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Aspen forests and the appeal for photographers

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Aspen trees after a fresh snowfall. - SEAN CAYTON
  • Sean Cayton
  • Aspen trees after a fresh snowfall.
The first fresh snow arrived last week and I decided to take a trip up the Pikes Peak Highway with my camera.

Last summer, during a bike trip to Catamount reservoir I had a seen a forest of Aspens along the highway that I thought would make for some beautiful landscape photographs.

When I arrived a coat of fresh snow covered the Aspen trees and the Pine forest just behind it. The sun was out and the snow was slowly melting.

I parked my car, grabbed my wide-angle lens and went for a walk.

I love photographing landscapes, especially after a busy wedding season.

I get to walk and observe and photograph without concern of posing a subject. An Aspen forest stands there resolute without regard to my presence. It allows me to meditate on my surroundings.

And, oh, what a beautiful morning it was.

Some photographers like to use a tripod to photograph landscapes. But I’m inclined to move more quickly - to reframe a picture from many different angles. I can take more images without a tripod and create an entire body of work from one walk through an Aspen forest.

This kind of photography renews my sense of mystery about the world. An Aspen forest covered in snow is a really magical thing!

Photographing landscapes also allows me to let the stress and anxiety of everyday life fade into the background. 

If you love to take pictures and you want to get away from it all, I highly recommend a walk through an Aspen forest or any forest really.

Happy Shooting!


Sean Cayton is a wedding photojournalist of 19 years and operates a successful, award-winning wedding photography studio in Colorado Springs. He's also an award-winning photojournalist. Sean is happily married to the love of his life (also his business partner) and is father to three beautiful children. When he’s not working, Sean can be found outside flying kites with his kids, hitting golf balls or casting a fly rod to hungry trout.

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