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SEPTEMBER 26-30, 2019 - OURAY, CO

Southwest Colorado quite possibly could be the crown jewel of the Rocky Mountains. The area features miles of undeveloped, towering alpine mountains, winding country roads with awe inspiring views, myriad lakes and tarns and countless opportunities for intimate & grand aspen forest scenes. It’s also arguably Colorado’s best fall foliage hot spot.

Our group size will be capped at 10 on this workshop to ensure an intimate shooting experience as well as maximize the instructor to student ration of 5:1. Join us for this 5-day inspiration packed exploration of this magnificent and wild region of the Rocky Mountains.

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The workshop will kick off on September 26, 2019 at 2:00 PM at the Ouray Victorian Inn with a short reception and then it’s into the field we go to make images. There is no “set” daily schedule, rather we keep things flexible in order to best respond to the weather and light available for making images. Typically, we’ll be out for sunrise, shoot until mid morning and then take a break for a meal and brief rest. We’ll then head back out into the field in the mid afternoon and evening, ending our session after sunset. We’ll also have the opportunity for informal post processing and critique sessions throughout our time together. We’ll end our time together after our last sunrise shoot of the workshop on September 30th, with plenty of time to return to the hotel for a normal checkout and departure.


$1,595.00 - $300 DEPOSIT DUE AT REGISTRATION - Registration Payment at bottom of page


Students are responsible for their own lodging, transportation and meals.

The nearest airport is in Grand Junction (2 hour drive from Ouray) or Montrose (45 minute drive to Ouray).


A non-refundable deposit of 300.00 USD is required to secure a space on this workshop. Final payment is due 60 days prior to the start of this workshop. There is no refund after the final payment has been made (unless we can fill your spot). Please see our cancellation policy for more detailed information.


There will be no strenuous hiking involved during the workshop and most locations will be close to the road. Some locations, however may involve a short hike of less than a mile with elevation gains under 150 feet. We will be spending a lot of time shooting in mountainous terrain and thick aspen forests. Hiking boots and a modest level of health and fitness will greatly enhance your experience.


The workshop cost cover all guiding, instruction, park permits and classroom sessions

Lodging, meals and transportation are not included in the cost of the workshop.

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The Instructors


Joseph Rossbach

Joe is a full time photographer based out of Southern California although my Assignments and workshop Take me all over the country and internationally. I have been leading photo tours/workshops and publishing my photography for over 15 years. My particular interest at the time is the deserts of the southwestern United states and the eastern sierra mountains of California. When not Leading tours or working on assignments, you can find me exploring some well known and many Lesser known areas of the Colorado Plateau and the Mojave Desert regions.

Joe has been leading photography workshops and tours for over fifteen years and has worked with thousands of photographers to help them refine their vision and skill in the art and craft of nature photography.


Kurt Budliger

Kurt has been photographing the natural landscape for over 20 years and has been a professional photographer for the past 13. His photographs and articles have appeared in numerous books, calendars, advertising campaigns, magazines and are routinely used by non-profit conservation organizations working to protect wild lands. His clients include Outdoor Photographer, Popular Photography, National Geographic Adventure, Outside Magazine, Backpacker Magazine, Vermont Life Magazine, Eastern Fly Fishing, Patagonia, 1% for the Planet, Trout Unlimited, Trust for Public Land, The Nature Conservancy, and many more. Kurt has been a professional educator for over 25 years. Prior to becoming a professional outdoor photographer and workshop leader, Kurt was an outdoor and environmental educator, interpretive naturalist, guide and then a middle school science teacher in Vermont.