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Wildflower Photography in Rocky Mountain National Park

  • 500 Big Thompson Ave, Estes Park, CO 80517
  • Phone: (970) 586-3262
  • Presented By: Rocky Mountain Conservancy
  • Dates: 6/28/2024, 6/29/2024
  • Location: Estes Park Visitor Center
  • Address: 500 Big Thompson Ave, Estes Park, CO 80517
  • Phone: (970) 586-3262
  • Time: Fri 6:30-9 p.m., Sat 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
  • Price: $275
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Learn to capture the delicate beauty of Rocky Mountain National Park’s infinitely varied wildflowers with expert instructor, Bob Dean.

The creation of strong, beautiful images is a combination of art and technique. You’ll learn to use the creative controls on your camera and the guidelines of photographic composition to capture gorgeous images of wildflowers and other plants. Participants will also learn how to use light to their advantage and discuss various techniques for composing images. This course is designed for beginner and intermediate photographers, and users of a variety of camera types are welcome!

This will be a two-part course where you'll learn to capture detailed images of the flora of the Rocky Mountains. Instructor Bob Dean will lead participants through a virtual classroom session on Friday evening. We'll then spend a full day in Rocky Mountain National Park on Saturday traveling together in Conservancy vehicles to capture more intimate summer moments at a variety of locations throughout the park. Registration includes all required fees and permits for Rocky Mountain National Park.

Who: Participants ages 16 and up. Expect short-distance walks throughout the day, primarily on level terrain.

When: Friday, June 28, 2024, from 6:30pm to 9:00pm (Zoom) AND Saturday, June 29, 2024, from 8:00am to 4:00pm (field)

Where: Friday - Zoom; Saturday - depart from and return to the Estes Park Visitor Center in downtown Estes Park

What to bring:

  • 10 Essentials for Field Courses,
  • Sack lunch on Saturday,
  • Camera: digital SLR or mirrorless camera and lenses (wide angle lens and a short to medium telephoto zoom lens, close-up lens if you have one) or a point-and-shoot camera or a Smartphone,
  • Camera manual,
  • Spare batteries and memory cards,
  • Tripod (optional but helpful),
  • Camera bag or day-pack.

About your instructor: Bob Dean has been exploring and photographing the outdoors for more than 50 years. Bob has been teaching and lecturing at many Colorado venues including the Rocky Mountain Conservancy, the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, Highlands Ranch Community Association, Arapahoe Library District, Douglas County Library District, High Plains Library District, Gardens at Spring Creek in Fort Collins, and numerous local camera clubs. He has also written five eBooks. His stock file includes images ranging from Alaska to Australia, South America to Europe, Asia, and Antarctica. He has extensive experience in the western U.S., especially Colorado and California. Published images and articles have appeared in magazines and newsletters including Falcon, Outdoor World, and several photo newsletters. He was an assistant editor and featured writer/photographer for First Light Monthly Newsletter for Nature Photographers.

Visit Bob's website: Views of Nature Photo

Conservancy members get 15% off individual registration when you use the discount code in your membership email! Limit 2 per membership.

Not a member of the Conservancy? Learn more and join here: Conservancy Membership

If you have questions about this course, please contact the Field Institute by email at or by phone at 970-586-3262.