This gallery showcases a collection of Matt Payne's best selling Fine Art Nature and Landscape photography prints. Having climbed the highest one-hundred mountains in Colorado, Matt's Fine Art Landscapes are breathtaking and unique and are enjoyed by art collectors and those that appreciate the indescribable beauty of Colorado. Each piece of art is hand-crafted using the highest quality printing materials available, including Fine Art Acrylic Diasec, Hot Press Fine Art Paper, and ChromaLuxe Metal. To learn more about my printing process and what to expect from your shopping experience, read more>>
Best Selling Landscape & Nature Photography Prints
San Juan Mountains, Colorado
In August of 2016, I set off to climb two of Colorado's most difficult mountains, Pigeon Peak and Turret Peak. The Durango-Silverton Narrow-gauge train dropped me off next to the Animas River at 9,500 feet and I set-off up the steep Ruby Lake trail. I ended up setting up camp below Pigeon Peak but opted not to sleep. Instead, I climbed to the saddle between Pigeon and Turret and photographed the Perseid Meteor Shower. 36 hours without sleep and this was my reward - witnessing one of the most magical sunrises ever from the summit of 13,835 ft. Turret Peak - marking the 88th mountain out of Colorado's highest 100 that I have climbed at the time this photo was taken (I've since climbed all 100). The sun rose so brightly behind Jagged Mountain and Rio Grand Pyramid that I thought for sure I had fallen asleep and began to dream. Discernible rays of light spread out from behind Jagged and lit the clouds a crimson and purple combination, which I can only describe as surreal and scintillating. A literal sea of mountains including 13ers Arrow Peak, Vestal Peak, Animas Mountain, Monitor Peak, and Trinity Peak adorn the horizon. This may be the best way to view the Needle and Grenadier Mountain Ranges.
It can't be understated how difficult this photograph was to get. It required me to backpack up an incredibly steep trail to a high alpine meadow with all of my camera gear and sleep gear, set-up camp, and then climb up to 13,835 ft. in the dark.
San Juan Mountains, Colorado
After a 20+ mile backpack into Colorado's Chicago Basin near the town of Durango in the Weminuche Wilderness Area, my climbing partner and I got an early start at 3 AM to ascend North Eolus Peak's 14,000 ft. summit before sunrise. We were joined by mountain goats on the summit (one is in the photo, can you spot it?) and enjoyed one of the most epic and memorable sunrises in my lifetime. Directly east of us below the sun were the formidable 14,000 ft. peaks Sunlight Peak and Windom Peak (which we climbed later that day and the day after). To the right (south) towered 14er Eolus Peak and to the left getting hit by intense light were Turret Peak and Pigeon Peak, two of the more rugged peaks in the area. Also visible in this photograph are my favorite peaks in Colorado - Vestal Peak and Arrow Peak (left of middle, sticking up like a sore thumb), Jagged Mountain, Jupiter Peak, and more. You can even make out Fourteeners Uncompahgre Peak and Wetterhorn Peak on the horizon as well as Rio Grand Pyramid. If you can't tell, I'm a total Colorado mountain geek.
After an arduous 4x4 drive to a remote campsite near Silverton, Colorado, it began to rain for hours and hours on end. I ended up sleeping through the dreary night in my Toyota 4Runner and awoke the next morning to this glorious scene: Red Mountain and Hayden Mountain reflected in a small tarn with reeds growing in the water. I loved the reflection of Hayden mountain in the distance and the pine trees with Red Mountain - a nice combination indeed!
In September, 2018, I experienced one of the most exhilarating moments from my photography adventures to date. My friend and I backpacked into the wilderness to a remote location near Carbondale and Aspen, Colorado that he had found on Google Earth. We chose this location for its unique vantage of 14,131 ft. Capitol Peak and hoped there would be a nice pairing of autumn color to go with that view. We spent hours on this remote ridge looking for the absolute best compositions. A storm rolled through the area and we both thought our chances of photographing Capitol Peak at sunset were ruined until at the very last moment of light created by the setting sun, a beam of intense red light cast amazing color across the west and south faces of 14er Capitol Peak - sublime! The amount of red in the rock was absolutely intense and fabulous. The thin band of yellow aspen trees at the bottom of the scene create a nice anchor for one of the best photographs I've ever taken. A more unique and dynamic image of Capitol Peak does not exist, in my opinion.
I have always appreciated the amazing fall color scenes available at Silver Jack Reservoir east of Ridgway, Colorado. I strive to obtain photographs that no other photographer has. This represents such an image, although since making this image, many have tried to copy it (imitation is the highest form of flattery, I suppose). I wanted a view of the totality of the Big Blue Wilderness - both the Middle Fork Cimarron valley (right) and the East Fork Cimarron valley (left). The East Fork Cimarron terminates with the massive 14,309 ft. Uncompahgre Peak (a Fourteener), accentuated by amazing cliffs and fall colors along the valley. The Middle Fork Cimarron terminates with an impressive view of both 13,642 ft. Redcliff and 13,656 ft. Coxcomb Peak. Along the right valley is the impressive combination of 12,742 ft. Dunsinane Mountain and 13,144 ft. Precipice Peak. This may be one of the grandest panorama scenes I've witnessed in my life.
San Juan Mountains, Colorado
When I realized that the Milky Way would line up directly above my two favorite Colorado mountains - Vestal Peak and Arrow Peak - at 2:30 AM, I set my alarm for 1:00 AM at my 12,200 foot campsite to climb to 13,000 feet to witness and capture it. What a glorious sight! Using careful capturing techniques, I was able to photograph the core of the Milky Way and all of the surrounding stars for this incredible nightscape image from the San Juan Mountains of Southwest Colorado.
These five photographs represent my highest selling body of work and perhaps some of the photographs I'm most proud of. To order one, simply click on the "prints available" link below each piece of artwork and select your medium and size. Custom sizes and mediums are available upon request.
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