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This is a group for anyone interested in photography, outdoor photography, landscape, fine art, abstract, and travel photography. All skills levels are welcome. I started this group to meet other outdoor photography enthusiasts. Looking forward to exploring the outdoors and the digital darkroom with everybody.

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2019 Southwest Winter Photography Adventure

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Ready for a unique photography adventure in some of the most breathtaking landscapes in the world? Here are the details. The fun begins in Las Vegas where we embark on our journey together in a van. Our first destination is a drive through Zion National Park followed by Bryce Canyon. We spend two nights in Bryce Canyon then two nights in Page, Arizona close to Horseshoe Bend and Antelope Canyon. Both Javier and I have working photography experience of over 30 years. We are there to help you create lasting images and improve your photography any way we can. We enjoy helping fellow photographers so please feel free to ask us questions along the trip. No question is too basic so ask away! Photographs are stories and photography is one of the most powerful tools to share a story and convey your vision of the world to others. We will help guide you tell your story of these spectacular locations. Our goal is to meet fellow photographers and share the journey of photographing the best landscape of the Southwest and come away with amazing images that can be shared with friends and family! FEE: $900 Please make deposit of $450 required before RSVP or you will be removed. Here is the link to make your deposit. Paypal Link (https://goo.gl/aHymVr) Please Note: We can take a maximum of 8 photographers. To make this trip happen we will need a full group of eight. If we do not have 8 photographers by December 15th all your payments will be refunded. MEETING LOCATION : Las Vegas on the of January 21st. To be determined. Here is our itinerary. Day One- Jan 21 : Starts in Las Vegas at 7 am. We will pick up the rental van and head out for a drive through Zion and up to Bryce. To Spend the night at Bryce. Shoot along the way. Day Two- Jan 22: Stay and enjoy Bryce. Hike amongst the HooDoo Towers and shoot Sunset at Bryce. Enjoying a good meal with everyone. Day Three- Jan 23: Head out to from Bryce to Page Arizona. Shoot Sunset at Horseshoe Bend. Shoot along the way from Bryce to Page. Day Four- Jan 24: Wake up at Page and Shoot Horseshoe Bend at Sunrise. Shoot Slot canyons. Slot Canyons are shot at midday. Sunset at Marble Canyon. Day Five- Jan 25: Sunrise Shoot and drive through Valley Of Fire to Las Vegas. Hotel information and links to make your reservations: Best Western at Bryce Utah: http://www.brycecanyongrand.com Best Western at Page Arizona: https://www.bestwestern.com/en_US/book/hotel-details.03117.html?iata=00171880&ssob=BLBWI0004G&cid=BLBWI0004G:google:gmb:03117 Southwest Airline: Our flight # (We will fly out Sunday, Jan 20th, To be ready early on Monday 21st) CAMERA GEAR: • Tripod. It is important for most landscape shooters to use a tripod. This is a key tool. It allows you to bracket create your shots. • Camera and manual, plus extra batteries. Bring your manual, we don’t know where all the setting might be if we are looking to change something. Lenses. Some people love to capture all they see so a wide angle lens is great for that this will be great inside the mission. Others like to zoom into small areas, a telephoto or zoom lens will serve this shooter. Filters. Bring your neutral density filters both graduated and straight. In addition, graduated colored filters could make some dramatic shots. Also bring your circular polarizer, as you never know when glare might be a problem. • Cable Release. (highly suggested) They allow for long exposures without camera shake, beyond the 30-second maximum most cameras have for shots taken by timer. • Flash. We can use flash and extra batteries and flashlights with head lamps on this workshop. As night photography will need some kind of “light painting” to illuminate our subject matters. If you choose to do some of this kind of photography. Note: We will have a full moon! FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS: What camera gear do I bring? Bring your camera and any tool you would like to use to help aid incancelled capturing the scene. See our camera gear recommendations list above. How much does it cost? The workshop cost $900 including ground transportation from Vegas and back. Deposit of $450 required before RSVP or we will remove you. Full payment will be needed by the end of December. Here is the link to make your deposit. Paypal Link (https://goo.gl/aHymVr) Final Payment Link Final Paypal Payment Link (https://goo.gl/NaRvty) The workshop price does not include your lodging, meals, air transportation, or any entry fees. What about refunds? Full refunds are offered if the workshop is canceled or rescheduled for any reason including not having the minimum amount of photographers. If you cancel your deposit will be lost within 60 days of the trip. If you cancel within 30 days you forfeit the full amount. Can I share accommodations with other photographers going? Yes!! Please use the meetup comments section to meet and arrange your shared lodging with other photographers. We encourage this, as it's a great way of getting to know a fellow photographer. We also will have a secret Facebook group that we can communicate through. Just set your interest to share early. Can I still come if I am just learning my camera settings and photography? Yes!! New photographers are welcome to come and pick our brains. That said, please let us know what level you are at. Most photographers will have a basic understanding of their camera equipment. They will post-process their images using software such as Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom. Photographers who know a little about this will get more out of the workshop. What happens if the weather is poor, like raining, do you cancel? We will not cancel the trip and we will work with whatever weather Mother Nature gives us. That said we have gotten the best pictures on days with clouds in the sky. I hope we have clouds but if we don’t, we will bring you to places that create the best images for whatever weather we run across. Some of the best pictures are shot on days that it rains, and clouds make for dramatic skies. Bring an umbrella! Do I tip my workshop guide? Tipping is customary in the U.S. service industry and is an important component of guides’ compensation. The tip amount is at your discretion, but as a rough guide, consider giving 5 to 10 percent. What should I wear? Please wear comfortable, warm clothing and shoes at the workshop, we’ll be on our feet for hours. Wear clothes that you can get a little bit dirty as we may kneel, lay down, or track mud on our shoes. Bring a hat and gloves, thermal under garments, no need to be uncomfortable. The temp can drop to the teens, make sure that you have warm clothing. Should I bring water or snacks? We will have water and snacks on the drive, but you are welcome to bring what you like. REMEMBER OUR GOAL: Have a great time taking photographs of and to meet fellow photo enthusiast, and come away with amazing images that you share with friends and family!

