Colorado wildlife photography tips from Summit County locals |

Colorado wildlife photography tips from Summit County locals

Landscapes, wildlife and special moments in Summit County as seen through the lenses of its photographers.


Camera model:

Canon 70d with Tamron SP AF

70-200mm f/2.8 lens

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Lens (focal length): 200mm

Shutter speed: 1/400 sec

Aperture: f10

ISO: 200

Location of shot


Time of day: 8:38 a.m.

About the photographer

Jenise Jensen recently took up photography in the last year and a half, after living in Summit County for 13 years. Her favorite subjects are sports, arts, wildlife and night images, and she enjoys sharing the beauty of Colorado. She’s passionate about learning more about photography and continually looks for opportunities to expand her horizons and her assortment of used camera gear, so keep her in mind when you have some to spare.

Comment on the shot

I photographed these fox families for days, getting up early at breakfast time. It was tricky to try to get a shot because you cannot get that close or you will spook them, plus you don’t want to disturb them. This shot in particular I got lucky that they happened to stop for a moment in front of the blue barn, giving it some beautiful color.


Camera model: Canon SX50 HS

Lens (focal length): 4mm

Shutter speed: 1/1000 sec.

Aperture: f/5.6

ISO: 200

Location of shot

Top of Arapahoe Basin

Time of day: 1 p.m.

About the photographer

Bill Linfield is passionate about photography, in particular wildlife and landscape, although he has also done a few weddings for fun. He has done digital photography for about 10 years now, and photography runs in his blood as his grandfather had a photo studio in Bozeman, Montana, when he was a child. Bill has lived in Colorado all his life, and Summit County for the last 40 years, most of it with his wife of 37 years, Sherry. His photos can be seen in the Summit Daily News, on 9 News and at several diners on the Front Range of Colorado. He regularly donates his services to various nonprofits around Summit County.

Comment on the shot

This shot was a challenge as I knew I wanted a star effect with the sun, which requires it to be partially hidden by a solid object. Shooting from a moving chairlift, with the solid object being another chairlift moving in the opposite direction, presented some obvious challenges, but after setting my camera on continuous shooting, I shot away and got what I was after. Photographing snow is also always a challenge as most cameras try to make snow gray, so you have to overexpose to get the snow to be white.

Camera model

Canon EOS 70D

Lens (focal length): 300mm

Shutter speed:

1/500 sec.

Aperture: f/7.1

ISO: 250

Location of shot

Green Mountain Reservoir

Time of day: 2 p.m.

Comment on the shot

This comment should read: Knowing where this nest is, I often visit, hoping the eagles are there. On this day I got lucky in that momma was sitting in the nest, while dad was sitting in a tree closer to me, allowing me to capture both in this shot. One key to shooting wildlife is to know where they are, in this case, at their nest.

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