My Colorado Mountain Landscapes & Wildflowers Photo Tour ~ 2019 focuses on capturing beautiful landscape images of the stunning wildflower-filled basins of the San Juan Mountains.
These areas above-timberline host the most beautiful landscapes I’ve ever seen (and I’ve seen a lot)!
Limited to six (6) photographers ~ ONE (1) spot left
During this photo tour, we base out of Silverton. Silverton’s historic district is a photo-worthy destination in its own right. The town, along with the Durango-Silverton Narrow-Gauge Railroad, was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1961. From Silverton we head out daily to let our lenses loose on the petaled gems of these dramatic mountains.
For most trails, a standard sedan or SUV will get you to our shot spots just fine. A few locations will necessitate travel over rugged Jeep-worthy trails, but I’ve hired a professional driver in a 4×4 truck to transport us to those hard-to-reach scenic shoots.
Throughout the tour, we’ll take our time. No rushing from location to location! We stay at each sweet spot until every person in our group has had the chance to create the images she/he wants.
WHAT YOU CAN LEARN ON THIS TOUR:
- How to create mountain landscape images
- When to use HDR and when not to
- How to shoot unique flower “portraits”
- What to look for when incorporating wildflowers into landscape images
- How to master manual exposure
- How to salvage a photo shoot when it’s windy
- How to get that silky look with flowing water
- How to manipulate light for macro flower photography
- Macro techniques for capturing intimate wildflower images
A note about instruction on my photo tours:
Since skills levels vary so much on photo tours, I don’t typically focus on structured lessons during these events (my workshops, however, are a far different story — they are all about structured instruction). Instead, on photo tours, I tailor my teaching to individual needs. Please do not be shy about telling me what you need.
PLEASE NOTE: This is an estimated schedule and we’ll do our best to stick to this itinerary, but certain conditions may necessitate changes. Good photographic experiences will be our goals at all times.
Monday, July 22:
We’ll get together for our Welcome Dinner to talk about the upcoming days and get to know one another a bit.
Tuesday, July 23:
Head out before dawn for your first photo shoot. I’ll lead you up into the gorgeous San Juan Mountains to capture sunrise. Return to town for lunch, nap, downloading, image review, etc. Right after lunch we’ll get some shots of the steam train chugging into town. Then, come afternoon, we head back out to the “hills” in time to catch the sweet light.
Wednesday, July 24:
We’ll head out long before dawn so we can nestle into our shot location in the San Juan’s in time for first light. When the light grows too harsh for landscape shots, we’ll focus on portraits and intimate macros of the blooming beauties. We’ll head to Ouray for lunch, finishing in time for our first 4×4 excursion. A professional driver and his 4×4 bring us into the mountains to create dramatic landscapes in the golden light of the setting sun.
Thursday, July 25:
We’ll be out for a full day of photography fun on an all day 4×4 trip. We’ll break for a boxed lunch in the field & shoot until our light leaves us. Upon our return we’ll grab dinner and head to the ghost town for some night photography. This will go as late as you want. A good night’s sleep is sure to follow.
Friday, July 26:
After yesterday’s action-packed schedule we’ll probably sleep in. It will be time to say our goodbyes and collect contact information from our new friends.
- Three full days of photography.
- One night photography session.
- One half day & one full day on in a 4×4 with a professional driver.
- My hands-on assistance when you need it
- Image review as desired (there likely won’t be time to do this during the tour, but I am more than happy to do image reviews afterwards via Skype or email or…)
- Boxed lunch on July 25th
- Fun & camaraderie & new friends!
WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED:
Lodging, meals (except for lunch at our shot location on the 25th), transportation (except for the 4×4 tours – those are included) are NOT included.
LOGISTICS, EQUIPMENT & SUCH:
We’ll drive to all shot locations and the amount of walking you desire to do once we get there will be up to you. None of the shot locations I have in mind will necessitate serious walks or hikes. You’ll need to be comfortable with being in a vehicle on dirt roads. We will be at elevations from 9000 to 12,500 feet.
The closest airports are Durango & Montrose.
Please plan to arrive at Silverton, Colorado on Monday, July 22, 2019 in time for our Welcome Dinner, which is tentatively set to begin at 7:00 pm.
You will want to get a hotel room in Silverton for July 22, 23, 24, & 25th (with check out on July 26th).
Vacancies go quickly in July, which is the peak of wildflower season in this region so if you’re considering joining us you’ll want to make sure you can get a room first.
Chain hotels in Silverton are rare, but there are quite a few small, independently owned hotels. Here are some of them (NOTE: We do NOT endorse any of them; this list is simply provided for your convenience):
- Grand Imperial (where we’re staying)
- Prospector Motel
- The Wyman
- Triangle Motel
- Bent Elbow
- Canyon View Motel
- Teller House Hotel
- Red Mountain Motel (most of their rooms have a kitchen if you don’t want to eat out all the time)
- The Avon
This list is not complete. There are a few other motels/hotels as well. NOTE: Be aware that when using Travelocity, Expedia, Hotels.com, etc. they tend to include hotels in Telluride on your list for Silverton and that’s too far away.
We’ll send out more info, including packing lists, as your photo tour grows closer.
In the meantime, wondering what sort of photography equipment you might need for this tour? Check out the EQUIPMENT CHECKLIST for COLORADO WILDFLOWERS PHOTO TOUR (PDF).
NOTE: You do not have to own everything on the checklist to get good shots of these amazing landscapes! It’s a list of recommended equipment. If you have any questions don’t hesitate to ask!
GENERAL INFO / SIGN UP:
- DATES: Monday evening, July 22 ~ Thursday night, July 25, 2019
- SPACE FOR: Six (6) ~ ONE (1) spot left
- PRICE: $1,195
- DEPOSIT AMOUNT: $500
- FINAL PAYMENT DUE: 60 days before start of tour
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