PHOTO WORKSHOP WITH 3 EVENTS - THE GREAT RENO HOT AIR BALLOON FESTIVAL INCLUDING 2 DAWN BALLOON ASCENSION LAUNCHES PLUS OPTIONAL CHEETAH RUN AND VIRGINIA CITY CAMEL RACES
WORKSHOP DATES: Friday, September 5 to Sunday, September 7, 2014
Departure times: We are planning to car pool to Reno on Friday, September 5. The first group will leave from Alameda at Noon and we will stop at Lake Tahoe on the way to Reno. For those who are not able to leave until later, you can drive up after work and meet us at the hotel.
HOT AIR BALLOONS: If you have never seen a Dawn Ascension of Hot Air Balloons, it is an awesome sight with the brilliant colors of fire against the pitch black sky. We will be attending the launches on both Saturday and Sunday mornings. The Reno Balloon Festival is the largest Free Hot Air Balloon event in the United States with almost 100 incredible hot air balloons.(The Albequerque festival is larger but not free).
OPTIONAL CHEETAH RUN: On Sunday, September 7, there will be an optional trip to the Animal Ark Wildlife Sanctuary where they hold a Cheetah Run. We will also be able to take images of the many other animals in the Ark including Tigers, Cougars, Bears, Bobcats, etc.
OPTIONAL PHOTO BLIND AND GRANDSTAND: All spaces in the photo blind have been reserved, however, there are still spaces available in the grandstand and you can get some great shots from there as well.
VIRGINIA CITY CAMEL RACES: On Saturday, after the Hot Air Balloon Festival, we will go to the Annual Virginia City Camel races featuring camels, ostriches, zebras and emus racing as jockeys from around the world compete. Before the races, there is a nice parade through historic downtown Virginia City. Plan for a day full of fun, laughs and outstanding photographs.
PHOTOGRAPHS FROM PREVIOUS RENO TRIPS: You can see images that were uploaded by those who attended this event last year. Here is a link to it:
You can see images that were uploaded by those who attended the event in 2012
EVENT ORIENTATIONS: Prior to each of the events, there will be an orientation in which you will get a lot of tips about techniques and cameras settings to use to get the best images at each event.
WORKSHOP PRICE: $98.00 (not including hotel, meals, admissions or transportation). If you want to attend the optional Cheetah Run, there is an extra charge of $40.00 for a space in the Grandstand. All of the money from the admission fees goes entirely to the Sanctuary to support their work.
**** WHEN YOU RSVP: When you enter your Yes RSVP for this trip, you will be asked several questions. It is very important that you send the answers to these questions or we will not be able to completion your registration. Thanks very much.
CAR POOLING: We will be organizing car pools for those who are interested. The first group will leave at Noon. If you are not able to leave until after work, you can meet us at the hotel in Reno.
HOTEL ROOMS: We are using a travel agency to handle the hotel room reservations. Because of all the events going on in Reno, prices are higher and many hotels are selling out. The agency has rooms reserved for us at a lower rate but you need to reserve your space and room as soon as possible. Waiting to the last minute is normally a problem.
This will be a really wonderful trip. We have a great group of photographers attending and hope you can join us.