Straddling the border of southeastern Utah and northern Arizona lies Monument Valley, an iconic symbol of the American West, the sacred heart of the Navajo Nation and the ideal setting for your next photographic adventure. This is the definitive West. Ancestral spirits infuse the rugged, disruptive landscapes that feel foreign, yet distinctly familiar thanks to Hollywood's long love affair with this land. The valley is host to towering sandstone rock formations that have been sculpted over time and soar 400 to 1,000 feet above the valley floor. Combined with the surrounding mesas, buttes, and desert environment, it truly is one of the natural wonders of the world. It is a mystical place of awe inspiring proportions.
This Monument Valley Photography Workshop is during the premier time for dramatic thunderhead clouds and the cooling temperatures of the monsoon season in the High Desert. Here we will capture the fabulous landscape of the four corners region around Page Az and the many natural wonders in the area. In Monument Valley our Navajo partners will guide us to access to spectacular locations in the restricted areas of the Monument Valley back country and give us special access to the culture of the people who live in the valley.
We will begin and end this trip in Page Arizona home of the famous Antelope Canyons and other unworldly formations. Page is a good jumping off place to the more remote areas since it has semi regular flights and rental cars. You can also arrive and depart from other southwest locations such as Flagstaff AZ, Grand Junction, Colorado or Las Vegas, NV all of which offer scenic routes to photograph prior to and after our Page/Monument Valley adventure.
We will meet the afternoon of the 3rd ( rooms are being held at the Best Western Lake Powell view in Page) and begin by photographing inspiring sunset locations such as Lake Powell. This will also be a time to make sure you and your equipment are ready for the days ahead. The morning of the August 4th will find us photographing and dramatic sunrise location in this land of unique sandstone formations and one of the slot canyons. Afternoon will find us at another spectacular sunset location. After capturing sunrise on the 5th we will enter and photograph another slot canyon before we depart for Monument Valley.
Much of the workshop will have our Navajo guides taking us to places normally restricted for non Native Americans. On this trip you can visit more remote and less photographed areas and capture unique images. I will show you how to photograph these great locations and show you how to capture the great natural light during this time of the year.
I choose my Navajo guides not only their knowledge of their homeland, but also for their skills honed by years of working with professional photographers and film production companies. They will lead us to the most unique photographic locations in this icon of the American west. While doing this our guides will also tell us the stories and legends of their people in these sacred places.
We will photograph the dunes, cultural locations such as the "house of many hands" and back country vistas and formations.
What to expect during our trip to Monument Valley? Lodging is in Mexican hat Utah. (Rooms are held at the Hat Rock Inn ). After our arrival we will go to a Monument Valley overlook and photograph the sunset lit mittens.
On the 6th we will depart well before sunrise to will meet our Navajo guide for our first entrance into Monument Valley. We will explore compositions of the mittens silhouetted against the pre-dawn sky before proceeding to the Totems and dunes for sunrise. The rest of the morning we will be photographing locations such as the Anasazi ruins, Ear of the Wind and other places off the beaten path available only our guided group. We will spend time working to find the best composition and light angles available giving you opportunities most don't receive. You will visit the residents of this of Monument Valley, photographing a ceremonial dance, horse gatherings and a traditional hogan where the famous Navajo rugs are woven.
Our afternoon will be spent photographing the Valley of the Gods, Mexican Hat and the Goose Necks of the San Juan. Sunset will be at a special location.
7th. Before dawn once again, we will be in place to photograph one of nature most dramatic scenes as the sky changes from a faint pink to a bright orange, bouncing light off the red cliffs of the valley below. In the afternoon we will be rejoining our Navajo guide for an afternoon and evening of capturing the essence of Navajo land in Mystery Valley and Tear Drop Arch.
Of course during our stay we will spend large blocks of time photographing the Native people of the area modeling for us so we can photograph a traditional dance in scenic locations, rug weaving and more.
Early morning of the 8th we will be photographing the first rays of light in a undisclosed awesome location as the warm morning light sweeps over surrounding canyon walls. After our morning shoot we be returning to Page AZ by mid day and say our good byes at the end of this wonderful trip.
Of course the whims of natures light and weather will dictates possible changes in this general itinerary.
Price includes, instruction, guiding, Native American guide fees, Model fees, entrance fees to Monument Valley tribal lands and special access fees.
Not included are your lodging, meals and guide gratuities.
$750 deposit holds your place.
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