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Colorado: Autumn in the Aspens Photo Adventure

September 29 - October 3 (2020)

Location: Based in Crested Butte and Ouray Colorado
Dates: Sept 29- Oct 3 (2020)
Tuition: $1499.00
Group Size: Max. 8
Instructors: Dusty Doddridge and Josh Merrill

Josh's Colorado Photo Gallery

Dusty's Colorado Photo Gallery

Tour Overview:

This is our longest running workshop location and a favorite for many, for good reason. We’ll photograph fall colors in the Aspen groves of the Gunnison National Forest and the San Juan National Forest where there is a photograph every three steps. Golden Fall colors, big mountains and intimate scenes all around.

Gunnison National Forest is home to one of the world's largest Aspen groves with dramatic peaks of the Rocky Mountains as a backdrop. We'll start our tour here and explore the forest and mountain scenes working on compositional strategies in this amazing landscape. We'll also explore the San Juans and Uncompahgre National Forest for some of the most scenic mountain landscapes in the Southwest. You'll have the opportunity to photograph grand scenics along with more intimate forest scenes and even explore the macro world. 

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All of our instructional workshops will cover two key areas: Craft and Creativity

Professional Craft for Landscape Photography:

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• Getting fluent with your gear and developing a consistent workflow in the field
• Achieving an optimal exposure
• Managing depth of field
• Capture for multiple exposure blending
• Capture for panoramic stitching
• Using filters effectively

Creativity in the Landscape: 

• Core compositional elements in the landscape
• Creative use of depth of field
• Long exposure techniques
• Learning and practicing new compositions

And we'll also do at least one image review session and share some advanced digital darkroom workflow techniques. 

Tour Includes:
• Instruction in the field: craft and creative strategies for landscape photography
• Image reviews
• Instruction on digital darkroom workflow

Not Included:
• Food and Lodging
• Transportation to and from the workshop
• Participants can carpool

Fitness Level:
You'll need a moderate level of fitness for this tour and the ability to adapt to the thin air of the Rocky Mountains at 10,000 feet or higher. We won't be hiking longer than 5 miles round trip but you'll need to be fit enough to manage hiking in the high elevations. 

Suggested Equipment:
• Digital SLR Camera
• Tripod with Cable Release
• Wide Angle Lens and Telephoto Zoom Lens (We use the 16-35mm and 70-200)
• Filters: Circular Polarizer
• Lots of Memory Cards
• Extra Camera Batteries
• Micro-fiber Cloths
• Camera Bag/Backpack for Gear and Food/Water

Clothing for a variety of weather conditions from including snow, wind and cold temperatures and temperatures from 20F to 60F
• Rain Jacket and Pants
• Warm Down Layer
• Trail Shoes or Hiking Boots
• Gloves and Hat
• Plenty of Wool Socks
• Moisture Wicking Base Layer

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Our first base of operations will be in Crested Butte, Colorado on the edge of the Gunnison National Forest. From there, we'll move on to Ridgway/Ouray, Colorado at the base of the San Juans and the Uncompahgre National Forest. We'll provide you with a detailed itinerary so you can book your lodging and stay where you like. You'll also be able to book a room in hotels where we have a block of rooms for our group. Lodging is totally your choice. 

Cancellation Schedule:
90 days or prior to day 1 of tour = Refund of all registration fees and deposits
60-89 days prior to day 1 of tour = Josh Merrill Photography will retain tour deposit
59 days or less prior to day 1 of tour = Josh Merrill Photography will retain full tour tuition

We strongly recommend that you purchase trip insurance if you need to cancel your tour and are unable to complete the tour for any reason.

We reserve the right to cancel the photo tour for any reason, including low enrollment in the tour. We also reserve the right to operate the workshop with one instructor if enrollment is lower than 6 participants.

All you need to do is contact me via the form below and tell us which tour you'd like to attend. We'll e-mail you an invoice that allows you to pay online by credit card. If it's 60 days or less prior to the start of the tour, the full tuition amount will be due in order to complete your registration. Prior to 60 days out, we'll invoice you for a deposit of 30% of the total tuition to hold your spot. We'll then invoice you again for the balance prior to the 60 day point when the full amount is due. 


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If you're interested in this workshop, please fill out the following form to let us know. If you are ready to register, or if you just have some additional questions, this form will put you in touch me.

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