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Spring in Death Valley!

  • Mar 30, 2013 · 8:00 AM
  • Death Valley

Come spend a weekend learning landscape techniques and shooting the amazing landscape of Death Valley. The wildflowers should be in bloom as well (no guarantees!).

I have been photographing and (as important) leading workshops to Death Valley for over thirty years. Come along with this Old Desert Rat! I know all the great locations and the best time of the day (and light) to photograph them.

We will photograph: The Mesquite sand dunes, Rhyolite ghost town, Bad Water, Zabriskie Point, and the Racetrack!

We will officially start early on Saturday morning at 8AM and end Sunday with sunset at the Racetrack. Plan to arrive on Friday evening.

My last workshop to DV produced some great images for the enthusiastic photographers that were there. See a few reviews below.

The workshop will include some live demonstrations on a number of exciting techniques including:

1. Light painting (bring your tripods)
2. HDR and my own modified version of HDR

Other topics include:

1. Exosure and learning to love the Histogram
2. White balance
3. RAW or jpeg?
4. Composition
5. Techniques to emphasize depth in a scene

Plan to get up early and shoot for most of the day with breaks for meals (not provided).

We will be based in a great little Nevada town that is pretty cool and close by. The motel rooms run around $55/night (not included). This town is very convenient and much less expensive than staying in the park.

We will follow the weekend with a critique session about 30 days later. At that time I will also demonstrate my post processing and HDR techniques.

Come along. We'll have a great weekend!

Workshop fee covers workshop only. Travel, meals, motel are not included. A detailed information sheet with motel information and itinerary will be provided upon signing up.

ADDED BONUS: I will provide you with a set of educational tutorials that I have created on various photography techniques including HDR, composition, exposure, how your camera's meter works and much more. Once you are signed up I will email you the download link. This tutorial set includes over 8 hours of instruction on many topics.

Carpooling can be arranged from So. CA. I will be renting a 4WD SUV and you are welcome to carpool up with me, sharing the cost (est. $280) and gas.

This is a small workshop, which I prefer, and it usually fills. If you prefer you can secure your spot with a deposit of $100 and the balance paid just before the workshop. To do this, go to Paypal directly and use my id: [masked]. Then RSVP "Yes" here.

Questions? Email me.


Susan: "This meetup trip was fantastic! It exceeded my expectations. Rick Rosen took us to all of the places I wanted to see + much more! This tour enabled me to go to the Racetrack to photograph the famous "rolling rocks." We also went through Titus Canyon, an amazing ride that the park ranger & photographer said was the most scenic drive in DV. We also went to many other locations such as Mesquite Dunes, Badwater, Artist Pallet. Zabrieski Point + much more! We went to the ghost town of Rhyolite for day shoots and night-time light painting. Leader Rick rented a 4WD so we would be comfortable. 4WDs needed for some of the roads. We carpooled, he even picking me up at my house!!! We were on the go from early a.m. till after sunset. His assistant was personable and helpful. We were lucky no wind & mild temps. After the official workshop ended, we meandered back through Owens Valley & Alabama Hills. Enjoyed Rick's tales of when he taught with Ansel Adams.

Eric: "Absolutely incredible. Breathtaking. There is so much to photograph in Death Valley, you need an experienced guide. Rick's knowledge of the place, along with his easy going attitude and willingness to stop at a moment's notice to photo something made this the best workshop I have ever attended.

Everyone was friendly and easy to get along with too."

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  • Rick R.

    One spot left for this weekend. The weather is perfect with even some clouds anticipated which is very rare for Death Valley. The road to the racetrack has been recently graded so we will be photographing there!

    March 28, 2013

  • Greg V.

    Just wanted to make sure you got my $100 deposit for this trip.

    March 1, 2013

    • Rick R.

      Hi Greg, Yes I did. Thanks.

      March 1, 2013

  • Greg V.

    I would also like to share in the suv rental cost.

    February 27, 2013

  • Rick R.

    Sorry about that. I can only have one price on Meetup so it defaults to the total cost of $400. Just use my email address, [masked] directly on Paypal. Then RSVP here.

    January 8, 2013

  • Vijay S.

    Hey Rick, I'd like to register for this meetup (+1 guest) - i'm good paying $100 per person as deposit for now - when I RSVP, its asking me to pay $800. Thanks for your help!

    January 7, 2013

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Your organizer's refund policy for Spring in Death Valley!

Refunds offered if:

  • the Meetup is cancelled
  • the Meetup is rescheduled

Additional notes: I cannot refund for your attendance if you cancel. What I will do though is credit you toward a future Death Valley or other workshop.

Payments you make go to the organizer, not to Meetup. You must make refund requests to the organizer.

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