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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. To better customize this workshop to fill your needs, please download and fill in this brief questionnaire and return it via email to lynn@radekaphotography.com.

This workshop is proudly sponsored by ProgreyUSA, world's finest quality filters and filter holders

and by ClearWhite White Balance Systems

and by Lowepro, finest camera bags, backpacks and cases

About the instructors

Lynn Radeka

Influenced in his early work by Ansel Adams and Wynn Bullock, Lynn Radeka’s 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 in 1966.

Lynn Radeka’s 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

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 landscape.

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 competitions.


Dunes, Sunrise, 2. Lynn Radeka

The Racetrack, Sunrise
. Lynn Radeka

 

Death Valley Photography Workshop

November 13-17, 2017

Limited to eight participants

To better customize this workshop to fill your needs, please download and fill in this brief questionnaire and return it via email to lynn@radekaphotography.com.

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, water, etc.
Contact: Lynn Radeka via phone at 714-828-4376 or e-mail for questions or more information.

 


Leadville. Copyright © Ron Gaut

Beetle Tracks. Copyright © Ron Gaut

Dunes and Buttes, 2007
. Copyright © Lynn Radeka

 

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