UNITED STATES

SOUTHEAST UTAH

April 29 - May 5, 2017

October 7 - 13, 2017

April 28 - May 4, 2018

October 6 - 12, 2018

Travel, Landscape, Nature and Wildlife Photography

Includes

  1. -7 Days

  2. -Workshop Adventure

  3. -Photographer | Guide

  4. -Photo Walks & Hikes

  5. -Small Group Size

  6. -Fine Hotels & Lodges

  7. -Breakfasts

  8. -2 Dinners

  9. -National Park Entry Fees

  10. -Local Transportation

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PHOTOGRAPHY ADVENTURE VACATIONS

Southeast Utah

Moab, Canyonlands, Arches, Monument Valley, Valley of the Gods

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It is said that no photos will do it justice. Prove them wrong.

Southeast Utah Photo Adventure Vacations – Inspire, Create and Learn.

Moab, Utah and the Navajo Tribal Park located in Southeastern part of the State offer some of the most breathtaking and recognizable scenery found anywhere in the world. Towering sandstone cliffs, the mighty Colorado and Green Rivers, carving deep into the canyons, arches, domes, mesa’s and buttes. All of which can be found and will be photographed during this incredible photo adventure.

Our adventure will include places like Arches National Park, Canyonlands National Park, Castle Valley, Valley of the Gods and of course Monument Valley. During the spring photo adventure we’ll have the snowcapped La Sal Mountains as a backdrop which can be seen from many of the desert locations we’ll visit around the Moab region. If Mother Nature cooperates large blooms of bright yellow arrowleaf balsamroot will add to the selection of features to include in your photographs.

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, photograph people indigenous to the region and the cultural considerations and challenges of photographing in a foreign country. 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 beauty of Moab and Arches National Parks, and Monument Valley in Southeast Utah!

Please note: Our photography guide will always be on the look-out for interesting images during our photo adventure and for this reason, our itineraries are always subject to change. Weather plays a major role in capturing the best images possible. Changing light and weather conditions will always be assessed and changes in the schedule will be made accordingly. Flexibility, patience, and a sense of adventure are key to having a great time and capturing stellar photographs.

SPRING: Springtime will offer both perfect temperatures for desert hiking, as well as catching the wildflowers blooming in many of the locations we will visit.

AUTUMN: Along with the intense display of colors from the surrounding red rock formations, we’ll have the brilliance of the autumn foliage changing in Capitol Reef National Park. We’ll cross over Boulder Mountain through massive groves of aspen trees with their white trunks crowned by a spectacular display of yellow leaves.


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Group Size



4-8 Guests


Experience | Difficulty



Beginner, amateur, enthusiast and semi-pro photographers

DSLR, mirrorless, compact or iPhone cameras

Moderate schedule

Travel by car or minibus

Easy to moderate elevation changes with moderate amounts of hiking

(non-photographers also welcome)


Photographer | Guides



David C. Schultz  |  April 29 - May 5, 2017

David C. Schultz  |  October 7-13, 2017 (Fall Foliage)

David C. Schultz  |  April 28 - May 4, 2018

David C. Schultz  |  October 6-12, 2018 (Fall Foliage)


Weather | Sun



May - Temps 75/48 F  23/8 C  Sunrise 6:26 | Sunset 8:24 (20:24)

October - Temps 68/42 F  20/5 C  Sunrise 7:20 | Sunset 6:52 (18:52)


Includes



Travel, landscape, nature and wildlife photography

Professional photographer | guide

Photo walks, hikes & discussions

Small group size (4-8 guests)

Fine hotel accommodations (except in remote locations)

Breakfasts

2 Dinners

National Park Permits

Local transportation


Accommodations



The Grand America Hotel or similar - Salt Lake City, Utah

Holiday Inn Express & Suites Moab or similar - Moab, Utah

Capital Reef Resort or similar - Torrey, Utah

Desert Rose Inn & Cabins or similar - Bluff, Utah


Travel Information



Arrival & Departure Airport: Salt Lake City International Airport, Utah (SLC) - Transfer time to hotel 30min

Our adventure begins at 1PM on the first day and ends in the late afternoon on the last day.

Travel Visa: A visa may be required depending on your nationality. Go to VisaMapper for more information.


Price



SOUTHEAST UTAH 7-DAY PHOTO ADVENTURE

Photo Adventure Vacation | April 29 - May 5, 2017:  $3,995
Photo Adventure Vacation | October 7-13, 2017:  $3,995 (Fall Foliage)

Photo Adventure Vacation | April 28 - May 4, 2018:  $4,295
Photo Adventure Vacation | October 6-12, 2018:  $4,295 (Fall Foliage)


Single Supplement:  $700

(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.




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Saturday (1)  Salt Lake City

We meet at our hotel in the early afternoon for our first lunch together as a group. Afterwards we will go over PWA’s “10 Guiding Principles of Photography” as well as our “THE ART OF SEEING” photographic technique. Afterwards we will have informal discussion on what everyone is trying to achieve in their photography, subject matters, styles and techniques. We then head out to Antelope Island State Park for sunset shoot over the Great Salt Lake. After returning to our hotel we celebrate the journey ahead with a wonderful “Welcoming Dinner”. (D)

Sunday (2)  Wasatch Mountains - Moab

We checkout of our hotel and head into the local Wasatch Mountains to take advantage of the morning light. The North Fields in the Heber Valley will be our first stop. In the distance towering above the lush green farmland is Mount Timpanogos which will still be covered in snow (spring months). In the meadows we’ll have horses, old barns and perhaps sandhill cranes as possible subjects to photograph.

