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Nature Photography in the Colorado Rockies

Program Number: 4381RJ
Start and End Dates:
9/3/2013 - 9/8/2013; 8/23/2015 - 8/28/2015;
Duration: 5 nights
Location: Pingree Park, Colorado
Price starting at: $897.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Photography; National Parks
Meals: 14; 5 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 5 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian    

Immerse yourself in an intensive digital exploration of the natural world of the Colorado Rocky Mountains. This course is designed for nature photographers that want to move beyond point-and-shoot and all-automatic settings of their SLR cameras. Explore the potential of modern digital cameras in recording and interpreting the natural landscape with hands-on tips and critiques from experienced instructors.




Highlights

• Explore the art of nature photography with daily field walks and photo assignments, with instruction primarily in the field.
• The Pingree Park valley sits on the edge of Rocky Mountain National Park and Roosevelt National Forest with amazing photo opportunities and scenery.
• Wildlife abounds in the area including deer, elk and other birds and smaller animals.



Activity Particulars

Hiking with camera gear up to three miles at elevations of 9,000-10,000 feet. Hiking will be the primary mode of travel to access many of the photo locations.



Bring digital SLR camera, lenses, tripod, accessories. Laptop with current Photoshop or Photoshop Elements required.



Coordinated by Mountains and Plains Institute.




Pingree Park

Colorado State University's Pingree Park campus lies in a beautiful mountain valley on the northern border of Rocky Mountain National Park. Purple Pasque Flowers greet visitors in May, while brightly colored aspen leaves announce the fall months. Moose and deer often are seen in the valley, and temperatures are perfect for all types of activities.



Accommodations
Comfortable rooms in one-story buildings; spectacular views from lounge and deck.

Road Scholar Instructors
These instructors are participating on at least one date of this program. Please note that changes may occur.
Mary Lou Frost

A retired public school teacher, Mary Lou Frost has been an avid photographer her entire life. For the last 25 years she has focused on worldwide nature photography, with extensive experience in both film and digital photography. She has recently taught beginning instruction on Photoshop and Photoshop Elements. As immediate past president of the Buffalo Museum of Science Camera Club, Mary Lou has also coached photographers at all levels of expertise. Mary Lou has instructed Road Scholar Photo Programs with Mountains and Plains Institute for over five years.
 
Carl Studna

Carl Studna is a multifaceted photographer whose 30 years of professional work covers the spectrum of the photographic world. His work has been featured in Time Magazine and Rolling Stone, and he has photographed luminaries such as Paul McCartney, James Brown and the Dalai Lama. Having begun photographing the natural world at age 15, Carl continues to have a strong passion in seeing the beauty and soul in everything he shoots. Carl resides in Pine, Colorado with his wife Cynthia.
 
Meals and Lodgings
   Pingree Park Campus
  Pingree Park, CO 5 nights
 Pingree Park Campus
Type: Conference Center
  Description: Pingree Park is a beautiful mountain valley. Within this valley is Colorado State University's Pingree Park Campus. The 1,200-acre campus is within sight of Rocky Mountain National Park, the Comanche Peak Wilderness Area, and Roosevelt National Forest.
  Contact info: 16321 Pingree Park Road
Bellvue, CO 80512 USA
phone: 970-881-2150
web: www.pingree.colostate.edu
  Room amenities: Comfortable, carpeted modern rooms; private bathrooms.
  Facility amenities: Spectacular views from the spacious lounge and deck. Carpeted rooms and private baths. One computer available for internet access in evenings. Two payphones for long distance calls.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Additional nights prior: Call PIngree Park for rates Persons desiring early or between sessions, or late stayovers should call Pingree Park Campus for rates and availability.
  Check in time: 2:00 PM
  Additional nights after: Call PIngree Park for rates Persons desiring early or between sessions, or late stayovers should call Pingree Park Campus for rates and availability.
  Check out time: 8:00 AM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Check in by 2 PM.; orientation at 5:15 pm; Participants that need shuttle transportation from Fort Collins to Pingree Park should reserve in advance. You will be staying at Pingree Park Campus that night.
  End of Program:
Program ends after breakfast. Room check-out is 10:00 am. You will be staying at Pingree Park Campus the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required. Acknowledgement of Risk-Liability Waiver Form to be mailed to Mountains and Plains Institute Office
  Parking availability:
Parking is free on campus
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Pingree Park, CO
  Nearest city or town:  Fort Collins, CO
  Nearest highway: CO State Hwy 14
  Nearest airport:  Denver International Airport
  From End of Program
  Location: Pingree Park, CO
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

