Death Valley Photography Workshop
- December 2-6, 2019
Open to traditional and digital
photographers of any experience level. Registration below
Road, Butte Valley, Morning.
us for our 2019 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 since 1966.
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. Please book your rooms
as early as possible if you'd like to stay in the motel (information
will be given upon your registration for this workshop). Depending
on the number of 4wd vehicles we have available, we will most
likely visit several 4 wheel drive back country locations as
well. If you do not plan on bringing a 4WD vehicle, there will
most likely be opportunities to ride along with other participants.
on our daily timing, Lynn Radeka and Ron Gaut 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 may 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 including panorama stitching,
focus stacking for extreme depth-of-field, and other image optimization
Part of our workshop
group during the 2018 Death Valley workshop
will be handing out durable cutout viewing cards (an excellent
aid in discovering and visualizing compositions) to everyone.
He will be assisting attendees in obtaining the best exposures
and white balance settings using RAW format for those photographers
shooting digital. For those photographers shooting traditional
large format film, he will assist in view camera controls and
the use of zone system methods including previsualization, filtration,
exposure and development, and visualization of images with the
intent of using contrast masking during printing (no previous
experience necessary!). 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.
the workshop is over, each participant is invited to send or
e-mail images from the workshop which will be posted on the
Radeka Photography Workshops Facebook page, for all participants
to view, critique or comment on. Lynn may also 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.
of the locations (depending on road and weather conditions)
that we may be visiting are Zabriskie Point at sunrise, Echo
Canyon with the ghost town of Inyo Mines, Titus Canyon with
the ghost town of Leadfield, Harrisburg Ghost Town and Aguereberry
Point, photogenic Cracked Mud in less visited locations, Greenwater
Canyon petroglyphs, 20 Mule Team Canyon, and the Sand Dunes
at sunset and sunrise (including areas of Dunes less frequently
visited). The specific itinerary will vary depending on weather
conditions, participant's interests, and time.
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 and motel. This workshop is limited
to eight paid participants. Please see the signup details below.
better customize this workshop to fill your needs, please
download and fill in this brief questionnaire and return
it via email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dunes, Sunrise, 3.
in his early work by Ansel Adams and Wynn Bullock, Lynn Radekas
professional photography career spans 50 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.
Radekas 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 by Moore and
Moore Publishers (New York) to do the photography for five full-color
books, taking him on a 2 year journey 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.
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.
visit the bio page of this website for more information.
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.
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
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
Dunes and Buttes.
The Racetrack, Sunrise.
Copyright © Ron Gaut
This workshop is sponsored by:
Valley Photography Workshop Registration
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 email@example.com.
Death Valley, California. Stovepipe Wells will be our base. Camping
and motel rooms are available. Contact us for details.
Tuition: $1200. $600
Payment required in advance to register, remaining
amount due October 31, 2019.
Duration: 5 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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