Havasupai Falls with Jason Mihalick

Backcountry Shutter Photography

It’s Havasupai Falls folks! We all know that this is one of the most sought out destinations for photographers worldwide, so join us as we explore some of the most magnificent waterfalls and beautiful blue waters man has ever experienced.
WHAT DOES THE WORKSHOP COST INCLUDE AND NOT INCLUDE?
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Transportation from McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas, Nevada, to Kingman, Arizona, where you will stay one night at a local hotel
Transportation the next morning from hotel in Kingman to trailhead where you’ll board a helicopter that will transport us into the town of Supai, Arizona.
Transport of your gear from trailhead
In-field instruction on composition of waterfalls and landscapes, creativity, and proper selection and use of filters
In-field instruction on Astrophotography to include, but not limited to: tracking the Milky Way, composition, star trails, light-painting, and more
Your own cot in a group tent at private group campground
Transport of you and your gear from the town of Supai back to the trailhead
A second night of lodging after the trip in Kingman before we head back to McCarran International Airport where our trip will be finalized
This workshop does NOT include your meals, hiking/camping gear, and gratuity for guides and locals

Arizona Birds and Bats with Nate Chappell and Ken Archer

Join Nate Chappell and Ken Archer for 5 great days of photography in Southern Arizona. During this workshop we will use mutli-flash and photo trap setups to capture stunning images of hummingbirds and bats. We will also help you capture super action shots of native Arizona bird species from blinds at waterholes and water drips. Nate will give presentations on photographing birds in the wild, using flash for bird photography and raw image processing. We will have sessions on the hummingbird multi-flash setup where you can photograph up to 4 species of hummingbirds, we will have 2 evening bat and owl photography sessions and many sessions photographing birds from blinds. We will also do some natural light set up hummingbird photography. You will need a minimum of a 300mm lens or 200mm lens with teleconverter. For the hummingbirds and bats you don’t need a larger lens than that, for the other birds more focal length is desirable.

Great Photography Spots in Vermillion Cliffs National Monument

Fantastic lunar landscape of the Wave, in the Vermillion Cliffs National Monument, located in both Utah and Arizona.

Fantastic lunar landscape of the Wave, in the Vermillion Cliffs National Monument, located in both Utah and Arizona.

Story & Photography by Jerry Ginsberg

Exploring the Southwest

Although the four states that comprise the great Southwest (New Mexico, Arizona, Colorado and Utah) contain a combined total of thirteen national parks, this vast area has so much spectacular natural beauty that all of it could not possibly be contained within these parks.

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Majestic Monument Valley

The Mittens, Monument Valley.

The famed Mittens, calling card of Monument Valley Tribal Park, Utah and Arizona.

Story & Photography by Jerry Ginsberg

Monument Valley Tribal Park, situated within the sprawling Navajo Nation, is not a National Park, nor is it federal land. It is a fascinating and wonderfully scenic, 30+ square mile chunk of Arizona and Utah belonging to the Navajo people.

In only a few places on Earth can we find such a concentration of fantastically-eroded sandstone formations in such a relatively small area.

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Backing Up

View from atop Hunt’s Mesa in Monument Valley Tribal Park of the Navajo Nation, AZ. © Jerry Ginsberg

Story and photographs by Jerry Ginsberg

 

To apply some advice that I received several years ago, one hard drive will annoy ya….two are a paranoia. The hard truth is that only three things in life are certain: death, taxes and hard drive failures. They all have finite life spans. No matter how sophisticated your drives may be, given enough use over enough time, they will fail.  Not if, but when.

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HAVASUPAI REBORN, by Kerrick James

Havasu Falls and Rainbow

Havasu Falls and Rainbow

The landscape of the Colorado Plateau is ephemeral, a changeling, although to beings with short life spans this land seems immutable, a constant. But in canyon country stunning changes can occur in a single afternoon, altering the course of a stream, stranding a waterfall, even creating a new unheralded cascade. Thus, it has always been in Havasupai, named for the people of the blue-green water.

Havasupai, the mythic side canyon hidden well to the west of the South Rim summer mayhem and adjoining Grand Canyon National Park, has always been near the top of my favorite locations to photograph. I’ve been lucky to shoot this desert Shangri-la a dozen times since the late 70’s, with a progression of cameras from 4×5 to 67 Pentax to a variety of digital formats. For years I blithely assumed that the interwoven terraces of travertine below each of the three great waterfalls, Havasu, Navajo, and Mooney, would always be there to compose as one of the most artistic foregrounds imaginable. Continue reading