Sunset at Delicate Arch,
Arches National Park
REGISTRATIONS ARE NOW CLOSED
This 4-day workshop will encompass panorama, HDR, and general landscape photography in one of the most spectacular areas in the world. Please note that I am in negotiations with several sponsors for raffle prizes for this group. Accommodations (not included in the workshop fee) are available at the Moab Valley Inn and Conference Center for the special discounted price of $99/night for this workshop. This also includes use of their conference room so that we can go over the day's photos and you'll get instruction on post-processing panoramas and HDR photos.
The schedule will include the sunset at Dead Horse Point State Park, the sunset at Delicate Arch in Arches National Park, the sunrise at Mesa Arch in Canyonlands National Park, a fantastic journey into Kane Springs Canyon (passable by regular car), and a tour of the surrounding area's pictographs and petroglyphs. After our shoots, we will also sample the fine offerings of the Moab Brewery for those who are interested. Their microbrews are excellent, and the food there is great. We will also post-process our panoramas and HDRs at the end of the each day. It is highly recommended that you bring a laptop with a card reader that supports your camera.
Friday, September 28
We'll meet at the Moab Brewery near the south end of town at 4 p.m., where we'll drive up to Dead Horse Point State Park for the sunset. Spectacular light and shadows will give us tremendous photographic opportunities with sweeping views in all directions.
Sunset at Dead Horse Point State Park
Saturday, September 29
We leave early for Kane Springs Canyon. It's an easy drive right out of Moab. As we drive along the Colorado River, we'll stop and take some photos of prehistoric petroglyphs. Then we'll continue on winding down into Kane Springs Canyon while passing several large boulders with petroglyphs. As Kane Springs Canyon widens, you'll be rewarded with fantastic views and opportunities for panoramas and HDR photos. On our left you'll notice an amazing balanced rock that we'll park and take a short hike to. At the farthest point of our drive, we'll stop at an overlook looking back at the route we came in.
We can then head back to Moab for a quick bite to eat, and then head to Arches National Park to the Devil's Garden, where we'll hike to Landscape Arch, the arch with the longest span in the park. Nearly the length of a football field, Landscape Arch is only 6-feet thick at it thinnest point. Several large sections of rock have fallen from this arch in recent years, therefore the trail underneath the arch has been permanently closed by the National Park Service.
Rock formation in Kane Springs Canyon
Sunday, September 30
Up early again, and this time we'll take the Potash Road (Highway 279) just north of Moab for several opportunities to photograph petroglyphs along the canyon walls of the Colorado River. I will give you the complete tour of these petroglyphs, including a beautifully-preserved petroglyph of prehistoric archers hunting a bear. The we'll scramble up some rocks along the cliff walls to see some dinosaur tracks.
For the afternoon, we'll head to Arches National Park for an afternoon hike up to Delicate Arch. Along the way we'll see the historic Wolfe Ranch and some petroglyphs that include horses (historic rock art, since it was the Spaniards that introduced the horse to North America). Then we'll continue on our hike where you will be guided out to a special overlook where we can look back at Delicate Arch from a rare view point that not many people know about or how to get to. After several panorama photo opportunities, we then head to the main area for shooting Delicate Arch at sunset. See the top photo for what's in store! And then when it gets dark, we will have an outstanding shooting opportunity as we will get a full moon rising at about 9:18 p.m. and giving us a surreal glow where we can practice with time exposures and might even some light painting! Our hike back to the car will be in the dark, but we'll have flashlights to guide us safely back. Walking sticks are recommended for this hike.
Bear hunting scene petroglyph
Monday, October 1
This will be our earliest start of the workshop! We'll leave Moab at 5:00 a.m. and drive up to the Island in the Sky district of Canyonlands National Park. There we will park and take a 1/2-mile hike in the dark (with flashlights of course!) to set up our tripods for the sunrise through Mesa Arch. During this time of the year, the sun rises directly behind the La Sal Mountains near Moab, and will surely make one of the most memorable moments of this workshop. After the shoot, the workshop will be over and you'll be free to head home. For those who are interested, we can caravan back to Grand Junction and take a drive through the beautiful Colorado National Monument.
Sunrise at Mesa Arch,
Canyonlands National Park
*Please note that this itinerary is subject to change due to unforeseen events like severe weather, traffic and/or crowds, road conditions, etc. This is generally a pleasant time of year to visit the Moab area, but this is the desert and anything can happen!
We have partnered with the Moab Valley Inn and Conference Center to bring you great room rates, and to guarantee you a room during the peak season when Moab typically fills up. When you register for this workshop, you will receive a special discount code that you can use when you reserve a room with them. Your discounted room rate is only $99/night for 2 queens or a king-size bed. Please visit their website for more information.
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WHAT TO BRING
DSLR Camera (with at least one extra battery
Laptop computer with a card reader compatible with your camera's storage cards
Comfortable daypack-style camera bag
Light and sturdy tripod
*Hotshoe Bubble Level
*Wireless Remote Release
Zoom lenses (18mm through 200mm highly recommended; ultra wide zoom, and longer zooms optional)
Appropriate clothing for warm weather hiking
Sturdy but comfortable hiking shoes
Flashlight with extra batteries
Snacks and/or energy bars
*Recommended but optional
The weather this time of year can still be pretty warm during the days (90s), but the nights are much more pleasant.
50% down ($300) due within 14 days of RSVP. This initial payment is your RSVP and will guarantee your place in the group. Balance due ($299) by August 28, 2012.
IMPORTANT: ALL ATTENDEES/GUESTS ARE REQUIRED TO SUBMIT A SIGNED ASSUMPTION OF RISK AND RELEASE OF LIABILITY FORM BY AUGUST 28, 2012. DOWNLOAD THE FORM HERE.
Workshop fee includes all field instruction for panoramas and HDRs, critiques, park entrance fees, pre- and post-trip meetings. All transportation, meals, and lodging are the responsibility of each attendee. The Quiet Light LLC has partnered with the Moab Valley Inn for a discount on lodging for this workshop.
There will be a pre-trip meeting in early September. An email will be sent out at least 2 weeks in advance for this meeting.
See photos here from my 2010 Moab workshop and photos here from my 2011 Capitol Reef National Park workshop.