Workshops

2018 Photography Workshops

This is your opportunity to learn landscape photography directly from John Fielder in Colorado’s most scenic locales, and from time to time in other states and countries.

Find out how John creates his award-winning images and gain a deeper understanding of the visual aspects of nature. In comprehensive classroom sessions and at field shoots in John’s favorite locations, learn how to spot photo opportunities, experiment with different perspectives, improve compositions and get an insider’s look at professional techniques.  We use digital cameras only and bring our laptop computers for constructive critiques.

Appropriate for practiced beginner and intermediate photographers, John’s Colorado Photography Workshop programs are designed to help students reach at least their next level of ability and enrollment is limited to ensure the highest quality experience. Most workshops are conducted with the assistance of a second professional landscape photographer so that everyone enjoys personal attention and no question is left unanswered.

2018 Winter Photography Workshop

Steamboat Springs, CO
March 10-11, 2018
Sat - Sun

A unique 2-day winter workshop during which John leads 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, and develop a new appreciation for the sensuousness of winter. No skis or snowshoes required!

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John Fielder Photography Workshops john@johnfielder.com Winter Photography Workshop with John Fielder in Steamboat Springs, Colorado  March 10-11, 2018 Saturday – Sunday $850 per person

sub-page-2Join 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.  We'll be heading out of town to make photographs, to Elk River country north and west of the town. 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. 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 will 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.

When                                    

Saturday and Sunday, March 10 and 11, 2018

Where                  

In and around Steamboat Springs, Colorado

Purpose                

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

Price                     

$850 per person includes classroom sessions, snacks in the field and meals as described in the itinerary. 

Accommodations              

Accommodations are not included in the workshop. Refer to Lodging Information, below.

Approximate Schedule

Please be prompt so you won’t miss any great information. 

Day 1                

  • 8:30 a.m.  - Slide lecture “The Art of Seeing.” Continental breakfast provided.
  • 12:30 p.m. - Break for lunch, on your own.
  • 2:00 p.m.  - Depart for field shoot. Transportation provided. Beverages and snacks provided in the field.     
  • 7:00 p.m.  - Finish shoot, return to The Art Depot. Dinner on your own.

Day 2      

  • 6:00 a.m. - Meet at The Art Depot. Coffee provided. Depart for morning field shoot. Transportation provided. Box breakfast provided in the field. 
  • 10:00 a.m. - Return to The Art Depot. Hot brunch served.
  • 10:30 a.m. - Editing of photos, critique session and student digital slide show.
  • 1:00 p.m.   - John Fielder booksigning and adjourn.

Location

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.

Getting There

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.  

Lodging

Please contact the Steamboat Springs Chamber of Commerce at 877-754-2269 or https://www.steamboat-chamber.com/ for lodging information.

Transportation

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.

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.  

Winter Issues to Consider

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.

Camera Equipment

  • A 35mm digital SLR or Mirrorless camera is recommended and please bring your laptop for the critique session. Lenses should cover the zone between no less than 18 and 135mm for DX cameras, or 28 and 200mm for cameras with full size FX sensors, plus tripod and cable or remote release. (Your two-second shutter release is a 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 DX cameras and 16mmf or FX.
  • 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.
  • 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 Lightroom and 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. 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.
  • Base layer (next to skin) made of moisture-wicking material. Staying dry is the most essential step in maintaining comfort. Avoid cotton.
  • Insulating layer, such as fleece.
  • Adequate snow gear, preferably a breathable kind such as Gore-Tex to keep you dry and windproof. Hoods are great. Waterproof pants will keep you dry when kneeling or sitting in wet snow.
  • Footwear that is sturdy, waterproof and comfortable.

Also

  • Sunscreen and lip balm
  • Fleece gloves and hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Small flashlight or compact headlamp
  • Advil or aspirin, etc.
  • Water bottle
  • First aid kit
  • More ideas
  • Gaiters to keep the bottom of your pants and socks dry
  • Mole skin or similar blister prevention

Altitude

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.
  • His latest project and book is Wildflowers of Colorado.
  • 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

Itinerary

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.

