Verdant valleys and basins full of wildflowers, endless rugged peaks, and stunning hidden waterfalls, make the San Juan mountains of Colorado a photographer’s paradise. The state’s highest concentration of 14ers, numerous glacial blue lakes, and monsoonal summer 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. Join Exploring Exposure and Mountain Wild Tours on an exclusive photography retreat at Red Mountain Alpine Lodge. We’ll spend five days in the heart of the San Juans on Red Mountain Pass photographing our favorite locations and learning post-processing techniques. The private lodge includes meals prepared by a personal chef, space for resting and relaxing between shooting, and quick access to some of the best photography spots. We’ll visit locations all around Silverton, Ouray, and Telluride. We will off-road on the scenic 4WD Alpine Loop, Ouray’s famed Yankee Boy Basin, to hidden waterfalls, and lesser-known basins. Each instructor brings a different focus and drive; with David’s work on diverse perspectives and clean light, Jennifer’s passion for abstracts and patterns, and Jason’s pursuit of grand scenics and video art.
Luxury Alpine Lodging Included
For this workshop we will provide you the premier alpine experience at the Red Mountain Alpine Lodge which is 20 minutes North of Silverton, CO. We have rented the entire lodge, so it will just be our group sharing the lodge.
The Red Mountain Alpine Lodge is a brand new, premium off-grid timber frame backcountry lodge with amenities galore. The lodge features three private rooms and a large shared loft with privacy walls. Right when you walk in through the large entryway door, you’ll experience the sensation of rustic luxury as you gaze at the amazing exposed posts and beams of the custom timber frame structure. Constructed using 19th Century tools and processes with Douglas Fir timbers, it creates the unmistakable look and feel that are the hallmarks of this type of construction – cozy, rustic, soulful.
The lodge hosts a number of premium amenities and comforts to help you relax after a great day in the mountains so that you can rest and prepare for the next!
If you are flying in we have arranged for a shuttle to pick you up so you do not need to rent a car, the shuttle will transport you from Durango to the Alpine Lodge. Once at the lodge we will be transporting you in Jeep Rubicons to incredible locations all over the San Juan Mountains. We all have many years of experience driving in these mountains and will ensure you arrive safely. The shuttle will return you to Durango at the end of the trip.
Note: If you would like to use the shuttle you will need to arrive in Durango on July 26th. You will be responsible for arranging a hotel in Durango for the night of the 26th and transportation from the airport to your hotel in Durango. The shuttle will be picking you up on the morning of the 27th to transport you to the Alpine Lodge.
This was my second workshop with David & Jennifer and I continue to learn and grow with each workshop. The experience of exploring and photographing the higher elevations of the San Juan Mountains was very special for someone who loves the mountains as I do. David & Jennifer provide a low pressure learning environment for photographers of all levels. They allow you the space to be creative and find your own style while also offering helpful suggestions and technical assistance. In addition to being very accomplished professional landscape photographers, David and Jennifer are very generous, thoughtful and fun people to spend time with. I look forward to attending my next Exploring Exposure workshop! Alan
I had never attended a photography workshop. My experience was minimal but I was able to learn much and gain a perspective of how photography will fit in my future life. The other participants at the workshop were great and many had attended an Exploring Exposure workshop previously. David and Jennifer were highly supportive but also encouraged me to try things on my own. This was a great life experience.
Had a wonderful experience with David and Jennifer in Silverton, CO. Great location for wildflower, waterfall and nature photography. Both David and Jennifer are terrific people who run a good workshop and are attentive to there customers. They offer great advice and their first priority is that everyone in the workshop has a safe and enjoyable experience. I really appreciated them, their knowledge and their help.
What You Will Learn
In the Field
- How to read a scene to create compelling compositions using shapes, lines, visual mass, texture, and more
- Reading weather and lighting conditions to know when to go out on your own in the right light
- How to use apps to scout out your own locations and plan your next shoot
- When and how to use lenses to bring focus to your subject
- How and when to use a polarizer to make colors pop
- Depth of field and hyperfocal distance to help you create sharp photos
- Achieving maximum sharpness using focus stacking
- Creative use of ND Filters to create motion in clouds and water
- Creating panoramas without using expensive equipment
- How to take correct exposures for bright skies; to be later used for exposure blending
- Identifying the best light and how to expose correctly
Post Processing for Beginners
- Making dull RAW files pop in Lightroom and keeping files organized
- Use of local adjustments for dodging & burning, and many more creative opportunities
- Using white balance to create mood in your images
- Properly sharpen and reduce noise for maximum image quality
- Stitching panoramas easily in Lightroom
- Exposure blending using HDR for natural looking results
Post Processing for Advanced users
- Exposure blending using luminosity masks to create balanced, natural looking images
- Focus stacking using Photoshop and/or Zerene Stacker for maximum depth of field
- Blending different focal lengths to correct for wide angle diminishment
- Creative burning and dodging techniques to bring focus to your subject
- Using the Orton Effect to add glow to your highlights
- Creating drama with Light Bleed
- Using Midtone Contrast to make images pop off the screen
- Sharpening for web and print
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. We highly recommend training by hiking with a pack before coming to this workshop. If you can, please come early to acclimate to the high elevation.
We will be at extremely high elevations above 12,000 feet at times and sleeping at 11,000 feet. Not recommended if you get altitude sickness easily or if you are scared of heights, as many of the roads we are driving have steep drop offs and are not for the faint of heart.
$2995 - (Initial Payment of $795)
Availability: Spots Available
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How To Get There
- Option 1 (Recommended, and required to take the shuttle) – Fly to the Durango airport and take the included shuttle (1.5 hour drive) Note: you must arrive July 26th and stay a night in Durango, the shuttle will pick you up the morning of July 27th.
- Option 2 – Fly to Denver International Airport and rent a car to make the 7 hour drive
- Option 3 – Fly to the Montrose Airport and rent a car to make the 1.5 hour drive. Airlines that frequent this airport vary but service through Denver is available year-round through United