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  • Desert Light Arizona and Southern Utah 

  • 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 at Lower Antelope Canyon.  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, Arizona, and photographing  Oak Creek Canyon in 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. Horseshoe bend is here.  Ride a Jeep through Monument Valley and photograph the iconic mittens.  Visit ancient Indian ruins and an extinct volcano, both located 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 a Milky Way night sky photographing opportunity there as well.  We plan to visit one of the famous Spanish Mission churches for some church architecture. We could not possibly go out west without visiting the Grand Canyon. (They don't call it the "Pretty Good Canyon")

    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. The American West provides spectacular images for Black and White and especially for photographers looking to shoot with Infra-Red Cameras.  We will provide instruction on Panorama photography, HDR (High Dynamic Range photography) and focus stacking. Bring your portfolio for an evening group critique.

    We anticipate most students to fly in to Phoenix, AZ. on 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 even painters who will paint from their photos once they get back home.  Airfare, lodging and ground transportation is not included.  Lodging suggestions will be provided upon registration.

    We will have a Friday evening April 29, 2023 pre-trip student meet and greet to arrange car pooling and lodging. After we return, we will have a Friday evening June 9, 2023 post production (editing) session all included for students attending this photo safari.

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