Weather

We reserve the right to determine acceptability of weather conditions for field shoots. If weather interferes, additional indoor programs may be held.

Cancellation Policy

  • 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.

Wait List

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.

What IS included in the tuition?

  • Workshop instruction, group and individual; critique session; materials; etc.
  • Meals as listed in the itinerary, plus beverages and snacks in the field
  • Transportation to field shoots
  • Information on products and services

What is NOT included in the tuition?

  • Transportation to Steamboat Springs
  • Lodging
  • Some meals
  • Personal expenses, tips
More Information and Registration Purchase Now Online. Space is limited. Full payment secures your enrollment. For workshop information: john@johnfielder.com
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2018 Gunnison River Workshop

Gunnison River Gorge, CO
May 18-21, 2018
Fri Evening - Mon

Join John on this exciting 3-day/2-night Gunnison Gorge Wilderness rafting journey below Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park in western Colorado. It promises spectacular canyon scenery with desert wildflowers, and photo opportunities both rafting on the river and hiking trails. Fitness required for up to 2 miles of trail hiking.

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John Fielder Photography Workshops   john@johnfielder.com   Spring Photography Workshop with John Fielder   on the Gunnison River May 18-21, 2018 Friday Evening – Monday $1,395 per person

sub-page-2Join Colorado’s premier landscape photographer, John Fielder, on this exciting Gunnison Gorge 14-mile wilderness rafting journey, below Black Canyon National Park in western Colorado. It promises spectacular canyon scenery with unlimited photographic opportunities both rafting on the river and climbing to the top of mesas. Day hikes in pleasant temperatures afford opportunities to photograph desert wildflowers and cactus along with views of the river from above. A true John Fielder experience, you’ll be out of touch with the rest of the world, focusing on the beauty of nature and the rhythm of river life for three idyllic days.  

Be prepared for a one-mile hike down the Chuckar Trail that brings you to the river and the narrow canyon carved through the polished Protereozoic schist and gneiss formations. Meet your guides, board your raft and experience mild rapids punctuating crystal clear pools on your first day of this secluded retreat. An isolated camp on the first night provides a peaceful refuge to enjoy a surprisingly sumptuous dinner before a session of photography in the evening light. The next day, the canyon combines narrow passages with exciting pool-drop rapids and, depending on the water level, Class III rapids demand either intricate maneuvering or a wild dash through boat swamping holes and waves. Again, we’ll set up camp, enjoy dinner and photograph in the evening light. After a rush of whitewater on the last day, the Hall of the River King envelops us in a mystical silence prior to the canyon walls receding to rolling sage hills. A lunch stop at Smith Fork provides a fun opportunity to explore the waterfalls and drop pools of a side canyon. The trip concludes at the confluence with the North Fork of the Gunnison River at a campground called Pleasure Park.

This Workshop offers a well-rounded and highly resourceful educational experience, appropriate for any level of outdoor photographer and nature lover, but especially for beginners and intermediates. No participant should feel that he or she is not qualified to attend. Limited enrollment of 7 participants gives everyone quality time with John Fielder and ensures that each person gets the specific instruction needed based on their individual level of experience. Personalized field instruction addresses the photographer’s needs related to both understanding camera functions and techniques of composition. A pre-trip slide show gives participants a basic orientation and addresses individual needs and skill levels. 

The photographer with an interest in fly fishing will enjoy one of Colorado's finest Gold Medal fisheries dominated by Rainbow and Brown trout. Combining these activities will pack your day with action from dawn till dark.

All meals are included.

The trip is coordinated by Dvorak Expeditions, one of Colorado’s finest river outfitters.

When                                    

Friday through Monday, May 18-21, 2018

Where                   

Gunnison Gorge in western Colorado, on one of the most exclusive trips in America, rafting below the Black Canyon National Park, covering 14 miles in 3 days, offering exceptional scenery and Gold Medal trout fishing.

