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Colorado Wildflower Workshop Report

Sunflowers stand in morning light before a backdrop of lupines and more near Crested Butte, Colorado

An incredible floral display in the Colorado high country

2019 was my fifth consecutive wildflower/macro photo safari, and boy was it ever amazing! The long, wet spring we had this year meant that the blooms around Crested Butte were off the chart. Unlike previous years, where we had to go up above 10,000′ to find the best blooms, this year’s spectacle was in full swing all around Crested Butte.

Richardson’s Geranium

Crested Butte, Colorado, is sometimes referred to as the “wildflower capital of the USA,” and this year proved why. The hillsides were covered in color; yellow sunflowers interspersed with blue and purple lupines transformed the valleys into a painter’s palette. We also encountered glacier lilies, red and sulphur paintbrush, fairy trumpets, and of course, Colorado columbine.

The hillsides were literally painted with color this year!

Our shooting sessions took place every morning and afternoon, and during the day, I worked with my clients to help them perfect their workflow/keywording and image processing. We also learned how to perform focus-stacking with close-up and landscape subjects.

See my 2019 Wildflower Gallery here!

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Jason Odell’s 2020 International photo Tour Schedule

Wander the World with Your Camera

Join Jason Odell on an international photo tour in 2020

I’m offering three international photo tours for 2020, and they are going to be really fun! My 2020 travel photography workshop destinations include Croatia, Ireland, and Panama. I design each of these tours with your comfort in mind, and my goal is to make sure that you return home with incredible photos. Group sizes are generally capped at 12 or fewer photographers, and when land tours are involved, we’ll have a private driver and excess seating capacity so that everyone has room for their camera bags. My international tours are a great opportunity to learn mobile workflow and creative travel photography techniques, including long exposure, infrared, and creative composition.

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My Favorite Outdoor Classroom

Photographing the South Dakota Badlands

A HDR image I captured on my first photo safari in South Dakota in 2011.

The first time I experienced South Dakota was on a photo tour with Nikonians in 2005. I had just gotten the new Nikon D2x DSLR, and that was my first serious photo trip shooting digital. I’ll never forget the awe I experienced seeing the otherworldly rock formations there for the first time.

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POTD: Albert Memorial

The Albert Memorial, London, UK

Here’s another photograph from my recent travel photography workshop in London. The Albert memorial stands in tribute to Queen Victoria’s late prince consort. On this unusually cloudless afternoon in London, we waited until early evening to photograph the memorial and avoid harsh shadows.

Shooting Data

  • Nikon D850 with 24-120mm f/4 AFS G VR Nikkor lens
  • 1/200s f/5, ISO 64 (hand-held)
  • Processed with Lightroom Classic CC/Aurora HDR/Color Efex Pro 4 via Photoshop
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POTD: Red Columbine

red columbine flower
Red columbine flower, Crested Butte, CO

The Colors of Colorado in Summer

There’s nothing like the colors that you’ll find high in the Colorado rockies in the summer. This year’s winter delivered the much-needed snowpack in the high country, so I’m optimistic about this summer’s wildflower blooms. One of the best locations to find wildflowers in Colorado is around the town of Crested Butte. While there are certainly many famous locations for Colorado wildflowers, many of them require serious 4WD vehicles to reach. At Crested Butte, I’ve scouted the surrounding areas and pretty much every site I visit can be reached by a standard vehicle.

Shooting Specs

  • Nikon D810 with Niko 105mm f/2.8 AFS G VR micro-Nikkor
  • 1/125s f/16 ISO 1100

You can join me here in July 2019 to photograph these wonderful blooms and learn all about creative close-up photography.

Colorado Wildflowers 2019 with Jason P. Odell

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