Wildflower Photography Workshop Crested Butte 2022


Regular price $500.00

During the later summer months, the mountains around Crested Butte put on an incredible display of wildflowers. This workshop will focus on the late season wildflowers that typically are found at a higher altitude. Connor Scalbom and I will be hosting a three day workshop capturing extraordinary high country wildflower compositions and astrophotography. There are only 8 spots so reserve yours soon.

ITINERARY: 

  • 22 July  2022, Students will arrive in Crested Butte, we will meet together for a meet and greet to get to know each other. Introduce ourselves, our skills, experience, etc. We will then proceed to drive to a location where the flowers are in great condition for photography. Locations will be determined closer to the date of workshop.
  • 23 July 2022, sunrise shoot will occur close to town. During the day we will be going to a location and having lunch. We will have a couple hour break during this day and encourage students to go into town or do some exploring of their own. Before the sunset session, we will be having an editing session in a conference room to teach and demonstrate editing techniques for wildflower and milky way photography. Sunset will be a little hike to a location followed by the Milky Way after the sun goes down. 
  • 24 July 2022, we will be photographing into the sunrise. Following this, we will be going about our day and we suggest guests take a nap, rest, explore, etc. We will then close out with another editing session to allow you to use what you’ve learned to your own editing. We will be there to assist as well.  

Wildflower season in Crested Butte is simply amazing. For this workshop, the main focus will be wildflowers that are found at a higher altitude than the town. This is usually determined by how much rain the area gets weeks prior. We will be scouting about a week or so before to finalize locations we want to take students.

We recommend having a vehicle that has high clearance and 4x4 or AWD in order to get to some of the locations we will be shooting. For example, cars such as a Subaru Forester, Jeep Grand Cherokee, Subaru Impreza should have no issues. These roads are taken care of but are dirt in some locations. Anything 2WD or with very low clearance could have some issues for this workshop. No rock crawling or anything dangerous will be required. 

Since this workshop is focusing on high country flowers some hiking will be involved. The longest hike will be approximately 4 miles round trip. 

If either of the two paragraphs can not be possible for the student, we recommend signing up for the lower country wildflower workshop in June. 

WHAT IS INCLUDED IN TUITION? 

  • Snacks
  • Dinner the first night and brunch the last day
  • Skills of the professional instructors and time
  • Photography Guide Service
  • Editing and classroom
  • Editing tutorials 
  • We are always open to teaching editing after or before the dates of the workshop  

WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED IN TUITION?

  • Lodging/accommodation
  • Transportation
  • Meals outside the dinner first night and brunch last day
  • Travel/vehicle/equipment insurance
  • Headlamps and flashlights
  • Laptops to edit must bring own
  • Proper equipment such as tripods, cameras, lenses, etc.

WORKSHOP INFORMATION

We will be spending the workshop doing a combination of landscape photography and astrophotography. One night we will set up  star trackers for students to utilize. Focus stacking will be a large part of this workshop. We will be showcasing how to focus stack during the day and night. Getting a proper focus stack on a bundle of flowers with a beautiful mountain foreground can be one of the most difficult tasks as a photographer. After sunsets most nights, blue hour exposures will be taught and followed by the milky way. This technique will showcase how to blend or even start compositing. One night might be dedicated to shooting the milky way panorama or attempting to get the full arch.

One day we will showcase how we edit. The next day our students will showcase how they edit and we will give feedback to them. Make sure to bring a laptop! After the workshop concludes, each student will receive an in depth editing tutorial from Connor and I.

Not only will this be a photography workshop, it will be a guided high country experience. This workshop focuses more on the remote and unknown locations that not everyone usually can get to. 

Since this is a summer/monsoon season workshop weather can be very sporadic. We will not be providing transportation and we recommend having a vehicle that can handle getting to higher altitude locations. This will not require any rock crawling or technical off-roading. A four wheel drive car with some clearance is recommended. The instructors reserve the right to transport anyone that is in medical need or emergency.

We want this workshop to be an adventure and an experience. Also, we want to teach our students how to be prepared for certain situations and share knowledge that would have benefited us in our early career. One goal is for every student to leave our workshop with multiple images they are happy with. Another goal of ours is for them to have an experience of a lifetime. To achieve this, both Connor and I will not be shooting, this will allow us to continuously help all our students with any questions they might have. Although, we may set up our camera to allow us to capture video, time lapse, or group pictures. When the workshop dates get closer we will send out a pamphlet to all the students with more information.

ABOUT US

Connor has spent the past several years photographing Crested Butte on a level that is unmatchable by many. His work is outstanding and he will be teaching how to capture the uniqueness of Crested Butte. 

Justin is an astrophotographer that has an image in Times Square on New Years, 2020. There is another image of Justin’s that is in Denver International Airport. He specializes in capturing the night sky.

REQUIREMENTS/RECOMMENDATIONS: 

  • Must be over 18 (if under 18 must have a parent or guardian sign waiver)
  • Vehicle that can handle dirt roads (no rock crawling will be involved)
  • Laptop to do editing on
  • It is not required to have a full frame camera but it is recommended
  • We recommend at least 1 lens that is equal to or faster than f/2.8 stop and the wider the better! 
  • Justin shoots primarily with a 20mm f/1.8 which is perfect for landscape and astrophotography. 
  • Anything above a 35mm lens will be hard to shoot with and will not let you shoot for very long exposures. 
  • We recommend prime lenses as well, they tend to perform better than variable zoom lenses for landscape and astrophotography. 
  • Must have a tripod (be comfortable shooting landscape and verticle)
  • Intervalometer or remote shutter release is recommended for any style of photography
  • We recommend using a wireless remote, not a cable one 
  • Be prepared for possible rainy and cold conditions 
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