Purpose                 

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 7 participants.

Camping Needs  

Please refer to the Packing List, below.  Note: This trip requires special attention to packing because all personal gear is transferred into a waterproof pack with shoulder straps and carried by each participant down the trail, an easy one-mile hike to the river. Plan to pack light! Bag is 16" in diameter x 33" high, the size of a medium capacity backpack.

Price

$1,395 includes curriculum designed and presented by John Fielder, slide show presentation, one-on-one instruction, sunrise and sunset photo shoots, river transportation, all meals, river guides.

Accommodations               

Friday night accommodations are not included in the Workshop. Refer to Lodging Information, below.

Approximate Schedule

Day 1

  • 5:00 p.m. - Slide show and dinner at Daveto's Italian Restaurant, 520 Main Street in Delta, Colorado

Day 2                                    

  • 7:30 a.m. - Meet at Gunnison River Pleasure Park in Lazear, Colorado, on Colorado Hwy 92, 14 miles east of Delta, take van to trail head, hike one mile to river, meet guides
  • 11:00 a.m.  - On the river                   
  •  12:00 p.m.  - Lunch                                          
  • 1:00 p.m. - On the river 
  • 3:00 p.m. - Set up camp, scout photo locations                                           
  • 5:00 p.m. - Dinner                                          
  • 6:00 p.m. - Evening shoot                                           

Day 3                                                    

  • 5:30 a.m. - Morning shoot                                              
  • 9:00 a.m. - Breakfast                                              
  • 10:30 a.m. - On the river                                             
  • 12:30 p.m. - Lunch, set up camp, scout photo locations                                            
  • 5:00 p.m. - Dinner                                              
  • 6:00 p.m. - Evening shoot                                                 

Day 4                                    

  • 5:30 a.m. - Morning shoot                                              
  • 9:30 a.m. - On the river                                               
  • 12:00 p.m. – Lunch
  • 1:00 p.m. - On the river                                               
  • 3:00 p.m. - Trip ends

Location

The Workshop begins at the restaurant in Delta and ends at Gunnison River Pleasure Park in Lazear (visit https://www.troutfisherman.net or call 970-872-2525).

Getting There

Delta is approximately 277 miles from Denver. The trip takes about 4 1/2 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 towards Grand Junction. Take Exit 37 towards US 6/Clifton. A left turn takes you to 32 Rd/CO 141 S. Then, pick up US 50 E to Delta. The next morning, Lazear is 14 miles east of Delta on CO 92. When you get to Lazear, turn onto a dirt road at the Pleasure Park sign.

Lodging

Delta does not have any 4 star hotels. The best of the motels are Quality Inn and Days Inn.

Booksigning & Portfolio

On Friday night, 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.  

Camera Equipment

  • A 35mm digital SLR or Mirrorless camera is recommended and please bring your laptop for the critique session. Lenses should cover the zone between no less than 18 and 135mm for DX cameras, or 28 and 200mm for cameras with full size FX sensors, plus tripod and cable or remote release. (Your two-second shutter release is a 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 DX cameras and 16mmf or FX.
  • 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.

Packing List

This trip requires special attention to your packing because all your personal gear is transferred into a waterproof pack with shoulder straps and carried by you down the Chuckar Trail, an easy one mile hike to the river. PACK LIGHT! Please call us if you have questions. Your bag is 16” in diameter x 33” high, the size of a medium capacity backpack.

SLEEPING &  SHELTER            

  •  Tent – lightweight, backpacking type                                                         
  • Sleeping pad – ensolite or similar
  • Sleeping bag – lightweight, compact, backpacking type

RIVER CLOTHING

  •  Hat for sun protection
  • Polypro or synthetic layers (top & bottoms)
  • Shorts or swimsuit – quick drying
  • Tennis shoes or sport sandals with straps
  • Wool or polypro socks
  • Rain parka and pants
  • AVOID COTTON ON A WHITEWATER RIVER!

