Announcing Our Next Photography Workshop!
I’m so excited to finally announce this! Registration is now open for the next photography workshop with myself and fellow photographer Mike Mezeul. We will be going to Moab in Utah and will visit Arches National Park, Canyonlands National Park and Dead Horse State Park. We did two back-to-back workshops in Death Valley earlier this year and they were an absolute blast! They couldn’t have gone any better and I’m so excited to see who we get to meet and spend time with on this next one!
The workshop will be from June 20th through the 24th of this year, so just a couple of months away. All the details can be found over on the Moab Workshop page.
Landscape Arch At Night
Here’s just one of the many places we’ll be photographing during the workshop. Photographing Landscape Arch in the snow was quite an interesting and challenging adventure. Fortunately we won’t have to deal with snow during the workshop! A 1.5 mile hike on a path that is covered in ice with steep hills at several points is no easy task, especially when you’re weighed down with gear and a tripod.Then, when you get to your spot and right as you get settled in, you need to go to the bathroom. Yeah…not fun at all.
On the way back, in the dark, my buddy Cliff slipped on the ice and I saw him fly up into the air and fall straight down…his entire body horizontal to the ground. Knocked the wind out of him but luckily he and his gear were ok. Then we came up to one of the steep hills. They were uphill on the way in which was not that big of a deal. But on the way back we quickly realized that there was no possible way to walk down this path. So….we sat down on our bums and slid down the hill. For like…50-60 feet. It was so much fun!
Ok, so about the image. I used a6 Stop filter (from the kit) to drag the clouds across the sky. I believe it was just a 30 second exposure though. This was taken from the official path, although we did venture a bit beyond that too. It’s certainly a tough arch to photograph. And one that is well worth your time to see if you visit the park. Why, you might ask?
Because it might not be there next year. Or next month. Or next week. In the past 20 years, 3 large portions on the arch have fallen down from the thinnest point of the arch. Standing beneath the arch, you can tell just how fragile of a state it is in. Because of the falling rocks, the park has closed off the trail that lets you walk beneath it.