Fall Color Photography Lessons, 2019

Photograph Fall Color in Fabulous Southern Colorado

October 14-15.
Our Two Workshop in the San Juan Mountains of Colorado

Let us teach you how to photograph grand landscapes like this one between Durango and Silverton, Colorado. ©Kit Frost

Let us teach you how to photograph grand landscapes like this one between Durango and Silverton, Colorado. ©Kit Frost

Our Colorado Fall Color Photography Workshop takes place in the San Juan Mountains.  Round-trip from our accommodations at Cascade Village, we take you to our favorite grand and intimate scenic locations throughout Southern Colorado, stopping along the way to teach lessons such as:

  • Composition for the Grand Colorado Landscapes
  • Photographing Aspens in the Forest
  • Patterns and Textures of Aspen
  • Working with Depth of Field and Shutter Speed.
  • We make sure you’re familiar and comfortable with YOUR camera.
Photographing in and around aspen forests is a fun, learning experience on our Fall Color Workshop. ©Kit Frost

Photographing in and around aspen forests is a fun, learning experience on our Fall Color Workshop. ©Kit Frost

Day One finds us exploring the landscapes, light and aspens between Durango and Silverton, we explore locations for lessons at the Pigeon, Turret view, along Lime Creek Road, Molas Pass.

Skills learned:

  1. How to properly use YOUR camera to combine f-stop, shutter and ISO to make your images sing.  Discussion of what makes a good photo into a great photo.
  2. Aperture control for depth of field
  3. Shutter control for those “quaking” aspen.
  4. Choosing back-lighting, front, and side lighting to improve your photography

Day Two After an early check out of our accommodations, we continue chasing the fall color and mountain compositions that “call our names”.  We teach you to improve your photography skills.  Digital video instruction (optional) will be demonstrated as we make our way through the mountains, creating short video clips of your adventure, the forests, time lapse of the grand and intimate scenes.

We travel up and along the scenic highway from Silverton to Red Mountain Pass, Owl Creek Road to Silver Jack Reservoir.  The Cimmaron Mountains are our backdrop as we explore “near-far” relationships in the autumn landscape.  At sunset we will photograph the Sneffels Range from Dallas Divide, a must see fall scene in Colorado. Learn what composition skills are needed to isolate beauty in the “big” scene. This workshop ends at 5pm on Day two.

Skills learned:

  1. Using leading lines in your photos.
  2. Create near-far compositions and learn to select the proper f-stop
  3. Working with exposure compensation (+-)
It's always surprising to see the mix of color in our golden aspen forests. Let the landscape show off to you and photograph this awesome display. ©Kit Frost

It’s always surprising to see the mix of color in our golden aspen forests. Let the landscape show off to you and photograph this awesome display. ©Kit Frost

The Amazing Autumn Color  of Red Mountain Pass

The Amazing Autumn Color of Red Mountain Pass

Tuition and Accommodations

Accommodations in Durango are at Cascade Village where we share a 3 bedroom Condo.  Once registered for our Fall Color Photo Workshop, we’ll pass along more information about suggested gear, clothing. Click here for Kit’s suggestions for adventure gear.

Tuition, includes expert photography instruction, accommodations, light beverages and lunch at our photo locations. $1200. for two days

A light dinner will be served on our first night, and breakfast and lunch on day two.

For more information about fall color in Colorado.

And Why Leaves Change Color

And while in Durango.

Join us for our Adobe Lightroom class after your workshop,

Learn to upload, edit and sequence, title and add music to YouTube and Facebook videos.

My Love Affair with Trees

I love trees, any time of year. In the Winter, I love the snow laden branches, in the spring the colorful budding of the leaves, in the summer, although less dramatic, their glory is evident, and in the fall they go out with a “bang”.

My studio is on East 3rd Avenue in Durango, my windows face north and east, so I do like to keep my eye out for compositions.  Here are a few images taken this past Friday while walking along East 3rd Avenue.

I am in the habit of getting up from my desk, taking walks, even if just for 10 minutes.  To air out, to stretch my legs, and on this occasion, to walk to my stylist, for a cut.

Gotta love when the trees stand there like a painting.  Showing off their fall wardrobe. ©Kit Frost

Gotta love when the trees stand there like a painting. Showing off their fall wardrobe. ©Kit Frost

A recent autumn walk, after our early fall snowstorm.  I like to photograph in the quiet light of cloudy skies. ©Kit Frost

A recent autumn walk, after our early fall snowstorm. I like to photograph in the quiet light of cloudy skies. ©Kit Frost

Photograph opposites, like pink and green. ©Kit Frost

Photograph opposites, like pink and green. ©Kit Frost

It's amazing to me how nature decides to adorn the landscape.  Of course these trees were planted many moons ago. ©Kit Frost

It’s amazing to me how nature decides to adorn the landscape.  Of course these trees were planted many moons ago. ©Kit Frost

I often walk or ride my bike in Durango, so I get to experience the change of seasons slowly as it occurs. My favorite time of year is definitely the fall as the colors snap and the storms bring in cloud cover to help saturate the intensity of the subjects.

