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.
- There is a maximum occupancy of 8 people for this workshop.
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).