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2015 Starts With Night Photography in Moab, Cedar Mesa and Monument Valley Wednesday, December 31st, 2014

Here is the schedule for my 2015 workshops:

March:  The Everglades:  The Everglades is one of my favorite places to shoot.  When you know where to go and what time to be there the Everglades is non-stop shooting.

March:  Night Photography in the Desert Southwest:  Moab, Cedar Mesa and Monument Valley with Possible add-on of Arizona slot canyons.

April:  Moab, Cedar Mesa and Monument Valley:  Choose buffet style from the parts of this trip that interest you.

May:  Rock Art and Ruins of the Desert Southwest.  A Journey Through Colorado and Utah’s Desert and Canyon Country.

July:  Colorful Colorado:  Circumnavigate Colorado in a whirlwind tour that begins in NE Colorado at Rocky Mountain National Park and then takes in Sand Dunes National Park, Mesa Verde National Park,  Hovenweep National Park, the Maroon Bells and Crystal Mill near Aspen, and two days in the incredibly dense wildflowers of the high alpine basins above Ouray, Colorado.

July:  Colorado Wildflowers:  Previously marketed as my Crested Butte Wildflower Workshop, I’ve moved this to Ouray, Colorado after discovering the high altitude basins above Ouray that are much more dense in flowers.

August:  The Grand Canyon:  Photograph this amazing wonder of Nature in a 5 day workshop that will encompass both the North and South Rims and end with a helicopter flight into the trailhead for Havasu Falls.  Havasu Falls is possibly the most stunning waterfall in the United States for photographers.

September:  Colorado Fall Colors:  Centered around Ridway, Ouray and Telluride and the splendor of the San Juan Mountain in SW Colorado.

September:  Yellowstone and the Grand Tetons:  Capture the wildlife and grand landscapes of America’s oldest national park and it’s sister to the south on this 5 day workshop.

October:  Night Photography in the Desert Southwest:  Moab, Cedar Mesa and Monument Valley with Possible add-on of Arizona slot canyons.

October: Moab, Cedar Mesa and Monument Valley:  Choose buffet style from the parts of this trip that interest you.

November:  Rock Art and Ruins of the Desert Southwest.  A Journey Through Colorado and Utah’s Desert and Canyon Country.

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Sunday, December 28th, 2014

I finally finished loading my complete 2015 photography workshop schedule into my website. It needs to be cleaned up a bit, but all the info is correct. Next up: March 26-29 Desert Southwest Night Photography, including 2 nights in Monument Valley on the Navajo Reservation. This will include sessions with females modeling traditional Navajo clothing, staged horse sessions with the Navajo horsed out among the formations. As a BONUS, this trip is scheduled to coincide with the shadows of the Mittens aligning!  As always, our schedule is heavily based around Moab, Canyonlands, Arches and Rocky Mountain National Parks, but I’ve also added the Everglades, Yellowstone and the Grand Tetons, the Grand Canyon and a new tour of Colorad, “Colorful Colorado” that circumnavigates the state to cover Rocky Mountain National Park, Sand Dunes National Park, Mesa Verde National Park, Hovenweep National Park and Canyon of the Ancients, the Maroon Bells and Crystal Mill.

http://www.coloradoplateauphototours.com/pages/photo-tours-workshops/arches-canyonlands-moab-area/3-day-canyon-night-photography.php

 

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2014 Everglades and the Florida Gulf Coast! Wednesday, March 26th, 2014

I just returned from my annual spring Everglades and the Florida Gulf Coast photography workshop.  This is one of the most fun workshops that I offer.  Everyone went home with between 2000 and 3000 shots each for the 4 day workshop.  The weather was spectacular.  The attendees reported that their favorite parts of the workshop were the canoe trip through Ding Darling Wildlife Reserve on Sanibel Island and walking through the swamp outside Clyde Butcher’s gallery.  Here are a few of the images I brought home:

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Is Photography the Best Job in the World? Wednesday, September 11th, 2013

A few weeks ago I was guiding in Rocky Mountain National Park for a client from the UK.  We’d hiked into Dream Lake in the dark, photographed the usual spectacular sunrise and were walking out when he said “Bob, you’ve figured out the best job in the world!”.  He repeated that about 3 time more during the day.

Many people have similar thoughts about what I do.  So… here is what you need to know before you think about doing something similar in photography:

1.  This is not a healthy lifestyle.  As I write this on September 11 I’m booked solid with photo tours in Colorado or Utah through November 2.  Think about that.  Nearly every day for the next 7 weeks I’ll be getting up at 3:00 AM to round up my clients and get them setup somewhere in time for sunrise.  If I’m working in Utah I also need to be out at the end of the day shooting sunsets.  This can lead to 18 hours days in the long days of summer.  If it were REALLY every day my body would acclimate, but it’s not EVERY day.  There are drive days to get back and forth from Colorado (Rocky Mountain National Park) to Utah (Moab, Arches, Canyonlands and Cedar Mesa) and about 4 off days in there.  At the age of 65 I can’t just take a nap or sleep in for a day and recover from the grind, which leads me to number 2:

2.  Get used to sleep deprivation.  Get comfortable with being tired.

3.  This is not a relationship-friendly occupation.  See numbers 1 and 2 above.

4.  This is not a healthy lifestyle, take 2:  I really don’t get that much exercise.  One or two 1 mile hikes a day does not constitute exercise in my book.  The hikes are typically done at a slow pace with people who aren’t acclimated and who also don’t get that much exercise.  Before photography I prided myself on still being able to mountain bike right along with the 20 and 30 year olds.  Not any more.

