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Last weekend’s Autumn Color photography workshops at Ledges State Park were great fun, with a fantastic group of photographers on both days. Both Saturday and Sunday started with a bit of trepidation for a few photographers in each group, due to pouring rain as we assembled in the dark to prepare our gear.

For some, it was a first using camera raincoats, and I could see the fear in their eyes as they contemplated stepping out from under the park shelter, into the pouring rain, with thousands of dollars of camera gear. But when they saw the first images on their cameras’ preview screen, those fears subsided quickly! A few who knew their cameras and lenses were sealed even discarded the raincoats and simply toweled off their gear as the rain lightened to a drizzle.

Regardless, within an hour or so on both mornings, the rain cleared completely. And left behind by the storms were gorgeous dripping fall leaves, fabulous saturated colors, and the Ledges streams a little fuller than the day before. All in all…perfect days for these workshops!

My autumn color workshops are always among the highlights of the year for me, as fall subjects in the Midwest are some of my favorite subjects of all to photograph. The colors this fall have been magnificent, and the weekend served up for our workshops this week at “The Ledges” was glorious.

Here a few “behind the scenes” images of our workshop participants at work:

And some of the stellar autumn color photos created by workshop participants:

It’s always such a fine experience to work with photographers of all levels as they seek to improve their skills and learn new techniques. I learn so much from working with these diverse and creative groups of people. Thanks to both the Saturday and Sunday workshop participants for being such fun groups of individuals – I enjoyed working with you!

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October 20, 2012

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