2019 Spring Workshop To Alabama Hills, Death Valley and Trona Pinnacles

San Jose, Address will be given once you register

Many of YOU have requested Death Valley this Spring. This will surely fill up quickly, Don't wait too long and save your spot. Please also make your hotel reservations asap, Stovepipe Wells gets booked quickly. The cost is $600 Including transportation. First, ten people to reserve a spot with a workshop deposit will be officially registered to join us. The registration fee is $300. The full payment is due February 15th. The Paypal Deposit link is found here->) PayPal. https://goo.gl/doDsY5 https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=XA9HLNZJPHBXJ Why are you charging, you ask? Because we enjoy doing workshops but it does take us away from paying gigs and there's no way we can do this without compensation so I hope you think this is fair, we think it is. You can look at any other workshops out there. You may notice a whole host of offerings for free to many many thousands of dollars. We did this to be out in the field and enjoy the thrill and discovery of being able to take beautiful pictures at the right time and location. Both Javier and I absolutely love being out in the field and seeing the sights, smelling the smells and hearing sounds. But more importantly, we enjoyed capturing the scenes and visions in our mind's eye with a camera. We do this to share our fun with other passionate photographers. Anyone who has joined us on our free workshops probably has seen this passion in action. Here is our itinerary. On the first day we are planning to leave the San Jose area and travel south down Highway Five to the flowers around the Grapevine and beyond. We will go through Mohave and up to the small town of Lone Pine, CA. This is where we will spend One night. Not far from Lone Pine is the awesome Alabama Hills scenery that includes Lone Pine Peak and the highest point in the 48 states, Mount Whitney. This evening, we will photograph the sunset at the Alabama Hills and do some night photography. The next morning we will get up and do a sunrise shoot. After breakfast, we will head to Death Valley. In Death Valley, we will photograph a Sunset, Astro Photography. On our third day, we will do a sunrise in Death Valley, eat breakfast then off to the Trona Pinnacles for sunset and Astrophotography. Will spend the night in Ridgecrest and take it easy on Sunday our final day. After that will take a long leisurely drive back to the Bay Area photographing a long way. We'll share some good spots that we can stop at, depending on the weather of the best ways to go. I think it'll be a lot of fun. So that's the trip in a nutshell. Lodging Info: Thursday, April 11th Lone Pine Lodging Best Western Plus Frontier Motel 1008 S Main St, Lone Pine, CA 93545 (760)[masked] http://bestwesterncalifornia.com/hotels/best-western-plus-frontier-motel Friday, April 12th Stovepipe Wells. Stovepipe Wells Village Hotel 51880 Highway 190, Death Valley, CA 92328 (760)[masked]http://www.deathvalleyhotels.com/ Saturday, April 13th Best Western China Lake Inn 400 S China Lake Blvd (760)[masked] https://www.bestwestern.com/en_US/book/hotels-in-ridgecrest/best-western-china-lake-inn/propertyCode.05590.html CAMERA GEAR: • Tripod. It is important for most landscape shooters to use a tripod. This is a key tool. You will need a tripod to shoot night photography. This location will help us learn how to deal with low light and focusing on areas of minimal lights. Make sure the tripod you use is sturdy too. Set it up and watch to see if it moves. Some lightweight tripods and hooks on them to hang some weight on, like your camera bag or a sandbag. Test your gear before the trip by going out and photographing at night. • Camera and manual, plus Extra Batteries. Bring your manual, we don’t know where all the setting might be if we are looking to change something. You will also want a couple of extra batteries. We want you to be able to photograph at all times. Trust