Autumn at White Sands National Monument Photo Workshop

Join Eloquent Light for a unique opportunity to visit one of award-winning photographer Craig Varjabedian’s favorite places to make photographs – White Sands National Monument. Understand for yourself why Craig has been returning to these beautiful dunes over and over again and why he was compelled to create a book dedicated to them: Into the Great White Sands.

The workshop
Explore the dramatic and fairy–tale like terrains of White Sands National Monument in southern New Mexico, while fully immersing yourself in the legendary allure of rolling sand dunes and the stark beauty of landscape and sky. White Sands is a place that will not only leave you breathless, but also most certainly will inspire a whole new energy and passion within you, while taking your photography to the next level.

The plan
Our incredible journey will be based in Alamogordo in south central New Mexico, as we spend four days at White Sands National Monument exploring the rolling white sands. The challenge of this workshop will be in capturing the high-low contrast of this remarkable landscape. Autumn is beautiful with the cottonwood trees turning sparkling gold and the temperate weather. The intrepid photographer will be rewarded with indelible images of dream-like scenes and lost eras when a different aesthetic prevailed. Craig will provide hands-on one-on-one guidance in the field as needed.

We will be out photographing in both morning and evening light during the workshop. As we have time and upon request, during mid-day hours we can look at images on your laptop computer to provide feedback and further your progress.

Southern New Mexico is known for its great nighttime skies, especially for photographers. One evening we will be out late on the dunes photographing the night sky, weather permitting.

Background
Rising from the heart of the Tularosa Basin is one of the world's great natural wonders - the glistening white sands of New Mexico. Great wave-like dunes of gypsum sand have engulfed 275 square miles of desert, creating the world's largest gypsum dune field. White Sands National Monument preserves a major portion of this unique dune field, along with the plants and animals that live there.

Skill level
This workshop is a terrific opportunity for all digital photographers who are essentially familiar with their cameras. You should be able to download, edit and manage images on your laptop computer. You need to be able to carry your own camera gear and tripod and be capable of walking and light hiking on sand, rocks and somewhat varied terrain. You will need to know, before you get here, how to set and use auto bracketing on your camera, if your camera has this feature.

The Great White Sands: Photographing Autumn at White Sands National Monument

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