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Creative Nature and Landscape Photography: Concept, Capture, and Process with Michael E. Gordon

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

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. 21-22, 2019 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.

Michael's fine art prints are held internationally in the private collections of the United States EmbassyKaiser PermanenteMilken Family FoundationThe 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 FotográficoBackpackermagazine; View Camera magazine; Rangefindermagazine; Broughton QuarterlyT-MobileUSDA Forest Service; Brooks/Cole, and many more. Michael’s work has been awarded by the International Photography AwardsPrix 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 SocietyCampaign for America’s WildernessPew Charitable TrustsNational 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 Valley expert 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

  • September 21-22, 8:00am - 4:00pm
  • Various Ouray County locales
  • $295 tuition. Ages 16+

610 Arts Collective

610 Clinton Street, Ridgway CO 81432

The Sherbino Theater

604 Clinton Street, Ridgway CO 81432

Montrose Field House

25 Colorado Avenue, Montrose CO 81401

Weehawken Ridgway

1075 Sherman Street, Ridgway CO 81432


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

Our staff is  located at 610 Arts Collective.

Mailing address

PO Box 734, Ridgway CO 81432
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