Colorado Wildflowers & Waterfalls Tour: July 25-28, 2018

Yankee Boy Sunset.jpg
Oregon in Colorado.jpg
Molas Pass Rainbow.jpg
South Fork Mineral Creek.jpg
Wilson Peak Sunrise.jpg
American Basin Storm.jpg
Velocity Basin Dream.jpg
Alpine Rainbow.jpg
Silverton Sunrise.jpg
Bridal Veil Falls in the Clouds.jpg
American Basin Mist.jpg
Blue Lake Sunrise.jpg
Columbine Bouquet.jpg
Hiking Blue Lakes Pass.jpg
Island Lake Sunrise.jpg
Governors Basin Sunset.jpg
Mystic Falls Torrent.jpg
Telluride Pastels.jpg
Yankee Boy Sunset.jpg
Oregon in Colorado.jpg
Molas Pass Rainbow.jpg
South Fork Mineral Creek.jpg
Wilson Peak Sunrise.jpg
American Basin Storm.jpg
Velocity Basin Dream.jpg
Alpine Rainbow.jpg
Silverton Sunrise.jpg
Bridal Veil Falls in the Clouds.jpg
American Basin Mist.jpg
Blue Lake Sunrise.jpg
Columbine Bouquet.jpg
Hiking Blue Lakes Pass.jpg
Island Lake Sunrise.jpg
Governors Basin Sunset.jpg
Mystic Falls Torrent.jpg
Telluride Pastels.jpg

Colorado Wildflowers & Waterfalls Tour: July 25-28, 2018

from 500.00

Verdant valleys and basins full of wildflowers, endless rugged peaks, and stunning hidden waterfalls, make the San Juan mountains of Colorado my favorite place in the world. The state's highest concentration of 14ers, numerous glacial blue lakes, and monsoon season rain create a landscape mix between the Scottish Highlands and the Canadian Rockies; towering alpine peaks covered in lush grass over a sea of forest and rocks. I'm really excited to be able to take 3 students on a 4WD excursion around this beautiful area to photograph some of my favorite spots in the wilderness.  Our workshop begins on Wednesday morning where we'll meet in Silverton before heading out for the day.  Over the next 4 days we'll visit locations all around Telluride as we drive on the scenic 4WD Alpine Loop, Ouray's famed Yankee Boy Basin, over Ophir Pass to Telluride and hidden waterfalls, and into many other lesser known basins. This photography workshop is focused on time in the field so we'll be out all day with some stops in town for food and breaks.  You're welcome to stay in the area after we finish and continue exploring on your own, there's a lot of amazing backpacking and hiking opportunities!

Registered participants will receive a recommended gear list as well as any other important information.

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Dates: July 25-28 (If there's enough demand I plan to add a 2nd offering Aug 1-4)

Start - Stop Days: Wednesday morning through Saturday evening

Cost: $1400

Deposit: $500

Max Class size: 3 (2 SPOTS LEFT!)

Basecamp: Silverton, in the heart of the San Juan Mountains

Nearest Airports: Durango, Montrose, Telluride, Gunnison, Grand Junction, Farmington

Lodging & Meals: Not Included

Preferred Accommodations: https://www.avonsilverton.com, they're in the process of renovating with a soft opening in June and full opening in July. You're welcome to stay at other lodging or one of the campgrounds with showers in Silverton as well. Since post-processing isn't the focus of this workshop being in one location isn't paramount.

Transportation:  I have 7 years of off-roading experience in the San Juan Mountains and will be providing High-Clearance 4x4 transportation to all locations, participants are responsible for transport to/from Silverton. Due to the difficulty and experience required to reach some locations, participants are unable to use their own vehicles without prior permission. I am unable to transport more than the 3 max class size due to vehicle constraints on the 4x4 roads.

Special Gear: N/A

Fitness: Moderate - We will be driving to most locations but will be shooting at elevations from 8000-12000 ft. Some locations will require short hikes on and off trail over uneven terrain and on mountain slopes.

Locations:  (wildflowers are variable from year-to-year and we'll visit the best spots based on conditions)

  • Molas Pass
  • Yankee Boy Basin
  • Governor's Basin
  • Velocity Basin
  • Mystic Falls
  • South Mineral Creek Falls
  • Cascade Creek
  • Little Hawaii Falls
  • American Basin
  • Velocity Basin
  • Corkscrew Gulch Pass
  • Clear Lake
  • Ophir Pass
  • Stony Pass
  • Molas Lake
  • Little Molas Lake
  • Andrew's Lake
  • Engineer Pass
  • Alta Lakes

Climate: Comfortable days 60-80˚F, Cool Nights 40-50˚F, A mix of sunny and stormy days,  afternoon storms are common.


What You Will Learn

Nature Photography:  The primary goal of this workshop is to guide you to the best wildflower and waterfall spots in the San Juan Mountains and provide instruction while shooting.

Shooting Techniques:  Camera setup along with the importance of learning your camera.  Camera settings such as ISO, aperture, and shutter speed.  Compositions for the various types of landscape photography encountered including grand vistas and more intimate scenes.

Post Processing:  This is a photo tour and not designed for classroom time on post-processing, but we will discuss shooting techniques in the field that allow for easier and better editing. If the weather prevents us from shooting we will possibly use that time for post-processing instruction.

Location Scouting:  We'll discuss the best locations for summer mountain photography in Colorado as well as how to find new and different angles on popular spots.  We'll also cover techniques for planning the time to photograph, and researching/reading the weather.


Registered participants will receive a recommended gear list as well as any other important information.

To be at the best locations for sunrise and sunset our hours in the field will vary. Many locations require a couple hours travel on rough backcountry and 4WD roads.

The final itinerary is subject to change based on weather and conditions. 

This workshop will take place in remote mountain areas. Not all areas have bathrooms and you will need to bury or pack out any waste, I will provide a shovel and any needed toiletries. There will be some hiking on this trip and possible locations could include steep trails, rocky terrain, off-trail travel, and high elevation, you must be able to handle 1-2 miles of moderate mountain hiking per day.

Cancellation policy:

  • If you cancel 90+ days prior to the workshop your payment is refunded minus a $125 fee; if you transfer your spot to another participant the fee is waived minus any payment processing fees.
  • 90 days to the start of the workshop a refund is only available if your spot can be filled. You can transfer your spot to another photographer or wait to see if it's filled (I will attempt to fill it from any wait-list). The full remaining balance is due 60 days before the workshop and a $125 processing fee will be applied to any transfers until the start of the workshop. No refunds on the full amount owed after 60 days.

There are NO EXCEPTIONS TO THIS POLICY for any reason, medical, weather, or otherwise. You are encouraged to purchase travel insurance and refundable airfare to cover any potential losses due to illness, family emergency, natural disaster, etc. If you fly with points on Southwest it's easy to get a refund for use on future flights. All cancellation requests must be in writing and received either by US mail or E-mail.

I reserve the right to cancel any workshop if the minimum student enrollment is not met or unavoidable circumstances prevent its start. In the event of a cancelation, participants will be given the option of rescheduling for a later date, transferring to another future workshop, or a full refund. I am not liable for any travel or lodging expenses incurred due to cancellation and as such travel insurance is recommended.

Please use the form below to contact me for further info or questions.

Please use the form below to contact me for further info or questions.