Southwest Fall Photo Tour: November 7-11, 2018
Southwest Fall Photo Tour: November 7-11, 2018
Cool nights, pleasant days and smaller crowds make this my favorite time of year in the Southwest. Our workshop begins on Wednesday at noon where we'll meet at Kanab and head to Zion to pickup our Dry Pants Packages for the Narrows then to East Mesa for sunset. On Thursday morning we'll leave at 5:30 to catch the 7am Zion shuttle and spend 5-7hrs hiking the narrows. On Friday we'll leave in the morning and spend most of the day and early night photographing White Pocket. Saturday we'll spend time in Grand Staircase-Escalante NM at the Toadstool Hoodoos, Yellow Rock, and Paria. On Sunday we'll finish our tour with a sunrise location in Zion or GSENM. You're welcome to stay in the area and continue exploring on your own after, recommended nearby areas: Toroweap, Smokey Mountain Rd, Bryce Canyon NP, Horseshoe Bend, Grand Canyon NP, Escalante.
Dates: Nov 7-11, 2018
Start - Stop Days: Wed afternoon - Sunday morning
Max Class size: 6
Nearest Airports: St. George, Las Vegas, Phoenix, Salt Lake
Lodging: Not Included
Preferred Accommodations: Comfort Suites $100/night
Transportation: 4x4 transportation provided to all locations, participants are responsible for transport to/from Kanab. If you have a 4x4 vehicle with off-road clay and sand experience you are welcome to drive yourself to photo locations.
Special Gear: Dry Pants Package for Narrows Provided
Fitness: Moderate - Hikes from .5-8 miles on and off trail over uneven terrain and in a cold flowing river, elevations of 4000-7000 ft.
- Zion National Park: The Virgin River and the Narrows, East Mesa
- Vermillion Cliffs: White Pocket
- Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument: Paria, Yellow Rock, Toadstool Hoodoos
Climate: Cool days 40-65˚F, Cold Nights 20-40˚F, Typically dry with occasional storms
What You Will Learn
Desert Photography: The primary goal of this workshop is to guide you to the best spots and provide instruction while shooting.
Shooting Techniques: Camera setup along with the importance of learning your camera. Camera settings such as ISO, aperture, and shutter speed. Compositions for the various types of landscape photography encountered including grand vistas and more intimate scenes.
Post Processing: This is a photo tour and not designed for classroom time on post-processing, but we will discuss shooting techniques in the field that allow for easier and better editing. If the weather prevents us from shooting we will possibly use that time for post-processing instruction.
Location Scouting: We'll discuss the best locations for desert photography in the Southwest as well as how to find new and different angles on popular spots. We'll also cover techniques for planning the time to photograph, and researching/reading the weather.
Registered participants will receive a recommended gear list as well as any other important information.
To be at the best locations for sunrise and sunset our hours in the field will vary. Some locations require a couple hours travel on rough backcountry roads.
The final itinerary is subject to change based on weather and conditions. Every year the prevailing weather conditions in the fall are different and affect which locations are accessible.
This workshop will take place in remote desert areas. Not all areas have bathrooms and you will need to bury or pack out any waste, I will provide a shovel and any needed toiletries. We will be hiking on this trip and possible locations could include steep trails, rocky terrain, off-trail travel, and high elevation, you must be able to handle 2-8 miles of moderate desert hiking per day.
- If you cancel 90+ days prior to the workshop your payment is refunded minus a $125 fee; if you transfer your spot to another participant the fee is waived minus any payment processing fees.
- 90 days to the start of the workshop a refund is only available if your spot can be filled. You can transfer your spot to another photographer or wait to see if it's filled (I will attempt to fill it from any wait-list). The full remaining balance is due 60 days before the workshop and a $125 processing fee will be applied to any transfers until the start of the workshop. No refunds on the full amount owed after 60 days.
There are NO EXCEPTIONS TO THIS POLICY for any reason, medical, weather, or otherwise. You are encouraged to purchase travel insurance and refundable airfare to cover any potential losses due to illness, family emergency, natural disaster, etc. If you fly with points on Southwest it's easy to get a refund for use on future flights. All cancellation requests must be in writing and received either by US mail or E-mail.
I reserve the right to cancel any workshop if the minimum student enrollment is not met or unavoidable circumstances prevent its start. In the event of a cancelation, participants will be given the option of rescheduling for a later date, transferring to another future workshop, or a full refund. I am not liable for any travel or lodging expenses incurred due to cancellation and as such travel insurance is recommended.
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