Southwest Slot canyon Workshop
Dates - November 7-12, 2017
Investment - $1,995 (Initial Payment of $795)
Lodging Not Included
Gear Rental and Transportation Included
Availability - Limited to 6 People (Filling fast!)
This is a unique opportunity to explore some of the greatest slot canyons in the southwest, many of which are off the beaten path. We will start by photographing the famous Zion Narrows during fall colors, getting to each location during the optimal 'glow'. We will then move to Grand Staircase Escalante to photograph three different unique slot canyons without the crowds of Antelope Canyon. After this, we will go to the Vermillion Cliffs and photograph the longest and deepest slot canyon in the world. This is a physically demanding trip, please read the physical requirements before signing up.
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 Springdale, UT for introductions at 2:30pm. We will then drive out to our first location for sunset which is at 5:30pm, after sunset we will return for a group dinner.
Day 2 - In the morning we will photograph the Towers of the Virgin for sunrise, then we will spend the full day exploring the Zion Narrows during fall colors. We will photograph sunset at the iconic Watchman, then return to Springdale for dinner at the legendary Oscar's Cafe.
Day 3 - We will photograph the Zion canyon from Canyon Overlook, then drive to Escalante, where we will spend the day exploring Peak-a-boo and Spooky Slot Canyons. For sunset we will photograph a remote sandstone arch, then return to Escalante for dinner.
Day 4 - Sunrise at a beautiful overlook of vast sandstone landscapes. In the morning we will go over post processing, then explore Zebra Slot Canyon. We will photograph sunset on a massive rock of sandstone filled with potholes, and return to Escalante for dinner.
Day 5 - Another sunrise at an overlook near Escalante followed by more post processing time. We will then drive to Kanab and spend the afternoon in Buckskin Gulch, the longest and deepest slot canyon in the world. Then return to Kanab for dinner.
Day 6 - We will rise early to drive to Bryce Canyon for sunrise, then drive to Kanarra Creek, a slot canyon complete with waterfalls. We will then return to Springdale where you can pick up your car and be on your way by 1pm.
WHAT IS INCLUDED
- Transportation from the hotel to locations
- Small class size of 6 maximum
- Water and snacks
- Dry pants, boots, neoprene socks, and a walking stick rental for hiking the Narrows and other slot canyons that have water
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
Fall in the Southwest is generally a very pleasant experience in the 60's, hotter temperatures may occur, along with the possibility of snow. Mornings are cold, so be prepared for any conditions, including rain.
This a s strenuous workshop for all of the canyons, they are not technical canyons that require rappelling or anything of that nature, but you will need to be fit enough to climb over rocks, and endure several days of tiring hikes. The hike into the Narrows is a long strenuous day of 7 miles total walking in the river, working against the current for the first half of the day. Being in good physical condition is a requirement for this workshop, if you have any doubts please contact us before signing up to discuss further.
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 have rooms held at the following locations, please call in to confirm and provide them with your credit card information.
- November 7 & 8 - Bumbleberry Inn located in Springdale, UT. Call (435) 710-5036 and tell them you are with the group Exploring Exposure. $130/night
- November 9 & 10 - Circle D Motel located in Escalante, UT. Call (435) 826-4297 and tell them you are with the group Exploring Exposure. $59/night
- November 11 - Comfort Suites located in Kanab, UT. Call 435-644-8200 and tell them you are with a group and the confirmation number is 75378646. $94/night
You are responsible for getting to Springdale, 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
Please visit this site for directions.
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 the local restaurants.