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.

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RV West Magazine features article about my photography and travel

I was interviewed last month for the current issue of RV West Magazine’s online and print edition.  Based out of Vancouver, BC, the magazine is geared towards unique RV travel and Adventures.  The writer really listened to me and wrote a great article about my life and love of the outdoors, photography and camping.

Thanks so much Jessica, for a thorough article and interview.

Thanks so much Jessica, for a thorough article and interview.

Click here to read the full article about Adventure, Travel and Photography, as a way of life!

Link

Plein Air Painting Inspiration

Ancient Spirits at Palatki, 9x12" ©2013 Coni Grant

Ancient Spirits at Palatki, 9×12″ ©2013 Coni Grant

Plein air painting blog by Coni Grant

Contemporary Plein Air Painting.  Check it out.  Today’s inspiration. I really like Coni’s use of bright, cool and warm colors

Wow.  Click here.

And today’s inspiration includes the work of Louise Minks too.  Louise is teaching a plein-air painting class at Ghost Ranch, in Abiquiu NM in 2014

Chama River-Evening Light © Louise Minks

Chama River-Evening Light © Louise Minks

Aerial River © Louise Minks

Aerial River © Louise Mink

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.