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Death Valley: Golden Hour Landscapes


Saturday, November 5th 2016

Come out and shoot with us at the biggest National Park in America where we will chase the sunlight from Badwater to the Mesquite Sand Dunes. We will be capturing the eccentric detail of this beautiful landscape and more. This workshop has a current schedule available, check here for more details…

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This is a one day workshop through the eccentric landscapes of Death Valley National Park and see how they transform with the changing position of the sun. You will learn to find that special “sweet spot” that every lens has in order to get the sharpest images possible with your gear and we will travel areas of the park the will deliver the most impressive range of light and shadow during the golden hour.

Although they may not be necessary, tripods will always be a must have for capturing landscape scenery. Other topics to be covered will be utilization of the rule of thirds for compositional layout and image bracketing during moments of high dynamic range such as surfaces that are in both sunlight and shadow. The mountains that surround Death Valley hide a beautiful rippled texture that is not truly appreciated until the sun is positioned correctly so expect to drive up to 30 miles to reach the next photo opportunity. Death Valley is the largest National Park in the United States, so time is key to getting the your shots.

Available Seats:

  • There is a maximum occupancy of 8 people for this workshop.
About the terrain:
It’s called Death Valley for a reason and so it goes without saying that you must absolutely stay hydrated and be aware of your physical activity. Due to the severity of heat in the park, this workshop will only operate from October 1st through April 30th. The park is home to the lowest point in North America with an elevation of -282ft below sea level. Closer to the mountains, the ground is made of a loose rock and debris which can get slippery if you don’t watch where you step. Areas in the valley such as Badwater and the Devil’s Gulf Course are more stable, however the salt has created some very tough and sharp ground, so be careful not to fall here or you can easily cut yourself.

The best terrain is out at the Mesquite Sand Dunes which is easy to kneel or sit on if you wish to take a break, but a little tougher to navigate because its all sand. The wildlife around here is scarce, however the coyotes have been getting too friendly with visitors due to the food handouts that people have been giving them. “Please do not engage sort of activity” the coyotes must stay wild and away from danger. All the handouts are making them lose their fear of people and cars. In regards to temperature, The park can reach Summer averages of 116.5ºF(46.9ºC) and during the Winter, the temperatures can reach an average low of 38.3ºF(3.5ºC).


Meet up location:

We will be stopping at the Mad Greek restaurant located in the tiny desert town of Baker, CA at 9:00am for check in and a brief orientation/ meet and greet. Please be on time, we will be covering our agenda for the day and leaving as soon as we wrap up breakfast/brunch and orientation for this workshop.


Other Info:

Equipment (required):

  • Camera and lenses with any range from 14mm up to 200mm.
  • Plenty of “charged” batteries for your camera.
  • Tripod, remote release, lens cloth, and plenty of memory cards.
  • Day-pack with plenty of snacks and extras.
  • WATER!, bring enough, Hydration is number one!

Recommended (optional):

  • Sunscreen, sunglasses, and bug repellent depending on the season.
  • A hat, gloves and a light/medium jacket depending on the weather.
  • A headlamp or flashlight will always be very handy.
  • Boots, sneakers or any shoes with a good gripping tread.( ankle support is ideal)
  • Filters such as circular polarized and graduated filters are great!
  • A back up camera or point and shoot just in case.

If you have any questions about this workshop please visit the contact page on the site or email us at stpworkshop@gmail.com

*By purchasing or registering for this workshop, you agree to the Shoot The Planet Terms and Conditions. Our refund and cancelation policy can also be found here. Participants must be 18 years of age to attend courses and events. Minors under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.


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