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STORM CHASE ARIZONA

SOUTHWEST MONSOONS + MILKY WAY

Grab you rain jacket for a Stormy Photography Workshop in Northern Arizona.  Every summer the skies of Arizona take a dramatic turn filling with electric monsoon clouds and this is the best time to capture the power of a southwest storm over some of the most magical landscapes Arizona has to offer. In fact the state gets its name from this wonder of the world, the Grand Canyon. As the sun sets and the clouds clear we will photograph the summer Milky Way shimmering over this jaw dropping location.

 

With luck on our side these storms bring the opportunity for pristine pools of rain water to gather and create mirror-like reflections in small pockets of the Arizona desert. During the night hours in this otherworldly landscape, you will feel like you are photographing water on the moon. In addition to mastering techniques for photographing these unique scenes, you'll also learn how to capture the drama of epic weather systems and dazzling night scenes.

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TRIP DATES

JULY 23 - 26, 2023

These dates were chosen specifically to capture the wildflowers in peak bloom

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TRIBE SIZE

Limited to a small group of 8 students with 3 instructors to ensure that everyone receives 1:1 attention.

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DIFFICULTY LEVEL

This photography workshop is open to all experience levels, from beginner to advanced all are welcome.

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HIKING 

This workshop will require moderate hiking (no more than 1 mile) through Rocky terrain at high elevations

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STORM CHASE

Water in the desert is powerful. Creating reflections, dramatic clouds and lightning shows for you to capture

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MILKY WAY

We will convince you that there is nothing more intriguing then clouds and stars together.

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WEATHER PLAN

Learn how to safely and effectively find a storm, lightning strikes and all around dramatic weather like a pro.

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UNIQUE CAPTURES

This time of year in Arizona offers unique opportunities for stills and timelapses, bring a second camera!

ADD-ON
STORMY SEDONA

AUGUST 18TH TO 20TH, 2023  |  $900

ADD-ON DAY 1

Now, picture this: We'll be strolling through Sedona, crossing our fingers for some cosmic luck. Why, you ask? Because if the stars align (literally), we might just capture the Milky Way doing its radiant dance in shimmering reflection pools. It's like a celestial photoshoot, folks!

As the sun bids us farewell, we'll witness sunsets that are pure magic. Think rainbows popping out of nowhere, neon clouds swirling around, and all of this happening amidst those glorious, glowing red rock formations.

ADD-ON DAY 2

Surrounded by these mesmerizing red rock formations, adding a person in the frame is like having a pint-sized action figure against the backdrop of an otherworldly sandbox.

Here's the twist: we're secretly hoping for a monsoon storm to crash this party, complete with thunder and lightning that dances like pop star. We will capture the sunrise in all its glory and then we'll gear up again for a night of shooting stars that'll make even Picasso jealous. Yup, it's like getting a VIP ticket to the galaxy's hottest concert!

ADD-ON DAY 3

On our final day, we'll be strapping on our hiking boots and venturing into a forested canyon that's so enchanting, it could be straight out of a fairytale. A gurgling stream, cascading down creating magnificent pools that are just begging for a cannonball contest. After we've frolicked in nature's playground, we'll head over to the Northern Rim of the Grand Canyon. We'll soak in the jaw-dropping vistas, pretending to be rugged explorers while secretly wondering if the next taco stand is just around the bend.

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DAY 1

Meet & Greet, Sunset, Blue Hour, Milky Way

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Our workshop begins at 2:00pm with a meet and greet at the Grand Canyon Northern Rim Lodge. Head out for sunset and blue hour. With any luck, we’ll catch some stormy weather during sunset light. After we will photograph the starry night sky.

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DAY 2

Sunrise, Classroom Session, Sunset, Blue Hour, Stars

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Start your day photographing a monsoon storm rolling through the Grand Canyon. After sunrise, our first classroom session begins. After class, we pack our camera gear to adventure out for our last sunset, and Milky Way fun at the Grand Canyon. 

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DAY 3

Sunset, Blue Hour, Milky Way

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After checking out of the hotel, we’ll head out to our last location, one of the most iconic places in Arizona to photograph. This location is a photographer’s playground, full of textures and landscapes, making for a night of shooting the sunset and stars.

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DAY 4

Classroom Session, Sunset, Blue Hour, Stars

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We’ll be heading back out hoping the storms bring the opportunity for pristine pools of rain water to create mirror-like reflections in small pockets of the Arizona desert. During the night you will feel like you are photographing water on the moon.

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DAY 5

Sunrise, Workshop Wrap Up

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Our last morning together will be spent at another Arizona icon, Horseshoe Bend. After shooting our last sunrise together, we will wrap up our time together over breakfast before saying our goodbyes.

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WHAT YOU WILL LEARN

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PLANNING YOUR SHOTS

  • Scouting and evaluating conditions

  • Composing an image to grab the viewers' attention

  • Composing an image with a person in frame to tell a story

  • Utilizing apps for more efficient planning

  • Choosing the right lens and filters for the job

  • How to shoot with a plan for editing

CAPTURING YOUR IMAGE

  • How to capture intimate details and abstract images

  • Histogram - how to read for perfectly exposed images

  • Exposure control. how to use ISO, aperture and shutter speed in different scenarios

  • Bracketing, Perspective blending and focus stacking

  • Long Exposure, how to capture blue hour

  • Creative uses of light at night

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BRING THE IMAGE TO LIFE

  • Lightroom & Photoshop, learn our post processing workflow

  • Luminosity masks

  • Dodging and Burning

  • Understanding layers and masks

  • Removing distractions

  • Creating the orton glow and painting with light

  • Build your social media presence, how to maximize engagement

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