Monsoon Madness Photo Tour
Monsoon Madness Southwest Utah/Arizona Photography Tour with award winning professional photographer Joseph Rossbach.
Location: Tuba City and Page, AZ.
Dates: Aug. 3-7, 2015 (Aug 8 optional)
Tuition: $2395 (+$500 for add'l night at White Pocket)
Instructors: Joseph Rossbach and Alex Mody
Group Size: Limit of 12 participants
Highlights: Sweeping desert vistas featuring massive canyons, hoodoos, and twisted, otherworldly stone formations, high odds for dramatic thunderstorm light, colorful reflected light in sandstone slot canyons, and an included night of camping at White Pocket, with the option of staying a second night for an additonal fee.
Itinerary: Aug 3 - We will have a 2-3 hour meet-and-greet during the early afternoon during which Joseph and I will speak with you all about everything we will cover over the course of the workshop. After this meet-and-greet, we will head out to photograph sunset at one of many nearby locations.
Aug 4, 5 - We will be based in Page, but we will not have a set day-to-day shooting schedule for this workshop. Possible locations include: Horseshoe Bend, Lower Antelope Canyon, Waterholes Canyon and the Navajo Wave, Paria Badlands, Stud Horse Point, and Rimrocks Hoodoos, among others. Joseph and I are professionals, and we have each spent many months of our lives photographing in this area. We will take into consideration weather conditions, safety concerns, as well as our participants' personal goals, and we will make decisions to put everybody in the best position possible to create compelling images. For the duration of the workshop, we will be out in the field each day, photographing before dawn, and late into the evening, breaking after sunset. What we do in between depends upon the weather. If conditions are conducive to making images throughout the day, we will most likely do so. If they are not, we will hold informal classroom sessions, going over basic and advanced digital workflow topics (as mentioned above.) We will break for meals, and we will also be certain to plan for a few hours each day to nap, relax, and back up images as needed.
Aug 6 - After a sunrise shoot and breakfast, our outfitters will drive us to White Pocket, where we will camp overnight. The outfitters will handle setup and breakdown of camp, and cooking, so that we may simply enjoy the scenery and focus on photography.
Aug 7 - We will break by noon, after a final morning shoot at White Pocket, and brunch at our camp.
For those interested, Joseph and I are offering an additional overnight at White Pocket. After seeing off the departing members of our group on Aug 7, we will load back in to the outfitters' 4x4s, and head straight back to White Pocket for another overnight. This supplement costs $500. If you are interested in this, please be sure to check the appropriate box when submitting your registration.
What you'll learn: The instructors will teach a variety of techniques—both in the field, and during our informal classroom sessions—that will allow you to advance both your technical skills and artistic vision. We focus on a number of professional field techniques to help you create dramatic and powerful nature images, including:
• Working with dramatic light, including sunrise and sunset
• Using less-than-dramatic light to your advantage
• The fundamentals of powerful and effective composition
• Abstract techniques for creating artistic photographs
We’ll also teach you a number of professional “digital darkroom” secrets as well. Our hands-on informal classroom sessions - held during the middle of the day when the light is not conducive to successful photography - will teach you the fundamentals of image processing, and allow you to master important techniques including:
• RAW processing
• Working with adjustment layers
• Layer masking and exposure blending techniques
• Color management
• Special effects techniques for artistic expression
• Exporting, sharpening, and saving images for optimum web presentation
Fitness Level: Like any outdoor nature photography workshop, a reasonable degree of fitness is ideal. We will not be engaging in any strenuous physical activity. The majority of the locations we will visit can be easily accessed by road. A few locations we may visit require short hikes to access, no more than 3 miles round trip and featuring anywhere from 0-300ft of elevation gain.
Accommodation: All participants are required to find their own lodging. Joseph and I have booked blocks of rooms where we will be staying. Our places of lodging will be our base of operations and meeting point for the workshop. For those interested, there are a number of pay campsites near where we will be meeting, as well as dispersed camping on BLM land.
Aug 3 - TBD in Tuba City, Arizona
Aug 4, 5 - TBD in Page, Arizona
Aug 6 (and 7) - Primitive camping in tents, provided by a 3rd party outfitter. Sleeping bags and delicious food will be provided.