CAMP CLOTHING

  • Short sleeved shirt
  • Long sleeved shirt
  • Jacket or sweater (fleece recommended)
  • Shorts
  • Long pants
  • Camp shoes or lightweight hiking boots
  • Wool or fleece hat
  • Gloves or mittens (early trips)

PERSONAL

  • Toiletries
  • Sunscreen
  • Lip balm with sunscreen
  • Flashlight or headlamp
  • Prescription medications
  • Sunglasses with retainer strap
  • Retainer strap for prescription glasses
  • Biodegradable soap and small towel
  • Lotion

OPTIONAL

  • Alcoholic beverages – in unbreakable containers, beer in limited quantity
  • Pocket knife
  • Camp chair – folding, compact only
  • Camera and film in water proof container
  • Binoculars
  • Reading or writing material
  • Insect repellant
  • Fishing gear and license 

Notes from John

As an extra guide for getting your gear together, here is John’s personal packing list

  • Hat
  • Sunscreen
  • Rain gear – jacket and pants – or a poncho at the very least
  • Heavy fleece
  • Medium fleece
  • Long sleeve shirt
  • Two t-shirts
  • Shorts
  • Long pants
  • Wool socks
  • Medium weight hiking boots
  • Tent
  • Sleeping bag and pad
  • Waterproof cover for camera pack – Arkansas River Tours provides dry bags for gear.

More Notes

  • All meals are provided from dinner in Delta until the end of the raft trip. If you have favorite food items or snacks you’d like to bring, please do.
  • There is a portable toilet at the camp sites.
  • There will be beer and wine on the trip. If you wish other beverages packed on the boat, contact Bill Dvorak. See More Information & Registration.

Altitude

If you are coming to Colorado 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%.

Here are some tips:

  • Drink extra fluids, such as juices and Gatorade with copious amounts of water, a few days before and during your entire stay. Staying well hydrated in the dry mountain environment is very important to offset the effects of altitude.
  • Avoid over-exertion and get as much rest as possible.
  • Eat lightly.
  • Drink a lot of water, but do it slowly.
  • Limit alcoholic beverages. One drink at altitude equals two drinks at sea level; alcohol promotes dehydration.

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 project and book is A Colorado Winter.
  • 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

Itinerary

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.

Weather

We reserve the right to determine acceptability of weather conditions for field shoots. If weather interferes, additional indoor programs may be held.

Cancellation Policy

  • 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.

Wait List

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.

What IS included in the tuition?

  • Workshop instruction, group and individual
  • Guided 3-day, 2-night rafting trip
  • All meals
  • Transportation from Pleasure Park to the trailhead
  • Information on products and services

What is NOT included in the tuition?

  • Transportation to Lazear
  • Friday night lodging
  • Personal expenses, tips
More Information and Registration Book Online Now. Space is limited. Full payment secures your enrollment. Physical fitness necessary for 1-mile hike down to river carrying all of your river gear, camera included, as well as days hikes up to 2 miles. For trip information regarding the hike to the river, packing, camping and river-related topics, contact: Bill Dvorak Dvorak Expeditions 800-824-3795 bill@dvorakexpeditions.com For workshop information: john@johnfielder.com
[post_title] => 2018 Gunnison River Workshop [post_excerpt] => Gunnison River Gorge, CO
May 18-21, 2018
Fri Evening - Mon

Join John on this exciting 3-day/2-night Gunnison Gorge Wilderness rafting journey below Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park in western Colorado. It promises spectacular canyon scenery with desert wildflowers, and photo opportunities both rafting on the river and hiking trails. Fitness required for up to 2 miles of trail hiking.

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2018 Summit County Spring Color

Breckenridge, CO
June 9 or 10, 2018
Sat - Sun

Be with John during this 1-day workshop that spans two worlds. In the afternoon photograph 19th-century buildings in Breckenridge. At sunset capture the beauty of spring with leafing aspens and early wildflowers in the Eagles Nest Wilderness. Fitness required for up to 2 miles of trail hiking. Choose one 1-day workshop.