Pingree Park

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
See below
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Call for Denver to Fort Collins rates; Pingree Campus Shuttle Information mailed with Packet
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

4 hours 

 

Distance:

 

130 miles

   

Shuttles from Den. Intl. Airport to Fort Collins Hilton Hotel: SuperShuttle-reservations 970-482-0505/800-258-3826 or Greenride Colorado-reservations 1-888-472-6656. Ask to be dropped off at the Fort Collins Hilton Hotel - 425 W. Prospect Rd. NOTE: This is not the Hilton Garden Inn. Campus van will pick up at Fort Collins Hilton at 3 pm. on first day of program only and bring to Pingree Park. Van departs Pingree Park at 6:30 a.m.last morning of program to Fort Collins arriving Hilton at 8:15 am.

 
Driving Directions
  Denver, Colorado From DIA: Pena Blvd. to I 70 West I70 West to I25 North I25 North to Fort Collins, State HWY 14 exit, West (Mulberry Street) State Hwy 14 for 35 miles to Pingree Park Rd. 16.5 mi. to Pingree Park
  Fort Collins, Colorado College Avenue North, US Hwy 287 and State Hwy 14 for 10 miles to Junction, Poudre Canyon and division of highways. Take Poudre Canyon, State Hwy. 14 west for 25 miles to Pingree Park Rd. junction, then 16.5 mi. to Pingree Park
Elevation Note: Those walking, hiking or participating in activities will experience elevations 9,000 to 10,500 ft.

Equipment Requirements: Digital Camera (please have tested and learned operation of camera in advance of course) with plenty of card-memory storage and batteries, tripod and laptop recommended with basic photo editing program.
The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.


Daily Schedule

Day 1: Orientation/Campus Tour/Introductions
(Tuesday, September 3)
   
 Afternoon: Welcome to the beautiful Pingree Park Campus! Please give yourself time to arrive and check-in to your room before our required 5:00 PM orientation. We will have an introduction to the campus by a staff member and then we walk to dinner. For those needing a Shuttle from Fort Collins to Pingree Park it departs 3 pm from The Hilton Hotel in Fort Collins. Reservations are Required. See Shuttle Reservation Form in Preparatory Materials Packet.
 Dinner: Pingree Park's professional dining service staff takes pride in preparing nutritious meals for a variety of tastes. The dining hall is shared by everyone on campus. All meals are served cafeteria style with a choice of entrees and beverages; second helpings are available for most selections. Lunches and dinners always include a salad bar and an array of desserts.
 Evening: After dinner we'll have an informative overview of the program to come plus an opportunity to meet the program staff and your fellow participants during an introductory get-acquainted session. We’ll review the updated schedule, cover responsibilities, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, and answer any questions you may have.
   
Accommodations: Pingree Park Campus
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Sunrise Photo Walk / Practice Camera Techniques / Evening Presentation
(Wednesday, September 4)
   
 Breakfast: All meals are served cafeteria style with a choice of entrees and beverages; second helpings are available for most selections.
 Morning: We'll have an optional sunrise photo walk this morning before breakfast. Then we'll do some preliminary classroom work in preparation to a walk on campus to practice camera techniques.
 Lunch: All meals are served cafeteria style with a choice of entrees and beverages; second helpings are available for most selections. Lunches and dinners always include a salad bar and an array of desserts.
 Afternoon: After lunch instructors are available in the lab for individual assistance. Participants are welcome to take a further hike on or off campus before dinner.
 Dinner: All meals are served cafeteria style with a choice of entrees and beverages; second helpings are available for most selections. Lunches and dinners always include a salad bar and an array of desserts.
 Evening: After dinner we will have a session on sunrise photography, and waterfall photography including techniques, equipment, etc. This can include a brief presentation of sunrise and waterfall images taken in past years.
   