- Expert technical/compositional instruction and guiding in the field
- Informal digital darkroom instructional sessions
- Image critique sessions with both instructors
- Transportation (Participants are asked to team up and carpool for the duration of the tour. Reasonably high clearance, and AWD/4WD are a MUST.)
- Lodging, meals, alcohol, & incidental costs (exception--meals and lodging included during guided trip to White Pocket)
- Digital SLR camera (w/extra batteries and memory cards.)
- Wide to standard zoom lens, with their lens hoods (I carry 14-24mm and 24-70mmf/2.8 lenses)
- Telephoto zoom lens for extraction and abstract scenes (I use a 70-200mm f4 lens)
- Tripod and sturdy ballhead
- Cable or electronic shutter release
- Circular polarizing filter
- Graduated neutral density filters (if you use them.)
- Rocket blower and micro-fiber cloths for keeping glass surfaces dry and clean
- Flashlight or Headlamp
- Rain jacket and pants
- Waterproof hiking boots
- Bag to carry photo gear and extra food/clothing
- Extra socks (we recommend padded wool hiking socks)
- Clothing for comfort anywhere between 50 and 110 degrees Fahrenheit.
Payment and cancellation policy: A non-refundable deposit of $300 is required to reserve a space on this workshop. The final balance of $2395 is due and payable 60 days before the workshop begins. Full tuition is due at this time, and there will be no refunds on the full amount owed if you cancel after final payment. However, If we find another client to fill your space, you will receive a full refund, minus your non-refundable deposit.
The temperature can change quite rapidly during monsoon season. It can be chilly to comfortable in the morning but when the sun comes up it can get quite warm, especially when the sky is clear, little wind and one is walking. But then again it can change rapidly if it gets cloudy and storms are brewing..
So be prepared to both add clothes on and to remove clothes. For example one can dress light but then have light coat with a hood and light trousers that is both wind and water proof. A cap and light gloves are good to pack as well.
The average temperature for August is 90F - 66F.
LIGHT WALKING SHOES/HIKING BOOTS
It is necessary to have good walking shoes for our field trips. However they should not be too heavy. That means that one is carrying extra load on each foot.
Sturdy hiking boots can come in handy for longer walks/hikes over rocky terrain.
Many people have started to use light walking sticks to ease climbing or walking over rough country. It is very handy.
RAIN GEAR/SPECIAL EQUIPMENT
We recommend having appropriate rain gear including a water/wind prof shell in the form of a jacket & pants. You will also need a pair of muck boots or hip waders for working along waterfalls, streams and especially the coastline. Cabela's Muck Boots Selections - Cabela's Hip Waders Selections
Feel free to purchase your gear anywhere you see fit. The links above are only suggestions to help you find the the appropriate gear.
Please check our camera gear checklist below for all information about our recommendations.
Participants have to bring their own laptop computers and storage medium.
All electrical outlets in Iceland are European standard so please bring an adapter if you have different plugs.
ECOMENDED CAMERA EQUIPMENT CHECKLIST
- Camera bodies (2)
- Wide angle lenses (14mm - 24mm)
- Medium lenses (35mm - 70mm)
- Long focus lenses (70mm - 300mm)
- Lens extenders
- Bag for all camera gear
- Bag for light location traveling with bodies accessories
- Camera straps for ease of changing from one camera to another
- Cloths for drying camera gears
- Dust cleaning kits
- Lens cleaning cloths
- Rain/dust covers for cameras and lenses
- Graduated filter set
- Filter holder
- Adapting rings for filter holder
- High quality polarizing filter
- High Quality Solid neutral Density Filters ( 3stops to 10 stops)
- Rain/dust covers for cameras and lenses
- Hoodmann loop
- Sturdy but lightweight tripod for Camera-lens combination
- Cable release
- Small light to view camera settings in low light and to focus on
- Charger for batteries
- Spare batteries
- European Standard power converters
- Laptop computer
- Raw processing software (Lightroom and/or Photoshop)
- Cards and card wallets
- Card reader
- External drives, sturdy for traveling with (for originals and/or backups)
- USB key to exchange images