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Colby Brown

Professional Fine Art Landscape, Travel and Humanitarian Photographer, Educator and Author

I am a professional fine art landscape, travel and humanitarian photographer/photo instructor and author that lives in Denver, CO with my amazing wife (Sarah), Son (Jack) and adorable dog (Denali). I get to travel the world and document some of the most beautiful locations on this planet. I teach photography workshops, webinars and digital editing classes all over the globe. I am lucky in the sense that I love my life, love my family and love what I do.
If you want to follow along with my adventures around the globe, check out my Instagram feed.

Want to learn how to utilize Google+ as a photographer? Check out my latest book Google+ for Photographers (Soft cover and e-version) where I show you how to create, maintain and grow your online presence on this engaging network. 


2014 Photography WorkshopsKarijini National Park - Australia (June 10th - 15th)Amazing Iceland (June 27th - July 5th)Alaska (August 10th - 17th)The Wonder of Iceland (September 13th - 20th)The Big Island - Hawaii (Octob


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About 9 weeks ago The Narrows
Zion National Park, UT

http://www.colbybrownphotography.com/who-says-that-travel-photography-is-not-a-contact-sport/

Have you ever dreamed of being a travel photographer? Wanted to travel the world and visit exotic and challenging places? Check out my latest blog post that focuses on some of the physical challenges you might need to learn to live with.

Photo of me by +Casey McCallister 






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About 9 weeks ago "Petra at Night"
Ancient City of Petra, Jordan

TGL Jordan
http://bit.ly/TGLjordan2014

It is no secret that Jordan is one of my favorite countries in the world. Between the ancient history, incredibly friendly people and gorgeous landscapes, there is a lot to love!

It is for this reason that I am stoked that my humanitarian photography company +The Giving Lens is returning to Jordan this April to take a handful of lucky photographers to experience this jewel of the Middle East. On the trip you will work closely with an organization that focuses on women's rights and empowerment in the middle east as well an NGO that focuses on supporting the amazing Bedouin people and culture of the area. It won't hurt that you will also have the opportunity to photograph Petra, the Wadi Rum dessert, the Dead Sea and of course the sprawling capital city of Amman.

TGL recently had two openings to this sold out trip, so if you have been wanting to find a way
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About 13 weeks ago "The Illuminated Steel Jungle"
Dubai, UAE

My Favorite Images of 2013
http://bit.ly/2013YearinReflection

Standing at 2,722 ft (828.8m), the Burj Khalifa is easily the tallest building in the world. Located in one the most illustrious cities in the world, this massive building lives in what I call "The Steel Jungle", otherwise known as Dubai. While this type of photography is generally outside my comfort zone, it is always fun to try new things. While I might feel more at home working with the Masaai in East Africa or exploring Buddhist temples in Myanmar, to truly enjoyed my time exploring a new kind of jungle. My new found friends, +Beno Saradzic  and +Daniel Cheong  were incredibly kind in showing me around town and taking me to some of the best spots to capture Dubai in all her glory.

Photo Details:
Camera: Canon 5D Mark III
Lens: Nikon 14-24 w/ novoflex adapter
ISO: 100
Exposure: f/8 at various exposures (toping out at 215 s
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About 9 weeks ago *Kirkjufellsfoss Epic Sunset"
West Iceland

Explore Iceland's Midnight Sun
http://bit.ly/JuneIcelandWorkshop

There is a reason that Iceland is currently one of the largest hotspots for landscape photographers around the world. Between the dramatic weather, almost alien scenery and soft light, it is no wonder I return year after year. This photo was taken the week following one of the photography workshops I lead in Iceland, as I was traveling with my good friends +Joe Azure and +Michael Bonocore . We spent 14 days sleeping in tents and chasing the light around the country, causing us to occasionally drive for 10 hours a day as we diligently watched the in-depth weather reports.