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John Fielder Photography Workshops john@johnfielder.com Summit County Spring Scenery Workshop with John Fielder in Breckenridge CO
  • Saturday, June 9, 2018
  • or Sunday, June 10, 2018
Choose one 1-day Workshop $395 per person

sub-page-2Join 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.

When                      

Saturday, June 9, or Sunday, June 10, 2018 (select one)

Where                      

Summit County, Colorado

Purpose                   

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

Price                        

$395 per person includes classroom session, snacks and dinner as described in the itinerary.

Approximate Schedule

Please be prompt so you won’t miss any great information.

9:00 a.m.

  • Welcome and participant check-in. Introduction and general information. Lecture and slide show presentation.

1:00 p.m.

  • Break for lunch.

2:30 p.m.

  • Photograph historic buildings in the town of Breckenridge.

5:00 p.m.

  • Return to The Photo Shop for box dinner.

5:45 p.m.

  • Depart for field shoot.

9:00 p.m.

  • Return from field shoot

Location

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.

Getting There

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 https://www.gobreck.com/ for detailed travel information.

Transportation

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.  

Camera Equipment

  • A 35mm digital SLR or Mirrorless camera is recommended. Lenses should cover the zone between no less than 18 and 135mm for DX cameras, or 28 and 200mm for cameras with full size FX sensors, plus tripod and cable or remote release. (Your two-second shutter release is a 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 DX cameras and 16mmf or FX.
  • 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.

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.

Also

  • Sunscreen and lip balm
  • Fleece gloves and hat
  • Cap or hat with visor
  • Sunglasses
  • Small flashlight or compact headlamp
  • Bug repellant
  • Advil or aspirin, etc.
  • Water bottle
  • First aid kit

More ideas:

  • 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

Altitude

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.
  • His latest project and book is Wildflowers of Colorado.
  •  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

Itinerary

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.

Weather

We reserve the right to determine acceptability of weather conditions for field shoots. If weather interferes, additional indoor programs may be held.

Cancellation Policy

  • 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.

Wait List

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
  • Lodging
  • Some meals
  • Personal expenses, tips
More Information and Registration Book Online Now. Space is limited. Full payment secures your enrollment. For workshop information: john@johnfielder.com
[post_title] => 2018 Summit County Spring Color [post_excerpt] => Breckenridge, CO
June 9 or 10, 2018
Sat - Sun

Be with John during this 1-day workshop that spans two worlds. In the afternoon photograph 19th-century buildings in Breckenridge. At sunset capture the beauty of spring with leafing aspens and early wildflowers in the Eagles Nest Wilderness. Fitness required for up to 2 miles of trail hiking. Choose one 1-day workshop.

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2018 Crested Butte Wildflowers & Reflections

Crested Butte, CO
July 19-20, or 21-22, 2018
Thur - Fri or Sat - Sun

Your chance to photograph old ranch buildings, dozens of varieties of wildflowers, and make reflection images of the 3 surrounding mountain ranges! During two glorious days visit off-the-beaten-path places you might not discover on your own. Lodging fills fast in Crested Butte, so book this workshop early! Choose one 2-day workshop.

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John Fielder Photography Workshops john@johnfielder.com Wildflower Photography Workshop with John Fielder in Crested Butte, Colorado July 19-20, 2018 – Thursday-Friday   or   July 21-22, 2018 – Saturday-Sunday Choose one 2-day Workshop $850 per person

sub-page-2Join Colorado’s premier landscape photographer, John Fielder, in the wildflower capital of Colorado on a 2-day workshop. Long summer days afford ample opportunity to travel the backroads and explore remote field locations with John. Let him lead you into his colorful world of vast wildflower fields in his favorite – and most secret – places. If snow pack allows access, catch the sunset at Paradise Divide as the last light illuminates Cinnamon Mountain and, the next morning, experience sunrise at Peanut Lake. It never disappoints! Your chances to photograph old ranch buildings and dozens of varieties of wildflowers round out two glorious days, at off-the-beaten-path places you might not discover on your own, in the Colorado high country with John.

