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Canyonlands, Utah photography workshop

October 19-24, 2014. Open to traditional and digital photographers of any experience level.

Ancient Kiva, 1992. Canyonlands National Park, Utah

Please join us for our 2014 Canyonlands National Park photography workshop! Lynn Radeka will be hosting this photographic workshop open to all photographers, traditional and digital, of any experience level. Lynn Radeka has hiked, camped and photographed in Canyonlands National Park since the early 1970's. Canyonlands National Park is truly a unique American West wilderness landscape and photographer's paradise.

This workshop will feature some of Canyonlands National Park's most remarkable and intimate areas. Spanning 2 separate Canyonlands "districts", we will be visiting, hiking and photographing the "Island In The Sky" district and the "Needles" district. We will hike to and photograph stunning Indian ruins, arches, Indian petroglyphs, Indian pictographs, grand vistas and intimate canyon details. Midway through the workshop lies the bustling town of Moab, in between the two districts, allowing the opportunity to recharge ourselves with showers, restaurants, gas stations and grocery stores before tackling the more remote Needles dstrict. All participants should be prepared to camp every evening at established campgrounds and remote wilderness campgrounds. A detailed list of camping locations and our itinerary will be mailed to every participant far in advance of the workshop. Each day will end at our campfire gathering where we will have the opportunity to talk photography in an enjoyable, relaxed atmosphere.

This workshop is open to all photographers whether shooting large or small format black and white or color, traditional or digital! Lunches along the jeep trails or between hikes will be provided by Lynn Radeka and Jeff Steinwand, but each participant is expected to be self-sufficient with regards to campground breakfasts and campground dinners. We will be sharing cooking items such as camp stoves, lanterns, utensils, etc. Please inquire about any concerns. During the first two days we will base our camp in the Island In The Sky district. When visiting the Needles District in the second half of the workshop, we will be travelling on remote, highly scenic jeep roads requiring 4WD. Participants who are not able to bring their own 4WD vehicle will arrange to ride these jeep roads with other participants. 4WD rentals are available in the town of Moab should we run short of available 4WD vehicles.

Lynn Radeka will be reviewing each day's shoot on a laptop computer and commenting on possible image manipulations and improvements. For photographers shooting traditional film formats (large, medium or small) Lynn or Jeff will shoot a similar digital shot on the scene when possible so that we can make appropriate comments and suggested print quality enhancements (including contrast masking) on the computer in the evenings. Digital photographers will enjoy the array of unusual and interesting software programs and techniques we may be demonstrating in the evenings. More importantly, the workshop flow will be largely determined by the needs and desires of the workshop participants, ensuring a very enjoyable experience for everyone.

Sunset, Grandview Point, 1994. Canyonlands National Park, Utah

Lynn will be handing out ClearWhite white balance filters to those photographers interested in digital photography, and durable cutout cards (an aid in visualizing compositions) to those shooting large format film. He will be assisting attendees in obtaining the best exposures and white balance settings using RAW format for those photographers shooting digital, and zone system methods including previsualization, exposure, development and filter techniques to those photographers shooting traditional large format.

This photography workshop will also teach the use of contrast masking in your previsualization routine. This will help traditional photographers learn how to previsualize images with the intent of applying contrast masking (or other specialized darkroom procedures) to the final prints. Surprisingly, this often results in images being shot that otherwise might be passed up due to lack of local contrast on the scene or elements that aren't well separated from surrounding detail. The intended use of masking can alter the exposure and development given to the negative.

Both before and after the workshop, each participant is invited to participate in our Canyonlands Workshop internet forum, which will be set up and hosted by Jeff Steinwand, for all participants to view, critique or discuss. These workshop forums have proven to be a fantastic sharing and learning tool in Lynn's previous workshops, and participants are welcome to view any previous workshop forums if they desire.

Some of the locations (depending on road and weather conditions, time, etc.) that we may be visiting are Mesa Arch at sunrise, Indian Ruins at Aztec Butte, Large Kiva in a very photogenic setting overlooking the White Rim and Candlestick Tower, and grand, photogenic vistas at Grandview Point and other overlooks. In the Needles District we will be visiting Lavendar Canyon and Cleft Arch, Davis Canyon, Beef Basin (time permitting) and the Cathedral Butte overlook at the south edge of the park.

Horseshoe Canyon, 1985. Canyonlands N. P., Utah

For those who are able and willing, expect some moderate hiking in the Island In The Sky district with your camera gear and some exciting 4WD roads (including some possible patches of creek and sand driving) in the Needles District. Tag-alongs are not allowed on this workshop. This workshop is limited to eight paid participants. Please see the signup details below.

Canyonlands Photography Workshop

October 19-24, 2014

Limited to eight paid participants

Sorry! This workshop is full.

Inquire regarding space availability and other questions

Location: Canyonlands National Park, Utah. Island In The Sky district and Needles District. Camping is available every evening.
Tuition: $800. $400 Payment required in advance to reserve a space, remaining amount due September 30, 2014.
Duration: 5 Days.
Materials to bring: Cameras (digital or traditional), accessories (film, storage media, changing bags), camping equipment, gas money, 4WD vehicle (if possible), campground breakfasts and dinners.
Contact: Lynn Radeka via e-mail for questions or more information.


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