Colorado scenery is already a photographer’s dream, but add in the yellow, orange and red of the quaking aspens, you have a set up for scenes that are amazing to photograph. Fall in Colorado is one of the most exciting times during the year. The colors are changing, the mountain peaks usually get their first bit of snow, and the air is crisp. We will take you to some of Colorado’s most scenic areas to photograph, focusing on everything from the colors, to grand scenes and more intimate scenes. This is one of the most scenic areas in Colorado, commonly referred to as “the Switzerland of America.” We will be photographing sunsets and sunrises, along with other mountain and fall color scenes. We will show you how to capture this landscape of color in the various lighting conditions that mountains provide. We will visit some popular areas, along with some areas off the beaten path away from the crowds that we have explored and discovered ourselves over the years. Come along to photograph and experience the most colorful time of year in Colorado with us!
VisionQuest Photography – Colorado Fall Colors
Join us this fall in Colorado for a magical foray into backcountry color and creativity. We’ll take you straight into the heart Colorado’s most spectacular scenery and into autumn’s transitional energy of release. We’ll use autumn’s energy and invitation of release to let go of creative blocks and allow new ways of seeing to emerge through the beauty of this season.
Expect to come away with glorious new images that fully reflect the astonishing beauty of all that you’ll see and feel in falls fleeting splendor. You’ll learn to effortlessly integrate new technical and artistic abilities into the fullness of your experience and creative intent.
This tour highlights two of the most remarkable fall color locations in Colorado. The San Juan National Forest and the Gunnison National Forest are both legendary locations for fall color photography.
For the first 3 days, we will head to Crested Butte and the Gunnison National Forest. From here, we have quick access to Gothic Peak, East River, Ohio Valley and the Kebler Pass area which offers dozens of wonderful locations. For the last 2 days, we will be situated out of Ridgway, Co which is a tremendous hub that allows us so many options for both sunrise, sunset, midday and starlight shooting. Some of our locations will include County roads 5.7.9, Owl Creek Pass, Last Dollar Road, Chimney Rock and many lesser known locations in the Mount Sneffels Wilderness area.
Although we will be visiting many beautiful locations, creative and artistic growth will be the priority and focus of this workshop.
Summer in the high country of Colorado means gorgeous alpine views, snowmelt and with that, carpets of wildflowers. Wildflower season usually peaks near the end of July in the Colorado high country. Join us on a photographic adventure into the heart of alpine country! We will be based in the San Juan Mountains. Set among the peaks of the San Juans and old mining camps, the flower displays combined with blue alpine lakes are a photographer’s dream. We will spend four days adventuring in Jeeps to the wildflowers that are only accessible by 4×4. Waterfalls, fields of paintbrush flowers, and crystal clear alpine lakes left behind by the glaciers are just a few examples of what we will be photographing. Both of these areas are near and dear to our photographic hearts, and we have spent extensive time exploring, scouting, and photographing these places ourselves. If you’re looking for a summer photography adventure, join us in the high country of colorful Colorado!
Join Karen Schulman at Focus Ranch, a real working cattle ranch located on the western Colorado and Wyoming border in a beautiful section of the Northern Rocky Mountains 50 miles northwest of Steamboat Springs. The ranch headquarters are nestled in the Upper Little Snake River Valley, surrounded by the peaks of the Sierra Madre Mountain range, providing incredible sunrises and sunsets. This spectacular ranch location lends itself perfectly to the “focus” of our workshop, where you will learn to express your unique way of seeing the world and yourself. You will be challenged to try new and fun techniques with your camera that will enrich your creative spirit! Field trips both on and off the ranch will give you endless photographic possibilities.
In addition to the photography sessions, you’ll enjoy delicious meals, comfortable lodging and optional horseback riding and other ranch activities. Karen will offer her inspiration, knowledge and guidance for those with all levels of photographic skill. Additionally, Karen will be offering OPTIONAL Creative iPhoneography sessions for participants with an iPhone or iPad. What fun!
Tuition: $2695 (take $100 off with registration by February 1, 2019)
Includes workshop, lodging, all meals, all activities, gratuities and tax.
Link to Focus Adventures web page: www.focusadventures.com
Story and photography by Carl Galie
In April 2015, as I was getting organized for a ten-day raft trip through the Grand Canyon that was planned for September, American Rivers announced its 2015 America’s Most Endangered Rivers List. (See this year’s list, 2016, at: https://www.americanrivers.org/threats-solutions/endangered-rivers.) First on the 2015 list was 277 miles of the lower Colorado River that runs through the Grand Canyon. Three proposals that could impact the river were noted. Continue reading