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 Adobe Lightroom, and do live demonstrations.

No participant should feel that he or she is not qualified to attend. Limited enrollment gives 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.

When                        

Thursday and Friday, July 19 and 20, or Saturday and Sunday, July 21 and 22, 2018

Choose one 2-day Workshop

Where                       

In and around Crested Butte, Colorado

Purpose                    

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

Price 

$850 per person includes classroom sessions, snacks in the field and meals as described in the itinerary. 

Accommodations    

Accommodations are not included in the Workshop. Refer to Lodging Information, below. Be sure to reserve your accommodations as soon as you know you’ll be attending the workshop because lodging spaces fill quickly in Crested Butte.

Approximate Schedule

Please be prompt so you won’t miss any great information.

Day 1

8:30 - 12:30:

  • Slide lecture "The Art of Seeing." Continental breakfast provided.

12:30 - 2:00:

  • Break for lunch, on your own.

2:00 - 3:30:

  • Maximizing depth of focus in the field.

3:30 - 8:30:

  • Travel to location for evening field photography. Picnic dinner provided.

Day 2

5:00:

  • Meet for morning field photography. Box Continental breakfast provided.

5:15 - 9:30:

  • Travel to and from locations for morning photography.

9:30 - 10:30:

  • Hot Brunch provided.

10:30 - 12:30:

  • Editing of photos, critique session and student digital slide show. 

12:30 - 1:00:

  • Book signing and adjourn.                         .

Location

  • Workshop classroom sessions are held in the Parish Hall of Queen of All Saints Church, at Sopris Avenue and Fourth Street in Crested Butte.
  • Field shoots are in easily accessible locations in and around the Crested Butte area.

Getting There

  • If you are driving to Crested Butte from Denver, the trip takes about 4 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 C-470 South to US-285 South to US-50 West to CO-135 North.
  • The closest local airport is the Gunnison-Crested Butte airport (GUC), a 30-minute drive from the town of Crested Butte. You can also fly there via Montrose (MTJ), about 1 ½ to 2 hours away. The Alpine Express shuttle service offers rides from both airports to Crested Butte.
  • United Airlines / United Express offers daily commuter flights from Denver International Airport, and daily jet service. Check the Gunnison Airport schedule for flight times and more information.
  • Check with https://www.VisitCrestedButte.com for detailed travel information.

Lodging

If you haven’t already made arrangements for lodging, you can search for accommodations at https://www.VisitCrestedButte.com. Please keep in mind that lodging spaces fill quickly in Crested Butte, so make your reservations as soon as you know you’ll be attending the workshop.  

Transportation

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 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.

Camera Equipment

  • A 35mm digital SLR or Mirrorless camera is recommended and please bring your laptop for the critique session. Lenses should cover the zone between no less than 18 and 135mm for DX cameras, or 28 and 200mm for cameras with full size FX sensors, plus tripod and cable or remote release. (Your two-second shutter release is a 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 DX cameras and 16mmf or FX.
  • 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.
  • 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 Lightroom and 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.
  • 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 with morning dew or rain.
  • Bring hiking shorts for hot days and long pants for cool evenings and mornings.

Also:

  • Sunscreen and lip balm
  • Fleece gloves and hat
  • Cap or hat with visor
  • Sunglasses
  • Small flashlight or compact headlamp
  • Bug repellant
  • Advil or aspirin, etc.
  • Water bottle
  • First aid kit

More ideas:

  • Convertible pants
  • Gaiters to keep the bottom of your pants and socks dry
  • Waterproof over-socks
  • Supplex or similar quick drying safari shirts
  • Mole skin or similar blister prevention

Altitude

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%.

Here are some tips:

  • Drink extra fluids, such as juices and Gatorade with copious amounts of water, a few days before and during your entire stay. Staying well hydrated in the dry mountain environment is very important to offset the effects of altitude.
  • Avoid over-exertion and get as much rest as possible.
  • Eat lightly.
  • Drink a lot of water, but do it slowly.
  • Limit alcoholic beverages. One drink at altitude equals two drinks at sea level; alcohol promotes dehydration.
  • Ask for a humidifier in your hotel room.  

