UNITED STATES

DEATH VALLEY


October 6 - 9, 2018

September 26 - 29, 2019

October 15 - 18, 2020

Landscape, Nature, Astro and Fine Art Photography

Includes

- 4 Days

  1. -Only 4-8 Guests

  2. -Photographer | Guide

  3. -4 & 5 Star Hotels

  4. -Breakfasts

  5. -2 Dinners

  6. -Local Transportation

  7. -National Park Entry Fee

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PHOTOGRAPHY ADVENTURE VACATIONS

Death Valley

Mesquite Sand Dunes, Zabriskie Point, Rhyolite Ghost Town

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Death Valley National Park is all about extremes.

Death Valley Photo Adventure Vacations – Inspire, Create and Learn.

On our Death Valley Photo Adventure we will capture sunrises and sunsets, create amazing Milky Way images and master fine-art photography using nature as a backdrop. We’ll be experiencing Twenty Mule Teams, Badwater Basin, Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes, Devils Golf Course, Zabriskie Point, Rhyolite Ghost Town and lastly, a throwback to yesteryear at Marta Becket’s Amargosa Opera House.

In this below-sea-level basin, steady drought and record summer heat make Death Valley a land of extremes. Yet, each extreme has a striking contrast. Towering peaks are frosted with winter snow. Rare rainstorms bring vast fields of wildflowers. Lush oases harbor tiny fish and refuge for wildlife and humans. Despite its morbid name, a great diversity of life survives in Death Valley.

Located near the border of California and Nevada, in the Great Basin, east of the Sierra Nevada mountains, Death Valley constitutes much of Death Valley National Park and is the principal feature of the Mojave and Colorado Deserts Biosphere Reserve.

The largest National Park outside of Alaska, Death Valley is an almost unfathomable place. The park’s 3.3 million acres /1.34 million hectares encompass mountain-size sand dunes, below-sea-level salt flats, mysterious singing rocks, and colorful sandstone canyons. Extremes are the norm: Death Valley is the hottest and driest place in America, with summer temperatures peaking above 120 F°/49°C, and average rainfall of 2 inches/5 cm per year. Also extreme are the park’s elevations: Badwater Basin, the park’s lowest spot, rests at 282 feet/86 meters below sea level while Telescope Peak soars to 11,049 feet/3,368 meters. So go high, or go very, very low; get hot, or chill out with amazing desert vistas. Death Valley delivers on every end of the scale.

This adventure is designed not only to guide you to the most photogenic locations, carefully planned for the best light, but to aid you in mentally visualizing a scene before capturing the decisive moment. Our aim is to raise your awareness and spark your creativity so that you not only go home with images to be proud of, but use your new found skills to improve and expand your photographic technique in general. Apart from the technical aspect of learning your camera settings and capabilities, you will learn how to turn an ordinary image into an extraordinary image by using your own creativity.

In addition, you will become knowledgeable on how to survey the landscape, utilize and approach your environment. Our time together will include individual and group discussions, inspiring ideas and great fun. We cannot think of a better location to express your creativity than the stunning “out of this world” beauty of Death Valley!


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Group Size



4-8 Guests


Experience | Difficulty



Beginner, amateur, enthusiast and semi-pro photographers

DSLR, mirrorless, compact or iPhone cameras

Busy schedule

Travel by car or minivan

Moderate elevation changes and lots of walking and hiking

(non-photographers also welcome)


Photographer | Guides



Jerry Adamo  |  October 6-9, 2018

Jerry Adamo  |  September 26-29, 2019

Jerry Adamo  |  October 15-18, 2020


Weather | Sun



September/October - Temps 91-99/59-73 F  33-41/15-23 C  Sunrise 6:50 | Sunset 6:00-7:00

All dates selected fall during a new moon, essential for the darkest skies (Rhyolite Ghost Town)


Includes



Landscape, nature, astro and fine art photography

Professional photographer | guide

Photo walks, hikes & discussions

Small group size (4-8 guests)

4 and 5 star hotels

Breakfasts

2 Dinners

National Park entry fee

Local transportation


Accommodations



Las Vegas - Mandarin Oriental, Four Seasons or similar

Death Valley - The Inn at Death Valley or similar


Travel Information



Arrival & Departure Airport: Las Vegas International Airport, Nevada (LAS) - Transfer time to hotel 20min

Our adventure begins at 4 PM on the first day and ends in the mid-afternoon on the last day.

