Capture the Southwest

Get inspired and hone your skills on a five-day photography adventure to several of the southwest’s most iconic locations, with award winning photographer, Christine Kenyon.

August 25-29 (Sunday-Thursday— 5 days)

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Dates: August 25-29 (Sunday-Thursday)
Price per person: $2,495 (Five days/four nights)
Includes: Expert Navajo Guides for Bisti Badlands and Monument Valley; fully outfitted and guided overnight camping trip to White pocket with dinner and breakfast included. Transportation provided within Monument Valley and White Pocket.

Bisti Badlands, New Mexico (two nights)

Sunday 8/25
Check in hotel: 3:00 p.m. (La Quinta - Rooms start at $58) Farmington, NM
Meet and greet 3:00-4:00 p.m. at La Quinta
Leave for Bisti trail head in afternoon, TBD (Farmington is 45 minutes from trail head.) (car pool to trail head)
Scouting with Navajo guide; sunset, blue hour, and into the night for prime Milky Way opportunities.
Return to hotel

Monday 8/26
Regroup at lunch: 1:00 p.m. to discuss plans, talk shop
Leave for Bisti trail head in afternoon, TBD (Farmington is 45 minutes from trail head.) (car pool to trail head)
Same as Sunday (above)
Return to hotel

ship rock, New Mexico

We will visit Ship Rock on Monday or Tuesday, TBD.

Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park, UTah
(one night)

Tuesday 8/27
Check out 11:00 a.m. Farmington, N.M. LaQuinta
Travel 2 hrs 30 min. to Monument Valley
Gouldings Resort or The View Hotel (check in 3:00 p.m.)–Lunch
Regroup for dinner at The View – TBD
Scout and shoot sunset 7:56 p.m.
Guided Milky Way shoot with Navajo Guide
Return to hotel

White Pocket, AZ (one night)

Wednesday 8/28
Check out 11:00 a.m. Monument Valley
Travel 4 hrs 15 min. to White Pocket, AZ – Lunch TBD
Meet up with guide (TBD)–Scout White Pocket with guide
Cook Out Dinner
Shoot sunset 7:55 p.m., blue hour and Milky Way
Hit the sack

Thursday 8/29
Rise & shine for a sunrise shoot
Hot Breakfast
Break camp – say our goodbyes – Return to vehicles

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My Teaching Style

I strongly believe that living-in-the-moment, creates a mindful and deliberate experience. An experience that takes away more from a place than simply images. I hope to share with you my passion, not only for capturing compelling photography, but being yourself, “captured” by the beauty and awe of a place.

It is my privilege to share with you my knowledge of photography. My goal is to provide a positive environment that nurtures your art, and grounds you in best practices through instruction, tips and techniques that allow you to pursue creativity more freely.

My workshops are adventurous and enjoyable. I give you maximum time in the field. But be sure, I also allow you to rest and recover –– don’t want any cranky photographers.

There is no arguing that golden hour light is wonderful, but I will also teach you how to maximize any lighting scenario, simply because we don’t always have the luxury of creating images in golden hour or under perfect lighting for that matter. During our down time, we will rest, talk shop, or simply enjoy camaraderie with like-minded folks.

So that I give you the most well-rounded educational experience, I include three hours of private Skype post-processing, and/or critique of your work after every workshop. This way, I can provide you with highly personalized attention for what you want or need to cover. I think you will enjoy this style of learning.

My workshop road trip adventures are designed to fill you with memories, as you fill your memory cards with unforgettable images.

What to Expect

You will visit three iconic destinations on this southwest adventure–your chance to explore and photograph mesmerizing landscapes, and other-worldly rock formations. With monsoon season at hand, and dark skies overhead, you may be presented with a unique opportunity to
experience conditions at White Pocket ideal for dramatic landscapes and nightscapes, including natural pools of water for amazing reflections.

Christine will set up and demonstrate her star tracker at White Pocket. If you are capable of editing multi-image blends, you may demo the tracker for your own long exposure Milky Way capture. Creativity is encouraged, including stacking, time lapses, longer bulb exposures, and star trails.

Expect light to moderate hikes of several miles in mostly desert environments. You should be in reasonably good physical condition. While trails are not difficult, expect deep sand and rocks.

Topics include

  • Blue hour foregrounds

  • Single exposure nightscapes

  • Low Level Lighting, and natural light techniques

  • Nightscape and landscape compositions

  • Focus stacking, and other technical considerations

  • Bracketing for sunrise and sunset

  • Using filters, etc.

Need to Know

MW Galactic Core visible: 9:30 p.m. - 1:00 a.m. (approximate throughout the trip)
Sunrise: 6:40 a.m. Sunset: 8:00 p.m. (approx.)
Temps: High: upper 80s to 90°F Low: upper 50s

What to Bring

Head lamp, batteries, water bottle or hydration bladder, snacks, sun screen, sunglasses, rain shell, warm layer for cold nights, brimmed hat, sturdy footwear, wicking hiking socks. Long pants help keep sand out of shoes, trekking poles, personal toiletries.

• DSLR or Mirrorless camera
• Wide or ultra-wide lens (i.e., 14-35mm full frame)
• Mid-range zoom 24-105mm
• Telephoto zoom 80-400mm
• Sturdy tripod and head
• Remote shutter release
• Extra batteries, memory cards, cleaner/blower
• Filters: circular polarizer, ND lters

Tents, sleeping, bags, pads pillows, chairs and hot meals will be provided at White Pocket. So enjoy fellowship with like-minded photographers, and immerse yourself in these amazing natural wonders. Christine’s road trip adventure is designed to fill you with memories, as you fill your memory cards with unforgettable images.

Trip Does Not Include
• Transportation to/from your home, or between main destination points.
• Hotel Accommodations for Farmington and Monument Valley
• Meals and snacks when not in White Pocket

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$15 Discount is offered, at time of booking this workshop, for a Skype Post Processing Session, where Christine will work with you, one-on-one, to process your RAW les. $60/hour before discount. The session is recorded, and you will receive a DropBox link to the file for download.

At checkout, you can either pay the full amount, or pay a 50% deposit. Should you pay the deposit, the remaining balance will be charged 60-days prior to your trip date, to the credit card on file.

Note: An average vehicle should be capable of handling the roads we will travel.

Please book your hotels as soon as possible.