San Luis Valley Photography Workshop, Colorado

4 full days, small group size limited to six participants, March 14-17, 2019. $825.

San Luis Valley Photography Workshop focussing on landscape and wildlife photography.

Sandhill Cranes performing their mating dance at close range

Bird-in-flight photography of raptors

Small group to provide ample individual focus on your photography goals

Field sessions and classroom hands-on post-processing sessions

Agenda

Four full days.  Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday, March 14-17, 2019.

  • Wednesday March 13, 2019

  • Thursday March 14, 2019

    • 7:30AM – 9:30AM
      • Breakfast planning meeting
    • 10:00AM – 12:00PM
      • Bird-in-flight photography in the field
    • 12:00-2:30PM
      • Post-Processing demo at hotel
    • 3:00PM –  7:30PM
      • Afternoon – Sunset photography in the field
    • 8:30PM – 10:00 PM
      • Nightscape photography in the field
    • Friday March 15, 2019

      • 6:30AM – 9:30AM
        • Sunrise and wildlife photography in the field
      • 9:30AM – 11:00AM
        • Breakfast break
      • 12:00-2:30PM
        • Post-Processing classroom session at hotel
      • 3:00PM –  7:30PM
        • Afternoon – Sunset photography in the field
      • 8:30PM – 10:00 PM
        • Nightscape photography in the field
    • Saturday March 16, 2019

      • 6:30AM – 9:30AM
        • Sunrise and wildlife photography in the field
      • 9:30AM – 11:00AM
        • Breakfast break
      • 12:00-2:30PM
        • Post-Processing classroom session at hotel
      • 3:00PM –  7:30PM
        • Afternoon – Sunset photography in the field
      • 8:30PM – 10:00 PM
        • Nightscape photography in the field
    • Sunday March 17, 2019

      • 6:30AM – 9:30AM
        • Sunrise and wildlife photography in the field
      • 9:30AM – 11:00AM
        • Breakfast break and check out from hotel
      • 12:00-4:30PM
        • Field photography
      • 5:00PM
        • Workshop close

      Sunrise 7:14AM, Sunset 7:12PM

Includes

Wildlife and landscape photography sessions each day

In depth bird-in-flight (BIF) photography sessions

Hands-on classroom labs on post-processing, composition, and strategic planning of  your photography

Classroom sessions will be at the Windsor Hotel in Del Norte, Colorado

Not Included

Airfare, transportation, lodging, or meals.  Light snacks and refreshments will be provided in the field sessions.

Windsor Hotel Del Norte Hotel Colorado

Fine dining is available at the Windsor Hotel.

Bistro Barbara at the Windsor Hotel, Del Norte Colorado

The Windsor Hotel is a beautifully restored historic hotel with large clean rooms

The Windsor Hotel has a discounted block of rooms for our workshop, please let them know you are with the “MacKerrow Photography Workshop” when booking with them. Please book your lodging soon as the Windsor Hotel does fill up quickly.

For those interested in camping there are nearby locations in the National Forest and campgrounds in the San Luis Valley.

Please contact us for more information on camping locations.

Suggested Photography Equipment

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

Workshop Level

  • Experienced beginner to advanced photographers
    • The emphasis on this workshop is learning, expert photographers may want to consider  a photography tour instead of a workshop
  • 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 cold (sunrise and sunset) for  1 hour
  • We will be close to our vehicles
  • Altitudes ranging from 7,500 – 9,000 feet

Northern Harrier Photography Sessions

  • The workshop is timed well with the courtship period of N.Harriers
  • Multiple sessions on bird-in-flight photography of N. Harriers
  • Refining your focussing technique to capture sharp images
  • Harrier behavior
  • I have been photographing harriers in this area for 10+ years and it is my favorite location for them

Sandhill Crane Photography Sesssions

  • Sandhill Cranes use the San Luis Valley to reestablish their pair bonding via an elegant dance
  • We will photograph the crane dance in front of a beautiful snow-capped mountain backdrop
  • In past workshops we have been able to photograph the crane dancing at many different close locations

Great Sand Dunes Photography Sessions

  • We will photograph the Great Sand Dunes from a variety of locations to capture stunning landscapes
  • The majority of our dune photography will be done using long lenses
  • For those interested we can also wade in Medano Creek and do some dune hiking.  Bring extra water shoes / sandals for Medano Creek

Raptor Photography

  • In addition to high density of Northern Harriers there are lots of other raptors we will photograph
  • Other species that frequent this area during this time include
    • Golden Eagle
    • Bald Eagle
    • Rough-Legged Hawk
    • Red-Tailed Hawk
    • Great Horned Owl
    • Prairie Falcon
    • Peregrine Falcon
    • American Kestrel

Workshop Registration

The workshop is now full, please contact us to add your name to the waiting list, workshops@inlightofnature.com

Important

  • Upon registration you will promptly (1-2 minutes) receive an e-mail confirmation.

    (You have to check the box after you have read the Term and Conditions)

  • This confirmation e-mail includes important directions and links to workshop material.
  • Please let us know if you did not receive the confirmation e-mail.
  • Thank you for registering for your photography workshop!

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