Arkansas River Photo Safari

From: $390   


Leadville, CO


Pending photographer's availability

Let legendary Colorado photographer Jon Sheppard guide you on a photo safari through Leadville, the Arkansas River and the surrounding Rocky Mountains!

  • Private instruction and guiding from renowned local photographer Jon Sheppard
  • Great experience for beginners or experienced photographers
  • Capture amazing photos of abandoned mine areas, high alpine panoramas, snowcapped peaks, wildflowers, and cascading mountain streams

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Visit historic Leadville and the Arkansas River during your private photographic excursion with long time professional Jon Sheppard.

You will visit the abandoned mine areas, and travel above treeline into snowcapped mountains with deep fertile valleys below. Search for wildflowers, fauna and wildlife. Take memorable photos of cascading mountain streams or historic ghost towns.

As a beginner or expert this is a great way to spend a day on a photo safari. Learn the basics of composition, framing, and the use of sunlight. For all photographers we will travel to the region's most scenic areas, and will be there for the correct lighting situation.

In addition to enhancing your ability to take wonderful photographs, this relaxing day in beautiful landscapes will leave your mind and body feeling fresh, and your soul in tune with nature!

Key Info >

Essential Information:

  • Participants must bring their own camera and tripod - SLR cameras digital or film, with different lenses are the best, but point and shoot cameras are certainly acceptable
  • Water and snacks will be provided
  • Lunch will be somewhere along the way and flexible with the group and is not included in the cost, you may bring your own lunch if you would like
  • You will not be doing long distance hiking but will stay close to the vehicle
  • For larger groups a van will be available
  • The meeting place is flexible, typically the Conoco across from Copper Mountain is a great starting point

Full Day

Maximum Participants:
1-3 people depending on the option selected.

This safari is for booked participants only.

Weather Dependent:
This experience is weather dependent. Always contact the experience provider with any questions regarding weather conditions.

What to Wear:
Where comfortable clothing appropriate for the weather. It does get chilly in the higher elevations.

Booking Information:
For this experience, it is recommended to request bookings at least 14-21 days in advance.

Cancellation Policy:
Prior to scheduling/booking a date for this experience, Cloud 9 Living's standard return and exchange policy shall apply. Once you have received a booking confirmation, rescheduling is allowed up to 14 days prior to the experience. Failure to appear on your booked date or to reschedule at least 14 days prior to your booked date will result in the loss of the value of your experience.

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View FAQ's >

  1. What do I need to bring?
    Participants must bring their own camera and tripod. SLR cameras digital or film, with different lenses are the best, but point and shoot cameras are certainly acceptable. You may also want to pack a lunch. 
  2. Is this experience weather dependent?
    This safari takes place outside, therefore, it is weather dependent. If it is cancelled for weather, you will reschedule directly with the experience provider.  
  3. How strenuous is the hike?
    You will not be doing long distance hiking, but will stay close to the vehicle.

Customer Reviews:

  • Arkansas River Photo Safari

  • September 29, 2015

  • 3

  • Denver

"Overall Jon's experience in this area of Colorado is unparalleled! He knew where to go and where to shoot! However, there was little to no guidance on camera concepts (bokeh, composition, lighting, etc.) nor guidance on my Canon (he shoots Nikon). I also felt the day was extremely rushed, so it was difficult to settle into a shot without the nudge to move on. I would consider and recommend this to more of a beginner/novice type safari, rather than a lower-intermediate level and definitely not for any higher than that. Lastly, I had a real issue with Jon selling himself and his photography on our shoot (awkwardly in some social cases). I completely understand this is his living and he must market himself to the wider audience, but not while on a 1:1 photo safari."

  • Arkansas River Photo Safari

  • July 21, 2015

  • 5

  • Denver

"Jon (our guide) went above and beyond -- my fiancée and I took my 5-month old and had an amazing trip. Jon gave advice along the way, even with bad weather he had ideas of where to go. A big thumbs up. I would add it doesn't matter whether you are a novice or with years of experience, you will learn something."

  • Arkansas River Photo Safari

  • September 22, 2014

  • 5

  • Denver

"It is hard to explain how much I learned from Jon during this experience. He probably drove over 200 miles during our day to get the right light, at the right place at the right time. Jon explained what we were after and what he wanted me to do at every shot. The location of the try-pod, shooting on manual, metering, correction, observation and critique were part of every shot. Jon narrated during shots, and driving to the next one. At one point I said "my head is hurting how will I ever remember all of this"? He made me do something out of my comfort zone by shooting in RAW and manual. The results required me to learn and experience an entire new approach to photography. The most amazing part of the day were the filters he used. Since they would not fit my lens he patiently held up the filter and "dialed" in the effect for me to see and choose. He would then hold it up to my lens for the shot and look at the results--if need be he would recommend a change and we would reshoot the picture. I could go on and on but with out a doubt I have a new friend and a great experience. "