Autumn Wonders of Golden Colorado

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Duration

5 days

Difficulty Level

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Group Size

10 people

Location

Golden Colorado

About this tour

Colorado transforms into an absolute golden paradise for landscape photographers during the fall season.

Rolling hills don a vibrant tapestry of yellows, greens, deep golds, and burnt oranges. Magnificent, jagged mountain peaks stand majestically, often graced by the season’s first snowfall. Scenic backroads meander through valleys filled with aspen, leading to idyllic ranch fields dotted with hay bales, tranquil alpine lakes mirroring the azure sky, and cascading waterfalls. The air is brisk and clear, and the sunsets, a spectacle of gold.

Join us on this 5-day photography workshop as we seize the unparalleled beauty of one of the world’s most stunning locations for fall colors. We’ll be capturing a vast array of scenes, from majestic mountain vistas and some of the largest aspen groves in the U.S., to intimate woodland scenes, charming farmlands, and tranquil alpine settings.

Regardless of your experience level, whether a seasoned, amateur, or beginner photographer, you’ll enrich your portfolio with incredible autumnal images, learning composition techniques under the guidance of our award-winning photo guides.

 

Itinerary Overview

Below, you’ll find more details about what to anticipate during this workshop. However, please note that our focus on landscape photography implies a flexible itinerary, enabling us to make the most of optimal lighting conditions.

Our Photo Guides will carefully monitor weather predictions, snowfall, sunrise and sunset timings, among other factors. Based on this information, they’ll strategically plan each day’s shooting locations and schedules to optimize photographic conditions.

Our ultimate objective is to position you at the right locations at the correct time and with the most favorable light. This approach will empower you to capture breathtaking images that embody the stunning beauty of the season.

 

IMPORTANT: Pre-Workshop Considerations

This photography workshop takes place in a high-altitude region with elevations ranging from 7,000 to 11,000 feet.

At these elevations, there is a risk of developing Altitude Sickness, a potentially severe and dangerous condition. Please read the Important Workshop Information section below for more details.

One way to mitigate this risk is to allow your body to acclimatize gradually. We recommend spending at least one night in Denver (which has an altitude of 5,280 feet) before we proceed to the San Juan Mountains. As such, we strongly advise that you arrive in Denver at the latest, the day before the workshop commences.

Highlights

  • Enhance your landscape and golden hour photography skills with guidance from our team of expert photographers and guest instructors
  • Seize the dramatic shifts in color of the aspen groves against grand mountain landscapes and within intimate woodland scenes
  • Photograph the splendid Colorado countryside bathed in the golden glow of sunrise and sunset
  • Discover one of the largest aspen groves in the United States – a sight to behold!
  • Capture the pastoral charm of the San Juan Mountains, from timber ranch houses nestled among rolling fields, to winding zig-zag fences and grazing horses
  • Understand the art of creating awe-inspiring panoramas – from capturing images in the field to the post-processing workflow
  • Learn innovative composition techniques that can transform your landscape photos into compelling, imaginative, and engaging images
  • Master advanced photography techniques to maximize lighting and locations, including bracketing, focus stacking, and long exposures
  • Enjoy a small workshop setting that ensures a truly personal experience and fosters a sense of camaraderie among participants and guides

Included/Excluded

  • 5-day workshop with 4 nights of hotel accommodations
  • Expert guidance from our award-winning, professional Photo Guides and expert guest instructors through a combination of instruction, masterclasses, and in-field sessions
  • Round-trip transfers between the pick-up from Telluride Airport and the workshop location in southwest Colorado/San Juan Mountains area
  • Comfortable transportation during the workshop, with ample space for you and your photography equipment
  • Post-processing masterclasses and image critique sessions, enabling you to return home with an outstanding portfolio
  • Exclusive access to discounts on gear from our partners
  • Flights or other transportation to and from Telluride Airport
  • Food and beverages
  • Personal items, including but not limited to, laundry services, clothing, Wi-Fi, email, or phone charges
  • Personal travel, medical, equipment or trip cancellation insurance
  • Visas (if applicable)
  • Gratuities for Photo Guides, local guides, and drivers

Itinerary

Our guides will pick you up at the Telluride Regional Airport. From there, we'll embark on our photographic adventure starting with a brief orientation and gear check. 

Throughout our journey, we'll take several pit stops at various locations to photograph breathtaking landscapes, including the scenic Cimarron Ridge and the majestic Chimney Rock. Additionally, our guides will conduct a Woodland Photography Masterclass on-site, equipping you with techniques to beautifully capture Fall Colors throughout the workshop. 

From Day 2 to Day 4, we'll maintain a flexible itinerary to ensure that we can chase the best lighting, changing leaves, and weather conditions. This flexibility allows you to capture the most stunning images possible.

During a typical day, be prepared for long hours. We'll start our day early to catch the sunrise before returning to the hotel for breakfast and some rest. After lunch, we'll engage in classroom-style learning, covering topics such as post-processing or image critique. We might also venture out to explore and identify composition opportunities for the golden hours. We'll continue shooting to capture the glorious sunset before finally heading back for dinner.

During these days, we'll focus on capturing the region's most scenic locations – from stunning mountain vistas, unique and intimate woodland scenes, picturesque rolling farmlands, reflections in alpine lakes, to enchanting waterfalls. Depending on the pace of the fall colors' transformation, we might revisit certain locations. With just a few days' gap, the foliage could change drastically, offering fresh composition options.

We'll bid farewell to the San Juan Mountains area post our sunrise shoot and head to the Telluride Airport for our respective flights, full of happy memories and epic captures from the tour!

Durations

Multi day

Location

Golden Colorado

Tour's Location

From: $260,00

Owner

Iurie Belegurschi

Member Since 2023

Information Contact

Email

usaphotoworkshops@gmail.com

Phone

615-305-2760

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