Imagine a landscape that includes miles of endless desert punctuated by large sandstone outcroppings and remote deep slot canyons. This sentence describes one of Utah’s most beautiful gems; Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. It is truly a wild place, one that photographers have endless and diverse scenes to shoot. We will be leading you through this landscape, exploring sandstone arches, desert, and narrow walls of sandstone slot canyons. We will teach you how to photograph and chase the light through the canyons, and follow it as it paints the bright red sandstone outcroppings. From small abstracts to grand scenes, we will photograph this dynamic environment by day, and if weather permits, spend a night or two capturing the newly fully emerged milky way over the rocks and desert. The bright, new spring greens of the cottonwoods contrasted with the red sandstone walls that we will be hiking among creates stunning scenes. We will spend some time going over post processing techniques that bring out the detail and glow in the canyons and landscape. Join us in late spring for this chance to explore and photograph this special place in Utah!
Slot canyons are Mother Nature’s natural mazes. The sinuous curves and the high sandstone walls call out to photographers to capture the essence that makes slot canyons magical. Join us on a tour of some of the more popular slot canyons, and on some personal favorites that are less crowded, and lesser known. We will photograph the intricate curves, details, and larger canyon scenes. We will also have an adventure on Lake Powell to explore an exceptional slot canyon that few have seen, and rivals Antelope Canyon. This canyon can only be accessed via boat and kayaking a short distance (no experience required). This canyon is a truly unique experience you will not find anywhere else. We will also photograph Canyon X at night for another unique experience. During our down time, you will learn post processing to make your photographs shine. Chase the light through the narrow passages and walls with us for this unique photography workshop experience.
Death Valley is one of the hottest, driest, and lowest National Parks in the United States. Even with this distinction, it is a landscape that encompasses many dynamic scenes. These qualities make it an endless world of opportunities for beautiful photographs. Evidence of Earth’s forces can be seen all around the park with the carved canyons, never-ending salt flats, mud cracks, sand dunes, mountain ranges, and rock formations. We will be visiting and photographing this park when more pleasant cooler temperatures are around, and with the winter rains that will have fallen, the landscape will come alive with wildflowers. There will be opportunities to chase the light over this vast landscape, and maybe catch a reflection or two in the salt basins. Will will also venture out one night to photograph the night sky. We will be photographing areas such as the Mesquite Dunes, Badwater Basin, and Zabriskie point, and other locations that have become our favorites over the years, which are lesser known. We will photograph larger scenes, and take time to catch the details in more intimate scenes. During the workshop, we will also have classroom time to teach photo processing techniques and workflow to help your photos stand out! With over 3.4 million acres to explore, there is always something to photograph, and you will not be disappointed. Come photograph and explore this incredible landscape of many faces!
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.