Your photography tips for Boulder, Colorado
I am looking for travel planning advice and photography tips for a trip to Boulder, Colorado. While there I hope to find some good areas for landscape and nature photography. My trip is short – two nights as a transit point on my way home. I have never been to Colorado before so I want to make good use of the very limited time I have there. During my time there I want to make the most of the landscape and nature photographic opportunities. You will be familiar with my favourite photographic subjects by now and I have provided a few of my more recent favourite photographs in this post. this website particularly useful (thanks @Boulderhikes). I am keen to supplement the useful information at the above website with any other information you can supply as a visitor or local to Boulder. Therefore, my key question is:
If you have been to Boulder, Colorado before what would you consider to be the most promising sites to visit from a photographic viewpoint?
Now that I have the key question out of the way, I would like to provide some detail from my research on the location.
1. What is the best way to get around?
2. I have two sunrises and sunsets available to me during my time in Boulder (hopefully the weather will oblige). What are the best sites for photography during the golden hours at these times?
3. During the intervening times when the sun is higher (and therefore less suitable for landscape photography) where should I devote my time?
4. What equipment should I take?
How to travel around the Boulder area
My immediate choice is to do a combination of walking plus taxis. I am reasonably fit and not particularly keen on driving on the opposite side of the road to the side I’m used to (I find crossing the road as a pedestrian difficult enough in these circumstances!). Ideally, I would be looking at going on walking trails that aren’t too far from my hotel for this reason (more on this below). However, I have the nagging feeling that I might be missing out on some fantastic locations if I restrict myself to walking and short taxi rides.
Therefore, I’m interested in feedback about distances between your key locations to determine the best method of getting around Boulder. If you have some thoughts please leave a comment.
I have spent some time looking at a few websites and also plan to look at photographic sites such as 500px before departing.
Sites for the golden time around sunrise and sunset
For me, this is the ideal time for landscape photography. My impression from doing some reading on various websites is that the Flatiron mountains are a useful site for this purpose. My hotel has a view of the mountains so I hope to be able to scout out some useful locations ahead of time.
Is the focus on the flatiron mountains a good idea for these low light photos?
Sites to photograph through the middle of the day
I have three prime thoughts for middle of the day photography:
- Walks from the Chautauqua trailhead area (possibly including the Mesa Trail)
- Focusing on water in areas such as Boulder Creek Pathway
- looking around town
What do you think of the idea of focusing on walks in the Chautauqua trailhead, Boulder Creek and the central town area of Boulder during the middle of the day? A water shot (see my Iguazu Falls post):
My current plan is to take a tripod and two lenses:
- tamron 18-270mm (my default travel lens)
- tokina 11-16mm.
This means I am leaving behind my 200-500mm zoom which I often use for wildlife (in conjunction with a monopod).
Do you believe lenses covering the 11-270mm range are the key to provide good photographic coverage in Boulder, Colorado?
I have summarised the questions below that I have posed in this post. If you have any thoughts please leave a reply in the comments. I will continue to do further research myself and the uptime decisions will be made when I arrive in Boulder but any advice you have would be highly appreciated. The questions:
1. If you have been to Boulder, Colorado before what would you consider to be the most promising sites to visit from a photographic viewpoint?
2. Is walking and the use of taxis a useful method of getting around the key photographic sites near Boulder?
3. Is the focus on the flatiron mountains a good idea for these low light photos?
4. What do you think of the idea of focusing on walks in the Chautauqua trailhead, Boulder Creek and the central town area of Boulder during the middle of the day?
5.Do you believe lenses covering the 11-270mm range are the key to provide good photographic coverage in Boulder, Colorado?