me, it’s a bummer having no juice. • Lenses. Capture big areas with a wide angle lens. Most landscape photographers use wide angle lenses (11- 35mm) and we will defiantly use them for night star photography. Bring a 35mm for cropped sensors or 50mm for full sensors. This “standard” lens better captures the perspective that matches what your eye sees. Others like to zoom into small areas, a telephoto or zoom lens will serve this shooter. All lens sizes will serve you well on this trip. • Filters. Bring your neutral density filters, both graduated and fixed ND. In addition, graduated colored filters could make some dramatic shots. Also, bring your circular polarizer. As you never know when glare might be a problem. • Cable Release. (highly suggested) They allow for long exposers without camera shake, beyond the 30-second maximum most cameras have for shots taken by a timer. Do yourself a favor and get a cable release for your camera body. Test it out before the workshop as well. FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS: What does the price include? The price includes instruction, planning and all ground transportation from San Jose and back. Does not include your lodging, meals or any entry fees. Spring Desert Workshop 2019 Deposit $300 https://goo.gl/doDsY5 Spring Desert Workshop 2019 Final Payment $300 https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=YRRPX64EG4GSY What about refunds? Full refunds are offered if the workshop is canceled or rescheduled for any reason. If you cancel your deposit will be last within 60 days of the trip. If you cancel within 30 days you forfeit the full amount. Can I share accommodations with other photographers going? Yes!! Please use the meetup comments section to meet and arrange your shared lodging with other photographers. We encourage this, as it's a great way of getting to know a fellow photographer. Can I still come if I am just learning my camera settings and photography? Yes!! New photographers are welcome to come and pick our brains. That said, please let us know what level you are at. Most photographers will have a basic understanding of their camera equipment. They will post-process their images using software such as Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom. Photographers who know a little about this will get more out of the workshop. What should I wear? Please wear comfortable, warm clothing and shoes at the workshop, we’ll be on our feet for many hours. Wear clothes that you can get a little bit dirty as we may kneel, lay down, or track mud on our shoes. Bring a hat and gloves, no need to be uncomfortable. The nights will be cold and the days in Death Valley average 90 degrees. Bring sunscreen and comfortable clothes for both hot and cold weather. We will send you a suggested packing list prior to the trip. Should I bring food, water or snacks? We will provide water and some snacks, please bring any special food that you may need. What happens if the weather is poor, like raining, do you cancel? We will not cancel the trip and we will work with whatever weather Mother Nature gives us. It rarely rains in Death Valley so a rainout is highly unlikely. That said we have gotten the best pictures on days with clouds in the sky. I hope we have clouds but if we don’t we will bring you to places that create the best images for whatever weather we run across Some of the best pictures are shot on days that it rains, and clouds make for dramatic skies. Bring an umbrella! Do I tip my workshop guide? Tipping is customary in the U.S. service industry and is an important component of guides’ compensation. The tip amount is at your discretion, but as a rough guide, consider giving 5 to 10 percent. OUR GOAL: Have a great time taking photographs. Learn tips and tricks to create better compositions, night photographs and better landscape photographs in general. Meet fellow photo enthusiast, share our passion with each other and come away with amazing images that you share with friends and family!

