Guide to Scenic Photography
Viewfinder Media offers the following free
illustrated guides by Joshua Hardin to assist photographers
in finding spectacular scenes to shoot in the Rocky Mountains,
American Southwest and beyond. These online guides are meant to be
summaries of the photographic possibilities of each location and
are by no means exhaustive lists of what is available to see. You
are only limited by time and your imagination. For more specific
directions, advice and photo examples there will be multiple
additional resources (including books, web links or newsletters)
suggested in each guide. Be aware these locations may require
travel by a variety of methods including hiking or 4x4 driving
which have risks. Always locally check conditions (weather, road
construction, etc.) before undertaking these trips. Viewfinder
Media is not responsible for any loss or injury resulting in the
following of these guides.
Please select a link below:
Tour of Mesa Verde National Park
A guide to planning your trip to the first national park dedicated
to preserving the dwellings of an ancient civilization. This link
includes suggestions of hiking tours and roadside views to explore
ruins on both Chapin and Wetherill Mesas.
Summer Wildflower Hotspots
Find out where the wildflowers are in late July and Early August
in the Colorado Rockies. Learn about Crested Butte, the town that
truly be the wildflower capital of Colorado, explore 4x4 trails in
the rugged San Juan Range and more!
Fall Color Hotspots
Find out where to go to see groves of the state's famous aspen in
golden fall foliage as well as some surprisingly vivid vistas
featuring oak brush, cottonwood trees and the other species that
put the "color" in Colorado during the autumn season.
Colorado Spring Hotspots
Colorado's spring (occurring in late May and early June) is a
great time to see snow-capped peaks, canopies of aspen in lime
green foliage and take advantage of cool temperatures in the
state's western canyons. Here are some locations to check out.
Week in the Utah Parklands
If you had only one week week to explore the five national parks
of Southern Utah these are the MUST see spots. Explore the unusual
rock formations of Moab-area parks Arches and Canyonlands, the
Navajo "Land of the Sleeping Rainbow" Capitol Reef, Zion and
Week on the Oregon Coast
If you only had one week to explore the rocky sea stacks,
lighthouses, tidepools and sandy shores of the Oregon Coast where
would you go? This guide gives an overview of photographic
opportunities spanning the state's coast north to south from
Astoria to Brookings.