FEBRUARY 9th - 15th, 2025
Wind and rain have worked with eons of time to sculpt a stark, rugged place at the lowest elevation on the continent. Choosing the right light allows a photographer to create compelling images that reveal the desolate, yet stunning beauty of Death Valley National Park.
Smooth, table size to building size boulders, coupled with the unusual looking Joshua tree create an other, worldly landscape that is challenging and fun to photograph in Joshua Tree National Park.
FOCUS: Morning and evening light at some of the top photography locations in Death Valley and Joshua Tree national parks.
The workshop starts on Sunday, Feb. 9th, 2025 at 6:15 pm with introductions and an orientation. We visit our first photography location on Monday morning, Feb. 10th, 2025.
LODGING LOCATION: Stovepipe Wells Village, Hwy 190, Death Valley, CA. 760-786-2387
Check-in Sunday, Feb. 9, 2025; Check-out Thursday, Feb 13, 2025.
Fairfield Inn, 6333 Encelia Drive, Twentynine Palms, CA. 760-361-5000
Check-in Thursday, Feb. 13, 2025; Check-out Saturday, Feb. 15, 2025.
Thursday morning is a relocation period, no formal shooting scheduled. Drive time to relocate is about 5 hours.
Workshop ends after photographing sunrise on Saturday morning, Feb. 15, 2025.
NOTE: The Racetrack, moving stones in Death Valley National Park may or may not be visited, it depends upon conditions.
In Death Valley, about a year before the workshop, we will have rooms reserved. Before contacting Stovepipe Wells Village, please contact us for the group code.
MORNING: We will be at a photo location for the start of civil twilight and we'll stay there through sunrise. We will go to breakfast after the morning photography.
MIDDAY: On at least one day, post processing aid will be available to those who bring a laptop with Photoshop installed.
EVENING: In the afternoon we head out and photograph past sunset. Dinner in a restaurant is scheduled each day after the evening's photography.
REGISTRATION / DEPOSIT $300 USD
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EXPERIENCE: Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced
GROUP SIZE: Target number of participants is 8.
EFFORT: Moderate - Difficult: Climbing in dunes may be difficult. Workshop involves some hiking into dunes and cross country walking to arrive at certain photography locations. Some days the total distance walked is 2 to 5 miles, mostly level. Other photography locations will be just beyond the parking lot.
CONDITIONS: Be prepared for warm and cold tempratures and changes in weather.
AIR TRAVEL: Most people flying to this workshop will find flying into Las Vegas, NV to be the best choice.
Driving time from Las Vegas, NV to Death Valley, CA is about 2 hr 30 min.
Driving time from Twentynine Palms, CA to Las Vegas, NV is about 4 hours.
DRIVING CONDITIONS: Usually paved roads and well maintained dirt roads. However, conditions may allow the Racetrack to be on the itinerary; photograph "the moving stones". The road to the Racetrack is rough, requiring an SUV or other capable higher clearance vehicle. To ensure participants can visit the Racetrack, we recommend renting a higher clearance vehicle.
RECOMMENDATIONS: MORE WORKSHOP INFORMATION
FOR DEATH VALLEY / JOSHUA TREE: A lens range from at least 16mm to 300mm after the lens multiplication factor and polarizing filter. If interested in bluring cloud motion on a bright day, consider bringing a 9 or 10 stop neutral density filter.
DEATH VALLEY: Bring old, beat-up boots as the environment is very rough on shoes.