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Death Valley Photography Workshop
- November 13 - 17
Open to traditional and digital
photographers of any experience level.
Moving Rock, Racetrack, 1999. Death Valley National
Join us for our 2013 Death Valley photography
gathering! 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 45 years.
We will be visiting some of Death Valley's
most popular and unusual areas, and each evening we will be returning
to civilization where campgrounds and motels are available. This workshop
is open to all photographers whether shooting large or small format
black and white or color, traditional or digital! Limited campground
meals will be provided by Doug Steinwand and Jeff Steinwand, but each
participant will be expected to be self-sufficient. Please inquire
about any concerns. Since we will be basing our camps at Stovepipe
Wells, a restaurant and small market is available for breakfasts and
dinners. 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.
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 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
This photography 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, 20 Mule Team Canyon, the Ghost Town remains of Harrisburg,
Cottonwood and Marble Canyons, and the Sand Dunes at sunset.
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 breakfast and dinner. A restaurant and small market
are right next to the campground. This workshop is limited to ten
paid participants. Please see the signup details below.
Death Valley Photography Workshop
November 13-17, 2013
Limited to ten participants
inquire first regarding space availability
Location: Death Valley,
California. Stovepipe Wells will be our base camp. Camping and motel
rooms are available (book your rooms early!)
Tuition: $600. $300 Payment
required in advance to reserve a space, remaining
amount due October 31, 2013.
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.
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