Maroon Bells at Night Wallpaper

Some of our readers requested me to post a few images from my trip to San Juan Mountains in a desktop wallpaper format. This first image is actually not from San Juan Mountains, but from Aspen, Colorado. This magical place is called “Maroon Bells” and it is one of the most photographed locations in the USA. I shot the below image at night (moonlight) using my Nikon D3s and the Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8G lens at ISO 800, f/3.2, 30 seconds.

Maroon Bells at Night

And here is the link to download the wallpaper:

Maroon Bells 1920×1200 Widescreen Wallpaper



  1. 1) Duncan
    November 11, 2010 at 6:26 am

    What a brilliant image. Never in a million year I would have guessed that the image was taken at night. A beautiful picture!

    • November 12, 2010 at 1:14 am

      Thank you Duncan!

      • 1.1.1) Tomek
        November 14, 2010 at 12:50 pm

        Great shot! And it’s unbelievable how vibrant colors you got shooting at midnight. Was there any advantage of shooting at midnight (or just you didn’t have enough time? :)

        • Profile photo of Nasim Mansurov Nasim Mansurov
          November 15, 2010 at 1:36 pm

          Tomek, thank you for your feedback!

          No, there was no real advantage – my friend and I arrived late at night and saw the opportunity ;-) The interesting thing is, not a single image turned out to be as good when the sun came up, so I’m glad I shot at night…

    • 1.2) Michael
      July 18, 2012 at 10:47 pm

      No offence but i find it very very hard to beleive that was a night shot especially given the fact of the settings , for that sort of exposure you would be well and truly have to be using 10-20 minutes of exposure and with that in mind, you would get somesort of motion blur/mist of the still lake.
      let alone there is no sparkle in the stars above and iv never shot a long exposure including stars without getting somewhat of a well… star shapped effect. also the colour ranges and temperatures are that of daylight hours. the night time photography woudl give you a much richer and exotic colour range.

      absolutely lovely shot but sorry those stars are photoshopped.
      Still very well composed and a the colour ranges are fantastic.

  2. 2) Gaurav Prabhu
    November 12, 2010 at 10:03 am

    That is an excellent photograph. It has become my desktop wallpaper now. :)
    If you don’t mind can I know how you got the daytime effect by shooting at night? The 30 secs exposure doesn’t seems too long either for light to register strongly as seen in the image. I’m scratching my head to think how you did this image.

    • November 15, 2010 at 2:39 am

      Gaurav, thank you for your feedback!

      The image came out like this because of the full moon – it lit the area brightly. I obviously had to shoot at a very slow shutter speed of 30 seconds, large aperture of f/3.2 and high ISO level of 800 to properly expose the scene, but if it was not for the moon, the image would not have come out this way…

  3. 3) Douglas Krueger
    November 21, 2010 at 7:42 am


    Having spent 5 years working in Aspen a few decades ago, your fantastic photo brought back fond memories of swimming in a frigid Maroon Creek early one spring . Thanks for sharing and keep up the great photography as well as the websites, they are very informative.

    Douglas in far away Singapore

    • December 7, 2010 at 6:25 pm

      Thank you for your feedback Douglas!

      Swimming in Maroon Creek? Are you serious? The water is so darn cold and fast there all the time, you are a brave one. Have a good week and thanks for stopping by!

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