Colorado Gold: 2019 Trail Runner Photo Camp

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It doesn’t get much better than fall in aptly named Aspen, Colorado, where we hosted Trail Runner’s 2019 Photo Camp October 6-9. Directed by the widely published mountain-sports photographer Fred Marmsater and Trail Runner’s Art Director Randall Levensaler, our photography students were treated to crisp mornings, cobalt-blue skies and golden aspens spotting the mountainsides.

After shooting hard-working adidas pro athletes till sunset each day, we retired to the comfort of the Mountain Chalet in the heart of Aspen to review the “goods,” the highlights of which you see featured here.

Tessa Chesser and TJ David backlit int he aspens, Government Trail. Photo by Ben Boldt
Devon Derby and TJ David take in the fall splendor. Photo by Nick Hanle
Chesser from a bird’s eye view (not a drone!). Photo by Rachel Billmyer
Competitive trail runner and pro big-mountain skier TJ David has the gift of quads. Photo by Nick Hanle
A pre-dawn start allowed us to capture sunrise above Aspen. Photo by Rachel Billmyer
We worked a lot on shooting backlit situations for dramatic effect. Photo by Nick Hanle
Chesser focuses. Photo by Rachel Billmyer
Derby and Chesser up Hunter Creek. Photo by Randall Levensaler
Devon Derby and TJ David take five. Photo by Nick Hanle
Derby at a roundabout. Photo by Randall Levensaler
Does it make you want to be there? The Hunter Creek Trail is in Aspen’s backyard. Photo by Ben Boldt
Chesser sprinting hard to stay warm. Note the bear claw scars on the aspens. Photo by Rachel Billmyer
Accomplished trail runner Timothy Olson brought the heat on every pass for the camera. Photo by Krista Olson
Chesser on Hunter Creek Trail. Photo by Ben Boldt
Marmsater goes out on a limb for the shot. Photo by Krista Olson
Heading out on the Government Trail. Photo by Fred Marmsater
Photo camp participant Ben Boldt landed a cover with his shot of Devon Derby running through the aspens.

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