Steamboat Springs, CO
March 16 -17, 2013
$850 per person
Denise Robert, Workshop Coordinator
P. O. Box 370736, Denver CO 80237
phone 303-368-5208 / fax 303-696-1929 / cell 303-570-7577
$850 per person
Join Colorado nature photographer John Fielder on this exciting 2-day winter workshop and let him lead you into the world of white where form and texture are the “focus” instead of color. Learn how to overcome the challenges of winter photography to create stunning images with efficiency, and develop a new appreciation of the winter landscape through vision, technique and detailed preparation.
Steamboat Springs is one of John's favorite mountain towns...so laid back and so beautiful. This third weekend in March will afford plenty of “white” and milder temperatures than mid-winter, and it won't be quite as crowded with skier traffic. We'll be heading out of town anyway to make photographs, to Elk River country north and west of the hustle and bustle. Lined with stately cottonwoods, the Elk River itself makes for spectacular river scenes with the ice beginning to reveal crystal blue waters. Closer to Steamboat Lake State Park are miles of ranch meadows as pretty as any in Colorado, and all protected forever from development. Behind all of this lies Sand Mountain to the west and the Mount Zirkel Wilderness to the east. A few of John's favorite autumn color roads are plowed all winter, allowing remarkable images of his favorite tree, the aspen, still in it's winter white splendor. Add a sunset and a sunrise and you will bring home some of the best winter scenes you might have ever make!
This Workshop offers a well-rounded and highly resourceful educational experience, appropriate for any level of outdoor photographer, but especially for beginners and intermediates. The program consists of a slide-based lecture, field shoots in beautiful locations and interactive critique session on participants’ laptop computers. A full, yet comfortable, schedule optimizes field time and helps facilitate the absorption of invaluable, professional information. John will also discuss post-processing of your images with computer programs such as Photoshop, and do live demonstrations.
No participant should feel that he or she is not qualified to attend. Limited enrollment gives all participants quality time with John Fielder and ensures that each person gets the specific instruction needed based on their individual level of experience. Fellow pro nature photographer, Gary Soles, assists John at most workshops, further ensuring individual attention. A group-based critique session allows students the chance to learn from others’ work, while personalized field instruction addresses the photographer’s needs related to both understanding camera functions and techniques of composition.
Transportation to field locations and some meals are included.
Saturday and Sunday, March 16 and 17, 2013
In and around Steamboat Springs, Colorado
Seeing and photographing the natural landscape and taking each participant to the next skill level, using critique and instruction
Who’s It For
Photographers of all skill levels; limited to 16 participants
A 35mm digital SLR camera is recommended and please bring your laptop for the critique session. You can use a film camera, but processing is not available; therefore, there can be no film critique. Lenses should cover the zone between no less than 18 and 135mm for most cameras, or 28 and 200mm for cameras with full size sensors, plus tripod and cable or remote release. (Your two-second shutter release is a backup plan!) See below for more information about gear.
$850 per person includes classroom sessions, snacks in the field and meals as described in the itinerary.
Tuition is non-refundable and all participants must sign an acknowledgment of this policy. In the event of a participant’s cancellation, tuition may be applied to a future Workshop if someone can be found to take the participant’s place. Sometimes unexpected circumstances cause cancellation or interruption of a Workshop. For that reason, we recommend trip cancellation/travel insurance, available from your travel agent or online. Please refer to the Cancellation Policy under Notes, Terms and Conditions.
Accommodations are not included in the workshop. Refer to Lodging Information, below.
Please be prompt so you won’t miss any great information.
Slide lecture “The Art of Seeing.” Continental breakfast provided.
Break for lunch, on your own.
Depart for field shoot. Transportation provided. Beverages and snacks provided in the field.
Finish shoot, return to The Art Depot. Dinner on your own.
Meet at The Art Depot. Coffee provided. Depart for morning field shoot. Transportation provided. Box breakfast provided in the field.
Return to The Art Depot. Hot brunch served.
Editing of photos, critique session and student digital slide show.
John Fielder booksigning and adjourn.
