I’ve decided to finish out 2021 with two of my favorite weekend workshops here in Montana! Both of these workshops I’ve had the privilege of teaching over the years and they have some of my favorite locations to photograph in the fall. These workshops will be held in October and will be limited to a small group size. I will be offering the Bitterroot Valley Workshop Oct. 15-17 and the Seeley-Swan Valley Workshop Oct. 22-24, please see the workshops page for more details or to reserve your spot. Here are a few images from our previous trips over the years.
I’ve finally wrapped up a few of my fall trips here in Big Sky Country for September and October. Talk about a weird fall! Our September had some beautiful weather and fall colors were slowly coming in until we had a crazy arctic blast from the north putting things in a deep freeze throughout October. Unfortunately this took a lot of the fall color with it. We had a record breaking snowstorm the week after my September Glacier National Park trip that dropped up to four feet of snow in some areas of the state. Crazy!
So it’s been an interesting fall here in Montana to say the least. Despite the lack of color, we still managed to get some great stuff. One tree that was immune to the early freeze was the Larch and these were going full force during my Seeley-Swan Valley trip. Really breathtaking up there this year and even more so with some fresh snow.
All in all it’s been a great fall, now shifting gears and looking forward to some upcoming winter trips! Here’s a few from the last couple months in Montana.
2019 Montana Fall Weekend Workshops are now listed!
We had probably one of the best fall seasons I’ve seen in all the years I’ve been photographing Montana. Colors were really popping in the western part of the state and we had some great opportunities on our trips.
Both of my Fall Weekend Workshops are located in western Montana, so if you want to visit Montana and don’t have the extra time to commit to a longer workshop, these trips are a great way to get a taste of the Montana landscape in fall.
Here are a few images from this year’s trips.
As I’m catching up on some much overdue editing here, I thought I would share a few images from this year’s Rocky Mountain Front Photography Workshop in Montana. We timed it just right this year with spectacular wildflowers and perfect weather. Spring in Montana is pretty hard to beat, especially in the foothills of the Rocky Mountain Front, enjoy!
Just returned from a great trip out to the west coast doing some more scouting for an upcoming workshop in the Columbia River Gorge I will be doing this next spring. A wet day in Portland made for some great photography at the Portland Japanese Gardens working with some beautiful fall colors and Japanese maple trees. The Garden offers a special annual photographer’s membership that is definitely worth getting if you are going to be visiting on multiple occasions and want to take advantage of photographers only hours each morning. There are many other benefits that come with it as well. www.japanesegarden.com
Afterwards, I made my way to the Gorge for some waterfall photography and exploring the surrounding areas. I bundled up my cameras and gear in their rain jackets and photographed some great end of fall locations and classic gorge scenes.
The Columbia River Gorge is not only spectacular in itself, but offers a ton of locations not too far away giving the area a lot of options to explore for photographers, including the pacific albus tree farms located east of the gorge.
I’m so looking forward to my west coast workshops this next year including both the Columbia River Gorge in April and Olympic National Park in May, for more info and to reserve your spot, please visit the workshops page.
Rainy Lake.Canon 5dmkII, 100-400mm. F8.0 1/20 ISO100
Here are a few shots from the Seeley-Swan Valley workshop in Montana last week. We had a ton of rain, matter of fact it really didn’t let up much the whole weekend, but we still managed to find some great stuff and the valley was at it’s peak for fall colors. The Larch trees this time of year are spectacular and line the whole valley. We’ve had such a late fall this year that it’s been a great season for photography.
Beaver Creek. Canon 5dmkII, 100-400mm. f13 2sec ISO100
One thing I was reminded of this last week and it’s certainly something I’m reminded of over and over, is that heading out into some of the worst weather can lead to some great, and sometimes amazing images. Usually when it’s dumping rain or when a blizzard is raging the tendency is to hang up the camera and wait for a better day. But those bad weather days I find lend themselves to usually more interesting or unusual images when you can be patient. Patient being the key as inclement weather and changing conditions sometimes take a while to give you those right moments where a bit of light might be peaking through the clouds or a rainbow may develop for a few short moments. Those are some of the little surprises we were grateful to have this weekend and we ended up walking away with some beautiful fall images despite the conditions.
So next time the wind is howling or it’s dumping buckets try heading out and seeing what you can find, you might be surprised.Thanks to everyone for making it such a great workshop this year!
Salmon Lake. Canon 5dmkII, 16-35mm2.8mkII. f11 1/20 ISO100
Horses.Canon 5dmkII, 100-400mm. f6.7 1/500 ISO1600
So I was intending to fix a few things with my wordpress blog and somehow ended up designing and redoing my entire website. Funny how that happens! I had been intending to update my galleries and site to make them more iPad and iPhone friendly, just not during one of my busiest months of the year. I have been in-between doing a couple different photography workshops in Glacier as well as starting up my teaching at the University for the fall semester, so it’s been a tad chaotic with little time to complete everything. So bear with me as I should have things finished on the site by next week with some more photography galleries and an updated version of the 2011-2012 photography workshops.
On a side note, Glacier National Park has been looking very nice for the early fall, although it seems like it might be a little behind with fall colors, but after this week things should be turning quite a bit. The weather has been fantastic as is the usual in September and we have captured some great shots on the workshops. I will try to post some more images this weekend, but for now here’s a couple from earlier this week.
Aspens. © Jason Savage
It’s good to be sitting down at the computer and spending a few moments reflecting on the Fall we’ve been having. The last few months have been a wee bit chaotic with trying to sell our house, being on the road, raising our little ones, and everything else in between. But, I’ve never had it so good, so I suppose I should be grateful and stop my whining!
This Fall has been good, but kind of strange. It’s been in the seventies and eighties for most of September through October, and blue skies most days. It’s definitely not typical and very warm for this time of year. However the colors still look great and they are going strong all over the state. With the warm weather it has made for some challenging photography ,and there have been a couple days I came home empty handed without even taking my camera out of my bag.
When it’s warm, dry, and clear blue skies, the leaves are just dry and crunchy looking and there’s none of that beautiful contrast and saturation we get with a day of moisture. Right now we have a small low pressure system moving through the state and has greatly helped things out.
If you are wanting to go out and photograph some fall colors, this week’s the time to do it, as in the next couple weeks a lot of trees will have dumped their leaves.
I will be traveling up north to Seeley Lake for a Fall Photography Workshop Oct. 22-24 to explore some of the amazing Larch around the Seeley-Swan Valley just as the trees are starting to peak. There is still room left on the workshop if anyone is interested. It runs from Friday evening through Sunday afternoon. You can check my site for more info www.jasonsavagephotography.com
Should have some great images to post soon after.
Good luck to all those who venture out in the next couple weeks!
Cataract Falls.© Jason Savage
Was out this last weekend conducting a photography workshop up on the Rocky Mountain Front. Summer is definitely here and the scenery up there is awesome. Arrow-Leaved Balsamroots are out in full force and the landscape is plenty green. The creeks are running good but not too high and both the waterfalls we made it to, Cataract Falls and Double Falls were looking good.
Rocky Mountain Front.© Jason Savage
During our workshop we were discussing how this paticular area of Montana sees little in the way of visitation compared to other parts of the state such as the National Parks and other popular destinations, yet it contains some of the richest wildlife and landscape around.
If you haven’t been up and around the Rocky Mountain Front, it’s definitely worth putting on your list for upcoming places to see.
Ford Creek Impressions. © Jason Savage