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2013 Fall in the Rockies Instructional Photo Tour

  • Sep 29, 2013 · 3:00 PM
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Fall Colors & Wildlife in Colorado

Photo Tour and Digital Photography Training

Limited to 8 Photographers

Alpine lakes, fall colors, and the elk rut await you in Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado. Join photographer Jason Odell to photograph one of the premier locations in all of Colorado. In addition to going to these great locations, you will receive individual image critique and digital software instruction each day.

When: September 29-October 3, 2013

Where: Estes Park, CO

Nearest Airport: Denver International Airport (DEN), about 2 hour drive time to Estes Park.

Workshop Fee: $949 per photographer

(A deposit of $300 per photographer* reserves your space)

Tuition for this workshop covers all field instruction and classroom sessions, including personal image critique. Meals, transportation, and lodging are not included in the tuition price.  I've reserved a block of rooms at the group hotel in Estes Park at a discounted rate of $119/night; you will be sent further information upon registering.

*Your deposit is non-refundable unless the leader cancels this event.


Who should attend?

This photo safari is open to photographers of all levels. Beginners are welcome! You should, however, have a basic understanding of your camera system.

Health Advisory

Because this workshop will be conducted at high altitudes (9,000' and higher), participants should take caution if they have any known health conditions that would preclude them from going to such elevations. We will not be making long hikes, however you will need to transport your gear up to 1/2 mile (over relatively level paths) in some spots.


Software Training and Image Critique

Each day, we'll have time to download and process our images. I'll guide you through the software techniques I use including color, black & white, and High Dynamic Range Photography. I'll also demonstrate RAW processing and workflow techniques.


What to Bring

  • DSLR camera body
  • Sturdy tripod with head
  • Wide angle zoom lens. (24-70mm or similar)
  • Telephoto zoom lens [masked]mm or similar)
  • Polarizing filter(s)
  • Camera Remote Cable or wireless remote
  • (Optional) 300mm or longer lens for wildlife photography
  • (Optional) Macro Lens
  • (Optional) Super-wide zoom lens (16-35mm or similar)
  • (Optional) Graduated ND filters
  • Laptop computer with image editing software of your choice for image processing and review (recommended)


Day 1: Meet at hotel lobby at 3pm for orientation session

Day 2: Sunrise shoot at Bear Lake or Sprague Lake; mid-day image processing workshop and image critiques. Evening shoot in Moraine Park to photograph elk.

Day 3: Sunrise shoot on Trail Ridge Road; continue to Grand Lake for breakfast. Mid-day hike to the Holzwarth Historic Site (old cabins). Afternoon shoot at Horseshoe park area.

Day 4: Sunrise shoot at Bear or Sprague Lake. Mid-day image critique session and group slideshow. Evening shoot TBD.

Day 5: Sunrise shoot in Boulder at the Flatirons formation, followed by fall colors and streams in Eldorado Canyon State Park. Workshop will end by 10am; depart for home.


About your instructor, Jason P. Odell

Dr. Jason P. Odell is a creative outdoor photographer in Colorado, USA. He specializes in images of wildlife and landscapes presented with a creative flair. Jason's passion for photography started at a young age when his parents built a darkroom in their garage. 

Jason is probably best-known for his comprehensive imaging software guides, which he started publishing in 2006 at Luminescence of Nature Press. Jason's guides have taught thousands of photographers how to tackle software like Nikon's Capture NX2 and Nik Software's HDR Efex Pro 2. Jason's ability to present technical material clearly, without losing focus of the creative process is why his books and workshops are extremely popular with hobbyists and enthusiasts world-wide.

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  • David M.

    Any chance of seeing mountain goats in the new locations?

    September 17, 2013

    • Jason O.

      Not sure, David. There's definitely a chance up on some of the passes, though. I'll be doing a scout trip this weekend and will report back to the group.

      September 17, 2013

  • Anne R.

    Jason, I've had you on my mind. Hope you're well and dry and out of harms way. Heartbreaking news all around.

    September 16, 2013

    • Jason O.

      We are safe, Anne. Thank you for your concern!

      September 17, 2013

  • David M.

    I'm in for the new location. Feel bad for all those impacted by the flooding from Boulder to Fort Collins. Will have to return to RMNP some other time.

    September 16, 2013

  • Eric G.

    Jim & Joel, you guys are in for a real treat. Amazing photo opportunities everywhere. Have a great time.

    September 12, 2013

    • Jim N.

      Hi Eric. Looking forward to it. My first ANPAT was to Rocky Mtn. Park. Will be fun going back with better equipment and skills as well as knowing half the group.

      September 12, 2013

  • Jason O.

    To all who have signed up:
    I will be sending out a group email soon with details for hotel accommodations, clothing, gear, and more soon. Thanks!

    July 14, 2013

  • Victor B.

    Hi Jason. Per your experience, what is the best type of clothing we should plan on bringing? rain gear maybe? Looking at weather stats, looks like around 60'sF? thank you!

    July 14, 2013

  • Alan J.

    I live in the U.K. In principle I would like to join you.
    I need to do some travel research and planning from the UK first. Like how do I get there....
    Is it possible to telephone you for a chat?
    #If so when and what time please state time zone. Its currently 1653 UK time.
    See my website
    many thanks
    Alan Jones

    1 · July 13, 2013

  • Ron

    Hi Jason. I would love to come, but I will be in the Galapagos at that time. Maybe next year?

    July 8, 2013

    • Jason O.

      I'd love to have you along, Ron!

      July 9, 2013

  • Frank M S.

    Is this this 3:30am thing again?

    June 19, 2013

    • Jason O.

      Not even close. More like 5:45… Sunrise is around 7am.

      June 19, 2013

    • Frank M S.


      June 19, 2013

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Your organizer's refund policy for 2013 Fall in the Rockies Instructional Photo Tour

Refunds offered if:

  • the Meetup is cancelled

Additional notes: Deposit is non-refundable unless the leader cancels the trip. The remaining balance will be due by August 1, 2013. Cancellations after Aug 1, 2013 are non-refundable unless I can back-fill your spot. Payments after Sept 1 are subject to a $150 late fee.

Payments you make go to the organizer, not to Meetup. You must make refund requests to the organizer.

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