Leaving the Valley we head east and then south on the remote back highways to Moab. After checking into our hotel and taking a brief rest, we will take a drive deep within a canyon along the Colorado River to visit The Fisher Towers, Castle Rock and other fantastic formations in and around Castle Valley. If conditions are right we’ll fine tune your sunset shooting skills including instructions on how to capture the details in the darker regions of the canyons as well as the brilliant colors in the sky. (B)

Note: Each night during your adventure we’ll asses the weather conditions and for those interested there may be a late night or very early morning wake up call to head out to do some night sky photography. Timing will be determined by the position of the Milky Way.

Monday (3)  Moab - Canyonlands - Arches National Parks

On Monday we get an early start with a drive into Canyonlands National Park to one of the scenic overlooks high above the Colorado and Green Rivers. Dead horse Point State Park may be taken in as we explore the “Island in the Sky” region of the National Park”.

Because of our early start and our remote location, we’ll make time to visit our next destination, the “Island in the Sky”. For a view from below the cliffs we’ll be taking a drive down the White Rim Trail, a “road” once used during the uranium mining boom of the 1950’s. Looking high up on the surrounding cliffs you’ll be viewing the spot where we photographed from earlier in the morning. We return to our hotel for lunch, rest up and possibly do a review of your images to date. Later we’ll head to the States best known scenic attraction, Arches National Park. Depending on weather we will plan a cross-desert hike back to Delicate Arch for sunset. This is an easy hike of 3 miles round trip which takes approximately 1.25 hours each way. When we arrive back in Moab we’ll have dinner before retiring for the day. (B)

Tuesday (4)  Arches National Park - Monument Valley

We return to Arches National Park to photograph the early morning light as the sun appears over the La Sal Mountains off in the distance. The snowcapped La Sal’s make a spectacular background and are a dramatic contrast to the red-rock desert landscape before us. Our guide and instructor is always there to point out composition and camera setting options. Small adjustments in either case, or both, can make a big difference in the quality of your photographs. Identifying and understanding possible options and fine tuning these skills is the goal of PWA, along with having a wonderful time! There are many easy to reach photographic opportunities within the Park and we’ll cover as much ground as possible but the emphasis here, as will be the case during the entire adventure, is to capture quality images, not quantity.

After our morning in Arches we return to Moab for breakfast. We’ll check out of our hotel and continue south to the Navajo Nation which is home to one of the most recognizable western landscapes in the United States, Monument Valley.

Yá'át'ééh! “Welcome to Monument Valley!

We will check-in to our hotel located within the Tribal Park where we rest up before heading to the visitor center which offers spectacular views of the valley floor and “The Mittens”. This will be our focus for sunset. Depending on conditions we may take the drive into the Valley looking for other interesting angles to photograph the iconic Mitten’s and other features in the surrounding area. (B)

Wednesday (5)  Monument Valley - Valley of the Gods

We’ll get an early start to capture the pre-sunrise light and then the actual sun rising behind the now familiar Mittens. Next we may take a short drive down the highway to other locations that offer interesting compositions. After breakfast comes a private tour into Monument Valley by a local native guide that will educate us on the landscape as well as the traditions and life of the Navajo people.

After lunch we take a rest back at our hotel before heading north a short distance to a seldom visited area called Valley of the Gods. Here we will have free standing sandstone pinnacles towering above us rising hundreds of feet from the desert floor. If our timing is right and Mother Nature cooperates we should also have wildflowers to work with as a foreground to your images. We can perhaps practice macro photography but that will be an option and technique considered during the entire workshop. (B)

Thursday (6)  Monument Valley - Capitol Reef National Park

After checking out of our hotel and breakfast nearby we start our journey back to the north with the destination of Capitol Reef National Park for the night. We may revisit Valley of the Gods for the morning light depending on what we were able to capture the night before.

Hidden in the sheer cliff walls east of Valley of the Gods appears a steep switchback road, an incredible feat of engineering, As we climb higher and higher along this gravel road rising above the desert floor we’ll stop to take in the view and of course to take some photographs. At the top of the cliff, and if time permits, we make take a drive to The Goosenecks which shows the power of the San Juan River as it winds its way through the desert far below.

Continuing our journey we enter the Glen Canyon National Recreation Area as the road crosses over the Colorado River just before it enters Lake Powell. The water level has dropped quite dramatically in recent years exposing the once submerged twist and turns of Glen Canyon. We’ll take time here to wonder around exploring this amazing landscape before continuing our journey towards Capitol Reef National Park.

After a drive through the National Park we arrive in the small town of Torrey which is located right at the west entrance. We will check-in to our hotel and after resting up, we will return to Capitol Reef for sunset at Panorama Point or some other appropriate location depending on lighting conditions. We then return to Torrey for our “Farewell Dinner” and a much deserved night’s sleep. (B) (D)

Friday (7)  Capitol Reef National Park - Salt Lake City

Your Photo Adventure is not quite finished as we start this final day together with a return visit to photograph sunrise from within the National Park, most likely near the visitor center at the historic settlement of Fruita. There are many options for photography and your guide will help in determining where the best locations to head might be.

Breakfast will be in Torrey. Here we will have our final discussion, trade contact information. Afterward we check out before taking the approximately 5 hour drive through several small towns along the back highways of Utah as we return to Salt Lake City where you’ll be dropped off at your hotel or the airport by mid-afternoon. (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 for more information. Feel free to call us at 1-888-834-0288 or contact us for more information.


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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 us 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.


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Loyalty Club**



All registered guests for 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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