SALT, SAND, & STONE:

Visual Artistry in Death Valley

Undulating sand dunes, unique badlands, dried mud patterns, and wide open spaces define this desert wildnerness. Light and shadow play tag as the sun moves across the landscape. It’s a place for color or black-and-white, a place to discover the visual gifts of the desert. Join us on a deeper journey into this amazing desert park.

Death Valley seems at first to be a ‘desert wasteland’ – stark, lacking obvious life and much vegetation, lots of rock and a caustic environment. Yet when you spend time in this large park, you find beauty – a haunting beauty, and often moody weather in the winter season. Undulating sand dunes, unique badlands, dried mud patterns, and wide open spaces define this desert wildnerness. Light and shadow play tag as the sun moves across the landscape. It’s a place for color or black-and-white, a place to discover the visual gifts of the desert.

Join Brenda Tharp and Jed Manwaring on a visual journey in an oustanding and unique desert location. We believe that the creative process is never-ending. Our goal is to encourage you to connect with your surroundings with fresh and personal vision, and to foster an environment of exploration and emotional connection to nature. We plant the seeds of creativity that we believe can help you develop creative expression. While we will visit some known/iconic locations, we plan to also visit locations that will challenge you visually and provide you with experiences that will result in creating more meaningful photographs.

More in-depth details will be sent to you upon registration and receipt of your deposit.

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Dates: January 13-17, 2025

Limited to 8.

Price: $2185 USD   Deposit $950

Meeting Point: Stovepipe Wells, Death Valley National Park*

Difficulty Level: Moderate

This workshop involves a moderate amount of walking across rugged terrain on trails and cross country in some locations. You must be able to carry your own equipment on the walks/hikes and be prepared to comfortably hike up to approximately 3 miles round trip.

* Brenda Tharp and Jed Manwaring are authorized permittees of the National Park Service.

 

We’ll open this photo workshop on Monday morning with a visual presentation and discussion on creating contemplative and expressive photographs, covering topics including photographing with intent, clarifying your vision, creating compositions with impact, how to see in black and white, and more. Brenda and Jed will help you in the field, and we’ll have a mid-morning image review/classroom sessions each day. We’ll be based at Stovepipe Wells in the park. The workshop ends mid-morning on January 17.

The workshop is open to all skill levels, however a solidworking knowledge of your camera and the basics of photography will enhance your experience and your results. This workshop is intended to focus more on creative vision than the basics of photography. We devote one-on-one time to all while in the field, and with a maximum of 10 guests, and two leaders, the ratio is low, providing ample hands-on time if you want/need it. 

An SUV or other high-clearance vehicle is required. We will orchestrate carpooling as the park requires us to carpool to all locations. 

What’s included:

• Instruction and one-on-one assistance by two professional photographers – a great 4:1 ratio with just 8 participants.

• In-depth image reviews

• Processing sessions/discussion in Lightroom

• Water and Snacks

What’s not included:

• Lodging

• Meals (though we will eat some together)

• Transportation (and we will carpool during workshop as per NPS requirements)

• Personal incidentals including hotel tips, are not included.

We have reserved discounted rooms for the group, details will be sent upon registration.

Early registration is highly recommended for this popular workshop.

Questions? Please email us or call (415) 298-6604, 9 AM – 6 PM PST, M-F. Payment via check, Venmo, Paypal or credit card. (fees apply for credit card/paypal use). If sending a check, we will hold your space 6 days while awaiting your check.

Getting there:

The nearest international airport for this workshop is McCarran Airport Las Vegas (LAS)  about 150 miles, 2-3 hours drive.

Please email us before registering to be sure their is still space on this event. Once you receive confirmation of space, you can register via the button below, so bookmark this page for easy access.

A deposit of $950 is required to secure your participation in this workshop. Please note all payments by credit card will incur added fees.

You must read our our Cancellation Policy before registering for this workshop.

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