2019 Spring Workshop II To Alabama Hills, Death Valley and Trona Pinnacles

San Jose, Address will be given once you register

Due to high demand! We will add a second trip to Death Valley this Spring. Don't wait too long and save your spot, your deposit guarantees your spot, not the RSVP. Please also make your hotel reservations ASAP, Stovepipe Wells gets booked quickly. The cost is $600 Including transportation. First, ten people to reserve a spot with a workshop deposit will be officially registered to join us. The registration fee is $300. The full payment is due February 15th. The Paypal Deposit link is found here->) PayPal. https://goo.gl/mWG9VY Why are you charging, you ask? Because we enjoy doing workshops but it does take us away from paying gigs and there's no way we can do this without compensation so I hope you think this is fair, we think it is. You can look at any other workshops out there. You may notice a whole host of offerings for free to many many thousands of dollars. We did this to be out in the field and enjoy the thrill and discovery of being able to take beautiful pictures at the right time and location. Both Javier and I absolutely love being out in the field and seeing the sights, smelling the smells and hearing sounds. But more importantly, we enjoyed capturing the scenes and visions in our mind's eye with a camera. We do this to share our fun with other passionate photographers. Anyone who has joined us on our free workshops probably has seen this passion in action. Here is our itinerary. On the first day we are planning to leave the San Jose area and travel south down Highway Five to the flowers around the Grapevine and beyond. We will go through Mohave and up to the small town of Lone Pine, CA. This is where we will spend One night. Not far from Lone Pine is the awesome Alabama Hills scenery that includes Lone Pine Peak and the highest point in the 48 states, Mount Whitney. This evening, we will photograph the sunset at the Alabama Hills and do some night photography. The next morning we will get up and do a sunrise shoot. After breakfast, we will head to Death Valley. In Death Valley, we will photograph a Sunset, Astro Photography. On our third day, we will do a sunrise in Death Valley, eat breakfast then off to the Trona Pinnacles for sunset and Astrophotography. Will spend the night in Ridgecrest and take it easy on Sunday our final day. After that will take a long leisurely drive back to the Bay Area photographing a long way. We'll share some good spots that we can stop at, depending on the weather of the best ways to go. So that's the trip in a nutshell. Lodging Info: Thursday, April 25th Lone Pine Lodging Best Western Plus Frontier Motel 1008 S Main St, Lone Pine, CA 93545 (760)[masked] http://bestwesterncalifornia.com/hotels/best-western-plus-frontier-motel Friday, April 26th Stovepipe Wells. Stovepipe Wells Village Hotel 51880 Highway 190, Death Valley, CA 92328 (760)[masked] http://www.deathvalleyhotels.com/ Saturday, April 27th Best Western China Lake Inn 400 S China Lake Blvd (760)[masked] https://www.bestwestern.com/en_US/book/hotels-in-ridgecrest/best-western-china-lake-inn/propertyCode.05590.html CAMERA GEAR: • Tripod. It is important for most landscape shooters to use a tripod. This is a key tool. You will need a tripod to shoot night photography. This location will help us learn how to deal with low light and focusing on areas of minimal lights. Make sure the tripod you use is sturdy too. Set it up and watch to see if it moves. Some lightweight tripods and hooks on them to hang some weight on, like your camera bag or a sandbag. Test your gear before the trip by going out and photographing at night. • Camera and manual, plus Extra Batteries. Bring your manual, we don’t know where all the setting might be if we are looking to change something. You will also want a couple of extra batteries. We want you to be able to photograph at all times. Trust me, it’s a bummer having no juice. • Lenses. Capture big areas