and viewing his amazing shots of Colorado. Rick is based out of Denver and has shown his work at several galleries and exhibits across the State of Colorado. 

16. David Clack

David Clack

Lupine at Sunrise - by David Clack

David Clack's work is quite extensive and worth checking out. He has hundreds of amazing images of Colorado Landscapes (and wonderful shots of other areas as well). He also shows his photography at the same gallery as me, Mountain Living Studio, and I can tell you from personally seeing his work that it is of the highest quality. Take some time to visit his gallery, you will surely find some incredible images!

17. Glenn Randall

Glenn Randall

Sunrise from the Summit of Snowmass Mountain - by Glenn Randall

Glenn Randall is a well-known landscape photographer based out of Boulder, Colorado. The first time I checked out his work on his website, I knew I found a real gem of a site. Glenn's work reminds me a ton of of my own, with a whole section dedicated to getting photos from the top of 14ers at sunrise. This is one of my personal passions as well, and I know from personal experience that it is no small feat to execute these shots the way in which Glenn has. You should really check out his work, it is quite splendid indeed!

18. Brent Doerzman

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Capitol Peak - by Brent Doerzman

I could not find much information on the web about Brend Doerzman; however, when it was recommended to me that I should check out his work, I was immediately impressed by the large collection of autumn photos taken from various locations across Colorado. Brent clearly has a gift for finding wonderfully scenic locations and capturing the best images possible from amazing viewpoints. Brent's website is laid out much like a collection of trips, and each trip I've gone to view seems like it has several great shots in it. Check out his work, you won't be disappointed. 

19. Scott Bacon

Scott Bacon

Mount Sneffels Wilderness - by Scott Bacon

Scott Bacon is actually a full-time software engineer; however, his photographs of Colorado are quite stunning and worth checking out. Scott's techniques are very classic and his execution is nearly flawless. He visits and shoots locations that are vintage Colorado and is able to capture moments at those locations that are breathtaking. Take a look at his gallery and you will also be impressed by his work.

20. Colby Brown

Colby Brown

Sand Dunes HDR - by Colby Brown

Colby Brown is one of the most famous photographers on the web right now, mostly due to his highly succesful use of Google Plus. Colby was a very early adopter of the platform and has amassed over 100,000 followers there. Colby is highly skilled in many ways and it is arguable that his social networking talent outweighs his photography talent, and that is saying a lot! Colby is an all-around great guy based out of Denver, Colorado and dedicates his time to many causes and providing information to other photographers on Google Plus. I would have ranked Colby much higher on this list; however, a great deal of his work is not of Colorado locations (his photos of South America are absolutely amazing), which is one of the main criteria for this list.

That concludes my personal listing of the best 20 landscape photographers of Colorado. I'd love to know your opinions on the matter and who you think should have made the cut. Please leave a comment below and share with your friends and networks!

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