Colorado and New Mexico photography workshop
October 1 - 6, 2018. Open to traditional
and digital photographers of any experience level.
Shiprock and Storm, 1997.
Near Shiprock, NM. Copyright © Lynn Radeka.
Please join us for our 2018 Colorado-New
Mexico photography workshop! Lynn Radeka and Ron Gaut will be
hosting this photographic workshop open to all photographers,
traditional and digital, of any experience level. Early October,
even late September, is usually prime time for amazing fall colors
in these two states. Truly a unique American West experience and
photographer's paradise, the colorful San Juan mountain range
of southern Colorado will dazzle the eyes with remarkable stands
of Aspen in brilliant reds, oranges and yellows.
This workshop will begin in the Ridgeway-Ouray
area, near the colorful Dallas Divide. This area is noted for
it's colorful vistas and high mountain scenery and is the home
of the late actor Dennis Weaver. It's also the filming location
of the original John Wayne movie "True Grit". We will
spend a few days driving the scenic backroads and exploring colorful
stands of Aspen trees as well as interesting ghost towns or mining
camps. Lodging is available in the towns of Ridgeway and Ouray,
and camping is available just north of Ridgeway. After 3 days
exploring the Ridgeway-Ouray area, we will head southwest through
the western slopes of the San Juans. We will pass the historic
town of Telluride and continue south to photograph the ghost town
of Alta and the quaint wild-west town of Rico as well as stunning
colorful Aspen groves along the way.
Continuing south, we will head into New
Mexico and spend a morning and afternoon photographing the amazing
Bisti Badlands, south of Farmington. Motels are available in Farmington,
or camping south of Farmington at the main Bisti Badlands parking
area. The last day of the workshop will end at the stunning landmark
of the west, Shiprock. Camping is available, as well as motels,
at the town of Shiprock, located not far from the iconic monolith
of Shiprock itself. We will spend a partial day photographing
Shiprock and the immediate area. Participants should feel free
to leave at any time during the last two days if they have a tight
travel schedule. Please note: The last two days of the workshop
might be reversed in order to accommodate any participant's travel
schedule (we might photograph Shiprock first, followed by Bisti
Badlands later that day and the following morning). Please feel
free to tell us your travel plans so we can best organize the
last two days.
Aspen Forest, Autumn, 1980. San Juan
Nat'l. Forest, CO.
Copyright © Lynn Radeka.
This workshop is open to all photographers
whether shooting large or small format black and white
or color, traditional or digital! Lunches during the
day will be provided by Lynn Radeka and Ron Gaut, except for
occasional indoor restaurant lunches, but each participant is
expected to be self-sufficient with regards to campground breakfasts,
campground dinners, or all indoor dining. Please inquire
about any concerns or limitations.
Lynn and Ron will be reviewing each day's
shoot on a laptop computer and commenting on possible image
manipulations and improvements. Contrast masking (for photographers
shooting film) will be discussed as well as other traditional
developing/printing methods. Digital photographers will enjoy
the array of interesting software programs and techniques we
may be demonstrating as well, including focus stacking for extreme
depth of field and HDR for controlling extreme contrast. More
importantly, the workshop flow will be largely determined by
the needs and desires of the workshop participants, ensuring
a very enjoyable experience for everyone.
Road At Sunset, 1997, New Mexico.
Copyright ©Lynn Radeka.
Crosses, 1980. Rico, CO.
Copyright © Lynn Radeka
Lynn will be handing out ClearWhite
white balance filters to those photographers interested
in digital photography, and durable cutout cards (an aid in
visualizing compositions) to those shooting large format film.
He will be assisting attendees in obtaining the best exposures
and white balance settings using RAW format for those photographers
shooting digital, and zone system methods, previsualization,
exposure, development, view camera controls and selection of
filters to those photographers shooting traditional large format.
All participants will be given a discount code for products
(world class filters and filter holders).
This photography workshop will also teach
the use of contrast masking in your previsualization routine.
This will help traditional photographers learn how to previsualize
images with the intent of applying contrast masking (or other
specialized darkroom procedures) to the final prints. Surprisingly,
this often results in images being shot that otherwise might
be passed up due to lack of local contrast on the scene or elements
that aren't well separated from surrounding detail. The intended
use of masking can alter the exposure and development given
to the negative.
Tag-alongs are not allowed on this workshop
except for spouses, which will be required to be self-sufficient.
This workshop is limited to six paid participants. Please see
the signup details below.
About Lynn Radeka
Influenced in his early work by Ansel
Adams and Wynn Bullock, Lynn Radekas professional photography
career spans more than forty-five years. His love of the grand
landscapes and intimate details of the American West was born
on his first trip to Death Valley in 1966.
Lynn Radekas Black and White
photography has been featured in eight National Park posters
and several calendars including the calendar series
Radeka: The American West and several ghost town calendars
published by Browntrout publishers. In 1989 and 1990 he was
commissioned to do the photography for five full-color books,
resulting in a 2 year journey that took him through the back
roads, historic places and ghost towns of the entire American
West. Lynn also has the honor of being a featured photographer
in the book publication "World's
Top Photographers: Landscape" and has been published
in B&W Magazine, View Camera Magazine
and other photography publications.
Lynn Radeka currently teaches workshops
in Death Valley and Canyonlands National Parks, and Contrast
Masking workshops in his home darkroom. He is the producer and
co-author of the Contrast Masking
Kit - a technical manual for
traditional film-based photographers. Lynn feels completely
at home using a 4x5 view camera for his film-based work and
more recently a Sony A7R mirrorless camera for his digital work.
Please visit the bio page of this
website for more information.
About Ron Gaut
Ron Gaut discovered the outdoors at an early
age and developed a deep passion for wilderness and photography.
Not surprising, with Ron's 30-year engineering background
and thirst to learn about photographic processes, in the early
1990's he began to experiment with many different films, developers,
silver papers and alternative processes. He quantified much
of his work by sensitometric analysis to determine the film/developer
and paper/developer combination properties for different film
and paper development methods, submitting the results as thesis
papers at a local college.
Influenced in his early work by Ansel Adams,
John Sexton, Lynn Radeka, Ray McSavaney, and other contemporary
"west coast" landscape masters, Ron traveled and
photographed the southwest with his 4x5 view camera.
Ron Gaut is an expert in digital techniques.
"I enjoy the digital workflow. However, there is a steep
learning curve to becoming proficient and printing your own
work is essential." Ron uses Lightroom for global adjustments
and Photoshop to fine-tune his images before printing. He
has firmly established himself as an accomplished photographer
and printer, receiving awards and accolades from critics and
through photography competitions.
Southern Utah Photography
October 1 - 6, 2018
Limited to six paid participants
regarding space availability and other questions or to be placed
on a reserve list
Beginning in Ridgeway, CO.
Tuition: $1600. $800 Payment
required in advance to reserve a space, remaining
amount due September 1, 2018.
Duration: 5+ Days.
Materials to bring: Cameras (digital or traditional), accessories
(film, storage media, changing bags), camping equipment, gas money,
campground breakfasts and dinners if camping.
Contact: Lynn Radeka via e-mail
for questions or more information.
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