Windswept mesas, monolithic towers of red rock and ancient petroglyphs are just a sampling of the great locations we will photograph in Monument Valley and Hunts Mesa. A favorite location for many Western movies, there will be several vantage points to capture the vast, often dramatic sky against the monoliths in the valley.
Monument Valley is sacred land to the Navajo Nation, and you will explore the area with award-winning Navajo photographer LeRoy DeJolie. LeRoy will not only show you the beauty of Navajoland but he will also share his culture and tradition while helping you capture the spiritual qualities of the land in your photographs.
Monument Valley is home to some of the most dramatic lighting in the world. Learn how to capture the light and play with color – from the bright red mesas to the darker shadows along the valley floor. Shoot everything from the well-known Mitten Buttes and John Ford’s Point to rippling sand dunes and massive rock monoliths. You will cover the entire area – from down in the Valley to high on Hunt’s Mesa. You will even spend one inspirational night camping out on Hunt’s Mesa, shooting sunset and sunrise there. LeRoy will help you expand your creative vision (all camping gear provided by our Navajo guide).
You will enjoy special guided tours to photograph petroglyphs, ruins and the pancakes in Mystery Valley as well as a visit to a traditional Navajo hogan and a sheep drive across the sandy dunes.
We will be conducting several image critiques. You can use this time to learn what to consider on your next day’s shoot as well as post-processing tips to apply when you get home.
So, walk in the shoes of John Ford, John Wayne and… Forrest Gump! Join us for a once-in-a-lifetime trip to Monument Valley and Hunt’s Mesa.