Accommodations: Pingree Park Campus
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Sunrise Photo Walk / Photograph Beaver Falls
(Thursday, September 5)
   
 Breakfast: All meals are served cafeteria style with a choice of entrees and beverages; second helpings are available for most selections.
 Morning: Today begins early with a sunrise walk before breakfast to photograph in the Pingree Park valley. Capture the sunlight hitting the 12-13,000 ft. peaks at the head of the valley, capture reflections in the S. Fork of the Poudre River, or perhaps photograph a moose or deer in the meadow.
 Lunch: Today will prepare a sack lunch from the cafeteria to enjoy outside.
 Afternoon: We take a short van shuttle ride for a hike to Beaver Falls. This is an easy hike, mostly level, to a sprawling waterfall area where you can search for many kinds of waterfall images. Upon returning in the early afternoon, you have free time for rest or downloading images. Instructors will be available in the lab for individual help.
 Dinner: All meals are served cafeteria style with a choice of entrees and beverages; second helpings are available for most selections. Lunches and dinners always include a salad bar and an array of desserts.
 Evening: After dinner there will be an optional presentation by one of your instructors.
   
Accommodations: Pingree Park Campus
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Optional hike to Cirque Meadows or further explore the Pingree Park Valley.
(Friday, September 6)
   
 Breakfast: All meals are served cafeteria style with a choice of entrees and beverages; second helpings are available for most selections.
 Morning: Today begins with breakfast and packing of a sack lunch. This day’s activities have two options. Those who would like to walk up into the mountains will be led to Cirque Meadows. Those preferring to remain in the valley area will explore the Old Homestead, walk further within the valley loop, or explore the Riparian Nature Trail.
 Lunch: Today will prepare a sack lunch from the cafeteria to enjoy outside.
 Afternoon: Continue field trip
 Dinner: All meals are served cafeteria style with a choice of entrees and beverages; second helpings are available for most selections. Lunches and dinners always include a salad bar and an array of desserts.
 Evening: After dinner there will be an optional presentation by one of your instructors.
   
Accommodations: Pingree Park Campus
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Sunrise Photo Walk/Reception and Show
(Saturday, September 7)
   
 Breakfast: All meals are served cafeteria style with a choice of entrees and beverages; second helpings are available for most selections.
 Morning: We will begin with a sunrise photo opportunity followed by breakfast. After breakfast lab time is available for choosing and processing images to be included in the evening show. This time is also available for optional walks.
 Lunch: All meals are served cafeteria style with a choice of entrees and beverages; second helpings are available for most selections. Lunches and dinners always include a salad bar and an array of desserts.
 Afternoon: After lunch more time is available, with instructor assistance, to prepare your show for this evening.
 Dinner: All meals are served cafeteria style with a choice of entrees and beverages; second helpings are available for most selections. Lunches and dinners always include a salad bar and an array of desserts.
 Evening: Tonight we will have a celebratory reception and view a presentation of your favorite images from the week!
   
Accommodations: Pingree Park Campus
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Departures after breakfast
(Sunday, September 8)
   
 Breakfast: All meals are served cafeteria style with a choice of entrees and beverages.
 Morning: Independent departures after breakfast
   
Meals Included: Breakfast

Free Time Opportunities
 
  Pingree Park, CO Colorado Visitor & Convention Bureau
Phone: 800-265-6723
  Discovery Center Science Museum
703 E. Prospect Road, Fort Collins, CO Phone: 970-472-3990 For additional information, visit www.dcsm.org
  Fort Collins Visitors Bureau
Phone: 970-482-5821
Important information about your itinerary: Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and completeness of the information featured on this website. Itineraries are based on our best information at this time. Circumstances beyond our control may require us to adjust itineraries or other details. We regret any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your understanding. Information will be sent to you from your Program Provider approximately three weeks prior to the program start date. The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.


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