San Juan Mountains Day 1

On September 22nd and 23rd I had the great pleasure to drive out to Colorado to attend a landscape workshop put on by Nasim Mansurov and others at what is now Photography, a photography blog I enjoy following on a regular basis.  The base “camp” for the workshop was the scenic town of Ridgway, Colorado.

The first day of the workshop unfortunately fell victim to the smoke from the fires around the west making long shots hazy.  A polarizing filter was helpful in reducing the haze, but not eliminating it.  Because of the haze most of my good shots are ones taken with a closer perspective highlighting the beautiful fall colors instead of the rugged mountains.  Fortunately over the next two days the haze cleared up allowing for some stunning mountain pictures.

The photo sequence begins with early morning sunrise shots, and continues through the day on different scenic roads, the longest of which was the last dollar road from Ridgway to Telluride.  The sequence ends with sunset pictures of round hay bales with the San Juan mountains in the background.

Please feel free to critique the photos and offer helpful suggestions on composition etc. so that I may improve my photography skills.

I hope you enjoy viewing these as much as I did taking them.




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  1. Jason-
    Looks like you got some great shots, I like the shot of the cabin and old equipment (about 10 frames from the last). It was great meeting you and hope to see you again, so thanks for joining us on the workshop.

    • Thanks Tom for commenting and visiting my site. I had a blast in colorado I am already planning on coming out next year for some workshops if I can get in…

    • Ya the curving road and the aspen “tree tunnel” are two of Taunya’s favorites also. Keep tabs on the site should have the next installment of pictures this coming week.

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