July 9th – 12th, 2019
Instructors: Jeff Greene & Sharon Levy
– Capture the striking beauty of Durango and Southwestern Colorado during this intensive four-day photography tour with digital photography professionals Jeff Greene and Sharon Levy. Photographic highlights include the world famous Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad, Mesa Verde National Park, 1800’s mining town Silverton, CO, and much more…
Photographic Opportunities – Four full days of photographic activity and instruction in Durango and Southwest Colorado. Lots of opportunities to capture, with stills and video, the history, culture, and color of the great American Southwest.
Photographic highlights include:
• The World-Famous Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad
The workshop fee includes round-trip passage on the steam train from Durango to Silverton which will take us through some of the most dramatic and spectacular scenery in the Rocky Mountains. Photograph the raging Animas River, the famous “High Line”, and beautiful Aspen groves on our way to the historic mining town of Silverton. You’ll have the option of taking the afternoon train back to Durango or join us by van as we drive back to Durango on the Million Dollar Highway through Molas Pass and stopping at several locations on the way to photograph Colorado’s famous 14,000′ peaks. During the week we’ll also visit several strategic spots where the lighting, background scenery, and position are ideal to capture some ‘pass-by’ photos of this historic train.
• Silverton, Colorado
Located at 9,318′ elevation in the heart of the San Juan Mountain’s high country, Silverton was established back in 1874 as a silver mining camp and still retains much of its old-timey rustic charm. We’ll spend a few hours here after the morning train ride and photograph the charm, history, and artifacts of this quaint and picturesque 1800’s mining town.
• Mesa Verde National Park
Established as a national park in 1906, this World Heritage site is dedicated to preserving the ruins, culture, and archeological heritage of the Ancestral Pueblo people who made it their home for over 700 years from 600 to 1300 CE. Today, the park protects nearly 5,000 known archeological sites, including 600 cliff dwellings. These sites are some of the most notable and best preserved in the world and we’ll visit numerous cave dwellings and ruins, including world famous Cliff Palace House.
• Old Town Durango
We’ll spend some time exploring Durango’s historic downtown and visit the First Avenue neighborhood with its charming Victorian homes, the Strater Hotel, and the railroad depot. There are nice shots to be had along the Animas River as it runs through town and, if we’re lucky, we might even capture a few kayakers taking practice runs through the challenging Smelter Rapids course.
The Durango Downtown Inn will serve as our base for the tour and on Monday evening before the workshop starts, we will host an informal “meet & greet” where attendees can check-in, meet other attendees, and chat with Sharon and Jeff.
During the week you’ll learn the basic and advanced techniques regarding exposure, lighting, and composition. We’ll answer all your questions about lens selection, exposure, video capture …even flash!
Finally, we’ll help you tie it all together so that you’ll be capturing professional quality photos and videos that you can proudly showcase in your portfolios, slideshows, and online galleries.
This photo tour includes:
- Four full days of expert photography instruction, tips, and techniques.
- Guided photo excursions to the most scenic photo sites in Southwest Colorado.
- Four nights hotel accommodations at the Durango Downtown Inn
- Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner during the four-day photo tour
- Round-trip fare on the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad.
- Van transportation to all photo sites.
- Informal evening discussions about Photoshop, Lightroom, and video editing
- All entrance fees and permits
- Airport/Hotel transfer to/from Durango-La Plata County airport
2019 Southwestern Colorado Photo Tour
$2195 (Includes hotel room and all meals – Limited to 8 attendees)
About the Instructors…
Jeff Greene is a veteran professional photographer with over 30 years of experience in photojournalism, and landscape & nature photography. Jeff’s award-winning photos and digital imaging articles have been featured in many publications, including; American Photo, Outdoor Photographer, PC Photo and Digital PhotoPro magazines.
Denver native Sharon Levy Freed is an Emmy Award-winning television news photojournalist who specializes in capturing DSLR video and audio and then creating compelling and entertaining video shorts. Jeff and Sharon have taught hundreds of workshops all over the world and infuse their instruction with expertise, anecdotes, and a healthy dose of humor. Attendees will gain a deep and comprehensive understanding of the visual concepts of action, landscape, and nature photography with hands-on instruction in the field during the day and optional video and workflow tutorials in the classroom during photographic “downtime” in the evening.~
Contact Jeff Greene directly:
Phone: (805) 441-7258
Cancellation Policy: Fees are fully refundable, less a $95 service fee, up to 60 days before the first day of the workshop. After that, fees are non-refundable unless a replacement can be found to take the spot.