Travel Visa: A visa may be required depending on your nationality. Go to Visa Map to find out.


Price



DEATH VALLEY 4-DAY PHOTO ADVENTURE

Photo Adventure Vacation | October 6-9, 2018:  $3,795

Photo Adventure Vacation | September 26-29, 2019:  $4,095

Photo Adventure Vacation | October 15-18, 2020:  $4,395


Single Supplement:  $500

(Optional) Early Arrival Hotel Room:  $350

(Optional) Late Departure Hotel Room:  $350


Deposit:  $1000


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*All prices are per person and based on double occupancy. Please select single occupancy for a private room. For your convenience we offer optional early arrival and late departure accommodations so you can extend your stay before or after the trip. We typically stay in boutique hotels in the 4-star category. Not all destinations offer these types of properties. We look for unique hotels which offer cultural, historic and/or authentic features. Depending on the size of the group, smaller boutique hotels may have limited room inventory. In some countries or in remote locations, we may be limited to lodges or branded chain hotels. Breakfast is included only if included in our room rates.


DEATH VALLEY 4 DAYS


Day 1 |  Las Vegas

We meet in the afternoon in the lobby of our hotel, where we will discuss PWA’s “10 Guiding Principles to Great Photography” as well as our “THE ART OF SEEING” photographic technique. We will have informal discussions on what our guests are trying to achieve in their photography, subject matters, styles and techniques. In the evening we head out on the town for our “Welcome Dinner” at our favorite Las Vegas restaurant. (D)

Day 2 |  Amargosa Opera House - Twenty Mule Teams - Badwater Basin

After an early breakfast we depart Las Vegas for Death Valley (120 mile drive ~ 2.5 hours). Our first stop along the way will be Marta Becket’s Amargosa Opera House and Hotel for a private photo tour. Tripods are not allowed inside this magnificent blast from the past, but we have secured permission from the owner.

Marta Becket was a New York ballerina and Broadway dancer on tour with her one-woman show in 1967 when she peered into an abandoned social hall in Death Valley Junction, Calif., and visualized her future: a theater of her own. The floor was warped. Mud streaked the walls. Kangaroo Rats were running wild. Yet it was there, amid the alkali flats, whistling winds and triple-digit heat of the Mojave Desert, that Ms. Becket and her husband resettled and built the Amargosa Opera House, where she performed her ballets and pantomimes for the next 40 years.

Our next stop will be 20 Mule Team Canyon Road. Twenty Mule Teams is one of the best-known “historic symbols” of Death Valley. These “teams” were comprised of 18 mules and 2 horses, pulling huge wagons filled with borax, bringing it from mines located in Furnace Creek area to the railhead which was at that time near Mojave. That was an exhausting trip which lasted for 10 days, during which the “teams” had to pass 165 miles along the primitive roads. Afterwards we take the scenic drive to our hotel to check in. We’ll have an early dinner at the hotel and then we’re off to shoot the sunset at Badwater Basin (Badwater is the lowest point in North America at 262 feet below sea level. It is one of the iconic spots of the desert southwest). (B)

Day 3 |  Sand Dunes - Devils Golf - Zabriskie Point - Rhyolite Ghost Town

We’re up very early for a sunrise shoot at Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes. A walk on these silky, rippled dunes will convince you that you’re someplace far from the familiar. Afterwards we return to our hotel for breakfast and a review of our latest images. By early afternoon we’re off to shoot the Devils Golf Course, Artists Drive where we’ll practice panoramic shots. The Devils Golf Course itself is made up of large salt formations that jut out of the barren landscape for as far as the eye can see. We’ll have an early dinner so we can make it to Zabriskie Point for a sunset/blue hour shoot. The point offers a stunning view of the multi-hued badlands. Lastly, we’ll enjoy a a wonderful night sky and Milky Way shoot at Rhyolite Ghost Town, which features ruins of a 1905 gold-mining town. Finally we return to our hotel after a very rewarding day of photography. (B) (D)

