FALL PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOP: BRYCE CANYON AND ZION NATIONAL PARKS
BRYCE-ZION PHOTO WORKSHOP - Hoodoos and Fall Color
November 4-8, 2019
Early fall in Bryce and Zion National Parks is a magical experience and this workshop will allow you to experience both of these National treasures in a relaxed and unhurried pace. The workshop will begin at Bryce Canyon National Park where vivid sunrises and sunsets provide a colorful canopy over the mystical hoodoo formations comprising the Bryce Amphitheater. Early November is off-tourist season meaning that we will have much of the Park to ourselves as we explore iconic vistas from high atop the rim to a leisurely morning photo stroll through these grand hoodoo formations on a loop trail to the base of the canyon! You will get two sunrise and two sunset location shoots along with a mini-image review and workflow instruction. The major feature of the park is Bryce Canyon which, despite its name, is not a canyon but a giant natural amphitheater created by erosion along the eastern side of the Paunsaugunt Plateau. Bryce is distinctive due to geological structures called hoodoos, formed by wind, water, and ice erosion of the river and lake bed sedimentary rocks. The red, orange, and white colors of the rocks provide spectacular views for any landscape photographer.
The workshop will then caravan southwest (roughly 2 hours) to Zion National Park where fall color will be plentiful and crowds will also be light. The vivid autumn yellows of the aspens and cottonwoods blend with the incredible rich reds of the big tooth maples providing a palette of color to excite any photographer or artist. A prominent feature of the 229 square mile park is Zion Canyon, which is 15 miles long and up to half a mile deep (we will explore the first 7 miles). The canyon is cut through the reddish and tan-colored Navajo Sandstone by the North Fork of the Virgin River. We will not be going to the Subway or Narrows.
Based on the color in Zion Canyon that we photographed this past year, we should be in prime fall color conditions in Zion Canyon (though peak fall color is not always predictable).
This workshop will have an emphasis on field location shooting. It will also include two sessions of Photoshop training and a minimum of two image review sessions. Workflow training will include: RAW processing in using the latest version of Lightroom and complete workflow training in the latest version of Photoshop. Workflow topics will include: preparing an image for both print and web presentation, proper methods of setting white and black points, how to "properly massage the middle tones," color balance, localized tonal and color adjustments via luminosity masking, 32-bit blending techniques, blending multiple exposures via layers and masks, freehand masking techniques, selection of masks based on both tones and colors, proper sharpening and noise reduction techniques, etc.
Also planned is a night of star photography over Bryce Canyon (weather permitting).
I will have another qualified professional as a second instructor on this workshop
Workshop will begin at 1:00 pm on November 5 at our hotel in Bryce and end after the sunrise and secondary shoots in Zion at approximately 9:30 am on November 9th.
Some locations we plan to visit at Bryce Canyon National Park:
Navajo Loop Trail (1.5 mile loop through the hoodoo formations)
Some locations we plan to visit at Zion National Park:
Court of the Patriarchs
Checkerboard Mesa and surrounding washes
Temple of Sinawava
Towers of the Virgin
The Great White Throne
Cost: $1995.00 (includes 4 nights hotels in Bryce and Zion)
Deadline: When workshop fills (limited to 12 students only).
Frequently Asked Questions: Fall Bryce/Zion Frequently Asked Questions
Lodging: The workshop will be held at the the following hotels: Best Western Ruby's Inn (Bryce Canyon City), located just 1 mile from the entrance to Bryce National Park. Our Zion locations will be the Cliffrose Lodge and Gardens (Springdale), which is located 1/2 mile from the main entrance to the park.
Meals: Participants will be required to purchase their own meals.
Transportation: We will carpool to shooting locations. Participants are required to provide transportation to and from the workshop and between the two Parks. Participants are also responsible for Park entrance fees.
Travel and other expenses: Under no circumstances will I refund any charge not paid to me, such as (but not limited to) airfare, lodging, car rental, or meals. Though I’ve never had to cancel a workshop, and consider the possibility extremely remote, for your peace of mind I strongly encourage you to purchase travel insurance to cover any losses resulting from a cancelled workshop.
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