Northern Utah Fall Colors
Sept 26-29, 2022 - Sold Out!!
Late September brings peak fall color to many of Northern Utah's most scenic destinations. Instructor Johnny Adolphson knows this area intimately, having lived and photographed in this region for over 20 years. He will get you to the best places for stunning photos and prime autumn conditions! You'll spend 4 action-packed days in the mountains, with moderate hikes to big alpine views surrounded by colorful aspen trees and fall foiliage.
- Late September brings peak fall color to many of Northern Utah’s most scenic destinations. The workshop will focus on the Uinta and Wasatch Mountains.
- Learn new photography skills and receive image critique from resident pro-photographer Johnny Adolphson. With over 20 years of experience, he 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.
In order to give our clients the best possible photography experience, we keep the itinerary flexible to account for autumn colors, 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. No matter what happens, we'll get you to the best autumn conditions.
- Day 1 – Sept 26: The workshop begins at 10:30AM in Heber City, UT with a short orientation session and classroom style instruction. After lunch, we load up the rig and head towards the mountains 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 after dark to check into our hotel.
- Day 2 – Sept 27: 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 walk around a 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 28: It's another early start as we head towards some beautiful alpine meadows for sunrise and morning light. On our way back, we stop at lookouts along a side road. After lunch, we regroup and venture out to a different canyon dappled with autumn brilliance. For sunset, we do a short hike up a hill for some awe-inspiring views of the high country.
- Day 4 – Sept 29: We choose a location along the river for the sunrise shoot this morning. Shortly after that we photograph a pastoral barn with mountains and fall color. We return to town for lunch 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 Best Western Plus in Heber Valley as that will be our central meeting place. The workshop will conclude no later than 9PM on Sept 29 so it’s up to you if you want to stay that night in Heber or head somewhere else.
All participants should be in good physical condition to be able to hike with their camera gear at higher altitudes. Hiking distances aren't long with no more than 1-2 miles per day. However, the high altitude, rocky terrain, and possible snow can make short hikes feel more difficult. This workshop would be rated on the upper end of the Moderate scale.
Make sure you bring cold weather clothing in case we get some nippy mornings in the high country. Several warm layers along with a rain jacket, hat, and gloves are recommended. If snow is in the forecast, a pair of micro-traction devices would be a good idea. 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.
$1595/person + Tax
- 4-Day intensive photo workshop
- All ground transportation and photography guiding during the trip.
- Park entrance fees.
- Post processing and image critique.
Trip Does NOT Include:
- Transportation to/from your home to Heber Valley, UT.
- Hotel accommodations.
- Alcoholic beverages.
- Meals and snacks
- 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 100-400mm. For wildlife, you'll want a lens that is longer than 200mm.
- 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.
Personal Gear List
- Sturdy hiking footwear, hiking socks, and long pants .
- A rain jacket and several warm layers like a down coat or puffy jacket since it can get cold in the mornings.
- Warm gloves and hat.
- Micro-traction device (micro-spikes) if snow is in the forecast.
- 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 powder ski 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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