This waterfall can be found in West Iceland and it is certainly a highlight for many photographers visiting the country. When we showed up and set up, along with another small group of photographers, a private 1 on 1 workshop (lead by a US photographer that I know), got out of their ca
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About 12 weeks ago "Yi Peng"
Chiang Mai, Thailand

Favorite Images of 2013
http://bit.ly/2013YearinReflection

Over the last few years I have it a point to mark a number of "bucket list" locations and experiences off my list. In 2013, this allowed me to time a trip to Northern Thailand to coincide with the famous Yi Peng lantern festival where thousands of people let off lanterns into the night sky on the full moon of the 2nd month of the Lanna calendar.

While the festival itself was a bit overwhelming because of its growing popularity, it was great to meet up with my good friend +Michael Bonocore & +Daniel Nahabedian  and former workshop student Andy Yee (who came with me to Jordan previously). Knowing a few people in a crowd that had to be in the tens of thousands certainly makes a difference!

Camera Details:
Camera: Canon 5D Mark III
Lens: Canon 24-70 2.8L II
ISO: 5000
Exposure: 1/250 sec at f/2.8

Overall this image did
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About 4 weeks ago Last night I got to hang out with this little guy (and a few of his friends) on a secluded bay at sunset, north of Kona here on The Big Island. The Green Sea Turtle of Hawaii has been listed on the endangered species list since 1978, after years of over harvesting and killing these majestic creatures. If you ever get a chance to see one in person, I highly recommend it!

http://bit.ly/TheBigIsland

Photo was taken with a +GoPro Hero 3+

w/ +Kai Kosonen 





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About 2 weeks ago "Where the Earth Meets the Sky"
Landmannaluager, Iceland

http://bit.ly/JuneIcelandWorkshop

The Landmannalaugar region of Iceland is easily one of my favorite places to photograph in the world. It is one of those places where nearly every one of your images just naturally doesn't look real, even when pulled straight out of the camera. The mountains in this region are made up of multi-colored rhyolite, which can including pink, brown, green, yellow, blue, purple, black, and white.

Camera Details:
Camera: Canon 5D Mark III
Lens: Canon 24-70 f/2.8L IS II
ISO: 100
Exposure: Various Exposures at f/11

Photo Editing Details:
This image is a blend of 4 different exposures. In Lightroom I zeroed out all automatic adjustments (such as contrast and sharpness) and jumped straight into Photoshop. Here I cleaned up any dust spots and some dirt in the water. I then jumped into +onOne Software's Perfect Effects and made a few adjustmen
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About 3 days ago I wanted to post this photo In memory of the 12 Sherpas that lost their lives (and the families they leave behind) in yesterday's devastating avalanche above the Khumbu Icefall on Mt. Everest, making it the worst climbing accident in the mountains history.

This shot of a Sherpa guide with my friend Alex Velzeboer was taken as we crossed over the Kongma La Pass (18,539ft) making our way to Everest Base Camp on my last trip to the region, in 2011.

For those interested, here is a short video clip I made as I crossed over the ridge line:

Crossing Kongma La Pass





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About 6 weeks ago "Double Rainbow Over Skogafoss"
Skogar, Iceland

http://bit.ly/JuneIcelandWorkshop

As most landscape photographers know, Iceland is full of some of the most amazing waterfalls in the world, often times much more accessible that people realize. This particular waterfall, Skogafoss, is located in the town of Skogar, less than two hours from Reykjavik. Located in a protected nook, you often have issues with water spray because of the wind in the area. However every so often, the wind will shift, effectively pushing the spray back into the waterfall itself, allowing you to get incredibly close without fear of getting your gear wet or water droplets on lens.

Camera Details:
Camera: Canon 5D Mark III
Lens: Canon TS-E24mm f/3.5L II
ISO: 100
Exposure: f/11 at 8.0 seconds

In order to bring out the color of the rainbow and slow down my shutter speed to get the fluid movement in the water, I used a +Formatt-Hitech 105mm Circular Polarizer and
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About 3 weeks ago Autumn at Abiqua Falls last year was yet another memory etched into the brain. Including the inadvertent bum glissade down the wrong path!