Buena Vista & Crested Butte | Outdoors Photography

If you need any motivation to properly get out in nature, just read this article from REI's Adventure Journal. The 3 Day Effect says 3 days in nature can help reset your brain, leading to positive effects felt for a nice duration after your return to civilization. It's not just any vacation that does this, but specifically getting outside and unplugging.

I can confirm from my own experience that this is sooooooooo real. Just a couple weeks ago, I got a 3 night camping trip in on an extended weekend. I headed down to Buena Vista for a night before doing some photography work there the following day (stay tuned for that). After the stopover in BV, my partner and I headed to Crested Butte with our new dog in tow. Neither of us had ever been to the iconic mountain town, so we really enjoyed ourselves.

I felt in a bit of a creative rut at first. It was probably my brain resetting, because by our second day in Crested Butte I felt invigorated. I saw patterns and textures and possibilities for creative edits all around. I used both of my lenses, but 50 of the 70 favorites from the trip were with one. It hasn't left my camera since. I've picked out a large selection of images to share here, though you will see many of these on social media as well. I hope they tell the story of our first camping trip with our newest family member George. I hope they make you feel something like what I felt in the rain outside Crested Butte and watching a glorious sunset outside Buena Vista.

I encourage you to take your time looking through the images. In some, there are hidden details (like maybe a tent that is so so small) that I think really make the set better than my past work.

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