Any time of year in Colorado’s Rocky Mountains is spectacular, but fall has a way of delivering truly jaw-dropping views around every corner. Join photographer Mandy Lea in her home state as she shows you some of Central Colorado’s best locations for fall foliage. Our first few days will be spent around the picturesque ski town of Crested Butte; home to the largest Aspen grove in Colorado. Next, we’ll move on to the quiet town of Basalt, centrally located in the Roaring Fork Valley with easy access to some of the most iconic mountains in the country.
Throughout the workshop there will be plenty of opportunities in the field to photograph the beautiful mountain landscapes. In addition, the limited class size allows students to receive a mid-workshop one-on-one photo critiquing with Mandy and a final day peer review session with other students.
The towering peaks, pristine waters, and gloriously yellow Aspens all work together to make central Colorado a dream come true for landscape photographers of any ability.
Workshop Size Limit – 8 Note: The group size is being limited to eight participants to ensure each student gets an appropriate amount of instruction both in the field and with reviewing/editing images.
Camera gear to bring:
- Camera (DSLR)
- Lenses (primarily wide angle, wide-mid zoom)
- Memory Cards & Readers
- Batteries & Chargers
- Laptop (for image review)
- Backpack to carry camera gear to shooting locations
- Cable release or intervalometer (recommended)
Other Things to Consider:
Transportation: Some shooting locations may be on somewhat rugged mountain roads. Renting or driving high-clearance, four-wheel drive vehicles is strongly suggested. Travel insurance or refundable tickets are also highly encouraged as weather or other factors may cause last minute changes to the workshop.
Altitude: We will be visiting elevations of 10,000 feet (or higher) during this workshop. Everyone’s body reacts to the effects of elevation differently. Some people have no problems at all, while others struggle. The most common symptoms of altitude sickness are headaches, tiredness, nausea, dizziness, and shortness of breath. There are over-the-counter medicines to help alleviate these symptoms. The most important thing is to stay hydrated and avoid overuse of alcohol if you’re not used to the effects of altitude.
Physical Fitness: Most shooting locations will be at or near parking areas. However, some locations may require up to a couple miles of easy-to-moderate hiking on potentially rocky, uneven terrain. So, comfortable hiking shoes/boots are recommended.
Weather: The Rocky Mountains can have fairly unpredictable weather. It’s not uncommon to experience everything from warm, sunny skies to frigid winds and rain/snow within a few short hours. The fall months bring a little stability to the weather patterns in the higher elevations. However, the morning and evening temperatures can be downright cold during this time of year. It is strongly recommended to bring winter gear (gloves, hats, warm coats, water/windproof jackets, warm pants, base layer pants, etc.) and dress in layers if you are not used to mountain weather. The sun is also much stronger at higher elevations than most people are used to experiencing—WEAR SUNSCREEN! Travel insurance or refundable tickets are highly encouraged as weather or other factors may cause last minute changes to the workshop.
(Lodging reservations are the responsibility of each attendee. To ensure you have a place to stay, please make reservations when completing workshop registration.)
Crested Butte, CO (arrive: 9/24/17, checkout: 9/26/17)
- Old Town Inn
708 6th St, Crested Butte, CO 81224
- Cristiana Guesthaus
621 Maroon Ave, Crested Butte, CO81224
- Forest Queen Hotel (NOTE: This hotel is above a restaurant and could potentially be noisy.)
129 Elk Ave, Crested Butte, CO 81224
Basalt, CO (arrive: 9/26/17, checkout: 9/29/17)
- Basalt Mountain Inn
220 Midland Avenue, Basalt, CO 81621
- Aspenalt Lodge
157 Basalt Center Cir, Basalt, CO 81621