July 21-25, 2021
It’s hard to deny that the southwest corner of Colorado is one of the most beautiful places in the entire country. This is home to the rugged San Juan mountain range and their seemingly endless peaks towering up into the sky in all directions. In late July, the high country snowmelt cascades down the mountainsides; filling streams and creating a paradise of wildflower blossoms! Join photographers Mandy Lea and Kendrick in their home state as we capture photos of the blooming wildflowers, summer cascades, and gorgeous mountain vistas.
This is a truly photogenic time of year in one of the most picturesque mountain ranges in the country! With several 100’s of wildflower species and water flowing around every corner, the San Juan range provides countless opportunities for macro photography as well as getting creative with wide lenses, long lenses, and everything in between. Of course, it wouldn’t be one of our workshops if we didn’t get out for some sunrises and sunsets, too!
The rugged peaks, rushing streams, and colorful wildflower blossoms all work together to make the San Juans an amazing experience for photographers of any ability. Whether you’re a beginner hoping to gain knowledge on basic camera operation or a veteran photographer looking to pick up some new tips; join us as we show you around one of our favorite regions in Colorado!
Throughout the workshop there will be plenty of opportunities in the field to photograph the never-ending wildflowers and beautiful mountain landscapes. In addition, the limited class size allows students to receive personalized photography instruction from Mandy and Kendrick. Lastly, a final day image review session with other students will give interesting insight into how different people photograph the same locations as well as instructor critiques of your favorite images.
Workshop Size Limit—10. Note: The group size is being limited to ten participants to ensure each student gets plenty of one-on-one instruction in the field. Minimum class size of two must be met or workshop will be cancelled.
Camera Gear to Bring:
- Camera (DSLR)
- Lenses (macro, wide angle, wide-mid zoom, telephoto)
- Memory cards & readers
- Batteries & chargers
- Laptop (for image review)
- Backpack to carry camera gear to shooting locations
- Cable release or intervalometer (recommended, but you can use the camera self-timer)
Other Things to Consider:
Non-shooting spouses/friends: We understand this workshop may fall into your vacation time and you might have a spouse or friend you’d like to join along for sight-seeing. We’re thrilled to have them along! In addition to our photography instruction, we also put a lot of work into our scouting and the guiding services provided during our workshops. So, we require a $150 fee for each additional “non-photographing” attendee who plans to join the group on-location. Once you have registered yourself for the workshop, please contact Mandy at firstname.lastname@example.org to take care of this fee.
Transportation: Transportation is the responsibility of each attendee. In addition to pavement driving this workshop will involve driving to locations on rough, dirt roads where 4WD and high clearance is necessary.
Altitude: We will be at elevations of around 8,000’ up to over 12,000’ during this workshop. Everyone’s body reacts differently to the effects of elevation. Some people will have no problems at all, while others may 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: Low-to-moderate fitness level. Most shooting locations will be at or near parking areas. However, some locations may require up to a few miles round-trip of easy-to-moderate, slightly uphill hiking on potentially rocky, uneven terrain. Even at the locations with these longer hikes there is the opportunity to not hike the entire distance and take photographs closer to the car. There’s no shortage of things to photograph in the San Juans! We will try to keep the hiking to a minimum since we will be at such high elevations. Comfortable hiking shoes/boots are recommended.
Weather: Temperatures can vary greatly in the Colorado high country during the summer months. The morning and evening temperatures can be downright cold. It is strongly recommended to bring warm 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! Bug spray is also highly recommended. Mosquitos can be bad sometimes.
Trip Insurance: Trip insurance is the responsibility of each attendee, if they so choose. Travel insurance and/or refundable tickets and lodging are highly encouraged as there are many factors that may cause last minute changes or cancellations to the workshop.
Recommended Accommodations: Lodging reservations are the responsibility of each attendee. To ensure you have a place to stay, please make reservations as soon as possible when completing workshop registration. Ridgway is a VERY busy town in the summer and things fill fast! At minimum, we recommend arriving the day before the workshop begins and leaving the day after it ends.
- Airbnb—This is probably the best option for finding lodging.
- Hotels—Hotels can fill up quickly in Ridgway and Ouray. If you prefer to stay in a hotel then we suggest making a reservation as soon as possible.
- RV/Tent Campgrounds—Mandy and Kendrick will be camping in Ridgway State Park. We’ve already reserved a block of side-by-side campsites. If you’d like to camp with us then send an email to email@example.com to claim one of these sites and arrange payment.
If you’re not able to find lodging that meets your needs in Ridgway then we suggest looking at Ouray as an alternative. Ouray is only 15 minutes away from Ridgway and has several options for Airbnb, hotels, and campgrounds. However, things in Ouray fill even faster than Ridgway.
Cancellation Policy:All of the details of our standard cancellation policy can be found at the link below. Full refunds (less a $75 fee) will be issued to students who cancel at least 60 days prior to a workshop. Refunds will not be issued to cancellation requests made within 60 days of the start of a workshop unless the spot can be filled. If your spot is filled you will receive a full refund (less a $75 fee).