Zion and Bryce: Canyon Country Photo Adventure
Nov 7-12 (2019)
On this workshop, we’ll photograph two of Southern Utah’s most incredible National Parks. In Zion, we’ll hike the world famous Virgin River Narrows. We’ve timed the trip to take advantage of fall color amidst the flowing water and towering sandstone walls of the Narrows. We’ll also explore lesser known areas on the sandstone playground that is the Park’s East Side. Here, we’ll keep an eye on the night sky conditions, in hopes of photographing star trails behind Checkerboard Mesa’s twisted trees. For a bigger view, we’ll hike high up on the rim above Zion’s main Canyon to get a bird’s eye view at sunrise.
Glowing sandstone formations in Bryce Canyon create endless opportunities to compose with light, shape, color and texture. We'll explore some of the grand scenes along the canyon rim and hike into the canyon for more intimate compositions.
This workshop will highlight some of the very best and most unique landscapes that the American Southwest has to offer.
All of our instructional workshops will cover two key areas: Craft and Creativity
Professional Craft for Landscape Photography:
• Getting fluent with your gear and developing a consistent workflow in the field
• Achieving an optimal exposure
• Managing depth of field
• Capture for multiple exposure blending
• Capture for panoramic stitching
• Using filters effectively
Creativity in the Landscape:
• Core compositional elements in the landscape
• Creative use of depth of field
• Long exposure techniques
• Learning and practicing new compositions
And we'll also do at least one image review session and share some advanced digital darkroom workflow techniques.
• Instruction in the field: craft and creative strategies for landscape photography
• Image reviews
• Instruction on digital darkroom workflow
• Food and Lodging
• Transportation to and from the workshop
• Participants can carpool
• Nominal Rental Fee for Dry Pants if you choose to rent them for the Narrows
You'll need a moderate level of fitness to tackle some of the hiking and challenging weather conditions of the region. None of our hikes will go beyond 6 miles round trip but you'll need moderate fitness and experience hiking in difficult terrain to manage this tour safely.
• Digital SLR Camera
• Tripod with Cable Release
• Wide Angle Lens and Telephoto Zoom Lens (We use the 16-35mm and 70-200)
• Filters: Circular Polarizer
• Lots of Memory Cards
• Extra Camera Batteries
• Micro-fiber Cloths
• Camera Bag/Backpack for Gear and Food/Water
Clothing for a variety of weather conditions from 20F to 70F
• Rain Jacket and Pants
• Down Layer
• Trail Shoes or Hiking Boots
• Gloves and Hat
• Plenty of Wool Socks
• Moisture Wicking Base Layer
Our first base of operations will be in Bryce Canyon National Park which allows easy exploration to key locations in the park. Our second stop will be in Springdale, Utah. We will have blocks of rooms reserved for our group and we'll include all the information in the detailed itinerary once you register. You are welcome to camp or arrange lodging anywhere you like.
90 days or prior to day 1 of tour = Refund of all registration fees and deposits
60-89 days prior to day 1 of tour = Josh Merrill Photography will retain tour deposit
59 days or less prior to day 1 of tour = Josh Merrill Photography will retain full tour tuition
We strongly recommend that you purchase trip insurance if you need to cancel your tour and are unable to complete the tour for any reason.
We reserve the right to cancel the photo tour for any reason including low enrollment in the tour. We also reserve the right to operate the workshop with one instructor if enrollment is lower than 6 participants.
All you need to do is contact me via the form below and tell us which tour you'd like to attend. We'll e-mail you an invoice that allows you to pay online by credit card. If it's 60 days or less prior to the start of the tour, the full tuition amount will be due in order to complete your registration. Prior to 60 days out, we'll invoice you for a deposit of 30% of the total tuition to hold your spot. We'll then invoice you again for the balance prior to the 60 day point when the full amount is due.
If you're interested in this workshop, please fill out the following form to let us know. If you are ready to register, or if you just have some additional questions, this form will put you in touch me.