Northern Utah Fall Colors
Sept 27-30, 2021
Late September brings peak fall color to many of Northern Utah's most scenic destinations. Join pro photographer Johnny Adolphson for an action-packed 4 days in the mountains. We'll be doing a lot of hiking into some of the most impressive alpine terrain! This workshop is rated Difficult for physical intensity.
- Late September brings peak fall color to many of Northern Utah’s most scenic destinations. The workshop will focus on the Uinta and Wasatch Mountain areas.
- Learn new photography skills and receive image critique from resident pro-photographer Johnny Adolphson. Johnny has photographed these areas for many years and knows all the best spots to take you to.
- The itinerary is kept flexible to allow us to chase the best fall colors and weather conditions.
- Workshop is capped at 5 participants, allowing for plenty of individual attention.
- 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 best restaurants in town to celebrate this novel experience and the new friends we have made.
Itinerary - Sept 27-30
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 27: The workshop begins at 10:00 a.m. in Heber Valley, UT with a short orientation session and classroom style instruction. After lunch, we load up the rig and head towards Alpine Loop for an afternoon in the Aspen glades, stopping to photograph the prime fall colors all along the way. After photographing a beautiful sunset along the Wasatch Back, we return to Heber City, UT after dark to check into our hotel.
- Day 2 – Sept 28: We are up well before dawn for a short hike into the high country for a stunning sunrise over Mount Timpanogos. Next, we take a mid-morning hike around a very scenic area with wildlife and loads of autumn color. After a lunch break, we venture into the mountains on the other side of the valley, stopping at scenic overlooks along the way. We shoot sunset at one of our favorite areas and return back after dark.
- Day 3 – Sept 29: It's another early start as we head towards Mill Canyon Meadow for sunrise and morning light. After sunrise, we stop at lookouts along a side road on our way back to Heber Valley. After lunch, we regroup and for a trip to a different canyon. For sunset, we do a short hike up a hill for some awe-inspiring views of the high country. Energy is high as we share the amazing photographs that captured at last light.
- Day 4 – Sept 30: We choose a location along the river for the sunrise shoot this morning. Shortly after that we photograph a scenic barn with mountains and fall color. We return to town for our final group lunch (included) and then head over into the Uinta Mountains in search of aspen glades and meadows. The workshop will conclude by 9PM after we return from our sunset shoot.
The trip will begin and end in Heber City, UT. You will need your own transportation to get to Heber City. We will provide transportation for all workshop outings since we may be going on some rough and muddy roads.
We did not include hotel stays in the workshop package to give you the flexibility to stay where you’d like. We recommend you stay at the Holiday Inn Express in Heber City as that will be our central meeting place. The workshop will conclude no later than 9PM on Sept 30 so it’s up to you if you want to stay that night in Heber or head somewhere else.
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 at higher altitudes. Make sure you bring cold weather clothing in case we get some nippy mornings in the high country. See the gear list further down.
Drones are prohibited in any wilderness areas. However, drones are legal in many of the places we visit. If you have a drone, bring it along. We just ask that you be cognizant of others and their enjoyment.
$1495/person + Tax
- 4-Day Intensive Photo Workshop
- All ground transportation and photography guiding during the trip.
- Park entrance fees.
- Final Group Lunch.
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 lunch.
- Tips and Gratuities
When you complete the checkout process, you will be given the option to either pay the full amount or put down a 50% deposit. If you pay the deposit, the remaining amount will be charged 90-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.
- Longer telephoto lenses than 200mm can come in handy for creating abstract images.
- Circular polarizer filters are a must. 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 in the mornings.
- Warm gloves and hat. Snow is not uncommon this time of year.
- Sunscreen, Sunglasses, Hat.
- Water bottle or hydration bladder.
- Hiking poles if you like having them.
Johnny is a published landscape/fine art photographer living in Heber City, Utah. His award winning art can be found on the walls of clinics, hospitals, airports, hotels, restaurants and private homes throughout Northern Utah. In addition to being a photography guide, Johnny spends the winter months working as a snow ski instructor and guide. His years as a wildland firefighter show in his exceptional backcountry navigation and survival skills.
With landscape photography being Johnny's passion, he spends the majority of his free time exploring Utah's vast wilderness areas in search of hidden gems and new photo ops. Johnny is intimately familiar with the Wasatch and Uinta mountain ranges of Northern Utah as well as the the deserts of Southern Utah. Johnny loves to share his passion for photography with others.
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