Workshop classroom sessions are held at The Art Depot (also called the Eleanor Bliss Center for the Arts at the Depot) at 1001 13th Street in downtown Steamboat Springs.
Field shoots are in easily accessible locations in and around the Steamboat Springs area.
Steamboat Springs is 157 miles northwest of Denver, an easy 3-hour drive. Take I-70 west through the Eisenhower Tunnel to Silverthorne, Exit 205 (67 miles). Then, take CO 9 North to Kremmling (37 miles), then west on US 40 to Steamboat Springs (53 miles).
Steamboat is conveniently accessed by air with the Yampa Valley Regional Airport (Steamboat/Hayden HDN) located just 22 miles from town. Year-round, all-jet service is offered. Denver International Airport is approximately 160 miles east of Steamboat. Airport transfers to Steamboat are available from both the Steamboat/Hayden Airport and Denver International Airport.
Please contact the Steamboat Springs Chamber of Commerce at 877-754-2269 or http://www.steamboat-chamber.com/ for lodging information.
Transportation to and from the field shoots is available in two SUVs that we have arranged. We may need your assistance and might ask independent drivers to take an additional passenger or two in their own vehicle, if the need arises. We don’t anticipate any difficult or hazardous driving conditions.
John Fielder will be happy to autograph any of his books or calendars that you bring to the Workshop. In addition, we will have a limited supply of his latest books available for purchase.
If time permits, John will review and critique a small portfolio of your previous work after the workshop.
It can be very cold early and late in the day at 8,500 feet….sometimes well below zero! But that doesn’t mean that we can’t be comfortable and make beautiful images at the same time….because we always do. You’ll need to dress warmly with standard cold weather gear such as ski caps, ski gloves, down jackets, lots of clothing layers to shed or not, warm socks and boots. We can always jump in and out of the vehicles if need be to stay warm.
Digital cameras use more battery power than film cameras, and batteries don’t work as well in very cold weather; therefore, bring an extra battery and your charger….just in case. As for your camera and lens, cold weather doesn’t affect their operation. If it’s snowing, don’t worry, the seals on your camera are very water-tight; however, fogging of lenses occurs when you take a very cold camera into a warm, humid environment…we’ll work on this at the workshop. Otherwise, consider bringing some lightweight gloves along with ski gloves, although I find it easiest just to work with bare fingers, and then warm them up in gloves in between shooting.
Photography is very equipment-dependent and there are many pieces to think about. You have invested a lot in this Workshop. The last thing we want to happen is that your experience comes to a halt because of an equipment failure. Although we can work through many situations with equipment problems, it is best to make sure your camera, lenses and tripod are working properly. Please run tests of your equipment, especially if it has been in storage. The Workshop is based on using 35mm SLR camera equipment, preferably digital. We use 35mm for its flexibility, popularity, affordability and compatibility with teaching methods. SLR cameras are a requirement in learning how to take control of the picture-taking process. SLRs allow us to change lenses, and override exposure programs and auto-focusing.
Following is a list to use as a guide in packing your equipment for the Workshop.
Cameras and Lenses – Bring a 35mm SLR camera with any lenses that are compatible. Medium format is okay too. Canon and Nikon brands are best.
Bring lenses of any focal length from wide angle to telephoto, but it’s best to cover the range between 18mm and 135mm. Wide-angle zooms and telephoto zooms are best. The most sophisticated (and expensive) SLRs have larger sensors which affect choice of focal length, such as the Canon 5D Mark II. For those, we recommend focal lengths at least 28mm to 200mm. However, you can achieve more extreme depth of focus (very useful for wildflower compositions in other seasons) with even wider-angle lenses down to 10mm for most cameras, and 16mm for those with full size sensors. .
Tripod - We recommend the Bogen/Manfrotto brand for ease of use and quality. They make two sizes, the smaller of which works fine for most SLR setups, but for taller people and those using longer focal length telephoto lenses, we recommend the larger tripod. Pistol grip heads are best. Your local camera store can set you straight.