5.  Know how to make a vehicle last.  I drive 25,000 to 30,000 miles a year and some of it is not on nice roads.  I can’t charge enough for my services to include the depreciation on new vehicles in my business plan.  I just bought a 2012 Honda Pilot that replaced my 2002 Honda Odyssey that had 250,000 miles on it.  I have to make this vehicle last as long as that one did.

6.  Running photo tours is often perceived as a no-overhead business.  It’s far from that.  This business has a lot of hidden costs.  I have to buy government permits for each different park, national forest and BLM area I work in.  To get those permits I have to have the same insurance on my vehicle as does the company running large tour buses.  For each tour there are fuel costs, food costs, entry fees and special taxes.  Did I mention vehicle expenses?

If you’ve read this and still think doing photo tours may be right for you, call me!  🙂

 

Fall Photography in Moab, Arches and Canyonlands Monday, September 9th, 2013

We’ll be spending part of my October 3-day Moab and Cedar Mesa workshop in Canyonlands and Arches doing sunrise and sunset photography.  There are 2 space left for this workshop.  This is one of my favorite locations to teach from.  We’ll spend part of each day doing Photoshop sessions where we will process you own images.  I’m also starting to do the planning for the March 2014 Everglades Photo Tour and Workshop.

Friday, August 9th, 2013

Join me tonight at the Muse Gallery in Longmont for my talk: 
What’s the Camera Got To Do With It?
OR
Perfect 90% of the Time
356 Main Street, Longmont!
I’ll be displaying images shot from cameras that cost between a few hundred and several thousand dollars…. see if you can tell which came from which camera!
Fun!

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SPRING HAS SPRUNG! Wednesday, April 24th, 2013

After several postponements spring is finally playing it’s opening game today.  In Rocky Mountain National Park that means highs in the 40s, lows in the 20s.  Around Moab, in Canyonlands National Park, Cedar Mesa and Arches National Park spring means highs in the 50s and lows in the 40s.  The high plateaus of Cedar Mesa will still be vulnerable to snow for the next month.  SW Colorado, including Crested Butte has missed most of the April storm and hence the wildflower forecast has still not improved much.  Time to grab the cameras and get out there!!!

A Word of Caution on the Sublimated Metal Printing Process Wednesday, April 10th, 2013

There are about 6 pieces currently hanging at the Boulder Dairy Center for the Arts as part of the Land Through the Lens show that were printed using a somewhat new process called sublimated metal.  The images are sharp and appear to be high detail and a high gloss finish.  As part of winning the Commissioners’ Award for the show I received a $300 certificate to Mike’s Camera and I decided to use it on some test pieces to see if I liked it.

Before ordering I spoke with Tim Emerson of DuraPlaq about it.  He told me he experimented with it 5 years ago and gave up on it because the colors weren’t true and it was susceptible to scratching.  He was right.

I gave them digital files on 3 pieces, one from Rocky Mountain National Park, one from Canyonlands National Park and one from Arches National Park.  The first one I opened was the owl shot from Rocky Mountain National Park.  It looked a bit brighter than normal and the blues were a bit strong, but everything was in the acceptable range.  Then I opened the ones from Canyonlands and Arches.  I was shocked.  To say the colors aren’t true would be an understatement.  The blue skies were gray, green pine trees were black and orange fall color aspen leaves were yellow.  I returned to Mike’s with the piece thinking they would surely re-do it.  No such thing.  The basically said that’s what happens with the process and they couldn’t do anything about it.  BEWARE!

 

BID ON THIS BARN OWL PRINT! Tuesday, February 26th, 2013

I made an error in the printer setup and ended up with a 16×24 print of this Barn Owl when I needed a 24×36. It’s an archival print on metallic paper. Rather stunning, if I don’t say so myself! 🙂 Just for fun I’ll put it up for auction with a starting bid of $25. This size sells for $145. The money will go to a friend who is working to bring water and sanitation to rural Kenya.  Please go here to post a bid under “Comments”    http://www.facebook.com/ColoradoPlateauPhotoTours

We provide private and small group photo tours and photography workshops in the Everglades, Moab, Canyonlands, Arches, Bryce, Zion, Grand Canyon and Rocky Mountain National Parks plus Crested Butte and Cedar Mesa (Utah).
 
25 DAYS LEFT! Wednesday, February 20th, 2013
25 DAYS LEFT to get in the drawing for 3 18×12 archival prints on metallic paper, 1 onOne Software complete suite 6.0 (retail value $299 each ) and 3 Helicon Focus one-year professional licenses (value $55 each). Each like counts as an entry and each share counts as an entry. I’m not expecting thousands of entries, maybe a few hundred, so your odds are pretty good!  Last July I hiked into False Kiva in Canyonlands National Park and shot the Milky Way at 2 in the morning. I’ve processed a few different ways, but this is becoming my favorite!