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Palisade Lavender FieldsPalisade Lavender Fields

  

THE MINDFUL PHOTOGRAPHER PRESENTS

Lavender Fields forever  

06/17/2022 – 06/19/2021

PALISADE, COLORADO & THE GRAND MESA  

 

Just can’t make it to Provence this year but need to get your lavender and wildflower fix?  Come visit us in Palisade, Colorado, where the fields are alive with the sight and scent of acres of lavender in full bloom in mid-June!  This is a sensory experience you are not likely to have anywhere else in Colorado. The head-spinning aroma therapy effect will get your day off to an amazing start at sunrise and just after.  I’ve obtained permission from a couple of lavender farmers in town to allow our group to wander gently around their plants with our cameras. (gently being the key word here!)   We’ll have a chance to get out the macro lenses as well as those trusty wide-angles and zooms to catch the sun as it rises behind The Grand Mesa with the fields of lavender flowers swaying softly in the foreground. Once the morning sun hits those blooms you’ll be swooning with the scent! 

We’ll visit a couple of lavender farms in the area on Friday and Saturday to photograph the fields and do some shopping at their gift shops.  But it’s not all work and no play!  We’ll have lunch in quaint downtown Palisade, a photography destination of it’s own, built in the first half of the 20th century.  where we’ll enjoy a Saturday Farmer’s Market, filled not only with arts and crafts, but also live music and fresh locally grown fruits, veggies and baked goods you can take home with you.    

Friday afternoon we’ll take a drive up to The Grand Mesa, one of the most beautiful national forests in the country!  At this time of the year the hills are covered with wildflowers! The view from Lands End is not to be missed!  Not necessarily the best photography view, but DEFINITELY the best VIEWING view – you can see forever!  The Grand Mesa is blessed with over 300 lakes, miles of forest  – at least this time of year – undoubtedly millions of wildflowers!  Bring your mosquito suit!  I will.

Cost: $525

Fitness Level: Easy

Most photography will take place within several hundred yards to a mile from where we park our vehicles.  Terrain is typically level and smooth but can be uneven and the walks up and down hills will have minimal elevation change. 

“Easy” means you are able to:

  • Stay out for most of the day, driving, walking, and carrying your gear
  • Climb several flights of stairs without difficulty
  • Walk on uneven ground without assistance
  • Walk on wet, slippery surfaces without assistance
  • Climb over obstacles (like a log on a trail)

 

Experience Level:

This workshop is appropriate for all levels of photographers.  If you are a beginner, I can offer assistance in the field with your camera and composition, and if you are a more experienced photographer and would like to be left alone to do your own thing, I can do that too!  Part of the joy of a weekend workshop is the opportunity to spend time with like-minded people.  That said, we will be spending time on photographic composition and creative Lightroom techniques to assist you in taking home some beautiful photographic art.

Expected Weather:

Temps in Palisade and on The Grand Mesa are generally warm in June, sometimes hovering close to 90 degrees, a little cooler on The Mesa than in town.  You might want to bring a light windbreaker and a mosquito suit or insect repellent.  There’s lots of mosquitos on The Grand Mesa in June!  Worth it for the beauty as long as you are protected!

ITINERARY

WHAT’S INCLUDED:

  • Water and snacks will be provided while we are in the field, and during classroom instruction.  It’s recommended that you bring your own reusable water bottle so that only one large container will need to be purchased and we can re-fill all water bottles from that.  This is more eco-friendly than providing individual plastic water bottles. 
  • All permits and fees to enter parks and privately-owned facilities
  • Photographic instruction, classroom and in the field
  • Image reviews, critiques & post-processing instruction
  • Fun! Inspiration!  A great time on Colorado’s beautiful western slope!
  • The chance to make new friends and influence new people!

WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED:

  • Air transportation to or from Grand Junction/Palisade/Grand Mesa.
  • Ground Transportation during the workshop – I recommend you rent a car if you’re flying in – we’ll be carpooling, but it’s always best to have your own transportation as an option if you like.  The dirt roads we’ll be driving on The Grand Mesa can be made in a passenger car, but you might be most comfortable in a 4WD SUV. 
  • Lodging – Headquarters for the workshop is TBD.  If you’re interested in this trip, you should let us know right away, so we can get the rooms reserved.  I’m hoping to get rooms at a private retreat house on The Grand Mesa and the earlier we book, the better.  Rooms run about $150 a night and you can cancel later if you need to.  Lodging is not included in the cost of the workshop, so you’ll need to reserve as soon as possible.    If you choose to stay somewhere else, you’ll be charged a $100 surcharge to help cover the cost of our meeting/work room.  If you’re staying too far away, and it’s difficult to make it to our early morning photography sessions, we will have to leave without you to make the sunrise.  If this happens, you can call me to find out where we are, or you can do something on your own that morning.  You’ll still have fun – hey! You’re in beautiful Palisade, Colorado!  But you’ll be doing something different than we are. 
  • Meals are not included.  Alcoholic beverages are not included.  Your spouse or traveling partner may join us for dinner that evening.  
  • Medical Evacuation & Travel Insurance (optional) – available through Allianz, AAA and other companies