I’m hoping someone reading this blog will teach me the types of trees I’ve photographed along East 3rd.

Leave a comment please.

Aspens are PEAKing in the San Juan Mountains

If you didn’t get a chance to get out and make photographs today, tomorrow will do, as will next week. Although I’ll call it “peak” color, and there are plenty of places to get your fill of Colorado Fall Foliage, there is still plenty of time.

Now in bloom:

  1. Near Durango Mountain Resort, Engineer Mountain, Lime Creek Road.
  2. Along the Hermosa Cliffs about 17 miles north of Durango.
  3. Just starting to peak at Haviland Lake
  4. You can find “pockets” of color everywhere in the San Juan Mountains.

Give yourself till next weekend for peak color making it’s way down to Durango.

The view looking northwest from Haviland Lake.  Yesterday's snow was sure to melt so I hit the road for sunrise this morning. ©Kit Frost

The view looking northwest from Haviland Lake. Yesterday’s snow was sure to melt so I hit the road for sunrise this morning. ©Kit Frost

Multicolor Fall Hues from Haviland Lake. ©Kit Frost

Multicolor Fall Hues from Haviland Lake. And YES, that’s digital dust on my sensor.  I was in a rush to get a report out today.©Kit Frost

 

Set your f-stop for a small aperture and take a few images of backlit aspens.  Along Hwy 550 North of Durango

Set your f-stop for a small aperture and take a few images of backlit aspens. Along Hwy 550 North of Durango

Just south of the Cascade Village. ©Kit Frost

Just south of the Cascade Village. The shadows on the corral are from the low sun behind me. ©Kit Frost

At Purgatory, Durango Mountain Resort, just after sunrise. ©Kit Frost

At Purgatory, Durango Mountain Resort, just after sunrise. I used a 300mm lens to compress the “space” and create a painterly feeling. ©Kit Frost

I was anxious to photograph the spruce fir with snow on them, as I knew our warmer, sunny day would melt the snow and "clump" it up.  8am today. ©Kit Frost

I was anxious to photograph the spruce fir with snow on them, as I knew our warmer, sunny day would melt the snow and “clump” it up. 8am today. ©Kit Frost

Today’s Assignment: Photograph the Star of the Show

Make a tree the star of the show.  Although the hillside is full of golden Aspen, can you imagine this photograph without the dark tree in the foreground?  Comments?  email your Star of the Show for posting here.

Although the story here is all about the golden aspen up along Highway 550 between Durango and Silverton, the Spruce tree is the Star of the Show.  This image was created in 2010 ©Kit Frost

Although the story here is all about the golden aspen up along Highway 550 between Durango and Silverton, the Spruce tree is the Star of the Show. This image was created in 2011 ©Kit Frost

Colorado Fall Colors

I thought it would be helpful to show some examples of past years’ color display in Southern Colorado, for folks out there planning a trip to Southern Colorado to capture and enjoy the fall colors.

These are screenshots taken in Lightroom 4 so you can see the image data in the top left corner.

Ajax Mountain and Telluride, Sept 23, 2006

Ajax Mountain and Telluride, Sept 23, 2006 ©Kit Frost

 

9000 foot views South of Rico, October 1, 2010

9000 foot views South of Rico, October 1, 2010 © Kit Frost

Lake City, Colorado.  Lake San Cristobal and surrounding peaks. October 10, 2006 ©Kit Frost

Lake City, Colorado. Lake San Cristobal and surrounding peaks. October 10, 2006 ©Kit Frost
Near Durango Mountain Resort, October 8, 2011 ©Kit Frost

Near Durango Mountain Resort, October 8, 2011 ©Kit Frost

 

Red Mountain Pass, September 25, 2008 ©Kit Frost

Red Mountain Pass, September 25, 2008 ©Kit Frost

What I learned doing this research:

  1. Be ready anytime in late September through Mid-October for Colorado Fall Foliage to change color.
  2. Be prepared for snow (and cheer for it)
  3. Bring raingear, snowgear, gloves and a warm hat (this past Friday it was about 20 degrees or less up on Dallas Divide).
  4. Get out and STAY OUT.