WINTER IN THE DESERT PHOTO WORKSHOP 16 - 21 FEB, 2021

WINTER IN THE DESERT PHOTO WORKSHOP
16 - 21 FEB, 2021

(5 DAYS/4 NIGHTS)

with Jeremy Woodhouse & Kathleen Gardner

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Grand Canyon View from the South Rim

Highlights

Winter is the ideal time to visit the desert. With most of the tourists gone, you'll fill your lungs with fresh, crisp air each day. Enjoy the silence as the snow dampens all sound and highlights the wonders of the landscape.

The itinerary is being kept flexible so we can hit the best places for snowy landscapes.

Photograph magnificent vistas in the Grand Canyon, Zion, Bryce Canyon, and beyond! Intrepid travel and fresh perspectives are what we specialize in.

To ensure plenty of individual attention, group size is capped at 8 participants.

Learn from pro instructors Jeremy Woodhouse and Kathleen Gardner.

Workshop fee includes single-occupancy hotel lodging.


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Court of the Patriarchs, Zion NP

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Lone Tree, White Pocket

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Snow on the Brain, White Pocket

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Hoodoe, Stud Horse Point

Itinerary

We keep a flexible itinerary in order find the best winter conditions and to deliver the best possible photography experience. We reserve the right to change the itinerary and shooting locations as needed. We’ll spend most of our time in the field taking photos but include image critique and editing sessions throughout the workshop. Night photography is also an option if that is something the group wants to do. The itinerary below is just an example of what you can expect.


Pre-Tour: 16 Feb—Las Vegas | Kanab
Check in at the Best Western in Kanab

Kanab is in a unique position surrounded by the beauty of Zion National Park, which makes it easy for our Kanab hotel guests to get away from it all in comfort.

Day 1: Feb 17—Kanab | Tusayan
Arrive at the Best Western Red Hills in Kanab for a mandatory orientation that starts at 9AM. If coming from Las Vegas, know that you will lose an hour when driving to Utah. After the session, we'll grab lunch, load up and drive to the South Rim of the Grand Canyon to shoot sunset.

Located one mile from the South entrance of Grand Canyon National Park, and 7 miles from the South Rim, our hotel puts you within minutes of America's breathtaking natural wonder.

Day 2: Feb 18—Tusayan | Grand Canyon | Tusayan
Full day of shooting on the South Rim of the Grand Canyon. With fresh snow on the rim, compositions are endless with snowy foregrounds and the dramatic canyon below. A few short hikes are planned for today. Return to our hotel in Tusayan after sunset.


Day 3: Feb 19—Tusayan | Kanab
We are up early for our final sunrise opportunity at the Grand Canyon and then start the drive back to Kanab. We photograph several places along the way and get back to town after dark.

Kanab is in a unique position surrounded by the beauty of Zion National Park, which makes it easy for our Kanab hotel guests to get away from it all in comfort.

Day 4: Feb 20—Kanab
With our flexible itinerary, we'll decide as a group where we want to photograph today and tomorrow. The options are endless and include places like Bryce Canyon, Zion, White Pocket, South Coyote Buttes, and the Grand Staircase Escalante. Expect a full day of shooting and a post-processing session in the evening.


Day 5: Feb 21—Kanab
This is our final day of shooting where you can apply all the techniques and skills learned throughout the workshop. We'll spend time editing and critiquing some of your photos, concluding with a group dinner at one of the most celebrated restaurants in Kanab.

END OF TOUR


Logistics

Please arrive in Kanab, UT prior to 9AM on Tues Feb 17th for the orientation session at the Best Western Red Hills. Single-occupancy hotel lodging is included for each night of the workshop. If you would like double-occupancy lodging, we can offer each person a $200 discount. With exception of the final group dinner, meals are not included in the workshop. We will finish the workshop around 8PM on Feb 21st. It's up to you if you want to stay in Kanab that night or head somewhere else.

