Wildflowers of the San Juans Workshop



Milky Way over Telluride wildflowers
Milky Way over Telluride Wildflowers


Wildflowers of the San Juans Photography Workshop – July 11th-14th, 2024

Join the captivating Wildflowers of the San Juans Photo Tour, where you’ll immerse yourself in the colorful wonders of Southwest Colorado! If you’re a photography enthusiast, nature lover, or simply seeking an awe-inspiring experience, this tour is tailor-made for you.

Colorado’s San Juan Mountains come alive during the summer months, adorned with a breathtaking tapestry of wildflowers. From alpine meadows to lush valleys, the landscape bursts with vibrant blooms, creating a picturesque paradise for photographers and adventurers alike.

I’ll share my expertise, providing personalized tips and techniques to help you create stunning images of these natural wonders.  My tour is thoughtfully curated to take you off the beaten path, uncovering spots where wildflowers flourish in abundance.

To ensure an intimate and immersive journey, I keep the tour groups small. This allows you to receive personalized attention from me, fostering a friendly and supportive environment.

While the wildflowers steal the show, the San Juans are also home to a variety of wildlife. Keep your camera ready to capture shots of butterflies, birds, and other creatures that add to the enchantment of this experience.  Beyond the wildflowers, the San Juan Mountains boast stunning landscapes, including majestic peaks, pristine lakes, and dazzling night skies. Prepare to capture breathtaking shots of nature’s grandeur.

Embark on this unforgettable summer Wildflowers of the San Juans Photography Tour and witness the vibrant beauty of Southwestern Colorado in full bloom. Whether you’re an experienced photographer or simply someone who appreciates the splendor of nature, this tour promises an unforgettable journey into the heart of Colorado’s floral wonderland.

What you will learn on this adventure:

  • Evaluating locations
  • Choosing the right lens and focal length
  • Finding the right aperture
  • How to study light
  • What filters to use and when
  • Composition using wide angle distortion and lens compression
  • How to focus and compose at night
  • Blue hour blending
  • Long exposure techniques
  • Lightroom and Photoshop editing

All of this and more for only $2299!  Secure your spot now and get ready to capture the essence of summer’s botanical spectacle!

A fun adventure is guaranteed!

This workshop does require light hiking or walking at some locations of less than 2 miles round trip with very little elevation gain but will push you to your limits when it comes to comfort, sleep, and creativity.  We will also be driving 1-2 hours daily to each new location.

  • All permits and lodging accommodations are included to help take the travel stress out of your adventure!  We will be staying at the lovely Twin Peaks Lodge and Hot Springs in Ouray.
  • A print voucher to Steam Art & Graphics will also be given to you, good for a 12×18 print of your favorite capture at the workshop!
  • My free Intro To Astro Guide can be downloaded from my Shop to help you brush up on your star knowledge before the workshop.

Transportation and meals are not included.  High Clearance 4WD is necessary to access a couple of places for the mid-day scenic drives.  You can choose to not take the scenic drives, or rent a 4WD vehicle at DriveDiff.com, Jeep Ouray or Ouray Moutain Adventures; these are just some of the many places that offer 4WD rentals.  The price of the rental is not included in the tuition.

ADD ON:  Wednesday July 10th-11th, 2024 – a hiking and camping excursion to Lower Blue Lake to learn blue hour blending (see sample image below) – WEATHER DEPENDENT

**All camping and gear for the ADD ON must be provided by participant.  This excursion does require a steep 3 mile hiking ascent to an elevation of 11000 ft (6 miles round trip).  This will be an overnight camping trip, so please bring all food and camping gear necessary to complete the journey.  This can be added on to your adventure for only +$249.00!

Milky Way over alpine lake with lupines



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Equipment Needed:

  • DSLR or Mirrorless Camera
  • Wide Angle Lens that can open up to f/2.8 (e.g. 15-35mm, 14mm prime)
  • Mid Range Lens (e.g. 24mm-70mm, 50mm)
  • Long Range Lens (e.g. 100-400mm, 70-200mm)
  • Intervalometer
  • Tripod
  • ND Filter & Polarizing Filter (to fit wide angle or mid range)
  • Memory Cards
  • Extra Batteries
  • Rain gear for camera and bag
  • Raincoat
  • Snacks
  • Water/Coffee
  • Headlamp/Flashlight
  • Appropriate Outdoor Footwear & Clothing
  • Laptop with Photoshop (Beta too if you would like to learn AI editing and how to remove unwanted objects from the scene), Lightroom (Classic preferred), and either StarryLandscapeStacker (Mac) or Sequator (PC) installed.  If you would like to learn star trails please also install StarStax.
  • External storage for photos

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