Northern Utah Fall Colors
Sept 28 - Oct 2, 2019
- Late-September brings peak fall color to many of Northern Utah’s most scenic destinations. The workshop will focus on Uinta and Wasatch areas including Alpine Loop, Mount Timpanogos, Mill Canyon Meadow and more!
- Learn new photography skills and receive image critique from resident pro-photographer Johnny Adolphson.
- We have permits to guide all over the Northern Utah, so the itinerary will be kept flexible to allow us to chase the best fall colors. Our job is to get you the best photos possible!
- We provide the transportation during the workshop so you don't have to worry about any rough roads.
- Includes a final group dinner at one of the nicest restaurants in town to celebrate this novel experience and the new friends we have made.
In order to give our clients the best possible photography experience, we keep the itinerary flexible to account for autumn color, weather conditions, and group interest. The workshop dates coincide with peak fall color in places like Uinta, Wasatch, and the surrounding areas. However, fall color can be a fickle thing and it sometimes comes earlier or later than predicted. We reserve the right to change the itinerary and shooting locations accordingly.
- Day 1 – Sept 28: The workshop begins at 10:00 a.m. in Heber Valley, UT with a meet and greet along with a short orientation session and classroom style instruction at the Best Western Heber Valley Hotel (conference room). After a lunch break, we load up the rig and head towards Alpine Loop for an afternoon in the Aspen glades. We’ll stop to photograph the prime fall colors all along the way. After photographing a beautiful Wasatch Back fall sunset, we return to Heber Valley, UT after dark to check into our hotel.
- Day 2 – Sept 29: We are up well before dawn to head to Ridge Line Trail for a Mount Timpanogos sunrise. Next, we take a mid-morning hike around Cascade Springs. After a lunch break, we head up to Squaw Peak, stopping at scenic overlooks along the way. We shoot sunset at Cascade Meadows and return back after dark.
- Day 3 – Sept 30: Another early start and we head to Mill Canyon Meadow for sunrise and morning light. After sunrise, we stop at lookouts along Cascade Spring Road on our way back to Heber Valley. After lunch, we regroup and for a trip to Pine Canyon, finishing at Guardsman Pass for an amazing sunset. We return after sunset, sharing the amazing photographs that we have captured along the way.
- Day 4 – Oct 1: We hike along the Provo River in Heber Valley which is followed by a mid-morning tour of Wasatch Mountain State Park, capturing another beautiful sunrise and soft morning light. For the afternoon, we head up to Mirror Lake Highway to photograph the Aspen glades in Beaver Creek and Soapstone. We finish off the day with sunset photography at Christmas Meadows.
- Day 5 – Oct 2: Our last day together starts with sunrise near the top of Alpine Loop, followed by a color tour into the top of American Fork Canyon. After a short break, we return to town and finish with a group dinner at one of the nicest restaurants in town. The workshop will conclude by 8PM.
The trip will begin and end in Heber Valley, UT. We will be offering transportation to workshop participants but you also have the option to follow us and drive your own vehicle. Most of the roads we will be driving are suitable for passenger cars. If we venture off-road, we’ll just have you jump in our 4WD rig. If you do decide to ride with us, just make sure you don’t pack too many things since cargo space is limited.
We did not include hotel stays in the workshop package to give you the flexibility to stay where you’d like. We will spend all nights in Heber Valley, UT. It’s up to you if you want to stay the night of the 2nd off somewhere else. The workshop will be done by 8PM.
We aren’t planning any difficult hikes on this workshop, but we may have some days where we’ll hike up to 5 miles. All participants should be in good physical condition to be able to hike with their camera gear. Make sure you bring cold weather clothing in case we get some nippy mornings in the high country.
Drones are prohibited in the National Parks, although there are some areas outside of the parks they can be flown. You are welcome to bring a drone, but please be cognizant of other workshop participants and their enjoyment.
$1495/person + Tax
- 5-Day Intensive Photo Workshop
- All ground transportation and photography guiding during the trip.
- Park entrance fees.
- Final Group Dinner.
Trip Does NOT Include:
- Transportation to/from your home to Heber Valley, UT.
- Hotel Accommodations.
- Alcoholic Beverages.
- Meals and snacks with exception of the final group dinner.
When you complete the checkout process, you will be given the option to either pay the full amount or put down a 25% deposit. If you pay the deposit, the remaining amount will be charged 60-days prior to arrival to the credit card we have on file.
Recommended Camera Gear
- Sturdy tripod and ballhead
- Digital SLR or Mirrorless Camera Body.
- Wide angle lens (16-35mm is perfect). For crop sensor, you'll want 10-22mm.
- Mid-range zoom lens in the range of 24-100mm.
- Telephoto lens in the range of 70-200mm.
- Long telephoto lenses will come in handy for creating abstract images. We really like our Sigma/Tamron 150-600mm lenses.
- Circular polarizer filters are useful. Bring any ND filters if you have them.
- Extra batteries, memory cards, and cleaning supplies.
- Remote cord for your camera. An intervalometer will be especially useful for doing long exposures at night.
- Laptop if you wish to backup your photos.
- We may be able to rent you gear if you don't have everything you need.
Personal Gear List
- Sturdy hiking footwear, hiking socks, and long pants .
- A rain jacket and several warm layers, like a down coat or puff jacket, since it can get cold at night.
- Headlamp for night photography.
- Sunscreen, Sunglasses, Hat.
- Water bottle or hydration bladder.
- Hiking poles if you like having them.
Instructor - Johnny Adolphson
Johnny is a published, landscape and fine art photographer. His primary residence is in Heber City, Utah where he and his wife Sherry raise their two boys. Johnny's award winning landscape art can be found on the walls of clinics, hospitals, airports, hotels, other various business's and private homes. Other than photography, Johnny has worked as a ski guide, ski patroller, and wild land firefighter. When not chasing the light throughout the American West, Johnny guides powder skiing in the Uinta Mountains. Landscape photography is his passion, he has devoted a large percentage of his time and energy searching for vast vistas and good light throughout the Desert Southwest. Johnny has an intimate familiarity with the desert environment and loves to share his eye for composition and ability for using light and shadow with others.
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