Waterfalls, Lakes & Night Skies of Rocky Mountain National Park
June 15-19, 2020 - Estes Park, Colorado
Registration Fee: $675
$250 deposit to reserve your slot. (8 max)
To pay the deposit: Click Here
then click add to cart.
10% Discount for workshop and Rock Light Photo tour alumni
Balance Due April 15th - Housing options TBA.
Spend 5 days exploring glacier-fed waterfalls and alpine
lakes in rugged Rocky Mountain National Park. June is one of the best
times to shoot waterfalls in Colorado, when Spring rains combine with snow melt
to maximize water flow. We will explore the Wild Basin, Glacier
Gorge, Dream and Emerald Lakes, and other lovely locations inside and outside
the park, high in the Rocky Mountains.
The workshop is scheduled near the new moon, so we will also spend at
least one night high on Trail Ridge Road - which at 12,000' of elevation
has some of the best views of the night sky in the Front Range.
NOTE: This workshop will involve 3-5 miles of
rugged hiking per day at 8,000-11,000′ elevations. Participants MUST be
in EXCELLENT PHYSICAL SHAPE. If you are coming from sea level, plan to
come a couple of days early to acclimatize yourself to the high elevations.
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.
Field lessons will include tips and techniques for:
- Capturing moving water in photographs
- How to create the silky, long
exposure waterfall effect
- Reading and shooting the light
- Varying shutter speed for creative
- Utilizing filters to improve artistic
- Using your tripod to capture
longer exposures and greater depth of field
- How to photograph the Milky Way
instructional presentations will include:
- Tips & techniques for photography waterfalls and
- Adobe Lightroom workflow for getting the most from your
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 cameras, will get the most from the workshop.
- A sturdy tripod is
essential for capturing the long exposures necessary to capture waterfalls and
- Your favorite filters, but if you
do not already own one, please pick up a circular polarizing filter for at
least your favorite lens. There will be
a formal on-site demo on how to control reflections and glare on water using a
circular polarizer. A graduated neutral density filter can also be useful for sunrises.
- A wide angle lens capable of shooting f/3.5 aperture or faster for capturing the Milky Way
- Hiking boots: we will
be hiking 3-5 miles a day, and a good set of waterproof hiking boots is good
for protecting the ankles on rocky trails and slippery rocks, and allow you to
get to better shooting positions in or near streams and below the falls. Hiking sticks can also be useful.
- Your own method of
transportation. We will carpool to locations as possible.
workshop will be limited to 8 photographers
Full workshop(June 15-19): $675
Reserve your slot (8 max) Click Here then click 'add to cart' to pay your $250 deposit. Dates don't work? I will be leading another workshop in Rocky Mountain National Park Sept 21-25. Click Here for more details.
Workshop begins Monday, June 15 at
5:00 pm and ends Friday, June 19 at Noon.
Where to Meet
Participants will gather at a vacation rental property in Estes Park which will be our base of operations for the week. (TBD)
See below for housing options.
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.
We plan to photograph throughout the day.
Participants arrive in Estes Park. Kick-off dinner and opening presentation on various techniques and strategies for taking
beautiful photographs of waterfalls and flowing water.
Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday
Early morning field trip followed by lunch (or hike with
lunch on longer field trips). Break for processing and/or instructional
session. Afternoon/evening field trip. At least one night on Trail Ridge Road for night photography.
Group slide show and image critique.
(Schedule may vary
considerably depending on weather and other factors)
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 bedrooms will be available at the house that will be our base of operations for the workshop. Details to follow.
The workshop will happen rain or
shine. Believe it or not, sometimes rain
can be the best conditions for capturing a great waterfall image!
To Reserve your slot (8 max), Click
(then click add to cart to pay your $250 deposit.)