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 project and book is Wildflowers of Colorado.
  •  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

Itinerary

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.

Weather

We reserve the right to determine acceptability of weather conditions for field shoots. If weather interferes, additional indoor programs may be held.

Cancellation Policy

  • 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.

Wait List

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 Crested Butte
  • Lodging
  • Some meals
  • Personal expenses, tips
More Information and Registration Book Online Now. Space is limited. Full payment secures your enrollment. For workshop information:   john@johnfielder.com
[post_title] => 2018 Crested Butte Wildflowers & Reflections [post_excerpt] => Crested Butte, CO
July 19-20, or 21-22, 2018
Thur - Fri or Sat - Sun

Your chance to photograph old ranch buildings, dozens of varieties of wildflowers, and make reflection images of the 3 surrounding mountain ranges! During two glorious days visit off-the-beaten-path places you might not discover on your own. Lodging fills fast in Crested Butte, so book this workshop early! Choose one 2-day workshop.

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2017 Brilliant Fall Foliage… Hurry Only 3 Spaces Remain!

Telluride, CO
October 6-8, 2017
Fri - Sun

Drive the back roads around Telluride with John on a colorful 3-day fall foliage workshop in the San Juan Mountains where autumn delivers layer upon layer of color. Fresh snow seems to always dust the 14,000-foot peaks under blue skies as yellows, oranges, and reds of aspen, oak, and cottonwoods decorate the foreground.

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John Fielder Photography Workshops john@johnfielder.com Brilliant Fall Foliage Photography Workshop with John Fielder in Telluride, Colorado  October 6, 7, and 8, 2017 Friday – Saturday – Sunday $1,295 per person

sub-page-2Join Colorado’s premier landscape photographer, John Fielder, on a colorful 3-day fall foliage workshop in the San Juan Mountains around Telluride, where autumn delivers layer upon layer of color. Fresh snow dusts peaks under blue skies, while golden aspens, yellow cottonwoods, orange willows and red sandstone hills add explosions of color to the high country. Follow John along his favorite backroads as vast ranches stretch out in magnificent valleys. Shoot reflection images in high altitude lakes and ponds, look up to capture the towering yellow aspens rising against blue skies, and photograph horses grazing in snow-kissed meadows. This is your opportunity to discover the heart and soul of nature’s beauty in the Colorado high country with John. 

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 sessions 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.

When                                    

Friday, Saturday, Sunday, October 6, 7, and 8, 2017

Where  

In and around Telluride, Colorado

Purpose                

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

Price                     

$1,295 per person includes classroom sessions, snacks in the field, meals as described in the itinerary. 

Accommodations              

Are not included in the Workshop. Refer to Lodging Information, below.

Approximate Schedule

Please be prompt so you won’t miss any great information.    

Day 1

  • 8:30 a.m. - Welcome and check-in. Breakfast served.
  • 9:00 - Introduction, general information, lecture and slide show presentation.
  • 12:30 p.m. - Break for lunch.
  • 2:00 - Depth of field lesson. Depart for field shoot. Transportation provided. Beverages and snacks provided in the field.
  • 7:00 - Finish shoot, return to hotel.

Day 2

6:00 a.m. - Meet in hotel lobby. Coffee provided. Depart for morning field shoot. Transportation provided. Box breakfast provided in the field. 

9:30 - Return to hotel. Hot Brunch served.

10:30 - Editing of photos, critique session and student digital show.

12:30 p.m. - Break for lunch.

2:30 - Depart for field shoot. Transportation provided. Beverages and snacks provided in the field.

7:00 - Finish shoot, return to hotel.

Day 3

6:00 a.m. - Meet in hotel lobby. Coffee provided. Depart for sunrise field shoot. Transportation provided. Box breakfast provided in the field.

9:30 - Return to hotel. Hot Brunch served.

