I am excited to be partnering with David Kingham and Jennifer Renwick on two small group workshops in 2020: Death Valley National Park (February 5 to 9) and Boulder, Utah (May 13 to 17). Both workshops are almost sold out, so if you think you might want to attend, please sign up soon.
During these workshops, we will spend time exploring the area’s dynamic landscape, experimenting with new ideas and techniques, and creating photographs of nature’s small scenes. We will seek out intimate landscapes, telephoto landscapes, abstract renditions of natural subjects, portraits of plants and trees, and macro subjects.
Although grand landscapes will not be our focus, we will take advantage of the soft light at the edges of the day along with changing (and harsher) light throughout the rest of the day to help expand your creative abilities and the group’s photographic opportunities. During our time in the field, we will share lessons on learning how to see smaller scenes in nature, composition, working with a broad range of lighting conditions, and overcoming technical challenges.
In addition to finding and photographing the best small scenes that these two locations have to offer, personal expression, exploring creativity, and experimentation will be top learning priorities for these workshops. Each workshop will include extensive time in the field (two to three extended field sessions on each full day), guided lessons to extend your learning, time for personal exploration, and formal instruction on photo processing. We will also share many meals to allow time for discussion about all topics related to photography, travel, and the places we are visiting.
A jewel of the Mojave Desert, Death Valley offers up fascinating geology, surreal and otherworldly landscapes, and surprising biodiversity within an accessible, varied, and quite extensive landscape. The park’s topography, with narrow canyons, towering mountain ranges, surreal playas, salt flats, desert plants, interesting geologic features, and vast sand dunes, offers hours of changing light each day, which will provide our group with extended opportunities for photography. You can learn more or sign up for the Death Valley session here.
More wild, quiet, and low-key than the surrounding national parks, the small town of Boulder, Utah provides easy access to scenic sandstone landscapes, mountains covered in aspen trees, streams flanked by elegant cottonwoods and other vegetation, and viewpoints that showcase the layers upon layers of geology that make up this fascinating region. Our workshop is scheduled for the transition between winter and spring when the trees will be dressed in early spring greens. This time of year brings the possibility of dynamic weather and interesting lighting – ephemeral conditions that will complement the area’s contrasting red sandstone and bright green trees. Our workshop is based out of the beautiful Boulder Mountain Lodge, a comfortable space that will facilitate learning and engagement in the creative process. You can learn more or sign up for the Utah Spring session here.
You also welcome to contact me with any questions. I hope you will consider joining me for these two unique offerings in two of my favorite places in the American West.