September 26th - 30th, 2023
Colorado rarely fails to leave an impression on the beholder. This is especially true during autumn when hues of yellow, orange and red play across the rugged terrain. Add deep blue skies and white snow-capped peaks and you have the ingredients of every landscape photographers' dreams. Cool, crisp mornings, musky, autumn scents and elk bugling in the distance complete the assault on one's senses creating the most magical time to photograph Colorado.
FOCUS: Sunrise and sunset photography with beautiful foregrounds and rocky mountains in the background.
ADDITIONAL: Photograph intimate details such as frosty leaves or an aspen forest.
The workshop starts on Tuesday, September 26, 2023 at 7:00 pm with an introduction and discussion in the hotel lobby. We start photographing on the morning of Wednesday, September 27, 2023.
LODGING LOCATION: Chipeta Solar Springs Resort, 304 S. Lena, Ridgway, CO 81432. 800-633-5868.
Nearby alternate lodging: Ridgway-Ouray Lodge & Suites, 373 Palomino Trail, Ridgway, CO 81432. 800-368-5444.
Check-in Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2023; Check-out Sunday, Oct. 1, 2023.
Workshop ends after shooting sunset on Saturday, Sept. 30, 2023.
Since peak color may extend past our workshop, participants may benefit by staying a few days after the workshop.
MORNING: We'll be at a photography location in advance of morning light and we'll stay at that location through sunrise. Sometimes we relocate to another photo location before going to breakfast.
MIDDAY: On some days we will have time for post processing discussions, demonstrations and/or individual instruction. Bring a laptop with Photoshop installed to receive processing aid with your images.
EVENING: In the afternoon we return to the field where we photograph until we are done. Dinner in a restaurant is scheduled for 2 evenings after photography, one night we will have a pizza party at the hotel and one evening meal is individual choice.
REGISTRATION / DEPOSIT $300 USD
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EXPERIENCE: Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced.
GROUP SIZE: Target number of participants is 8.
EFFORT: Easy - This workshop involves walking along roads. Walking surfaces are generally uneven, hiking boots are recommended.
Be prepared for changes in weather. Mornings can be very cold, like winter.
ELEVATION: The elevation range of our shooting locations is 7,000 to 11,000 ft. Proper hydration is a must at higher elevations.
AIR TRAVEL: Most people flying to this workshop will find flying into Grand Junction or Montrose, CO to be the best choice.
Driving time from Grand Junction to Ridgway, CO is about 2 hours. Montrose to Ridgway, CO is about 45 minutes.
DRIVING CONDITIONS: Usually non 4 wheel drive, dirt roads and paved highways. However, if it has been a wet season the dirt roads may become muddy and considerable rougher requiring a higher clearance vehicle; SUV. Road conditions vary year to year; SUVs are recommended. When possible we prefer participants car pool with each other to limit our impact and get to know one another.
RECOMMENDATIONS: MORE WORKSHOP INFORMATION
FOR COLORADO AUTUMN: A lens range from at least 28mm to 400mm after the lens multiplication factor is recommended for landscape photography.
NOTE: The colors usually peak in the San Juan Mountains during the last week of September and the first few days of October. Occasionally, mother nature causes the leaves to drop earlier than this time; that is unpredictable and beyond our control.