10:30 - Editing of photos, critique session and student digital show.                                           

12:30 p.m. - Book signing and adjourn.

Location

Workshop classroom sessions are held at Mountain Lodge Telluride, 457 Mountain Village Boulevard in the Town of Mountain Village, on the south side of the Telluride ski resort, overlooking some of the highest and most magnificent peaks in the San Juan Mountains.  

Field shoots are in easily accessible locations in and around the Telluride area.

Getting There

Telluride and Mountain Village are 67 miles south of Montrose, 127 miles south of Grand Junction, 125 miles northwest of Durango. If you are driving to Telluride from Denver, the trip takes about seven 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 Grand Junction, then US 50 South to Montrose, continuing to Ridgeway, taking US 62 to Placerville, and following the signs to Telluride. Then, follow the signs to Mountain Village. The headquarters hotel, Mountain Lodge Telluride, is ¼ mile beyond the guard gate, on your left.

Several airlines provide transportation from Denver to Montrose or Telluride; flight time is about an hour; and shuttles are available.

Visit https://www.visittelluride.com/ or call 888-605-2578 for more information.

Lodging

If you haven’t already made arrangements for lodging, here are suggestions. 

Mountain Lodge Telluride (https://www.mountainlodgetelluride.com/ )is the headquarters hotel for Workshop classroom sessions and the meeting place for departures to field shoot locations. Call 866-368-6867. Please inquire about the John Fielder Photography Workshop group rate. Note that there is a fee for overnight parking at the Lodge. 

Other suggestions: https://www.visittelluride.com/

Transportation

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 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.  

Camera Equipment

  • A 35mm digital SLR or Mirrorless camera is recommended and please bring your laptop for the critique session. Lenses should cover the zone between no less than 18 and 135mm for DX cameras, or 28 and 200mm for cameras with full size FX sensors, plus tripod and cable or remote release. (Your two-second shutter release is a 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 DX cameras and 16mmf or FX.
  • 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.
  • 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 Lightroom and 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.
  • Base layer (next to skin) made of moisture-wicking material. Staying dry is the most essential step in maintaining comfort. Avoid cotton.
  • Insulating layer, such as fleece.
  • Adequate rain/snow gear, preferably a breathable kind such as Gore-Tex to keep you dry and windproof. Hoods are great. Waterproof pants will keep you dry when kneeling or sitting in wet foliage/snow.
  • Footwear that is sturdy, waterproof and comfortable. Hiking boots or trail shoes will work fine and waterproof ones will be appreciated in meadows that are wet with morning dew, rain or snow.

Also:

  • Sunscreen and lip balm
  • Fleece gloves and hat
  • Cap or hat with visor
  • Sunglasses
  • Small flashlight or compact headlamp
  • Advil or aspirin, etc.
  • Water bottle
  • First aid kit

More ideas:

  • Gaiters to keep the bottom of your pants and socks dry
  • Mole skin or similar blister prevention

Altitude

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%.

Here are some tips

  • Drink extra fluids, such as juices and Gatorade with copious amounts of water, a few days before and during your entire stay. Staying well hydrated in the dry mountain environment is very important to offset the effects of altitude.
  • Avoid over-exertion and get as much rest as possible.
  • Eat lightly.
  • Drink a lot of water, but do it slowly.
  • Limit alcoholic beverages. One drink at altitude equals two drinks at sea level; alcohol promotes dehydration.
  • Ask for a humidifier in your hotel room.  

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 project and book is Wildflowers of Colorado.
  •  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

Itinerary

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.

Weather

We reserve the right to determine acceptability of weather conditions for field shoots. If weather interferes, additional indoor programs may be held.

Cancellation Policy

  • 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.

Wait List

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; critique session; materials; etc.
  • Meals as listed in the itinerary, plus beverages and snacks in the field
  • Transportation to field shoots
  • Information on products and services

What is NOT included in the tuition?

  • Transportation to Telluride
  • Lodging
  • Some meals
  • Personal expenses, tips
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