All participants on this trip should be in reasonably good physical condition. We aren't planning any long hikes on this trip, but the presence of snow can make short hikes seem much harder. You should be comfortable walking around 2-4 miles per day. For winter hiking, you will want to get a pair of micro-spikes so you don't slip on the ice. Click here for a recommended pair from Amazon.

We timed this workshop for a good chance of winter snow in the Southwest. However, we can't control the weather and it's always possible we won't have snow at some or all of these locations. The weather can vary quite a bit in early Feb and you'll want to prepare for the worst. We could have sunny weather and highs in the 40s but it will most likely be much colder. It's not uncommon to see sub-zero morning temps in Bryce Canyon. Please see the gear list further down for specific recommendations. No matter what the weather does, we’ll get awesome photos. If it’s exceptionally wet, some of the dirt roads may be impassable and we'll modify the itinerary accordingly. Transportation will be provided in 4WD trucks so we can handle most winter conditions.


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Horseshoe Bend, Page

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Grand Canyon from the South Rim

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Lone Tree, Kanab

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Winter Sunrise at Bryce Canyon NP


Arrival, Departure

​Arrival & Meeting Place 
We will meet at the Best Western Hotel at Kanab, UT. Iti is suggested that you arrive on 16 Feb, the day before the workshop starts. Our meet and greet will be at 9:00AM on 17 Feb, 2020.

​Departure 
We will finish the workshop around 8PM on 21 Feb. It's up to you whether you want to stay in Kanab that night or head somewhere else.


Weather 

In Kanab, the average high-temperature marginally rises, from a chilly 47.3°F (8.5°C) in January, to a cool 52.7°F (11.5°C). In February, in Kanab, the average low-temperature is 25.9°F (-3.4°C).

Depending on the location we could experience temperatures ranging from below freezing to highs in the 70s

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TOUR COST: $2,395
5 DAYS/5 NIGHTS

GROUP SIZE: ONLY 8

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Tour Price Includes

  • All ground transportation and photography guiding during the trip
  • 4 Nights Single Occupancy Hotel Lodging at the Best Westerns in Tusayan, AZ and Kanab, UT. Discounts apply for double-occupancy
  • Post-processing and image critique sessions
  • All necessary permits and entry fees for the places we will visit
  • Group dinner on our final day in Kanab.

Tour Price Excludes

  • Transportation to/from your home to Kanab, UT.
  • Alcoholic Beverages.
  • Meals and snacks with exception of the final group dinner.

    Dress for the Weather

      Personal Gear List

      • Sturdy hiking footwear, thick hiking socks, and long pants.
      • Several warm layers. For the most comfort, we recommend wearing moisture wicking base layers. A fleece or down jacket will help keep you warm and a waterproof shell or coat should be worn on the outside.
      • Snow pants or gaiters that you can seal around your boots to keep snow out. If your snow pants aren't insulated, make sure you wear an insulating base layer.
      • Warm hat, thick gloves, and glove liners (useful to operate your camera controls).
      • Micro-spikes or micro-traction devices will help when walking on slick surfaces. Snowshoes will not be needed for where we're going.
      • Headlamp in case we are hiking in the dark.
      • Sunscreen, Sunglasses, Sun Hat
      • Water bottle

      Photo Equipment Checklist

      • Sturdy tripod and ballhead
      • Digital SLR or Mirrorless Camera Body.
      • Wide Angle Lens. Frame frame - aim for 16-35mm range or wider. Crop sensor, 10-22mm.
      • Mid-range zoom lens in the range of 24-100mm.
      • Telephoto lenses will come in handy in Bryce and the Grand Canyon. Anything in the 70-400mm range.
      • Circular polarizer filters are useful. Bring any ND filters if you have them.
      • Extra batteries, memory cards, and cleaning supplies.
      • Remote cord for your camera.
      • Laptop if you wish to backup your photos or follow along during the post-processing instruction.

        Covid-19 Precautions

        Instructors will wear masks while teaching at close range

        Clients are encouraged to wear masks whenever they are at close range

        Where possible, we will practice social distancing. Tripods 6ft apart.

        You are encouraged to wash hands frequently and use hand sanitiser. 


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