Fine Art Images from the American Southwest

Five Day Photography Workshop


During this five-day photography workshop, we’ll cover the locations featured in all of my Photography Tour/Workshops. This is a customized one-on-one workshop built to suit you. For beginners to advanced amateurs and professionals. Also, consider one or two days in a specific location. This itinerary can be modified depending on the weather and time of year.

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Ute Mountain, an extinct volcano in the San Luis Valley

San Luis Valley, northern New Mexico, and southern Colorado

Time will be spent on location in northern New Mexico and southern Colorado, photographing abandoned homesteads, towns, and thriving farming communities. These are enhanced by views of the Rio Grande and the impressive Sangre de Cristo mountain range of the southern Rocky Mountains. We will seek out bald and golden eagles, a wide variety of hawks, great-horned owls, coyotes, wild horses, and elk. In spring and fall, we will have the opportunity to photograph sandhill cranes and geese on their migratory flyway through the San Luis Valley.

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San Jose de Gracia de Las Trampas Church

High Road to Taos

Locations include Native and Hispanic villages on the High Road to Taos, Penasco, Las Trampas, and Truchas. Drive home along the High Road to photograph the light in “Milagro Beanfield” country and the valley of Llano de San Juan. Read More

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Abiquiu, New Mexico

Abiquiu and the Rio Chama Valley

We will spend a day in the haunting yet enchanting landscape of Georgia O’Keefe country in Abiquiu, exploring rock and earth formations in and around the Rio Chama Valley. Read More

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Old trucks, meadows and mountains, Taos NM

Sites of Taos

Spend part of the day photographing the sites of Taos. Old trucks, abandoned long ago, in fields with Taos Mountain as a backdrop. Picturesque villages, tipis, and the occasional rainbow. Acequias, ancient water courses bringing life to the fields and farms in the Taos valley for centuries. At the end of the day capturing the early evening light at the world-famous St Francis Church in Ranchos de Taos, immortalized in paintings by Georgia O’Keefe and the photography of Ansel Adams. Read More

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Rio Grande Gorge, Wild Rivers

Rio Grande Gorge and beyond

A short drive from Taos, the Rio Grande winds its way through Orilla Verde National Recreation Area, home to beaver, otter, blue heron, and bighorn sheep. Surrounded by majestic volcanic cliffs and overlooks, on a short hike off the beaten track, we will photograph petroglyphs, riparian habitat, and views of the Rio Grande Canyon. This photo tour is also spectacular in wintertime when the Rio Grande Gorge is at its most peaceful and wildlife more abundant. Read More

Topics covered

  • Working on location
  • Compositions in landscape, architecture
  • Lighting
  • Exposure, metering
  • Interpreting histogram
  • Auto settings verses manual
  • Depth of field, aperture
  • Shutter speed
  • Multiple image panoramas
  • Image reviews, constructive critiques
  • If there is any other an topic you want covered we will address it in the field, so bring along your questions and requests.

Equipment to bring

  • Camera, batteries, spare batteries, camera cards, and spare camera cards.
  • Supplies are few and far between once we are on location.
  • Consider bringing the manual for your particular camera model, hardcopy or online version.

Optional Equipment

  • Tripod – Essential for some trips (I have a tripod for those who want to travel lite)
  • Laptop or Tablet – For image review
  • Filters – Polarizer, Neutral Density – Essential for some trips

Additional Notes

  • Bring hats, gloves, sunscreen, hand warmers (spring, fall and winter), sturdy shoes and refillable water bottles.

Pick up points for tours are

  • at your Taos, NM hotel, B&B, VRBO, Airbnb,
  • your local residence or
  • a location in the Taos area that is convenient for you.
  • Meeting points for locations outside of Taos can be arranged when reservations are made.


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