with a wide angle lens. Most landscape photographers use wide angle lenses (11- 35mm) and we will defiantly use them for night star photography. Bring a 35mm for cropped sensors or 50mm for full sensors. This “standard” lens better captures the perspective that matches what your eye sees. Others like to zoom into small areas, a telephoto or zoom lens will serve this shooter. All lens sizes will serve you well on this trip. • Filters. Bring your neutral density filters, both graduated and fixed ND. In addition, graduated colored filters could make some dramatic shots. Also, bring your circular polarizer. As you never know when glare might be a problem. • Cable Release. (highly suggested) They allow for long exposers without camera shake, beyond the 30-second maximum most cameras have for shots taken by a timer. Do yourself a favor and get a cable release for your camera body. Test it out before the workshop as well. FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS: What does the price include? The price includes instruction, planning and all ground transportation from San Jose and back. Does not include your lodging, meals or any entry fees. Spring Desert Workshop 2019 II Deposit $300 https://goo.gl/mWG9VY Spring Desert Workshop 2019 Final Payment $300 https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=835CN38YK44C2 What about refunds? Full refunds are offered if the workshop is canceled or rescheduled for any reason. If you cancel your deposit will be last within 60 days of the trip. If you cancel within 30 days you forfeit the full amount. Can I share accommodations with other photographers going? Yes!! Please use the meetup comments section to meet and arrange your shared lodging with other photographers. We encourage this, as it's a great way of getting to know a fellow photographer. Can I still come if I am just learning my camera settings and photography? Yes!! New photographers are welcome to come and pick our brains. That said, please let us know what level you are at. Most photographers will have a basic understanding of their camera equipment. They will post-process their images using software such as Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom. Photographers who know a little about this will get more out of the workshop. What should I wear? Please wear comfortable, warm clothing and shoes at the workshop, we’ll be on our feet for many hours. Wear clothes that you can get a little bit dirty as we may kneel, lay down, or track mud on our shoes. Bring a hat and gloves, no need to be uncomfortable. The nights will be cold and the days in Death Valley average 90 degrees. Bring sunscreen and comfortable clothes for both hot and cold weather. We will send you a suggested packing list prior to the trip. Should I bring food, water or snacks? We will provide water and some snacks, please bring any special food that you may need. What happens if the weather is poor, like raining, do you cancel? We will not cancel the trip and we will work with whatever weather Mother Nature gives us. It rarely rains in Death Valley so a rainout is highly unlikely. That said we have gotten the best pictures on days with clouds in the sky. I hope we have clouds but if we don’t we will bring you to places that create the best images for whatever weather we run across Some of the best pictures are shot on days that it rains, and clouds make for dramatic skies. Bring an umbrella! Do I tip my workshop guide? Tipping is customary in the U.S. service industry and is an important component of guides’ compensation. The tip amount is at your discretion, but as a rough guide, consider giving 5 to 10 percent. OUR GOAL: Have a great time taking photographs. Learn tips and tricks to create better compositions, night photographs and better landscape photographs in general. Meet fellow photo enthusiast, share our passion with each other and come away with amazing images that you share with friends and family!

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