Creative Nature and Landscape Photography: Concept, Capture, and Process

September 30-October 1, 8:00 am-4:00 pm

Nature and landscape photography transcends "pretty postcards" when made by creatively engaged photographers who understand their motivations, subjects, and tools.

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My goal is to provide you with the inspiration, knowledge, and hands-on learning to help advance your creativity and photography skills with an emphasis on nature and landscape photography. This workshop is suitable for all experience levels and offers a unique blend of philosophy, field work, and classroom instruction in beautiful settings. We'll cover photographic fundamentals; precision exposure and capture; image aesthetics; special tips and techniques; and conclude with an overview of post-processing basics using both Adobe Lightroom and Adobe Photoshop.

Join us at Weehawken Ridgway Sept. 30-Oct. 1, 2017 for a weekend photogrpahy workshop with Michael Gordon. Registration is $295.

Michael E. Gordon is an award-winning fine art landscape photographer best known for his black and white Desertimages which, says Broughton Quarterly, portray “ stunning ethereal beauty from terrain where others see only a bleak landscape.” A lifelong student of nature and wilderness, Michael’s intimate relationship with the natural world results in quiet images of depth and discovery.

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Michael's fine art prints are held internationally in the private collections of the United States Embassy, Kaiser Permanente; Milken Family Foundation; The Wilderness Society, and many others. His photographs have been published in and on the covers of magazines, calendars, brochures, annual reports, textbooks, music CD’s, and newspapers, including Arte Fotográfico, Backpackermagazine; View Camera magazine; Rangefindermagazine; Broughton Quarterly; T-Mobile; USDA Forest Service; Brooks/Cole, and many more. Michael’s work has been awarded by the International Photography Awards, Prix de la Photographie Paris, and Black & White Spider Awards.

His love for and commitment to the preservation of imperiled California landscapes is a cornerstone of his work. He earned the President's Gold Volunteer Serviceaward in 2008 for twenty years of volunteer service and has served on the Board of Directors for the San Gorgonio Wilderness Associationand Mojave National Preserve Conservancy. His photographs have been instrumental in the campaigns of The Wilderness Society, Campaign for America’s Wilderness, Pew Charitable Trusts, National Parks Conservation Associationand others, and have helped to shape wildfire management, renewable energy policies, and to advance Wilderness and National Monumentdesignation and expansion. In early 2015, Michael was a featured on-camera Death Valleyexpert in an NHK Japan full-length documentary film.

Michael owns and operates Death Valley Photo Tours, is co-founder of Visionary Photography Workshops, and leads workshops for The Los Angeles Center of Photography. He lives in an historic 104-year-old bungalow in Long Beach, California, with his wife Shauna, and their menagerie of rescued animals (including Mojavethe dog). www.michael-gordon.com

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Classroom Locations

* It’s important to know that some classes may be held in other locations that may not be listed below. Locations will be specified accordingly in class descriptions.

Weehawken Ridgway

Primary staff office
1075 Sherman Street
Ridgway, CO 81432
(970) 318-0150

The Sherbino Theater

604 Clinton Street
Ridgway, CO 81432

Hypoxia Gym

1900 550 Uncompahgre National Forest
Ouray, CO 81432

Weehawken Montrose

310 S 9th Street
Montrose, CO 81401

Wright Opera House

472 Main Street
Ouray, CO 81427