Stark. Desolate. Magical. Vast. Inspiring. Just a few adjectives to describe Death Valley. It’s a land of expanses and graphics, of color, light and texture.
In this photo workshop we will explore this target rich environment, which is packed with geological beauty along with a dose of cultural history. We will visit the sand dunes, salt flats, colorful geological formations, scenic overlooks and more. We have also planned this trip to take advantage of moonless dark skies for celestial photography, weather permitting.
Our days will start early with a sunrise shoot, possibly followed by a secondary location and, of course, breakfast. In the middle of the day we will typically meet for critiques and presentations. This is flexible and will depend on the photo opportunities we come across. In the afternoon we will head out again for a late day and sunset shoot. We also plan on getting out for some night photography and we will send you some suggestions on how to get yourself ready for that adventure.
In the field we will place emphasis on using proper technique and craftsmanship behind the camera. We will work on improving your landscape photography, including choosing foregrounds, using hyperfocal focusing and knowing when to use graduated neutral density filters or digital techniques to capture the entire range of light in a scene.
And we will be pushing you to look at the world in different ways, to try something you have not tried before, or shoot with a specific purpose or digital darkroom process in mind.
Your leaders for this adventure are Rod Barbee and Cliff Zenor, both of whom have been leading trips for the better part of two decades.