Fall Colors Northern New Mexico & Southern Colorado Photography Workshop

Sept. 20-24, 2023. Small group size limited to seven participants on a private conservation ranch.

The fall colors are stunning in the San Juan Mountains of Northern New Mexico and Southern Colorado!

Please join me for a unique nature photography workshop on a private conservation ranch along the Colorado-New Mexico border.

The photography workshop will focus on landscape, nightscape, and wildlife photography.  Beginners to advanced photographers will learn practical field and post-processing techniques in this workshop.

Hosted on the beautiful Trout Stalker Ranch in Chama, New Mexico.  The 1500-acre conservation ranch is home to abundant wildlife and wetlands.

Small group to provide ample individual focus on your photography goals

Field sessions and hands-on post-processing sessions using Lightroom and Photoshop


5 days, 4 nights

  • Wednesday, September 20, 2023

    • 12:00 PM meet and greet lunch (no host) in Chama, New Mexico
    • Travel and lodging check-in to the Trout Stalker Ranch
    • Afternoon to sunset photography
  • Thursday – Sunday, September 21-24, 2023

    • Pre-dawn and sunrise photography in the field
    • Hands-on post-processing instruction, lunch
    • Afternoon – Sunset photography in the field
    • Blue-hour twilight photography in the field
    • Nightscape photography, if conditions allow

Skills you will learn and refine

  • Manual exposure to beautifully expose difficult lighting situations.
  • Exposure bracketing and post-processing to create realistic HDR images
  • Focus-stacking for deep depth of field landscapes
  • Landscape panorama field and post-processing techniques
  • How to acquire a sharp focus on birds-in-flight
  • How ethically photograph wildlife and minimize disturbing them

My teaching approach focuses not only on how, more importantly, on why. 

If you can learn the reasons for using a given technique, you will apply them for years to come — versus memorizing settings.


Lodging during the workshop on the Trout Stalker Ranch.

The meals that are served on the ranch.

Not Included

Airfare, transportation, any meals at restaurants.

Trout Stalker Ranch, Chama, New Mexico

You will stay in modern and luxurious homes on a private conservation ranch.

The private homes on Trout Stalker Ranch are modern and elegantly decorated.

Enjoy the solitude of the Trout Stalker Ranch in luxury during your workshop

The Trout Stalker Ranch is a conservation ranch rich with wildlife and stunning landscapes.

Photographers will stay in one of the ranch’s elegant, stylish, clean custom guest houses.

These three houses will house 2, 2, and 3 clients, each with luxurious private rooms.

Sleeping arrangements allow each client to have a private room and bath in one of the three guest houses on the ranch.  There is a shared, fully equipped kitchen in each guest house.1

We will eat some of our lunch and dinner meals while touring Northern New Mexico and Southern Colorado.  We will also cook some of our meals on the ranch using the well-equipped modern kitchens available.  We will eat breakfast on the ranch after our early morning photography shoots and before our hands-on post-processing classroom sessions.

Staying at the Trout Stalker Ranch is fantastic; each guest house on the ranch is impeccably decorated and custom designed.

Watch this video of ranch owners Dan and Ashlyn Perry’s approach to conservation, appreciation of, and respect for nature.

Trout Stalker Ranch contains expansive riparian wetlands rich with wildlife.  We will photograph wildlife on the ranch and in the surrounding areas.  Blinds will be used in places to provide unique photographic opportunities without disturbing wildlife.

The ranch is situated in the Southern San Juan Mountains, allowing us to photograph the surrounding mountains in their fall colors.

Suggested Photography Equipment

  • A long lens with a maximum focal length of 500mm – 600mm
  • Zoom lens 100-400mm
  • Wide-angle lens 24 mm
  • DSLR or mirrorless camera body(s)
  • A sturdy tripod(s)
  • Extra camera batteries
  • Extra memory cards
  • Laptop, card reader, external hard drive

Workshop Level

  • Experienced beginner to advanced photographers
  • Curriculum:
    • Strategic planning using solar and lunar calculations, and light conditions
    • Manual Exposure
    • Exposure Bracketing
    • Hand-held and Tripod Bird-in-Flight Photography
    • Autofocus settings and technique
    • Lightroom and Photoshop Post Processing
    • Ethical wildlife photography practices
    • Finding wildlife for photography

Fitness Level

  • Able to walk 1/2 mile with photography equipment
  • Able to stand in the cold (sunrise and sunset) for  1 hour
  • We will be close to our vehicles.
  • Altitudes ranging from 7,500 – 10,000 feet

Getting to Chama

From the Albuquerque International Airport  (3 hr drive)

From the Santa Fe Regional Airport (2.25 hr drive)

From Colorado Springs (4.25 hr drive)

From Denver (5.5 hr drive)

From Pagosa Springs (1 hr drive)

The workshop will be conducted on the ranch and in the greater Chama region.  We will carpool when possible when we drive to areas off the ranch.


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If you do not receive a confirmation email and credit card receipt via email, your registration did not go through.

If this happens, or you have problems registering, please get in touch with me.


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  • You will receive a confirmation e-mail with important directions and workshop material links upon successful registration.  Please let me know if you did not receive the confirmation e-mail.
  • Thank you for registering for your photography workshop!

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  1. If you would like to bring your spouse or partner, who is not a photographer participating in the workshop and is staying in the same room, we can arrange that for a small additional fee with your registration.
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