The wildflower-filled mountain basins above timberline in the San Juan Mountains of Colorado produce the most beautiful landscapes I’ve ever seen. During my “Colorado Wildflowers Photo Tour ~ 2019” we will base out of Silverton, Colorado and head out daily on the unpaved roads that lead to these mountain gems.
The trails range from smooth, graded county roads to fairly technical jeep trails. BUT…we will have a professional driver in a 4×4 truck for the more difficult roads.
For the locations we will visit on our own any standard sedan or SUV will be fine. A low slung sports car is not the best choice but could do 90% of it. I recommend ride sharing so we don’t have too long of a convoy heading up the trail.
The photography will feature mind-blowing landscapes, mountain streams, and tons of colorful wildflowers. In addition to a landscape lens, a macro lens will also come in handy. I enjoy getting into the details of the flowers as much as I do imbibing on this region’s grand landscapes.
A ghost town, beautiful streams, waterfalls, a steam train, historic buildings and wildflowers in a spectacular setting. I can’t wait!
WHAT YOU CAN LEARN ON THIS TOUR:
- How to shoot unique flower “portraits”
- What to look for when incorporating wildflowers in 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 dinner. We’ll talk about the upcoming days and get to know one another a bit.
Tuesday, July 23:
Head out long before dawn for your first photo shoot. I’ll lead you up into the gorgeous San Juan Mountains for a landscape shoot (& any other type of photography that catches the eye along the way). Return to town for lunch, nap, downloading, image review, etc. At mid-day we’ll get some shots of the steam train coming into town. Then, come afternoon, we head back out to the “hills” for some more photography.
Wednesday, July 24:
After breakfast, we’ll head out once more before dawn so we can nestle into our shot location in the San Juan’s in time for first light. We’ll head to Ouray for lunch, finishing in time for our first 4×4 excursion. Head 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 the long day yesterday 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 a 4×4 tour with a professional driver.
- My hands-on assistance when you need it
- Image review as desired
- Boxed lunch on July 25th
- Fun & camaraderie & new friends!
WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED:
Lodging, meals (except for lunch on the 25th), transportation (except for the 4×4 tours – those are 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.
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)
- PRICE: $1,195
- DEPOSIT AMOUNT: $500
- FINAL PAYMENT DUE: 60 days before start of tour
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