2020 Summit County Spring Color
- Saturday, June 13, 2019
- or Sunday, June 14, 2019
Join Colorado’s leading landscape photographer, John Fielder, for a one-day springtime workshop that spans two worlds. Wander the side streets of old town Breckenridge to photograph historic buildings loaded with character and charm. Then, let John lead you to scenic places he loves to photograph in the Summit County backcountry where lime green leafing aspens decorate the landscape. If snowpack allows access to the high country, you’ll photograph cascading creeks and reflections of snow-capped peaks at sunset. If not, John always has a back-up plan to take you to some of his favorite – and sometimes most secret – places to capture the essence of this beautiful season.
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 and field shoots in beautiful locations. 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 Adobe Lightroom, and do live demonstrations of such.
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. 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, June 13, or Sunday, June 14, 2019 (select one)
Summit County, Colorado
Seeing and photographing the natural landscape and taking each participant to the next skill level
Who’s It For
Photographers of all skill levels; limited to 16 participants
$495 per person includes classroom session, snacks and dinner as described in the itinerary.
Please be prompt so you won’t miss any great information.
- Welcome and participant check-in. Introduction and general information. Lecture and slide show presentation.
- Break for lunch.
- Photograph historic buildings in the town of Breckenridge.
- Return to The Photo Shop for box dinner.
- Depart for field shoot.
- Return from field shoot
The workshop classroom session is held at The Photo Shop, 300 South Main Street (at the corner of Adams Street) in Breckenridge. On-street parking is limited to three hours. Parking without limitation and at no cost is available in a variety of public lots throughout Breckenridge. The closest lot to The Photo Shop is on Adams Street, just a couple of blocks west of Main Street.
The field shoots are in easily accessible locations in the Summit County area.
If you are driving to Breckenridge from Denver, the trip takes about 1 ½ hours in perfect weather. Add 30 minutes to one hour if you are coming from the Denver airport. The basic driving directions are I-70 West to Exit #203, CO 9 South. Proceed to Breckenridge.
Check with the Breckenridge Resort Chamber of Commerce at 970-453-5579 or 970-453-2913 or visit http://www.gobreck.com/ for detailed travel information.
Transportation to and from the field shoot is available in at least 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 vehicles, if the need arises. We don’t anticipate any difficult or hazardous driving conditions.
Booksigning and Portfolio
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.
- A 35mm digital SLR or Mirrorless camera is recommended and please bring your laptop for the critique session for multi-day workshops. Lenses should cover the zone between no less than 18 and 135mm for non-full sensor (such as APS-C) 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 good backup plan!) We highly recommend bringing a point and shoot, too. They are so easy to use for close-ups and more flexible for hard-to-position compositions. 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.
- Canon and Nikon brands are best, but we can work with anything. Most brands do the exact same thing and have the same controls. In addition to the lens focal lengths mentioned above, you can achieve more extreme depth of focus, very useful for wildflower compositions, with even wider-angle lenses down to 10mm for small sensor cameras and 16mm for full size sensor.
- Tripod - We recommend the 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.
- 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. Their prices are very close to those of B & H, and they give great service and have lots of stock.
- Click HERE for more camera ideas.
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.
- Base layer (next to skin) should be made of moisture-wicking material. Staying dry is the most essential step in maintaining comfort. Avoid cotton.
- Include an insulating layer, such as fleece.
- Have adequate rain gear, preferably a breathable kind such as Gore-Tex to keep you dry and windproof. Hoods are great. Rain pants will keep you dry when kneeling or sitting in wet foliage.
- Footwear should be sturdy and comfortable. Hiking boots or trail shoes will work fine and waterproof ones will be appreciated in meadows that are wet.
- Bring hiking shorts for hot days and long pants for cool evenings.
- Sunscreen and lip balm
- Fleece gloves and hat
- Cap or hat with visor
- Small flashlight or compact headlamp
- Bug repellant
- Advil or aspirin, etc.
- Water bottle
- First aid kit
- Convertible pants
- Gaiters to keep the bottom of your pants and socks dry
- Waterproof over-socks
- Supplex or similar quick drying safari shirt
- Mole skin or similar blister prevention
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%.
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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 7 persons enrolled. Should the number fall below this minimum, the Workshop may be cancelled, in which case you are entitled to a full refund.
- Your payment serves as your acknowledgement of this policy.
A wait list is formed on first-come, first-serve 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.
What IS included in the tuition?
- Workshop instruction, group and individual
- Box dinner, plus beverages and snacks in the field
- Transportation to field shoot
- Information on products and services
What is NOT included in the tuition?
- Transportation to the Workshop location
- Some meals
- Personal expenses, tips