Fall Color Photography Lessons in Colorado

Each fall, beginning in mid-September, I check the local weather, and the weather in the nearby mountains to plan our Aspens and Fall Color Photography.  Tonight, snow is in the forecast for the San Juan Mountains of Southern Colorado.  If we get a freeze tonight, we can look forward to the “rolling colors” beginning up north, Silverton first.  Shrine Road outside of Silverton is a favorite, as it Engineer Mountain (see the photo below).  I’m betting on the height of the fall, golden aspens, season to begin September 27.

We usually experience fall color change anytime between the last week in September through the second week in October.  We’ve had a warm and mild September, but today, the mountains are shrouded in clouds and it’s raining in Durango, with snow in the high country.  I count ten days from the first frost to get out and play and make new photos each year.

Join us this year for your Fall Color Photography Lessons.  Treat yourself to the amazing display of aspens as they change color throughout Colorado.

Colorado Fall Color WorkshopSeptember 27th and 28th, 2013
We’re driving the Alpine Loop from Durango to Dallas Divide, locations including West Mancos, Telluride, Owl Creek, Red Mountain and Molas Pass, and much more.  Register Here.

Sometimes an early autumn snow blesses us with amazing color ©Kit Frost
Sometimes an early autumn snow blesses us with amazing color ©Kit Frost
Right place, right time., right instruction, right skills. ©Kit Frost
Right place, right time., right instruction, right skills. ©Kit Frost

Join us for our Annual Colorado Fall Color Workshop.  Let Kit Frost take you to the most special places where the fall colors bloom.  We carpool from Durango to locations scouted just a few days before your workshop.  You will find us along the Colorado Scenic Byways known the world over for amazing fall color.


  1. Compositional skills for Fall Color Landscapes, Aspens, Reflections, Mountains
  2. How to use your camera, Beginners are welcome, Kit will teach you how to use your digital or film camera, and to understand aperture and shutter selections.  Bring your point and shoot too.
  3. How to properly expose to saturate color (like the above photos)
  4. Learn “Right Place, Right Time” photo skills.
  5. Why using a tripod improves your photography.
  6. How to edit in the field to keep the best on your CF/SD cards

Colorado Fall Color Report: The mountains are alive with color!

Yes, it’s that time of year again folks.  The fall color extravaganza is alive and well in the high country of Colorado.  A short drive along Junction Creek Road in Durango up to the Animas Overlook and beyond produced a varied portfolio of fall color images.  For those who are comfortable using one, I suggest using a two-stop graduated neutral density filter to hold tone in the high values at the top of the frame when the sky is present.  Many of these images were slightly overexposed in the camera to make the colors POP.  Additionally these images were edited in Adobe Lightroom using the adjustment brushes and graduated filter.

Join us on this coming Thursday or Friday for an afternoon of learning how to use your digital camera to capture this color and light show.  Beginners are welcome.  Contact Kit Frost at kit@kitfrost.com to register.

The first photo her is an example of compression of space caused by using a long lens.  In this case I photographed a scene across the “draw” from where I stood using a Nikon 55-300 zoom lens.

Lone Cottonwood amidst a tapestry of fall color. Nikon D5100 with Nikon 55-300 f4 lens ©Kit Frost

In order to hold detail in the wonderful clouds over the La Plata Mountains, I used a 2-stop graduated neutral density filter and underexposed the rest of the photo. Edited in Adobe Lightroom. ©Kit Frost