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Fall Colors Galore – G201012

Search out and capture images in brilliant splashes of color along the canyon floors and mountain tops that herald the advent of fall. Drive and hike to exquisite locations and experience the best of northern New Mexico’s autumn color. The course will highlight digital photography and concentrate on developing and improving each photographer’s skill and experience. All levels of photographic experience are welcomed. Bring the camera and gear you wish to use and a personal laptop/tablet with image editing programs pre-loaded. We encourage group sharing and input, yet respect and build on individual expression. Participants should be able to walk 3 to 5 miles over uneven terrain at elevations of 6-11K feet. Early, late and all-day sessions are to be expected.
Please note that our workshop price structure packages your tuition, course materials, lodging and meals together in a single rate.

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Welcome to autumn at Ghost Ranch - a festival of color and creativity. Whether you choose to paint with brushes or fire or thread or write with a pen or a computer, let the hues of the ranch and the companionship of your colleagues inspire your pages and projects. All workshops meet every morning. Students in writing workshops will have afternoons to reflect, discuss, create and attend various talks. Fine art courses will have studio time. Participants from all workshops are welcome to attend readings and concerts in the evenings. In 2020, our artist in residence will be Cornelius Eady, a National Book Award winner and Pulitzer Prize-nominated poet, who has set his poetry to song, with the Cornelius Eady Trio. Eady’s songs tell the story of passing time, the Black American experience and the blues in the style of Folk and Americana music.

During this Covid-19 Pandemic Period, full refunds will be given as requested for workshops scheduled through May. This period may be extended or refunds considered per request. Please consider leaving your funds on deposit for another Ghost Ranch workshop or future stay. Or, consider donating a portion to help us through this unique business period.

Traditional Policy: Written notification must be received no later than 45 days prior to the start date of your workshop in order to receive a refund, minus a $100 processing charge. No refunds will be processed after that time. We reserve the right to announce a change in leadership or cancel any program 45 days prior to the first day of the workshop. In that event, you may transfer to another workshop without charge or we will refund the full workshop payment. Many participants have found it helpful to purchase travel insurance. This cancellation policy does not apply to January Term – see below.

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What day/time does the workshop start and end?

 Workshops always begin with check-in at 3:00 p.m. and a ranch orientation in the evening on the first date listed for the course and end at 10:00 a.m. with checkout on the last date listed..

What is double occupancy and single occupancy lodging?
  • All-inclusive rates include double occupancy lodging, meaning that we will have two participants per room in most cases.If you do not specify a roommate, you will be assigned a roommate of the same gender
  • In the off-season (late October-May), participants may choose to upgrade to single occupancy lodging for an additional $50 per night. Guarantee single occupancy lodging by paying the single occupancy upgrade.
  • During our busy summer seasons, late June-July and late September-early October, participants who register alone should expect to have a roommate assigned to their room. In some limited circumstances, a single occupancy upgrade will be available at $100 per night.
What is the difference between a room with private bath, a room with semi-private or shared bath, and a room with communal/dorm bath?
  • Private refers to the type of bathroom, not single occupancy
    • Private: There is a bathroom in that one room that is not shared between or with any other rooms.
    • Semi-private/shared: There is a bathroom in between two rooms that is shared by the occupants of the two rooms.
    • Communal/dorm: There is a communal bathroom/showers in the lodging building (or in a proximate building, for some upper mesa dorm rooms), and participants will need to exit their room to reach these facilities.


  • John Hayden
    John Hayden

    John Hayden of Tijeras, New Mexico, is a retired forest ranger who knows the natural and human history of Northern New Mexico like few others. He shares his love for God through appreciation of His creation and creatures.

  • Sandra Kaplan
    Sandra Kaplan

    Sandra Kaplan is a professional photographer whose work has developed over 40 years. Her work reflects light, shade and color that dazzles, excites, provokes and inspires her students and collectors alike. Her knowledge and love affair with the camera allows her to go where others fear to tread. Her gifts include not only an eye for beauty, but also the urge to experiment, creating exquisite images that delight the senses and evoke deep passion within the viewer.

    She was born in Chicago, raised in Los Angeles and lived or traveled the globe as much as she can and will for the rest of her life. She now lives in Colorado. She is represented by The Ann Korologos Art Gallery in Basalt, Co. and has taught photography in Door County, Wisc., The Red Brick Center for the Arts in Aspen, Co. an annex to The Aspen Art Museum, and for several years has taught continuing education classes at Colorado Mountain College, Co. Of teaching she confesses, “It is the most excitement I’ve ever known, watching students come to life, coming to love the camera and the sheer joy of what it can do.”

    Her journey began in Hollywood, California in the late 60’s, and she was the first woman allowed into the film industry as a photographer on set. Her work continued in Paris, France in the 70’s covering the major fashion houses and magazines of Europe, gaining a reputation as a “Fashion Photographer”.

    Later, Hollywood called her back again leading to work at Columbia Pictures, Warner Brothers and Paramount Studios, photographing some of the biggest stars, producers and directors of the era. Many of her photographs remain the timeless images of Hollywood’s most famous. She says of her portrait photography, “I never set out to simply take a photo, creating an image is my mission.”

    Since 1996 Kaplan’s journey and expertise came to the Rocky Mountains of Colorado seeking her freedom to experiment. As an artist, her cameras became her paintbrushes and produced results beyond even her own expectations. Her shows in Colorado and New York have made her work sought after by collectors. Now, with a gift such as hers, her natural evolution is to share, to teach.


Oct 04 2020 - Oct 10 2020


Arrival & Departure Dates - Check-in & Check-out times
3:00 pm - 9:00 am


$775.00 - $1,540.00
David Michael Kennedy Photography
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