Death Valley Photography Workshop
- November 13 - 17, 2017
Open to traditional and digital
photographers of any experience level.
Marble Canyon Petroglyphs, 1987. Death
Valley National Park, CA. Copyright © Lynn Radeka.
Join us for our 2017 Death Valley photography
workshop! Experience the adventure of photographing Death
Valley's remarkable places. A true photographer's desert paradise,
Death Valley has inspired master photographers such as Ansel
Adams and Edward Weston to produce some of their notable and
outstanding images of this captivating and photogenic wilderness
landscape. Today, few photographers know Death Valley's intimate
canyons and vast open expanses better than Lynn Radeka who
has hiked, camped and photographed in Death Valley's remarkable
wilderness areas for over 50 years.
We will be visiting some of Death Valley's
most popular and unusual areas. This workshop is open to all
photographers whether shooting large or small format black
and white or color, traditional or digital! Limited campground
and trailside lunches will be provided by Lynn Radeka and
Ron Gaut, but each participant will be expected to be self-sufficient
with regards to breakfasts and dinners. Please inquire about
any concerns. Since we will be based at Stovepipe Wells, a
restaurant and small market is available for breakfasts and
dinners. A motel is also available across the street from
the campground for the nights that we will not be camping
in the back country, depending on our exact itinerary. Please
contact us about your preference for back country camping.
Lunch will be available along the back country travels during
the daytime. Depending on the number of 4wd vehicles we have
available, we will most likely visit some 4 wheel drive back
country locations as well. 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) we will
be shooting 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 will be demonstrating in the evenings possibly including
panorama stitching, focus stacking for extreme depth-of-field,
and other image optimization techniques.
Lynn will be handing out ClearWhite
white balance filters to those photographers interested
in digital photography, and durable cutout viewing 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 and development to those
photographers shooting traditional large format. Equally enjoyable
though are the adventures by car, 4WD or on foot into Death
Valley's most photogenic areas. We do not plan on any strenuous
long distance hiking but if you have concerns please contact
us and we will do our best to accommodate you.
Of special interest to traditional
film-based photographers, this workshop will also teach the
use of contrast masking in your previsualization routine.
This will help 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 or even elements that
aren't well separated from surrounding detail. The intended
use of masking can alter the exposure and development given
to the negative.
After the workshop is over, each participant
is invited to send or e-mail images from the workshop which
will be put on the Death
Valley workshop gallery for all participants to view,
critique or comment on. Lynn will select several images from
each participant and optimize them in such a way as to demonstrate
alternate ways of printing the images, including suggested
uses of masks, etc. These images will also be available for
viewing by the general public as well.
Some of the locations (depending on
road and weather conditions, time, etc.) that we may be visiting
are Zabriskie Point at sunrise, Echo Canyon with the ghost
town of Schwab (depending on available 4wd vehicles), Titus
Canyon with the ghost towns of Leadfield and Rhyolite (road
conditions permitting), 20 Mule Team Canyon, Cottonwood and
Marble Canyons, and the Sand Dunes at sunset or sunrise.
For those who are able and willing,
expect some short distance hiking with your camera gear and
some possible bumpy dirt roads (depending on available vehicles).
Tag-alongs are not allowed on this workshop except for husband
or wife of a paid participant. Participants with spouses are
expected to be self-sufficient with regards to all meals for
the spouse. A restaurant and small market are right next to
the campground. This workshop is limited to eight paid participants.
Please see the signup details below.
This workshop is proudly
sponsored by ProgreyUSA, world's finest quality filters and
and by ClearWhite
White Balance Systems
and by Lowepro, finest
camera bags, backpacks and cases
About the instructors
Influenced in his early work by
Ansel Adams and Wynn Bullock, Lynn Radekas professional
photography career spans more than forty-five years. His
love of the grand landscapes and intimate details of the
American West was born on his first trip to Death Valley
Lynn Radekas Black and White
photography has been featured in eight National Park posters
and several calendars including the calendar series
Radeka: The American West and several ghost town
calendars published by Browntrout publishers. In 1989 and
1990 he was commissioned to do the photography for five
full-color books, resulting in a 2 year journey that took
him through the back roads, historic places and ghost towns
of the entire American West. Lynn also has the honor of
being a featured photographer in the book publication "World's
Top Photographers: Landscape" and has been
published in B&W Magazine,
View Camera Magazine and other photography publications.
Lynn Radeka currently teaches
workshops in Death Valley and Canyonlands National Parks,
and Contrast Masking workshops in his home darkroom. He
is the producer and co-author of the Contrast
Masking Kit - a technical
manual for traditional film-based photographers. Lynn feels
completely at home using a 4x5 view camera for his film-based
work and more recently a Sony A7R mirrorless camera for
his digital work.
Please visit the bio page of this
website for more information.
Ron Gaut discovered the outdoors at an early age
and developed a deep passion for wilderness and photography.
Not surprising, with Ron's 30-year engineering background
and thirst to learn about photographic processes, in
the early 1990's he began to experiment with many different
films, developers, silver papers and alternative processes.
He quantified much of his work by sensitometric analysis
to determine the film/developer and paper/developer
combination properties for different film and paper
development methods, submitting the results as thesis
papers at a local college.
Influenced in his early work by Ansel Adams, John
Sexton, Lynn Radeka, Ray McSavaney, and other contemporary
"west coast" landscape masters, Ron traveled
and photographed the southwest with his 4x5 view camera,
particularly Death Valley. "Death Valley is probably
the most dynamic and diverse national park in America.
It's like a big, beautiful painting; you could sit and
stare for hours picking out all the different pieces".
Ron's style reflects his feelings about Death Valley:
he enjoys photographing the intimate details of the
Ron Gaut is an expert in digital techniques. "I
enjoy the digital workflow. However, there is a steep
learning curve to becoming proficient and printing your
own work is essential." Ron uses Lightroom for
global adjustments and Photoshop to fine-tune his images
before printing. He has firmly established himself as
an accomplished photographer and printer, receiving
awards and accolades from critics and through photography
Dunes, Sunrise, 2.
The Racetrack, Sunrise.
November 13-17, 2017
Limited to eight participants
Location: Death Valley,
California. Stovepipe Wells will be our base camp. Camping and motel
rooms are available (book your rooms early!)
Tuition: $1200. $600 Payment
required in advance to reserve a space, remaining
amount due October 31, 2017.
Duration: 4+ Days.
Materials to bring: Cameras (digital or traditional), accessories
(film, storage media, changing bags), camping equipment, gas money,
Contact: Lynn Radeka via phone at 714-828-4376 or e-mail
for questions or more information.
© Ron Gaut
Beetle Tracks. Copyright
© Ron Gaut
Dunes and Buttes, 2007.
Copyright © Lynn Radeka
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