Rocky Mountain Park Photo Tips

Tamron Photo Guide

Grizzly Bear #399 and her cubs. Photo by Mike Wheeler

2014 Photo Contest Winners

The winners to the 2014 National Park Trips Photographic Memories Contest are in. We had 553 entries in all. See the prize winners plus other top photos. Read More…

Hiker on Chasm Lake Trail. Photo by Ben Fullerton

Rocky Mountain Photography – Picture Show by Ben Fullerton

Get inspired by Ben Fullerton’s photos of Rocky Mountain National Park trails, streams, autumn trees and wildlife. Follow tips for your own photos. Read More…

Alluvial Fan Cascades. Photo by Erik Stensland

Rocky Mountain Photography – All-Star Scenery by Erik Stensland

Get inspired by Erik Stensland’s photos of Rocky Mountain National Park skies, clouds, and mountains. Follow his tips to take your own beautiful photos. Read More…

Moose Bull in Kawuneeche Valley. Photo by Erik Stensland

Rocky Mountain Photography: Wildlife by Erik Stensland

Get inspired by Erik Stensland’s photos of Rocky Mountain elk, bighorn sheep, and other wildlife. Follow his tips to take your own beautiful photos. Read More…

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Rocky Mountain Photography: Landscapes by Erik Stensland

Get inspired by Erik Stensland’s photos of Rocky Mountain National Park lakes, waterfalls, sunsets, and wildflowers. Follow his tips to take your own beautiful photos. Read More…

Quick Photography Tips from Tamron

1. Best time to shoot
Pre-dawn, mid-morning and late evening until after dark, in any season is the premier time to take photographs while in Rocky Mountain National Park.

2. Remember the rule of thirds…
Have your subject occupy one third of your frame to achieve the best composition.

3. What lens to use
You do not need a big lens; 300 MM and below are enough unless you are shooting the dangerous animals. For dangerous wild animals in Rocky Mountain National Park, it’s recommended you use a larger lens and shoot from the safety of your vehicle.

4. For landscape photos…
Use a focal length setting of 10mm up to 300mm on your wideangle, telephoto or all-in-one zoom lens lens and put the subject in the landscape…to capture the sense of place with the animal or subject in its environment.

5. Optimal summer conditions in Rocky Mountain Park
In June and July, optimal photography conditions in Rocky Mountain would be a blue sky with some clouds in it. If you’re out early, when the light comes out, it creates the magenta sky with red and orange clouds.

6. Have patience
If you want to shoot photographs in the outdoors and in a natural wonderland like Rocky Mountain Park and surrounding regions, patience is a must. It’s a waiting game. Accept this and embrace it.

7. Pay attention to the lighting
Contrary to popular belief, do not shoot with the sun directly at your back. Doing so will make the light on the subject flat. Move so the light is at an angle and you’ll get more texturing and shadows and a result, a much more interesting photo. Most great photos are either side-lit or have the light coming in from a different angle.

8. Make photography a passion before you choose to make it a career.
You have to shoot a lot of photos to really learn how to take great photos. It is an art form.


Great Tamron gear for great Rocky Mountain photos!

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SP 18-270mm Di II VC PZD

Tamron’s ultra compact 18-270 VC PZD all-in-one zoom lens features VC anti-shake for blur-free pictures and new PZD (Piezo Drive) for fast and quiet AF. Its 15X range is perfect for shooting every moment—celebrations, sports, vacations, everyday snapshots…without switching lenses! Winner of the prestigious EISA Best Product Award 2011-2012: Zoom Lens. Perfect your Nikon, Canon or Sony smaller sensor DSLR camera. (And now model B011 18-200mm Di III VC for your Sony mirrorless camera).


Tamron Ultra Telephone Zoom 150-600 Lens

SP AF 150-600mm Di VC USD

Tamron’s SP 150-600mm Di VC USD (for Canon, Nikon and Sony Full-Frame and APS-C DSLR cameras) all new ultra tele zoom enhances the creative potential of telephoto photography. With advanced optical technology, new eBand coating, USD autofocusing and Vibration Compensation, Tamron’s stylish new ultra tele zoom delivers vibrant images with astounding clarity and definition. Its 4X ultra-telephoto focal length range is a captivating feature for all photographers, particularly nature, wildlife, and sports shooters. And its compact design and perfect balance provides excellent portability for outdoor shooting.


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SP 10-24mm Di II

Landscapes, streetscapes, architecture and confining interiors come to life beautifully with the true, striking wide-angle perspective provided with this ultra wideangle zoom. Images exhibit negligible distortion in normal use, but—if the photographer chooses—spectacular effects can be introduced by disregarding the camera’s relationship to level. Professional Photographer Hot One Winner 2009. Designed for Canon, Nikon, Pentax and Sony smaller sensor DSLR cameras.

Top Ten Things to do in Rocky Mountain

1. See Aspens in Fall at Rocky Mountain National Park

Starting in late August, aspens in the highest reaches of the Park begin their annual quaking, a term to describe the aspens unique leaves changing a golden-yellow hue and how they react in wind. Read More...

2. Take in a Festival

Want to dance, drink, and eat good food all in the name of a frozen dead guy? Done. How about attend the best small rodeo in America? Yep, got that covered too. Or how about throwing on a kilt and tossing a kaber? Better yet, how about tossing it with the Rocky Mountains as your backdrop? Done, done and done. Read More...

3. Hike to the Top of Longs Peak

Dominating the skyline, and topping out at 14,259 feet, Longs Peak is the ultimate adventure for enthusiastic hikers. Read More...

4. 350 Miles of Hiking Trails

Over 350 miles of trails crisscross the Park, linking together alpine lakes, jagged peaks, thick lodgepole Pine forests and rocky tundra. Also, right outside the park sits plenty of National Forest land. Read More...

5. See Wild Animals

Home to thousands of Elk, Mule Dear, Marmots, Big Horn Sheep, and the occasional Black Beer, it’s not uncommon to have your Park experience include a wildlife sighting. Read More...

6. Enjoy a Ranger-Led Activity in Rocky Mountain National Park

We know exploring a national park can be an exciting activity to do on your own, but why not spend a few hours and check out a ranger-led program? Read More...

7. Drive Trail Ridge Road in Rocky Mountain National Park

Known appropriately as the Highway to the Sky, Trail Ridge Road crosses the continental divide at a whopping 12,183 feet. Colorado has also designated Trail Ridge Road as a scenic and history byway. Read More...

8. Go Sledding at Hidden Valley Snow Play Area

If you love skiing, snowmobiling, ice climbing, sledding, hut trips, ice skating, and anything that involves frozen water just figure Colorado is the place to be. Read More...

9. Spend a Night in the Historic Stanley Hotel

Just six miles from Rocky Mountain National Park and towering above the small mountain town of Estes Park, The Stanley Hotel should be included in every visitors to do list. Read More...

10. A Perfect Day in Rocky Mountain National Park

We decided to spill one of our perfect days in Rocky Mountain National Park, just for you. Read More...

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