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The American West offers exotic vistas and terrain including canyons, mountains and rock formations. Photograph unspoiled views of some of the most beautiful scenery anywhere. Put your lens in front of the dynamic swirls curves and texture of rock formations eroded from eons of wind and water. Shoot ancient Native American rock drawings (petroglyphs). This is the high plains desert at its best! The Navaho Indians use the word horozo, to “walk in beauty”. You will see and walk in some of the most spectacular beauty this corner of the world has to offer. We will not only “walk in beauty”, we will fly in beauty. Your trip includes a sunrise hot air balloon ride over picturesque Sedona, AZ. Our two-state excursion is based in Page, Arizona, about six hours south of Las Vegas, Nevada and about three hours north of the Grand Canyon. Ride a Jeep through Monument Valley, stroll both upper and lower Antelope Canyons. Visit ancient Indian ruins and an extinct volcano, both on the edge of the Painted Desert, just east of Flagstaff. Photograph giant Saguaro Cactus at Organ Pipe National Cactus Monument south of Tucson and sunset at Cathedral Rock in Sedona. All camera formats are welcome. Our instructor(s) are well versed in digital, medium and large formats cameras. Learn the principles of composition used by landscape photographers. Bring your portfolio for an evening group critique.
We anticipate most students to fly in to Phoenix, AZ. on Good Friday. Students should make their own arrangements to arrive in Organ Pipe National Park in Arizona and be ready for class on Saturday 9:00am local time. This workshop is appropriate for photographers and painters who will paint from their photos at home. Airfare, lodging and ground transportation is not included. Lodging suggestions will be provided upon registration. We will meet in Phoenix, AZ, with more precise details to be announced. Students attending the 300 Series Safaris will qualify for a one-day Photoshop opportunity to print exhibition quality images from their recent safari, under the tutelage of an MPW instructor. This printing day is included at no additional charge.