Visions of winter in Telluride


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For the Thanksgiving holiday, my family traveled to Ridgway, Colorado. There we enjoyed a great turkey dinner with dramatic views of Mt. Sneffles and the San Juan Mountains. We also took a day to visit Telluride after a fresh snowfall.

Visiting Telluride in the winter is a real treat. While there wasn’t quite enough snow to justify buying a lift ticket to ski, there was enough to dress up the town. We also got a kick out of traveling on the free gondola that connects the mountain village base.

I brought my trusty walk-around camera, my Fuji X100F on our trip. Because I was with family, I didn’t want to take too much time taking pictures.

So rather than spend energy and thought on the camera settings, I set my camera on “P” or program mode. (Also known as “P” for perfect.)

Program mode lets the camera make all of the decisions for you. It sets the ISO, shutter speed and aperture. Of course, if I wanted I could changes settings on the fly, but I preferred to enjoy being a tourist in this cool mountain town with my family and not worrying too much about what my camera settings were.

Snow makes everything better. As we walked, I photographed different scenes that we came upon: A child skiing in the middle of the street; snowfall on a statue; and a really cute Saint Bernard who seems to be enjoying himself in the snowy weather.

The next time you’re traveling with family and just want to capture scenes in the places like Telluride try setting your camera on P for perfect, enjoy wandering and stopping every once in a while to snap a shot.

Happy shooting!

Sean Cayton is a wedding photojournalist of 19 years and operates a successful, award-winning wedding photography studio in Colorado Springs. He’s also an award-winning photojournalist. Sean is happily married to the love of his life (also his business partner) and is father to three beautiful children. When he’s not working, Sean can be found outside flying kites with his kids, hitting golf balls or casting a fly rod to hungry trout.