ESCALANTE & Slot Canyons Workshop
Dates - May 17-21, 2017
Investment - $1,195
Lodging Not Included
Availability - Limited to 6 People
We will be exploring and photographing the Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument, a stunning area of deep canyons, slot canyons, and amazing rock formations. The area is some of the last true wilderness in the country. Our days will be spent exploring canyons, capturing the best light, and working on post processing.
WHAT TO EXPECT
First and foremost, we are not in this to extend our portfolio or get a free paid trip, we visit and explore the areas we teach workshops in regularly. This workshop is not a vacation for us, we are on the road full time and spend plenty of time in these areas on our own.
Early on in the workshop, we will not photograph at all; our focus will be you and your learning, we will not run off to make photos. As the workshop progresses, we will take a few photos in a limited manner, this is so you can see how we approach a scene, and create comradery with the group, our focus will always remain with you.
Above all, we want this to be a fun experience for you, with our small group size we get to know our clients very well, and we feel like they are part of our extended family. We do this for the love of photography; there is nothing that gives us greater joy than seeing our clients grow and find their artistic vision.
Day 1 - We will meet in front of the hotel in Escalante, UT for introductions at 5:00pm. We will then drive out to our first location for sunset which is at 8:30pm, after sunset we will return for a group dinner.
Day 2 - Sunrise overlooking a beautiful sandstone canyon, we will spend the day exploring Peak-a-boo and Spooky Slot Canyons, photograph sunset at a sandstone arch, and return for dinner.
Day 3 - Sunrise shoot, post processing session mid-day, an afternoon hike to catch the glow in a canyon, sunset shoot at unique sandstone rock formations, milky way over an arch, and return to town.
Day 4 - Photograph a waterfall in the morning, post-processing mid day, sunset at sandstone potholes, return to town.
Day 5 - Sunrise shoot at another arch, back to the hotel by 11am at which time you are free to go.
WHAT IS INCLUDED
- Transportation from the hotel to locations
- Small class size of 6 maximum
- Water and snacks
WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED
- Meals - we will be eating together as a group often though
- Park entrance fees, please stop at the visitor center to pay for a pass when you come in
Spring in the Southwest is generally a very pleasant experience in the mid 70's, hotter temperatures may occur. Mornings are cold, potentially in the high 30's so be prepared for any conditions, including rain.
This is not an extremely strenuous workshop, the longest hike is 6 miles round trip over fairly level land. The slot canyons will require some scrambling, but nothing to be concerned with if you are in good health.
Finding your vision will extend into post processing, I feel this is one of the most important aspects of finding your creative vision. We will cover topics ranging from basic raw development in Lightroom to advanced burning and dodging using Luminosity Masks in Photoshop. You will be amazed at what can be achieved when you know the how and why of advanced post processing.
We will be doing critique sessions for those interested in an honest critique. These can be past images, or those taken during the workshop. Please limit to 10 images that you truly want feedback on, and have them ready on a jump drive.
WHAT TO BRING
Bring a variety of lens from ultra wide angle, standard and telephoto, a tripod will be needed as well. If you bring a suitcase full of lenses, plan on bringing a secondary bag for taking out on shoots and only bringing a couple of the lenses, we will advise what to bring for each location. Bringing too much gear only weighs you down and gives you too many options, not a good scenario for exploring your creativity.
For post processing please bring a laptop with the current version Lightroom and Photoshop. We will be covering Luminosity Masks, we use the TKPanel created by Tony Kuyper, if you are interested in using this you may download the panel from http://goodlight.us/writing/actionspanelv4/panelv4.html
Please bring materials for taking notes as well.
Lodging is not included, but we do have rooms held at the Prospector Inn in Escalante, please call 435-826-4653 and tell them you are with the group Exploring Exposure to get a discounted rate of $59/night.
You are responsible for getting to Escalante, UT. After that we will be traveling as a group in our vehicles. You are welcome to follow along in your own vehicle if preferred, 4wd is not required, but there will be drives down dirt roads.
HOW TO GET THERE
The nearest airports are Las Vegas, or Salt Lake City, either of which are a three hour drive to Escalante.
This workshop is not focused on night photography, but we will be going out at least one of the nights at one of the many dark sky locations we will be visiting. The moon is very full, but does not rise until later in the night, giving us several hours of dark skies in the evening.
FOOD AND DINING
Food is not included, we will be enjoying all meals together as a group (or you may choose to dine by yourself if preferred) at local restaurants.