This Colorado Mountain Landscapes and Wildflowers Photo Tour 2022 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. Includes 4-wheel drive transport to shot locations & Welcome Dinner.
During this photo tour, we base out of Silverton. Silverton’s historic district is a photo-worthy destination in its own right. (You might even want to arrive one day early so you can explore & acclimate to the elevation.) The town, along with the Durango-Silverton Narrow-Gauge Railroad, was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1961.
From our base in Silverton we head out daily to let our lenses loose on the petaled gems of these dramatic mountains.
Once you reach Silverton, transportation to your mountain shot locations is included in the tour. I’ll have 4-wheel drive vehicles on hand to get you to those hard-to-reach locations where the flowers can be their best and crowds non-existent.
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
- Knowledge provided during our unique Skill Sharing Session (see below for more info)
What’s a Skill Sharing Session?
Our Skill Sharing Sessions give me a unique opportunity to give you one-on-one assistance when not in the field, while also providing a way for other photographers to share their skills and problem solve with each another.
During our Skill Sharing Sessions, tour participants gather together to share expertise and discuss wildlife/nature photography challenges and solutions. Such sessions provide a way for everyone to benefit both from my knowledge as well as one another’s.
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.
Winter snows have A LOT to do with when the wildflowers peak & what shot locations we’ll have access to.
Friday, July 22:
We’ll get together for our Welcome Dinner (included in your tour price) to talk about the upcoming days and get to know one another a bit.
Saturday, 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.
Sunday, 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 the afternoon to capture more stunning mountain scenes.
Energy levels & time allowing, we’ll also meet for a Skill Sharing Session.
Monday, July 25:
One more pre-dawn departure as we head to some ponds in the mountains and compose reflections. I’ve saved the best for last as the afternoon will have us traveling to what I consider the most beautiful place I’ve ever seen. We’ll stay as long as you want.
Tuesday, 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.
- Ground transportation to shot locations from Silverton.
- Welcome Dinner
- Three full days of photography fun & night shoot (weather permitting).
- 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 Zoom or email or…?)
- Skill Sharing Session
- Fun & camaraderie & new friends!
WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED:
Lodging, meals (except Welcome Dinner; it IS included), transportation to and from Silverton 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, but hillsides can slope quite a bit. 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. For this reason, if you live someplace with low elevation I highly suggest you arrive a day early so that your body can acclimate to the elevation by the time we head to our first shot location.
The closest airports are Durango & Montrose.
Please plan to arrive at Silverton, Colorado on Friday, July 22, 2022 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 late-July, which is peak wildflower season in this region so if you’re considering joining us you’ll want to make sure you can get a room first. And as soon as you sign up with us, we highly suggest that you book your room in Silverton.
Silverton hosts 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):
- The Avon
- Grand Imperial
- 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)
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.
GENERAL INFO / SIGN UP:
- DURATION: 3 days, 4 nights
- DATES: Friday evening, July 22 ~ Monday night, July 25, 2022
- SPACE FOR: Six (6)
- DEPOSIT AMOUNT: $500
- FINAL PAYMENT DUE: 60 days before start of tour
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At the start of each event, we’ll ask you to sign this liability waiver. We encourage you to review it before signing up.