Death Valley, Zion & Bryce Brochure

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OUR MISSION Our mission is to provide you with the best photographic experience, combining learning, both in the field and classroom, with unparalleled access to the best image making opportunities. We also make it a priority to ensure that you are surrounded by a fun and creative environment that fosters your individual growth. It is our guarantee that you will go home with stunning imagery and a memorable/joyful experience. Our trips/workshops are meticulously planned with attention to detail. From hotels, food, transportation and shooting logistics, all arrangements come together to provide you with a photographic adventure that runs smoothly and maximizes your shooting opportunities. All of our itineraries are tailored to get you to the best locations, during the right season and at the right time of the day. “Very few people have the opportunity to go to the places we go.” Tracking the sun, the moon and the stars are just some of the elements that go into our planning process. You will have in the field coaching to make sure you get the best rendition of the scene in front of you and that you are able to make that image in camera with little or no post processing. During your down time, we provide one on one critique sessions to make the most of your learning experience.

Join us on this photographic adventure that will take you from Badwater Basin, the lowest point in North America, to the peaks of Bryce National Park. Witness the magnificent landscape of Death Valley, shot at the correct time and from the best vantage points. Every day we start before dawn to photograph the stars and the Milky Way in the desert setting. During our 4 days in Death Valley National Park, we will journey to Zabriskie Point, The Salt Flats, Mesquite Sand Dunes, West Side Road, Artist Road, Artist Palette and many other outstanding sites. The fact that we are staying inside the park in Furnace Creek ranch, gives us the flexibility to shoot at any time. Next is Zion National Park with its magnificent peaks and its creator, the mighty Virgin River, which are filled with photo opportunities. We will have morning and afternoon shoots in the Temple of Sinawava, Court of the Patriarchs, Towers of the Virgin, and my favorite, the highlands of the Zion-Mount Carmel Highway. In Zion we are staying in Springsdale right outside the park, offering immediate access to the shooting grounds. Our last stop is Bryce National Park, one of the most spectacular canyons in the world and a premier spot for stargazing. Bryce is a land of extremes with shifting weather patterns that set the stage for dramatic images. Here we photograph Sunrise Point, Sunset Point and hike the rim trail in search of photographic opportunities. On the last morning, we take the Zion-Mount Carmel Highway back to Las Vegas and shoot along the way. I think great landscape photos come from nature’s whims and there are plenty of such opportunities this time of year. I also love the fact that there is not a single soul in these areas at the time we shoot, we have greatness to ourselves.


DAY 2

DEATH VALLEY, ZION & BRYCE NATIONAL PARKS

Death Valley National Park

PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOP

Departure for Death Valley National Park – In this below-sea-level basin, Death Valley is a land of extremes. Despite its morbid name, there is a great diversity of landscapes to photograph. Our first shoot will be in the afternoon and we will have the opportunity to photograph on West Side Road.

DAY 3 Death Valley National Park

TRIP HIGHLIGHTS

We depart for our early morning shoot, as our plan is to photograph on the 20 Mule Trail over night skies with the stars. We will have plenty of time to rest after breakfast as we leave mid afternoon to photograph the Dunes.

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Las Vegas

Death Valley National Park

Arrive in Las Vegas and hold the operations meeting.

We depart to photograph Zabriski Point. It is surrounded by a maze of wildly eroded and vibrantly colored badlands; this spectacular view is one of the park’s most famous. Zabriskie Point is a popular sunrise and sunset viewing location. After breakfast, we will photograph Artist Road – a scenic loop drive through multi-hued volcanic and sedimentary hills. Artist’s Palette is especially photogenic in late afternoon light. Later on that day, we will photograph Badwater (the lowest point in North America at 282 feet below sea level, Badwater Basin is a surreal landscape of vast salt flats) and Artist Road again.


DAY 5

DAY 8

Death Valley & Zion National Parks

Bryce National Park

We depart very early and will have another night sky photography opportunity (stars) on West Side Road. After breakfast, we depart for Zion National Park – a nature preserve located in southwest Utah distinguished by Zion Canyon’s steep red cliffs. Zion Canyon Scenic Drive cuts through its main section, leading to forest trails along the Virgin River. The river flows to the Emerald Pools, which have waterfalls and a hanging garden. We will end our day with an afternoon shoot of the Virgin River in Zion.

We will depart for early morning night skies photography (stars) and we will photograph Sunrise Point. Then, we will hike to Sunset Point.We will have plenty of time to rest, as our next shoot is mid-afternoon. We will then photograph the road to Yovimpa Point.

DAY 6

DAY 9

Zion National Park

Bryce National Park

Depart for another night skies photography session (stars) at Towers of the Virgin and we will photograph Mount Carmel Road. In the mid afternoon, we will photograph the Virgin River near Temple and near Landslide.

Depart for our morning shoot – Bryce Point and Inspiration Point. We will depart for Las Vegas after breakfast.

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DAY 10

Zion & Bryce National Park

Las Vegas International Airport Departure

We will photograph Towers of the Virgin, Virgin River Bend. We will depart for Bryce National Park and photograph along the way. Bryce Canyon National Park, a sprawling reserve in southern Utah, is known for its crimson-colored hoodoos, or spire-shaped rock formations. The park’s main road leads past the expansive Bryce Amphitheater, a hoodoo-filled depression lying below the Rim Trail hiking path. We will have a late afternoon and will photograph Sunset Point.


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PACKAGE PRICE: $ 2,395 Sign up deposit: $ 500

Price includes: Includes 10 days/9 nights of accommodation and Inland transportation Price is per person, SINGLE occupancy Airfare from/to your home cities, meals not listed above, alcohol, personal expenses, visas if required are not included This workshop is limited to 5 participants


YOUR WORKSHOP LEADER

RAUL TOUZON is a Documentary and Natural History Photographer who specializes in making images

Raul will guide you in creating unique images. We have several photography workshops that will provide you with a learning experience in some of the most unique places

that convey what he refers to as “THE ETERNITY OF THE MOMENT.” Raul has traveled extensively, exploring the remote corners of the earth never visited before. Amongst his expeditions are the completion of the Northwest Passage, Franz Josef Land in the Russian Arctic, the Sea of Okhotsk and the fjords of western Greenland. He has built a collection of dramatic photographs that have been featured in many publications including: TIME Magazine, U.S. News & World Report, The New York Times, National Geographic Traveler and the National Geographic Magazine, where he has published four feature stories. In recent years, Raul has focused on visual-storytelling, documenting the Day of the Dead in Oaxaca, Holy Week in Antigua Guatemala and the ever-changing Habana. For over a decade, Raul has been a full time educator and instructor. He produces and teaches his own workshops and photography expeditions around the world as well as for National Geographic Expeditions. National Geographic Creative, Getty Images and Corbis represent his images. His list of clients includes the U.S. National Park Service, Apple Inc., and the United Nations for whom he documented their operations in Sudan. These images can be seen in his book SUDAN THE PRICE OF WAR, THE STRUGGLE FOR PEACE. Raul has pioneered the production of large-scale multi-frame panoramas, images that are featured in his two limited edition landscape books: VISIONS OF MY WORLD and JOURNEYS. Some of the images in these books have been sold by Christie’s Auction House. Most recently, his work is being featured at The National Geographic Fine Art Galleries opening all over the United States.



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