Autumn in Southern West Virginia with Irene Hinke-Sacilotto

This photo workshop celebrates Autumn in Southern West Virginia near the New River Gorge. The program is designed for those with a basic knowledge of the operation of a 35 mm SLR digital camera with an interest in nature photography. Workshop emphasis is on improving photographic skills, creativity, and optimizing the use of your camera. The workshop includes an orientation PowerPoint program followed by instruction and photography in the field. Included is a critique/review of images from the weekend. Topics covered: 1) equipment selection, 2) composition, 3) metering and exposure, 4) lighting, 5) basic image manipulation and 6) locating, approaching and photographing wildlife. Beginning and advanced photographers are welcome. The workshop is timed to coincide with peak fall color in the region.

Locations visited include the Rim of the New River Gorge, Grandview, Sandstone Falls, Cathedral Falls, and Babcock State Park with the Glade Creek Grist Mill among other sites..

Includes accommodations based on double occupancy, orientation, field instruction, and image review. Limited to 8 participants.

Northern New Mexico Landscapes with Diana McPherson

Georgia O’Keefe first visited northern New Mexico in the 1917. She returned for several summers with friends to Taos until purchasing a property in the 1930’s and becoming a permanent resident of New Mexico. Ansel Adams first visited northern New Mexico in 1927, resulting in a limited edition book on the Taos Pueblo. He met Georgia O’Keeffe in 1929 and they maintained a lifelong friendship, often working together in northern New Mexico. Both artists were drawn to and inspired by the colorful and dramatic landscapes.
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The landscape of Ghost Ranch includes canyons, cliffs, plains, grasslands, and streams. The colorful rock formations span 130 million years of geological history. The only complete Coetophysis fossil was unearthed here.
Santa Fe Plaza was the key trading location along the Santa Fe Trail. As traffic increased, the railroad became more popular, causing a decrease in wagon activity on the Santa Fe Trail. Today the Santa Fe Plaza is a quaint area with numerous hotels, shops, galleries, museums, and wonderful restaurants. There are many historical sites and buildings to see as well.
Aspen trees in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains change to the beautiful shades of yellow, orange and red in the fall. The Alamosa Vista trail runs through 3.5 miles of aspen trees bringing you to a peak on the southern tip of the Rocky Mountains.
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We’ll explore the Santa Fe and Abiquiu region of northern New Mexico with a guide from Santa Fe Mountain Adventures. Plenty of photography opportunity.

Autumn in Romania with Daniel J. And Tanya Cox

Romania—it’s a land of intricately painted monasteries and the home of Dracula. It’s Belle Époque buildings and the Arc de Triumph in Bucharest. It’s pastoral countryside, Balkan cuisine, and the Carpathian Mountains. The brilliant fall foliage is the perfect backdrop for a wealth of castles, fortified churches, and centuries-old houses. Go back in time to the little villages in the countryside where horse and buggies are still a way of life.

Join us as we explore the many facets of Romania on this autumn excursion. We’ll follow Dracula’s trail and explore Romania’s history, culture, and scenic beauty.

Colorado Fall Colors with David and Jennifer Kingham

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!

Colorado Fall with Dave Hutchison and Shane McDermott

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.

NATIONAL PARKS: Cuyahoga Valley National Park, Story and photographs by Jerry Ginsberg

Lovely Bridalveil Falls in Cuyahoga Valley National Park, Ohio.

Bridalveil Falls in Cuyahoga Valley National Park, Ohio

Now that our long languorous summer is beginning to wane, particularly in the northern states, it is time to start thinking about fall photography. Let’s try something a little different.

Cuyahoga Valley, wedged between the urban areas of Cleveland and Akron, Ohio, is not your typical national park. Carved out of multiple semi-urban areas, several great tracts of land are now protected within the boundary of this relatively compact 33,000 acre park. Just two of the many highlights included here are wonderfully restored stretches of the historic Ohio & Erie Canal and the Cuyahoga River, once so badly polluted by chemical waste that it regularly caught fire.

Having been cobbled together from several disparate elements, when this park was established in 2000 it was part of an effort to bring the national park experience to more people. Located within a day’s drive of perhaps 40% of the American population, Cuyahoga Valley offers a wide variety of fun and great photography. This is particularly true around early-mid October when the woods are ablaze with brilliant autumn color. Continue reading