Crested Butte Wildflower Photography Workshop, 23 - 25 July 2010
Please join us for a wonderful weekend workshop photographing the beautiful alpine wildflowers and mountain scenery surrounding Crested Butte, Colorado. Crested Butte is considered one of the premier locations in North America for photographing alpine wildflowers. Rebecca and I have photographed and conducted workshops in Crested Butte many times and are familiar with the best shooting locations. The "peak" wildflower bloom can vary from year to year based on snowpack and weather conditions; however, based on our many years of experience photographing in the region, we're confident that we will have a wonderful variety of wildflowers to photograph during the weekend of 23-25 July 2010. By popular request, we've made this a three day "weekend" workshop so that participants only need to take one day off work in order to attend the workshop.
Photographing in Paradise, 2009 Crested Butte Wildflower Workshop
We will meet in Mount Crested Butte at the Nordic Inn for introductions and a short orientation on the evening of 22 July 2010, followed by three days of photography and workshop instruction on the 23rd, 24th and 25th. We try to optimize our time in the field, which means getting an early start in the mornings, and will spend the evenings reviewing and critiquing our images from the day and learning post-processing techniques on the computer. We will check out of the hotel on the morning of the 25th, spend the morning photographing wildflowers, have our final workshop lunch in Crested Butte, and then travel home.
These three days of shooting and workshop instruction will allow enough time to visit the “prime” locations for wildflowers around Crested Butte, and plenty of time for individual instruction. We concentrate on providing individualized instruction targeted to your knowledge level and will tailor our instruction to meet your specific goals for the workshop. We are experienced at teaching all levels of photographers, from "point and shooters" to advanced digital SLR owners, and firmly believe that equipment does not make the photographer. Our goal is to have every participant leave the workshop with a handful of images that they would be proud to print and display in a gallery or art show. I will guarantee that your photography (and post-processing skills) will improve during the workshop if you are engaged and willing to learn.
"Apprentice" photographers borrowing Mom's D2x on the scouting trip during the days prior to the 2009 workshop
Lupine and Aspen
Kebler Pass Road, Just outside Crested Butte
We will also have an opportunity to photograph the beautiful cascades on Waterfall Creek, and other cascades and waterfalls in the area if the workshop participants are interested.
We’ve reserved a block of rooms at the Nordic Inn in Crested Butte for the nights of 22, 23, and 24 July. They haven't finalized their rates yet for summer of 2010; however, we have stayed at the Nordic Inn for several years now and are confident that their rates will be reasonable. (The rates for Summer of 2009 were $121 per night (plus tax) for a spacious room with two queen beds, with a great continental breakfast included in the price.) You are welcome to make your own lodging reservations if you want; however, staying at the same location will make it much easier to meet for the post-processing and Photoshop tutorials in the evening and for carpooling to the various locations where we will be photographing.
The workshop price is $295 per person (lodging and meals not included), with a $75 deposit to reserve your slot. Please reserve your slot by contacting us by 24 May 2010 so that we can confirm lodging arrangements with the hotel without incurring a cancellation fee. The workshop is limited to 8 participants, with several of those slots already spoken for, so please contact us as soon as possible if you are interested.
Last year we hit the peak of the bloom in West Maroon Basin, and locals were describing it as the best they had seen in over 10 years. The profusion of wildflowers in the basin was almost overwhelming, with more blossoms per square foot than I have seen in a long, long time.
We have two slots (of eight) remaining in the workshop and only have a few short days before we need to confirm our reservations on the block of rooms we have reserved, so if you are interested, please give us a call as soon as possible.