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Jen Magnuson Photography - Visual Stories of Outdoor Adventure

Commercial and Editorial Photographer

Elk Hunting in the Arapaho National Forest

Colorado's National Forests offer up some of the most scenic places for outdoor recreation.  And hunting on public lands can not only feed your appetite for adventure, but it can feed your family too.

As elk hunting season gets going in Colorado, I ventured out into the Arapaho National Forest with Jenn and Carson to create some stock images for Aurora Photos.  Jenn showed Carson the ropes, helping him safely load his magazines, scout for elk, and operate his bolt-action rifle.


Though everything about this hunt was staged for safety reasons, and the live ammunition was put safely back into the truck after it was done serving it's purpose as a prop, I wish Jenn and Carson luck on their real hunting season.  The burgers they made with last year's elk were amazing, and I know Hicker the Heeler is anxious to steal another one this year if he gets the opportunity!

Fly Fishing on the Colorado River

There is more to fly fishing the Colorado River than I expected.

There's an art and a science to it all, much like photography.

I woke in the pre-dawn hours to load a massive amount of gear into the car and make the Drive from Denver to Silverthorne to meet my model and continue on to our shoot location on the Colorado River.

Sarah is an accomplished snowboarder, ski instructor, backpacker, and angler.  She's an all around outdoor badass, and I learned a ton from her as I photographed her day starting as she prepared her rod and reel, carefully choosing which flies to use for the time of day and the bugs present on the river.  We hiked down to a spot she knew would have good fishing, and she told me how fly fishing was all about reading the river, the weather, the bugs, and imitating nature to fool the fish into biting.  It was fascinating to document how carefully she would read the mud on the bottom of a rock and change flies based on the different bugs that hatched into the air as the day warmed.

Even though I was working without an assistant that day, I managed to lug three cameras, eight lenses, and a strobe with a long throw reflector on the sometimes muddy hike up and down the shore.

Here are some of the highlights of the day:

 

 

Backpacking in the Colorado Wilderness

It has been unusually overcast and damp here in Denver for a few days. . .

and we are kind of spoiled with our 300 days of sunshine, so I am throwing it back to a more typical stretch of sunny autumn days on a backpacking trip in October.

Colorado's backcountry is so easy to access, and so infinite, that it makes shoots like this almost too easy.  It's still a feat to lug the camera gear necessary to make a shoot happen in the wilderness, but it's always worth the effort!

Mountain Biking in Golden, Colorado

Iranian Refugee looks to 2020 for Olympic Mountain Bike Dreams. . .

Thanksgiving morning, and it's still dark.  My car is loaded with cameras and lights, and I'm dressed like an alpine explorer.  I'm heading out to Golden, Colorado to meet with Sina Solouksaran, a mountain biking phenom originally from Iran.  Click his name to read about how he came to be exiled from his home country and forbidden from representing Iran on their national MTB team.  It's quite a story, and having had the opportunity to shoot with him, I can tell you that he's quite a rider too!

The trails at White Ranch were pretty deserted in the frigid pre-dawn darkness as Sina unloaded his bicycle, and I hooked up radio triggers and attached lights to clamps.  Snow flurries are falling, the wind is ripping across the ridges, and the sky beyond Denver is burning with emerging color.  It's perfect.  Here are my favorites from the morning. . .  I'll spare you the photos of the GIANT breakfast burritos we scarfed after the shoot!

Whitewater Kayaking on the Snake River, Jackson, Wyoming

Outdoor Adventure abounds in Jackson, Wyoming

In September, I had the opportunity to take a scenic six hour drive up to Jackson, Wyoming to spend the week shooting with some of the top outdoor adventure photographers and editors in the business.  I'll be sharing some of the images and stories from my Jackson adventure here.

Whitewater kayaking on the Snake River

In the pre-dawn darkness, we gathered in front of the Snow King Resort Hotel to board a bus to Jackson Hole Whitewater to spend the day on the river shooting some of Jackson's whitewater talent doing their thing on the rapids.  Outfitted with pfds and neoprene booties, we arrived at the put-in to golden morning sun filtering through the fog rising from the river.  It was perfection, and the day just got better as our guides shuttled us and our camera gear down the river.

Afternoon on the river

The fog burned off, and the guides graciously picked lines through the rapids that were least likely to splash too much water on our camera gear, but we got plenty wet regardless.  Shooting moving boats from a moving boat was no match for the Nikon 3-D autofocus feature, and as my memory cards filled up, I knew I was in for a hard edit!

A lunch break allowed us ample opportunities to shoot from the shore as the kayakers played in rapids nearby.  Here are a few of my favorites from the afternoon.

 

Check back for more outdoor adventure. . . Camping, Climbing, Trail Running. . .

And if you're intrigued about how I got the opportunity to spend the week working with the likes of Corey Rich, Lucas Gilman, Bo Bridges, Bob Smith, Dave Black, Jen Edney, Ryan Taylor, Brad Smith, Scott Willson, and Ron Taniwaki, well check out Summit Workshops Adventure Photography Workshop.  The participants the workshop attracts are all pretty dang amazing photographers as well.  I am more than grateful to have met all of the ridiculously talented people who participated!