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Photographing the Wildlife & Wonder of Autumn with John Fielder

September 20-21, 2014

Course Level: II                 Course #: S1030              

Fee: $700

Instructor:  John Fielder


Location:      Rocky Mountain Nature Association Field Seminar & Conference Center

                        1895 Fall River Road, Estes Park, Colorado





8:30AM -7:30PM


6:30AM -Noon


Course Description:

Join renowned photographer John Fielder as he teaches participants how to spot and predict photo opportunities, experiment with different perspectives, improve compositions, and get an insider's look at professional techniques while shooting the wildlife and autumn color in Rocky Mountain National Park. This workshop offers a well-rounded and highly resourceful educational experience, appropriate for any level of outdoor photographer. Do not feel you are not qualified -- John loves to teach beginners and intermediates his tricks of the trade! This educational opportunity consists of slide-based lectures, field shoots in beautiful locations and interactive critique sessions on participants’ laptop computers. A full, yet comfortable, schedule optimizes field time and helps facilitate the absorption of invaluable, professional information. Participants will each get quality time with John, insuring that no question is left unanswered. A group-based critique session allows students a chance to learn from others’ work, while personalized field instruction addresses the individual photographer’s needs and skill level. 


Course Level:  II

Short-distance walks throughout the day on primarily level terrain


Brief Instructor Biography (additional information available at www.rmna.org):

John Fielder is a nationally renowned photographer, publisher, teacher, and preservationist.  He hikes and skis hundreds of miles in Colorado alone each year, and drives thousands, in order to record on film the state’s most sublime natural places.  For the past 30 years no one has traveled the state like John, from its rolling plains to the soaring Rocky Mountains, and the Western Slope’s remote plateaus and river canyons.


Instructor’s Website: www.johnfielder.com


Expectations:  Professional conduct will be expected from participants at all times.  Individual ideas will be respected.  Except during course breaks, cellular phones, pagers, and personal entertainment devices are strictly prohibited in the classroom and during field sessions.


Car-pooling:  Rocky Mountain Field Seminars courses utilize car-pooling to limit vehicles traveling into the Park.  Car-pooling makes it easier to keep the group together, reduces transit time, and allows courses greater access because fewer parking spaces are required at destinations.  In addition, it provides an opportunity for participants to discuss course material in small groups during transit.  Typically, a few participants from each course volunteer the use of their vehicles for car-pooling to course locations.


Tentative Course Schedule:




8:30 AM-12:30 PM             

Welcome/Introductions/Slide lecture "The Art of Seeing"

12:30 PM-2:00 PM


2:30 PM-7:30 PM                 

Travel/evening field photography




6:30 AM-9:00 AM     

 Meet in field/morning photography           

9:00 AM-Noon

 Critique of your photos on your laptop            


 Book sale and signing       




What to Bring:

·         Sack lunch, snacks, energy bars, Water

·         Camera equipment and accessories:

  •  A 35mm SLR camera with any lenses that are compatible. Point & Shoots are good too, especially for close-ups.
  •  Lenses of any focal length from wide angle to telephoto, but it’s best to cover the range between 28mm and 200mm* for landscapes, and 200mm and more for the elk photos.
  • Good tripod, such as Manfrotto series
  • Cable or remote release


Remember to Bring the 10 Essentials:

Rocky Mountain National Park recommends that hikers always carry the 10 essentials in their daypacks.

     Raingear                                    Map and compass                      Flashlight or headlamp

     Sunglasses and sunscreen      Candles                                      Matches or other fire starter

     Pocketknife                                First-aid kit                                  Extra layers of clothing

     Sack lunch, snacks, water            


Note:  Rocky Mountain Field Seminars recommends that participants for all courses dress in layers and wear comfortable, sturdy hiking boots/shoes.  Participants should be prepared for sudden changes in temperature and weather conditions.


Teacher Recertification Credit:

Most seminars are eligible for teacher recertification credit through the Centennial Board of Cooperative Education Services (BOCES).  The fee is $25.00 per seminar (.5 unit) or $25.00 per series of threaded seminars (1.0 - 3.0 units).  A list of threaded seminars can be found online at www.rmna.org.  Participants must enroll in all seminars of a threaded series in order to qualify for the $25.00 multi-unit fee. Please be prepared to pay for this credit with a check, made payable to BOCES, on the first day of a seminar or on the final day of a threaded series of seminars.  



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