Denver, CO (PRWEB) January 28, 2011
Award-winning landscape photographer, John Fielder, announces his 2011 schedule of Colorado photography workshops taking place in his favorite backcountry locations. Hobbyist outdoor photographers are invited to choose among 1, 2, 3 or 6 day workshops in Steamboat Springs, Breckenridge, Crested Butte, Green River and Telluride, where they can learn directly from Fielder how to spot photo opportunities and compose beautiful photographs.
The schedule begins with Colorado winter photography in Steamboat Springs on April 2 and 3, as Fielder takes participants into a wintery world where form and texture become the focus. ?The first weekend in April affords plenty of ?white? and milder temperatures than mid-winter,? says Fielder. ?We?ll be heading out to Elk River country and ranch meadows as pretty as any in Colorado.? The agenda calls for field trips to groves of Fielder?s favorite tree, the aspen, and to rivers lined with stately cottonwoods, where ice is just beginning to reveal crystal blue waters. The tuition for the two-day workshop is $ 850 per person.
Spring scenery is in the spotlight for two one-day workshops in Summit County, when participants may choose Saturday, June 11, or Sunday, June 12, and Fielder leads them on field shoots among the historic buildings in the old mining town of Breckenridge and then to waterfalls and a beaver pond at sunset. The tuition is $ 395 per person.
Colorado photography is known for its depth-of-field shots emphasizing bouquets of flowers against backgrounds of jagged, snow-tipped peaks and the summer workshop in Crested Butte, the wildflower capital of Colorado, promises opportunities to shoot the iconic wildflower-and-mountain scene. ?Each year, a different wildflower is dominant,? says Fielder, ?but we can expect to see red and orange Indian paintbrush, pink fireweed, purple lupine and, always, plenty of columbine.? Planned field shoots include sunrise at Peanut Lake, where participants have an opportunity to shoot sun stars as the sun rises over the mountain top. There is a choice of two two-day workshops, July 7 and 8 or 9 and 10, and the tuition is $ 850 per person.
A Wilderness Journey takes participants outside Colorado photography to the Green River in Utah for a 6-day/5-night rafting and camping adventure, August 26 through September 1. Fielder is joined by fellow ?river rat? Bill Dvorak of Dvorak Expeditions, the outfitter for this workshop. An 86-mile, Class I, II and III, beginner-level journey passes through some of the most isolated desert canyon territory in the U.S., where scenes of Indian pictographs, abandoned homesteads and shadow-filled grottoes mark the landscape. A fundraiser for National Wildlife Federation (http://www.nwf.org/ ), the tuition is $ 1,725 per person.
The Colorado photography workshop season wraps up with the brilliant fall foliage of oaks, aspens and cottonwoods in the San Juan Mountains surrounding Telluride for a three-day workshop, October 7, 8 and 9. White cascades of the San Miguel River contrast with red sandstone hillsides and yellow cottonwood forests are framed by views of golden aspen groves. Fielder leads participants on sunrise, mid-day and sunset shoots that capture the Wilson Massif and the vast ranches stretching out beneath it. Tuition is $ 1,295 per person.
Fielder has been conducting photography workshops in Colorado for 25 years, basing the curriculum on his best selling how-to book, ?Photographing the Landscape.? Limited enrollment of 16 participants, in most workshops, gives students quality time with Fielder and, with the assistance of a second professional landscape photographer, everyone receives individual attention. Most multi-day workshops include a group-based critique session, conducted by Fielder, allowing students to learn from each other?s work.
?Everyone who enjoys outdoor photography should feel that he or she is qualified to attend,? says Fielder. ?The workshops offer a well-rounded, highly educational experience, appropriate for any level of photographer, especially for beginners and intermediates.?
John Fielder is an award-winning nature photographer, publisher, teacher and preservationist. In 1981, he founded Westcliffe Publishers, one of the nation’s largest publishers of nature books and calendars. A former department store executive who turned an avocation into a career, he is the photographer of more than 30 exhibit format and guide books, most about his home state of Colorado.
Fielder works to promote the protection of Colorado’s open space and wild lands. His photography has influenced people and legislation, earning him awards from most major conservation groups, including the Sierra Club’s Ansel Adams Award. He is 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.
In his workshops, Fielder often talks about the politics of the environment. ?If you think you might be offended by my views,? says Fielder, ?you might want to consider a workshop taught by a less committed photographer.?
For more information about Colorado photography workshops, please visit JohnFielder.com or contact workshop coordinator, Denise Robert at DeniseLRobert (at) comcast (dot) net.