(Alexander & Dry Creek Valley Gallery)

Welcome to a Fall Color Workshop in the spectacular wine growing region of Northern California at its peak of fall color.

Whoever said California doesn't have a fall season was sadly mistaken! Imagine rolling hills of vibrant red, russet, amber and gold grape leaves shimmering in the sun. Liquid Amber trees (our Maple tree equivalent) dot the valleys in all their splendid fall glory. Days are warm, skies are crystal blue and fallen leaves crunch underfoot. The light is softer and low in the sky in autumn, providing perfect sidelighting for photography.

We will sample award winning California wines as we tour and photograph brilliant vines covering the wineries, lovely gardens, architecture, cellars filled with barrels, and graphic shots of wine making equipment.

Hills dotted with rows of colorful vines, clusters of succulent grapes, water towers, and old barns await us. Reflecting ponds, and the incredible architecture of the many wineries will keep us very busy. A highlight of the tour will be photographing hot air balloons as they are inflated and back lit against the rising sun, and as they float over the valley. I will be posing behind the balloons to provide some interesting silhouettes.

There will be many macro opportunities with the brilliant back lit grape leaves, grape clusters, and the multi-colored Liquid Amber trees with shades of red, gold, peach and orange.

Learn how to use reflectors, create a "painterly image", slow motion photography, creative zoom techniques, and how to take a compelling image.

We will partake of wonderful California cuisine at its finest and have al fresco picnics each day at picturesque wineries. All this awaits you…. and more.

We will be staying in historic and charming town of Healdsburg in the Dry Creek Valley, known for its world class restaurants and lovely boutiques.

Healdsburg is 66 miles north of the San Francisco Airport. Click here to view photos taken by previous Fall Color Wine Country tour attendees on our Client Photo Gallery.

Note: You may add a day in Napa Valley on Monday. Please contact us for details.

"I fell in love with photography this past weekend." Ca. Fall Color Weekend '01, C. Hunter, TX

"Your Fall Wine Country tour gave me my fall color fix and then some. Wow! It never occurred to me to seek fall colors in Sonoma County -- and colors there were. The locations were fantastic." Fall Color Weekend, '06. T. Doduc, CA

"You were so thoughtful to prepare for the still life set-ups in the bad weather. I certainly learned a lot, and plan to do more work with still lifes at home during the long dreary winter." Fall Color Weekend, '08. A. Ganju, IL

"I learned when you have lemons - make lemonade. Gale did a great job turning Saturday's gloomy and rainy conditions into a photo opportunity. Her creativity saved the day and provided a new experience for everyone." Fall Color Weekend '08, T. Scussel, CA

"Thanks for your organization and leadership of this fun photography weekend. You certainly challenged me to think about photography differently and consider new ways of composing and creating images." Fall Color Weekend '09, J. Schwartz, CA

"It was a great workshop, Gale. Thanks for all your photo tips and wonderful spots to shoot." Fall Color Weekend, 09, L. Polley, MN

"Thanks for being a wonderful, organized, and thoughtful guide. I always learn so much with you and have fun doing it." Fall Color Weekend, 09, J. Slater, NC "I have not been able to tell folks enough about what a great experience we had - thank you!" Fall Color Weekend, 2012, L. Spencer, In

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