Wildflowers in the Superstitions
~The Desert Bloom~
A 3 Night, 4 Day adventure in the Sonoran Desert of Arizona!
Mission & Agenda
Since moving to Pheonix in 2020, I have explored many of its rugged mountain ranges, its streams, rivers, chasms, and creeks. I've grown to know the cacti, the plants and most importantly, the light. You see, the desert gets a different kind of light than I have seen in other environments. When the landscapes come to life long after the sun sets or before it rises.
2022 was a tremendous year for rain, which made for an EPIC spring bloom in the Superstition Mountains and surrounding areas! Join me on this 4 day, 3 night adventure in search of desert blooms, and stunning views once again!!
The group will be based out of a spacious and luxurious rented Condo where we will also hold our classroom sessions. I find this to be a great way to promote camaraderie, friendship and foster inspiration while on these tireless trips!
Where: This workshop will be based out of Pheonix, Arizona
When: April 11th-14th, 2024
Limited to only 5 Students
Total Cost: $2299.99
Deposit: $900.00 @ Time of Booking
Vision & Focus
The title of this workshop says it all!
Flowers in the Desert!
This workshop is aimed at the contrast of rugged mountain landscapes, seemingly un-friendly cacti and GORGEOUS blooms of flowers by Day and Night. But even if this extremely rare, and hard to time phenomenon proves to be just that, the desert is full of amazing beauty.
Our focus will be:
Discovering Composition, Learning how to master visual flow
Creating and crafting a visual narrative, Telling a story with your image
Choosing the most engaging and thought provoking compositions to enhance that story
Learning what technique or process best captures those elements
Capturing Blue Hour images for Blending, for the BEST Astro Results
Stacking images for focus, How, When, and Why!
Focal Length Blending, Creative, Innovative, and Restorative techniques using wide angle lenses
When and How to Properly Bracket and Exposure Blend
How to put it all together in Adobe Lightroom, Helicon Focus, Starry landscape Stacker and Adobe Photoshop
Various Techniques for Dodging & Burning, and Shaping the Light
Color theory and its Immense power in Post Processing
~In-depth post processing
Entirely Screen recorded
~One-on-One image critiques
Group, Terrain & Weather
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•1 Week ahead of the event we will have a "Pre-Workshop" Zoom class to discuss finalities, concepts, techniques and to get you familiar with the type of images we will be working on!
•Evening Day 1: We will begin this trip on Thursday, April 11th, at 2pm (location TBD). From there we will check-in to your respective rooms and we will gather again for a briefing, chat a bit and strategize for the first evenings shooting. This crash course approach lets me gauge your varying skill and level of understanding of photography principals and fundamentals. We will capture sunset and stars.
•Morning Day 2: The Following morning, we will rise bright and early for that mornings sunrise location. Which could be decided that morning based on weather, clouds, conditions in general. After capturing Sunrise we will make our way back into town. Students are welcome to lag behind and explore until the classroom session.
•Classroom Session from 11-2pm
-Late Lunch/Early Dinner
•Evening Day 2: Reconvene at 3pm, Briefing, Head out for Sunset Location, again TBD.
•Day 3: Will follow the above Itinerary
•Morning Day 4: The Final Sunrise, following the above Itinerary, followed by a group Breakfast!
-End - Checkout Time (10/11am)