What hiking level are you at? (never been, beginner, intermediate, advanced?) Please note: All levels are welcome.
On our hikes, what type of camera will you be using? (camera phone, iPhone, basic point n' shoot, advanced point n' shoot, SLR, DSLR, Advanced / Professional Grade camera)? Again, all are welcome.
In the event we offer a workshop by a professional photographer in the future, would you have access to a DSLR camera for use during the workshop?
As a photographer, what best decribes you?: Its a new hobby for me; I iust do it for fun; I could be a professional, but choose not to; I'm a professional & sell my work; Other ____(fill in the blank)____
I'm told I could be a professional, but I choose not to.
What are your favorite things to photograph? (Wildflowers, waterfalls, wildlife, mountainscapes, etc)
All of it :)
I'm told I'm talented, but I know I have so much more to learn!
Are you a moderate hiker who gets frustrated that you're in the back of other hiking Meetups, not because you are necessarily slow, but because you like to actually see and photograph your surroundings? Then this group is for you! Afterall, it's just as much about the journey, as it is the destination! Because who wants to hike in this beautiful state and all you're seeing is the dirt beneath your feet?!
We will take hikes to places in our great state of Colorado, mostly within a day's drive, some overnights are possible. Mostly Front Range, Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado Springs, and Summit County. Glenwood Springs, etc are other possibilities.
For the photography aspect, it's for all levels and all types of cameras. Point n shoots, camera phones, basic DSLR's or the big time Marks, etc. It's for your enjoyment only. Photography instruction will not be provided on most hikes. The Organizers of this group are simply hiking leaders with a passion for photography and exploring who have agreed to lead people with the same passion. However, we do have a couple of organizers who are "Workshop Masters", and they will be providing photography workshops at a cost so that you can gain some good photography skills to use on our hike outings. Later down the road, a well-known photographer whom I have a small connection with, has agreed to also do a workshop for us on a date TBA. This person will remain secret until details are confirmed! :)
We will carpool for our hikes (which provide a great way to get to know your fellow hikers), and most of them will be followed by a delicious meal somewhere! We look forward to enjoying some scenery with you on the trails!
Please note our Cancellation Policy: Cancellations are required for events with a waiting list by 12 hours before the hike, unless otherwise noted by the organizer of the hike. This will allow others who are for sure eager to go to be on the hike to have enough time to prepare.
This policy goes for those on a waitlist as well. If you have decided that you no longer desire to wait, you must change yourself from "waiting" to "no" in order to allow others on the waitlist to move up, and eventually to "yes".
All RSVP changes must be done on the event page by you. Email cancellations are not a cancellation, but a courtesy FYI backed up by your cancellation on the event page. It is too difficult to keep track of changes through various emails vs a 30-second look at the event page.
However, we are compassionate human beings. Exceptions to this policy are allowed under special circumstances with communication to the organizer of your hike.
And back to the positive... I found this appropriate quote for our group!
"What I mean by photographing as a participant rather than observer is that I'm not only involved directly with some of the activities that I photograph, such as mountain climbing, but even when I'm not I have the philosophy that my mind and body are part of the natural world."
About our Group Photo:
Who: Bill Bloomquist, one of our beloved Co-Organizers