Camera Pack - Lowe Pro packs are best, but Tamrac brand runs a close second. Choose packs no larger than what you need for your camera gear. The most useful packs have a separate upper compartment for water bottle, snacks and raingear. Many have space for a laptop computer, which is great, but it will not be necessary for you to bring it into the field.
Laptop Computer - The critique session is important. You have a limited amount of time to edit your photos in preparation for the critique, therefore, you should be proficient downloading images from your camera, working with folders, and if you have time, processing your images with programs like Photoshop before the critique. (This is not mandatory!) Any brand of computer is fine.
B & H Photo online is a good reliable resource from which to get gear, but we do recommend Mike’s Camera in Denver and Boulder for a complete selection of gear. Their prices are very close to those of B & H, and they give great service and have lots of stock.
Other Things to Think About
While we like to think that we know about everything photographic, we are occasionally stumped by the odd piece of equipment. Bring your technical manuals with you, not only to the classroom, but in the field as well. Read these manuals carefully before arriving. Become familiar with your equipment prior to the Workshop because it will help you concentrate on the concepts we will teach you.
Make sure you have extra batteries and that those in the camera are fresh. Bring your charger!
Clothing and Personal Items
The most enjoyable part of the Workshop is time spent in the field. It is not only a refreshing change from the classroom, but the best classroom of all. We will be in the field at different times of day and in various types of weather. It is important to bring the right kind of clothing to remain comfortable. Creativity, mental focus and productivity are greatly affected by physical comfort.
Weather in the Colorado mountains can change several times during the day. Be prepared.
For optimum comfort, it is best to dress in layers, which enable quick adaptation to varying weather conditions.
If you are coming to the mountains from a significantly lower altitude, it is important to think about the potential affects of altitude on your body and to take some simple steps to make your stay as comfortable as possible. Preventative measures taken before and during your stay will help avoid problems associated with altitude sickness. Although most people may only experience some shortness of breath with a little exertion, others are more prone to headaches and sleep disruptions, fatigue, nausea and decreased appetite. You will also notice the aridity -- the humidity hovers around 20%.
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About John Fielder
John Fielder has worked tirelessly to promote the protection of Colorado’s open space and wildlands. His photography has influenced people and legislation, earning him recognition including the Sierra Club’s Ansel Adams Award in 1993, and in 2011 the Aldo Leopold Foundation’s first Achievement Award given to an individual. He was an original governor-appointed member of the lottery-related Board of Great Outdoors Colorado, and speaks to thousands of people each year to rally support for timely land use and environmental issues.
His latest Colorado project involves photographing parks, open space, wildlife habitat, ranches and more…all the work of Great Outdoors Colorado…for its 20th anniversary in 2012.
John often talks about the politics of the environment in his Workshops. If you think you might be offended by his views, you might want to consider a Workshop taught by a less committed photographer!
Notes, Terms and Conditions
While the basic Workshop format is set (classroom lecture, slide show, field shoots), the schedule is subject to change to meet the needs of the group.
We reserve the right to determine acceptability of weather conditions for field shoots. If weather interferes, additional indoor programs may be held.
Reserve now. Space is limited. Full payment secures your enrollment and must be received to reserve space because no unsecured space is held.
Your payment is non-refundable if you cancel for any reason. However, your payment may be applied to a future Workshop provided that we can fill your reserved space with someone from the wait list. If we cancel the Workshop, your payment is fully refundable. All Workshop participants are required to sign an Acknowledgement of the Cancellation Policy.
Sometimes unexpected circumstances cause you to cancel or interrupt your Workshop. For that reason, we recommend trip cancellation/travel insurance, available from your travel agent or online.
Arrangements for this Workshop are based on 16 persons enrolled in the Workshop. Should the number fall below this minimum, the Workshop may be cancelled.
A wait list is formed on first-come, first-served basis. If space opens, we call the first person on the wait list. If that person declines or doesn’t respond, the second person is called and so on until the space is filled.
Denise Robert, Workshop Coordinator
Phone 303-368-5208 / Cell 303-570-7577 / Fax 303-696-1929