San Juans Fall Color Photo Workshop
San Juan Mountains Fall Color Photo
5 Day Photo workshop: Oct 2-6,
Ouray, Colorado - SOLD OUT
I still have room available on my other Colorado Fall Color workshop in Rocky Mountain National Park Sept 24-28. Learn More.
Spend 5 days in a variety of locations around the beautiful and
rugged San Juan Mountains of Colorado during a photographer’s favorite time of
the year - Autumn!
Based in picturesque Ouray, Colorado, we will visit a
variety of great locations in the San Juan mountains for fall foliage, combined
with classroom work to better your photographic craft, including time to
process and critique your images. We will shoot sunrises and sunsets as
weather allows, with a few hours each day dedicated to classroom instruction
and image processing. Locations will include, but not limited to: scenic
highways, forest streams, aspen groves, mountain lakes and epic mountain
overlooks. Locations will include areas near Silverton, Ouray, Ridgway &
Telluride, Colorado. We will end the
workshop on Friday with a group slide show and critique.
About the Photographer:
Colin is a professional photographer and licensed tour guide in Arches,
Canyonlands, Bryce Canyon & Rocky Mountain National Parks, and currently
resides in Longmont, Colorado. He has led several fall foliage workshops
in Upstate New York & Colorado over the years.
Field lessons will include tips and techniques for:
- How to make your foliage images pop
- How to capture good images in challenging lighting
- How to analyze a scene for compositional options
- Working with a range of lenses for a range of
- Using filters to improve artistic results
Indoor sessions will be spent viewing and critiquing
participants’ images. In addition, Colin will give indoor instructional
- Fall foliage photography techniques
- Adobe Lightroom workflow for getting the most from your
- How to shoot and stitch together panoramic images
All skill levels are welcome. Participants who
have a basic understanding of digital workflow and knowledge or exposure to
Adobe Photoshop or Lightroom will get the most from this workshop.
workshop will involve 1-4 miles of hiking per day at 8,000-11,000′
elevations. Participants MUST be in GOOD PHYSICAL SHAPE. If
you are coming from sea level, plan to arrive a day or two early to acclimatize
yourself to the high elevations. The rental house is available one day in
advance of the workshop.
The workshop will be limited to 8 photographers
Registration Fee: $950 (Does
not include housing)
Dates and Times
Workshop begins Monday, Oct 2 at 4pm and ends Friday, Oct 6
Meals are the responsibility of the participant and their
cost is not included in the registration fee. We will work with the
group to organize meal times and locations.
Lodging is the responsibility of the participant and is not
included in the registration fee. A limited number of lodging options
will be available at the 4BR home base property in Ouray, Colorado beginning on
Sunday, Oct 1. (if you want to arrive a day early to get acclimated to the
elevation, or enjoy the Ouray Hot Springs only a block away!).
There are airports in Montrose (45
min), Telluride (1 hour), or Grand Junction (2 hours). For transportation to/from Ouray, plan on
renting a vehicle. There are some rough
roads in the area, so an SUV with 4WD/AWD and high clearance is a good idea if
you plan to explore the are before or after the workshop. We will carpool to locations if you don’t
have access to a vehicle described above.
Rather than adhering to a set itinerary, we will stay
flexible so that we optimize our time in the field, giving you the best chances
to capture great images based on weather and lighting conditions, and fall
color. We plan to photograph on and off throughout the day, with classroom
session interspersed as time allows.
Participants arrive in Ouray. Kick-off dinner and opening
presentation and instructional session on Colin's secrets for capturing fall
color. Travel to nearby sunset location.
Tuesday thru Thursday
Early morning field trip followed by brunch.
Break for processing and instructional session. Afternoon field
Morning field trip followed by breakfast. Group
critiquing session, slide show and workshop wrap-up.
(Schedule may vary considerably depending on weather
and other factors. NOTE: We will go where the color is best.)
What to bring:
- A digital or film camera capable of manual exposure
settings. Due to the short time frame of the workshop, people with
digital cameras, especially digital SLR or mirrorless cameras, will get
the most from the workshop.
- Plan to bring all of your lenses, from wide angle to
telephoto, as the variety of locations will put all your gear to work!
- A sturdy tripod is essential for capturing the long
exposures necessary to capture waterfalls & streams, as well as at
- All your filters. A circular polarizer filter, while
not required, can be a useful tool for controlling glare and reflections
on leaves and water. A graduated neutral density filter can be
useful at sunrise or sunset.
- Hiking boots or other sturdy shoes
- Rain gear and warm layers – Colorado mountain weather
can be finicky, and temps can be chilly at sunrise or sunset, especially
at higher altitudes.
- A headlamp or flashlight, in case we need to hike back
- Your own method of transportation to get around town.
We will carpool to locations as possible.
- A laptop computer loaded with Adobe Lightroom Classic,
to best take advantage of the Lightroom workflow sessions, or whatever software you use to process images.
To reserve your spot, Click Here
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cart" to pay your $250 deposit)
Workshop Cancellation Policy
- More than 120 days in advance - full deposit will be
- 60-120 days in advance - deposit can be used for a
- 30-60 days in advance - 50% refund. If we manage
to fill all the workshop slots, then the remaining 50% can be applied
toward future workshops
- COVID-19 - if a COVID-19 related travel ban or
quarantine directly affect you, or if the workshop is cancelled due to
travel restrictions - 100% refund (or apply 50% toward a future workshop
with a 10% discount)
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