REGISTRATION INFORMATION:  Eventbrite Registration Form

Please click on the link to be re-directed to Eventbrite to register for this workshop.  Please register and plan to pay in full no later than April 30, 2022.   Please see the cancellation policy for details on refunds.

COVID19 INFORMATION ETC.:

Please be prepared to show your vaccination card to be included in this workshop as we will be carpooling, eating together, and spending some time inside together learning some Lightroom techniques etc. 

THIS WORKSHOP REQUIRES A MINIMUM OF 3 PARTICIPANTS TO RUN.  YOU WILL RECEIVE A FULL REFUND IF THE WORKSHOP IS CANCELLED DUE TO LACK OF ENROLLMENT.

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05_22 Photographers on Sand Dunes05_22 Photographers on Sand Dunes

THE MINDFUL PHOTOGRAPHER PRESENTS

Big Skies and Big Dunes

“Go Big or Go Home!”

August 6 – 9, 2021

Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve

Mosca, Colorado  

Imagine seeing and photographing thousands of acres of flower-covered meadows, the tallest sand dunes in North America, and the starry night sky set against the majestic 14,000- foot peaks of The Sangre de Cristo mountain range.  We’ll be doing an easy half mile to 1 mile RT hike into the dune field, to capture the abstract designs created by wind, water and sunlight on the dunes. The Great Sand Dunes is an International Dark Sky park, and August is one of the best months to do a little Milky Way photography, so we’ll spend some time out in the dunes at night as well.   

Fitness Level: Easy

Most photography will take place within a half mile to one mile from the visitor center parking lot.  Terrain is typically level and smooth but think of it as walking on a giant beach.  It can be a little more challenging than a completely flat, hard surface, but we’ll probably go no more than a half mile into the dunes at any particular time.  Believe me, there are plenty of photographic opportunities within a short distance from the parking lot.    

“Easy” means you are able to:

  • Stay out for most of the day, driving, walking, and carrying your gear
  • Climb several flights of stairs without difficulty
  • Walk on uneven ground without assistance
  • Walk on wet, slippery surfaces without assistance
  • Climb over obstacles (like a log on a trail)

 

Experience Level:

This workshop is appropriate for all levels of photographers.  If you are a beginner, I can offer assistance in the field with your camera and composition, and if you are a more experienced photographer and would like to be left alone to do your own thing, I can do that too!  Part of the joy of a weekend photography workshop is the opportunity to spend time with like-minded people.  That said, we will be spending time on photographic composition and creative Lightroom techniques to assist you in taking home some beautiful photographic art. Regardless of whether you are a beginner or an old pro, it always pays to bring “beginner mind” to the experience.  Allow the beauty of the park to spark your wonder!

Expected Weather Conditions

Temperatures in the park are the warmest in August, with highs in the upper 70’s.  Nights can get down to the upper 40’s at this location, which is at nearly 8,500 feet in elevation. Bring a light jacket or wind breaker for the early morning shoots and our night sky photography outing.  Many restaurants in town have outdoor patios so it’s possible we may be eating outdoors after our sunset shoot.  Sunrise shoots are likely to be chilly as well, so dress in layers, bring your jacket, and peel as necessary. 

ITINERARY

WHAT’S INCLUDED:

  • Water and snacks will be provided while we are in the field, and during classroom instruction.  It’s recommended that you bring your own reusable water bottle or thermos so that only one large container will need to be purchased and we can re-fill all water bottles from that.  This is more eco-friendly than providing individual plastic water bottles. 
  • All permits and fees to enter parks and privately-owned facilities.
  • Photographic instruction, classroom and in the field.
  • Image reviews, group critiques & post-processing instruction.
  • Fun! Inspiration!  A great time in a beautiful national park!
  • The chance to make new friends and influence new people!

WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED:

  • Air or ground transportation to and from Denver, Colorado, Colorado Springs, or any nearby regional airport or your home.
  • Ground Transportation during the workshop – recommend car rental – we’ll carpool.
  • Lodging – Headquarters for the workshop will be determined ASAP once we know we have enough people signed up to go.  As of this writing, we’re more than likely looking at a motel in Alamosa, a 14-mile trip from the dunes, but final arrangements will be made when we know we have sufficient interest, so if you’re interested, please let us know ASAP!   These dark sky nights fill up fast.  If you don’t want to stay with the rest of the group, that’s fine, However, If you’re staying too far away from the rest of the group, and it’s difficult to make it to our early morning sunrise photography sessions, we will have to leave without you to make the sunrise.  If this happens, you can call me to find out where we are, (if there is cell coverage) or you can do something on your own that morning.  You’ll still have fun – Hey!  You’re in one of the most beautiful high mountain valleys in the world!  But you’ll be doing something different than we are. 
  • Meals are not included.  Restaurant beverages are not included. 
  • Medical Evacuation & Travel Insurance (optional but recommended – expected cost in the $325 range – available through Allianz, AAA and other companies)

REGISTRATION INFORMATION

Be ready to confirm your registration with full payment no later than June 30, 2021. To register, click HERE  EVENTBRITE REGISTRATION FORM

CLICK HERE:    I’m interested in the 3-day Great Sand Dunes workshop! Eventbrite Registration

COVID19 INFORMATION ETC.:

AS OF THIS WRITING (NOVEMBER 2021), MOST LODGINGS, RESTARURANTS AND NATIONAL PARKS ARE OPEN IN COLORADO.   CURRENTY, 62% OF COLORADO’S POPULATION HAS BEEN FULLY VACCINATED AGAINST COVID19.  WE WILL BE FOLLOWING CDC GUIDELINES FOR MASKING IN GROUP SETTINGS WHICH WOULD INCLUDE CARPOOLING, INDOOR DINING AND INDOOR PHOTO PROCESSING CLASSES.  PLEASE BE PREPARED TO SHOW PROOF OF VACCINATION TO PARTICIPATE IN THIS WEEKEND WORKSHOP, WHICH INCLUDES RIDING IN CARS TOGETHER, EATING TOGETHER, AND INDOOR CLASSROOM TIME. 

THIS WORKSHOP REQUIRES A MINIMUM OF 3 PARTICIPANTS TO GO FORWARD.  PLEASE CLICK ON THE LINK TO EVENTBRITE REGISTRATION TO REGISTER FOR THIS FUN WEEKEND WORKSHOP!

ITINERARY:

Friday, August 26, 2022 at 2pm:  We’ll begin our workshop with group introductions, and following that, we’ll go over some photography basics, camera settings & composition.  We’ll begin to practice some  mindfulness techniques and discuss some metaphysical and spiritual ideas that intersect with photography.  Check-in is at 4pm, and we’ll plan to meet for a quick meal around 6pm.  After dinner we’ll head out to photograph the dunes around sunset.   Sunset is at 8:06pm. Plan to spend about an hour doing a group sunset shoot and we’ll head into the dunes to enjoy and photograph the night sky and Milky Way from about 9pm to about 11pm or so.  The core of the Milky Way is expected to be visible by about 9:50pm.  It’ll be visible for about 4 hours, we may or may not stay out that long, depending upon how everyone is feeling about progress.   

Saturday, August 27, 2022:  Sleep fast because we’ll be up and at ‘em early to get to our sunrise location in the dune field.  We’ll shoot through the sunrise and early morning hours, and then have breakfast.  After breakfast we’ll have a few hours off to do as we please.  We’ll get back together mid-afternoon for a session on Lightroom processing of our Milky Way photography from the previous night, and then we’ll head back out for our late afternoon/sunset shoot.  We’ll have another evening out in the dunes to shoot the Milky Way after dinner.

Sunday, August 8, 2022:  Another early morning sunrise shoot, breakfast, and group photo sharing/critique before checking out at 11am.  Whew!  Are you ready?  Let us know by completing the interest form ASAP and we’ll keep you apprised of developments.

WHAT TO BRING: 

  • Camera
  • Tripod
  • Circular Polarizer filter if you have one
  • The widest wide-angle lens you have
  • Standard lens and/or lens with zoom
  • Waterproof windbreaker jacket
  • Hiking boots or other appropriate footwear
  • A water container

CANCELLATION AND REFUND POLICY FOR THIS WORKSHOP:

  • 100% refund if you must cancel before 07/06/22
  • 75% refund if you must cancel before 07/13/22
  • 50% refund if you must cancel before 07/20/22
  • 25% refund if you must cancel before 07/27/22
  • No refund for cancellations after 07/3/2022 – trip insurance is recommended – however, if we are able to fill your space with another participant, we will refund 25% of your money and allow you to use the remainder for another workshop at a later date.