DEATH VALLEY: REFINING YOUR VISION
November 7-13, 2021
COVID-Update: Due to ongoing restrictions, we had to postpone this January workshop, but we have not abandoned it! November is a great time to visit as well.
This is a unique opportunity to learn and master landscape and nature photography techniques while exploring an amazing desert. This desert wilderness challenges you to see more deeply, to find the beauty in the stark contrasts of the landscape. Refine your vision of landscapes in this park with two experienced professional photographers/instructors.
Jed and Brenda have made over a dozen trips to Death Valley, and are intimately familiar with popular and off-the beaten-path locations. This workshop is designed to provide you with insights and tips to push your vision towards making personally expressive images. We’ll photograph early light and late light, and because the angle of light is lower in winter, we’ll have extended photography time at each end of the day. We will visit some iconic locations, such as the Mesquite Flat Dunes, mud hill formations of and near Zabriskie, and Badwater, and we will also explore places that are not often seen by others, including a remote playa. (different than the racetack).
We’ll be there the week of a new moon, allowing for star photography. The low angle of late autumn light provides great shadows and textures, and it’s the season of potential for clouds and dramatic light, all the things landscape photographers look for!
Dates: November 7-13, 2021
Limited to 10.
Price: $1695.00 USD
Meeting Point: Furnace Creek Area, Death Valley National Park*
Pro Leaders: Brenda Tharp & Jed Manwaring
Difficulty Level: Moderate
This workshop involves a moderate amount of walking across rugged terrain on trails and cross country in some locations. You must be able to carry your own equipment on the walks/hikes and be prepared to hike 1-3 miles.
* Brenda Tharp and Jed Manwaring are authorized permittees of the National Park Service.
We’ll open this photo workshop on Sunday night with a visual presentation on and discussion on creating contemplative and expressive photographs, covering topics including photographing with intent, clarifying your vision, creating compositions with impact, how to see in black and white, and more. Brenda and Jed will help you in the field, and we’ll have a mid-week image review/classroom session. We’ll be based at the Oasis (formerly Furnace Creek Ranch). Workshop ends mid-morning on November 13.
The workshop is open to all levels, however a good working knowledge of your camera and the basics of photography will enhance your experience and your results. We devote one-on-one time to all while in the field, and with a maximum of 10 guests, and two leaders, the ratio is low, providing ample hands-on time if you want/need it.
Upon registration, you will be sent more details.
What’s not included: Lodging, all meals, transportation, and personal incidentals including hotel tips, are not included. * It is advisable to have AWD or 4WD. High clearance is not needed, however. More information on this when we send out workshop information.
Early registration is highly recommended for this popular workshop. Registration is on a first-come, first served basis.
Questions? Please email us or call (415) 298-6604, 9 AM – 6 PM PST, M-F. Payment via Paypal or call to use a personal credit card. (fees apply for credit card/paypal use). If mailing a check, we will hold your space 6 days while awaiting your mailed check.
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Deposit $600.00 (if mailed). Final payment will be due November 10, 2020.
The nearest international airport for this workshop is McCarran Airport Las Vegas (LAS) about 150 miles