Day 4 |  Zabriskie Point - Las Vegas

On our last day we are up early for a sunrise shoot at Zabriskie Point again. When we return to our hotel we’ll enjoy a “Farewell Breakfast” followed by a Q&A, hotel checkout and drive back to Las Vegas. We’ll be happy to drop you at a hotel or the airport. We urge you to extend your stay in Las Vegas or elsewhere in Nevada and make good use of everything you will learn on our photo adventure. (B)

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  Options and Benefits



Private Guided Tours & Adventures



We offer amazing private guided photo adventures, cultural tours and vacations for individuals, couples, families and groups. We can customize any of our published adventures, as well as others, to meet your individual needs, schedule, budget and interests. This may include the finest 5-star accommodations, business-class travel, and private guides and fixers who are able to make the impossible possible. If you are not interested in a photo-centric vacation, but you love our approach to private travel, we will be happy to design and deliver an amazing adventure focused on travel, culture and cuisine. Click here to request a quote. Feel free to call us at 1-888-834-0288 or contact us for more information.


Travel Insurance



We offer travel insurance through Travelex. The cost for travel insurance can be as low as 4% of the total trip cost, depending upon age and other factors. Knowing you have trip cancellation coverage can make a big difference should you have to cancel for some unforeseen reason. Travelex Insurance Services is a BBB Accredited business with an A+ rating. Click here to get a free quote.


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Gift Certificates



Give someone you know a Gift Certificate, good toward any of our Photo Adventures, Photo Tours, Private Guided Tours, Online Courses, Prints or Merchandize. Our beautifully personalized eGift Certificates are delivered to you electronically. They are fully transferable and have a 2 year expiration date. They are available in any amount from $100 to $5000. It makes a great gift for anyone who loves photography, travel or adventure. Order now, or email for more information.



Private Online Lightroom & Photoshop Tutorials



We offer private online Lightroom and Photoshop photo editing tutorials for individuals who would like to improve their post-processing skills. Each is customized to meet your individual needs, schedule, budget and interests. We provide you with one-on-one discussions using online connectivity. Many of our Photo Adventure guests select our online post-processing as an extension to their trip. Click here for more information.


Combination Tours



You can SAVE by combining two or more back-to-back photo adventures. Call us at 1-888-834-0288 or contact us for more information.


Loyalty Club**



All registered guests on 6 day or longer Photo Adventures are automatically enrolled in our Loyalty Club. You will receive a $200 discount on your next Photo Adventure. After attending just 3 Photo Adventures, you’ve reached “Gold” status and a $300 discount good toward future Photo Adventures. After attending 6 Photo Adventures, you’ve reached “Elite” status and a $500 discount good toward future Photo Adventures. Elite status guests also receive other benefits such as additional discounts, special offers, room upgrades (when available), and more. Click here to learn more.



**LOYALTY CLUB: Loyalty discounts only apply to 6 day or longer Photo Adventures. The discount is applied to the Photo Adventure fee when booked directly through our website, and cannot be added to or combined with any “pay in full”, “pay in advance” or “discounted specials”. This discount cannot be combined with any other offer. Your discount will be applied to your final payment. Only one discount per person, per adventure. This discount has no cash value. Polar Adventures are excluded from this offer. Loyalty Club status will be eliminated after 3 years of inactivity.  


NOTE: We reserve the right to change hotels based on availability and pricing. Not included in your rate are alcoholic beverages, unscheduled meals, travel to and from our destinations, airport transfers, travel insurance and any optional excursions you may choose to book on your own or as a group. Breakfast is usually included unless it is not offered in our hotel package. As is standard in the travel industry, all accommodations are based on double occupancy. Please choose the private room / single supplement option if you prefer your own room. Double occupancy can only be offered if you are traveling with a guest. We reserve the right to change events and schedules throughout the itinerary due to adverse weather conditions or complications that may arise that are out of our control. Our number one priority is always the safety of our group.







 
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