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Colorado Fall Colors

Dallas Divide Sunset

Colorado Fall Colors Photography Workshop

Dates - Sept 30 - Oct 4, 2017

Investment - $1,195 (Initial Payment of $495)
Lodging not included

Availability - Limited to 6 participants


Colorado scenery is already a photographer’s dream, but add in the yellow, orange and red of the quaking aspens, you have a set up for scenes that are amazing to photograph. Fall in Colorado is one of the most exciting times during the year. The colors are changing, the mountain peaks usually get their first bit of snow, and the air is crisp. We will take you to some of Colorado’s most scenic areas to photograph, focusing on the colors and more intimate scenes. This is one of the most scenic areas in Colorado, commonly referred to as “the Switzerland of America.” We will be photographing sunsets and sunrises, along with other mountain and fall color scenes. We will show you how to capture this landscape of color in the various lighting conditions that mountains provide. We will visit some popular areas, along with some areas off the beaten path that we have explored and discovered over the years. Come along to photograph and experience the most colorful time of year in Colorado with us!


First and foremost, we are not in this to extend our portfolio or get a free paid trip, we visit and explore the areas we teach workshops in regularly. This is not a vacation for us, we are on the road full time and spend plenty of time in these areas on our own.

Early on in the workshop we will not photograph at all, our focus is on you and your learning, we will not run off to make our own photographs. As the workshop progresses, we will take a few photos in a limited manner, this is so you can see how we approach a scene, and create comradery with the group, our focus will always remain with you.

Above all, we want this to be a fun experience for you, with our small group size we get to know our clients very well, and we feel like they are part of our extended family. We do this for the love of photography, there is nothing that gives us greater joy than seeing our clients grow and find their artistic vision.


Day 1 - We will meet at the hotel lobby at 4:00pm for introductions, we will then drive out to our first location for sunset, which is at 7:00pm. After sunset we will come back to town for a group dinner.

Day 2 - In the morning we will wake early to catch sunrise and continue photographing in the soft morning light. We will then come back to town for brunch as a group. In the afternoon we will take a break, then go out for sunrise and come back for dinner again.

Day 3 - In the morning we will wake early to catch sunrise and continue photographing in the soft morning light. We will then come back to town for brunch as a group. We will take a break and then explore in the afternoon, as the light gets better we will go to another spectacular location for sunset, and then return to town for dinner.

Day 3&4 - Sunrise and morning shoot again. In the afternoon we will have image critiques and post processing in Lightroom and Photoshop. We will then go out for sunset and come back for dinner.

Day 5 - We will rise early for sunrise and be back at the hotel by 10am, at which time you are free to go.


  • Transportation from the hotel to the locations we will be photographing
  • Small class size of 6 maximum
  • Water and snacks


  • Lodging
  • Meals - we will be eating together as a group though


Temperatures can vary widely as we transition into fall, it could be 80 degrees during the day, or there is a possibility of temperatures in the single digits if we get an early snow storm, so be prepared with some warm clothes for the sunrise shoots. Hiking boots or trail shoes are recommended. A rain jacket may be necessary as well.


Only moderate exertion will be required on this tour. We will be at high elevations though, a short hike can quickly leave you out of breath. 


Finding your vision will extend into post processing, I feel this is one of the most important aspects of finding your creative vision. We will cover topics ranging from basic raw development in Lightroom to advanced burning and dodging using Luminosity Masks in Photoshop. You will be amazed at what can be achieved when you know the how and why of advanced post processing.


We will be doing critique sessions for those interested in an honest critique. These can be past images, or those taken during the workshop. Please limit to 10 images that you truly want feedback on, and have them ready on a jump drive.


Bring a variety of lens from ultra wide angle, standard and telephoto. A tripod will be needed as well. If you bring a suitcase full of lenses, plan on bringing a secondary bag for taking out on shoots and only bringing a couple of the lenses, we will advise what to bring for each location. Bringing too much gear only weighs you down and gives you too many options, not a good scenario for exploring your creativity.

For post processing please bring a laptop with the current version Lightroom and Photoshop. we will be covering Luminosity Masks, we use the TKPanel created by Tony Kuyper, if you are interested in using this you may download the panel from
Please bring materials for taking notes as well.



Lodging is not included, but I have a block of rooms held at the Ridgway Lodge and Suites for a special group rate of $125/night, please mention you are with the Exploring Exposure group. You may choose to stay here or any hotel of your choice in Ridgway, CO. YOU MUST RESERVE YOUR ROOM BY AUGUST 19th! You may also to choose to camp, I can give recommendations on places to camp if you prefer this option.


You are responsible for getting to Ridgway, CO, after that we will be traveling as a group in our 4x4 vehicles. You are welcome to follow along in your own vehicle if preferred.


Please see this site, it is cheapest to fly to Denver, but is a 6 hour drive. Montrose is the nearest regional airport, and is only a 45 minute drive.


This workshop is not focused on night photography.


The San Juan Mountains have a wide variety of photographic opportunities in a relatively small area. Our schedule will be flexible so we can visit these locations at the best times based upon the weather. There are endless opportunities for grand scenes along with intimate landscapes of the aspens.

  • Dallas Divide
  • Red Mountain Pass
  • Wilson Mesa
  • Mount Sneffels from County Road 5 and 7
  • Telluride Area
  • Silver Jack Reservoir
  • Owl Creek Pass
  • Last Dollar Road
  • and many more possibilities