Great Basin N.P. with Beth Ruggiero-York

Announcing the first annual Nature Photography Show workshop! It will be held at a little-known and remote gem of a location — Great Basin National Park — from September 6th – 10th, 2018.  There will be opportunities to photograph from sunrise to sunset, and when it gets dark, the beauty of the park will really shine! We have scheduled the workshop during a new moon (i.e., very dark skies) to offer excellent opportunities for night photography and instruction.

The Nature Photography Show has booked the entire lodge at Hidden Canyon Ranch, just outside Great Basin National Park. Additionally, the price includes your lodging in very comfortable rooms and all meals during your stay for the workshop. Meals are homemade by our friendly hosts and served family style.

Workshop Includes:
Photographic instruction
Lodging based on 2 Participants Per Room ($350.00 fee should you want a private room)
Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

What’s not included:
Transportation:  The Great Basin National Park is in a remote location.  Transportation to and from the airport and during the workshop is not provided.  Please keep this in mind when making travel arrangements.
*A deposit of at least $500.00 is required to hold your reservation.  If you wish to make a deposit, payments, or pay by check you can call Jason Eldridge at 305-989-3279 to arrange specific details.

Additional Details
The two best locations to fly into are the Las Vegas International Airport (LAS) and the Salt Lake City International Airport (SLC).  From there you can rent a car for the duration of your trip.

Cancellation Policy:
90+ days prior to the start of the workshop:  Deposit is refunded less a $100.00 admin fee
Between 89-31 days prior to the start of the workshop: Full deposit is retained
Within 30 days prior to the start of the workshop the full cost is retained

Lofoten Islands, Norway with Jennifer King

Nestled in dramatic peaks and mountains of the arctic circle is an area filled with beaches, bays and open sea, the Lofoten Islands. At 68° north, the mountains meet the sea and the bays are spotted with red and colorful fishing villages, history and unsurpassed photo opportunities. March is the perfect month for visiting the islands, as this is an ideal time for Northern Lights, snow covered mountains, and the colder temperatures of winter have passed. Join us on this incredible ADVENTURE PHOTO WORKSHOP as we explore (and stay) in coastal fishing villages and capture the beauty and drama of this stretch of unchanged coastal islands.

Death Valley Landscapes and Nightscapes with Jennifer King

Death Valley offers the most unique experience for photographers. The diversity of the landscape is almost unimaginable, and its beauty is rugged, raw and fierce. Explore and photograph this mysterious landscape then photograph under the night sky. Walk along the ridges of a sand dune, photograph salt formations along the valley floor, photograph the famous La Playa racetrack, view the desert colors from atop the mountains and even photograph a ghost town. Join us on this 5-day photographic journey for sunrises, sunsets and stars under the desert sky.

Big Bend with Andrew Slaton

Big Bend is one of the most remote and least visited national parks. It is also the best for seeing the night sky in all its glory! So on this exciting workshop, we will focus the art of seeing, the practice of looking at our subjects with fresh, creative eyes. We will also focus on night photography, and as always, we will discuss and shoot landscapes & general nature.

PHOTOGRAPHER PROJECT – Dark Skies of West Texas, Story and photographs by Kathy Adams Clark

Satellite photo of United States at night.

Satellite photo of United States at night.

If you look at a satellite photo taken at night of the United States, you’ll see a recognizable shape. The coastlines are outlined in light. Major cities are clearly defined. Yet, out in far West Texas, there is a dark area void of major manmade lighting.

This huge dark area is being preserved thanks to a major dark sky preservation movement by local entities.

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Photographing the Nighttime Landscape by Roman Kurywczak

by Roman Kurywczak

Moonlit Night at Park Avenue, Arches National Park. Sigma 12-24mm lens @ 12mm, f/4.5, ISO 100, exposed for just over an hour. Photo by Roman M. Kurywczak

Moonlit Night at Park Avenue, Arches National Park. Sigma 12-24mm lens @ 12mm, f/4.5, ISO 100, exposed for just over an hour. Photo by Roman M. Kurywczak

I have been photographing nighttime landscapes for about 20 years now, capturing images of star trails like the one pictured above with good success (even in the film days). The arrival of digital cameras and their high ISO capabilities has allowed me to push the boundaries of nighttime landscape photography and allowed me to capture the milky way and stars just as we see them. I released my e-book on that subject in February 2011 but wanted to revisit some of the images I had captured with the Sigma 12-24mm lens. The above image is the newest version of my cover shot, but this time the illumination you see is from just the moon. A rock solid tripod and ballhead are a must for this genre of photography. A wide-angle lens is also a must; the Sigma 12-24mm lens is now my lens of choice for my Canon 1D Mark III bodies. For those of you with crop sensors, the 10-20mm F3.5 EX DC HSM should be your go to lens, but keep in mind that any wide angle lens will work (Tip: you should be around 20mm max on a full frame sensor with the settings I will be providing). Continue reading

PHOTOGRAPHER PROJECT: Painting with Light by Ralph A. Clevenger

Story and photographs by Ralph A. Clevenger ©

RAC_130227_004Photographically painting with light has been around for about 100 years. It was made popular by distinguished photographers Man Ray and Barbara Morgan in the 1930s and 1940s. Photographer and inventor Aaron Jones was a master of the hosemaster light painting system and brought the technique into the commercial photography world in the 1980s (see http://aaronjonesphoto.com/). Personally, I’ve been fascinated by it ever since seeing O. Winston Link’s steam locomotive images from the 1950s. Continue reading