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New Mexico photography workshop with Lynn Radeka and Ron Gaut
October 18 - 22, 2021. For traditional and digital photographers of any experience level
Registration below


Rainbow Monument Valley color Fred Newman

Double Rainbow, Monument Valley. Copyright © Fred Newman


NEW MEXICO! A land of grand vistas, ancient dwellings, fantastic ghost towns, historic churches and some of the world's most unusual and photogenic scenery. Join Photographers Ron Gaut and Lynn Radeka on this second year for this popular workshop where we will explore and photograph some of the American West's most iconic locations and seldom-visited places. From the beautiful New Mexico churches and missions, to photogenic lava, eroded sandstone details and ancient Indian Petroglyphs. From old western ghost towns and ruins to fantastic wilderness areas like Bisti Badlands. This workshop will be topped off by a visit to Shiprock, one of the great landmarks of the American West.

Our basic itinerary begins at El Malpais National Monument near the route 66 town of Grants, NM. Here we will photograph some amazing rock and lava forms including the tenacious and well known Pinyon Pine perched atop luminous sandstone forms. From there we head east on I40 (old Route 66) through Albuquerque and the semi-ghosts of Golden, Madrid and Cerillos, photogenic towns with colorful and historic churches and unusual graveyards which provided the locations for several western movies. As we travel along the "high road to Taos", the historic and highly photogenic missions and churches of old New Mexico are next: Santa Fe, Chimayo, Las Trampas and Taos - locations frequently visited and photographed by Ansel Adams.

West from Taos we drive through spectacular northern New Mexico through the semi-ghost towns of Tierra Amarilla and Los Ojos. The last day of the workshop will be an unforgettable adventure in the amazing Bisti Badlands with the added potential of seeing wild horses, and finally the towering monolith of Shiprock.

Black Cross historic mission New Mexico Lynn Radeka

Black Cross, 1978. Las Trampas, NM.
Copyright © Lynn Radeka.

This workshop is open to all photographers whether shooting large or small format black and white or color, traditional or digital, of any experience level. Meals are not included in this workshop. Please inquire about any special concerns or limitations. Nearby hotel and motel accommodations are available within an hour's drive from each day's locations. A list of accommodations will be emailed to everyone.


For large format film photographers, Lynn and Ron will offer any guidance you desire. Contrast masking (for photographers shooting film) will be discussed as well as other traditional developing/printing methods such as the Ansel Adams Zone System. Fred Newman has graciously offered his help after the workshop for those interested in BTZS techniques of exposure and development. Digital photographers will enjoy the array of interesting software programs and techniques we may be demonstrating as well, including focus stacking for extreme depth of field and HDR for controlling extreme contrast. More importantly, the workshop flow will be largely determined by the needs and desires of the workshop participants, ensuring a very enjoyable experience for everyone.

Lynn will be handing out durable viewing cards (an aid in visualizing compositions) to those shooting large format film. He and Ron 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, previsualization, exposure, development, view camera controls and selection of filters to those photographers shooting traditional large format. All participants will be given a discount code for products available at the View Camera Store (large format products) and ProgreyUSA (world class filters and filter holders).

Tag-alongs are not allowed on this workshop except for spouses. This workshop is limited to eight paid participants. Please see the signup details below.

This workshop is proudly sponsored by the
View Camera Store - for large format film photographers


Bisti Badlands at sunrise Lynn Radeka

Boulder Caps, 2018. Bisti Badlands, NM

Copyright © Lynn Radeka
Sunset Road Bisti Badlands color large format film Lynn Radeka

Road At Sunset, Bisti Badlands, 1997, New Mexico.
Copyright ©Lynn Radeka.



About Lynn Radeka

Influenced in his early work by Ansel Adams and Wynn Bullock, Lynn Radeka’s professional photography career spans nearly fifty 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 LensWork, B&W Magazine, View Camera Magazine and other photography publications.

Lynn Radeka currently teaches workshops in Death Valley, Utah and New Mexico, and Contrast Masking workshops in his home darkroom in California. 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.

About 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.

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.

About Fred Newman

Photography has always been part of Fred's life. Both Fred's parents were photographers at one time in their lives. As a teenager he visited the Museum Of Modern Art with his father and was deeply influenced by viewing original prints by the masters, from Carlton Watkins to Edward Weston.

Fred's other early influences were Henri Cartier-Bresson and Oliver Gagliani, who helped shape his interest in landscapes, abandoned places, graffiti and abstracts. His photographic philosophy follows that of Ansel Adams: "The negative is the score and the print is the performance".

In the 1980's Fred had his work published in major equestrian publications during which time he added color processing and printing to his black and white darkroom. Fred also began writing technical photography articles for Photo Techniques magazine including an article describing the workings of a Fuji infrared camera.

In 1994 he bought a business called The View Camera Store, which he still operates, selling large format photography equipment and Leica cameras. Also in the mid-90's Fred began teaching photography workshops with photographer and author Phil Davis.

The sponaneity of Fred's early street photography shaped how he sees the world today. He feels the subject being photographed "finds him". His inspiration comes from recognizing how light defines his photographic subjects, whether it is a meaningful landscape or something abstract.

New Mexico Photography Workshop Registration

October 18 - 22, 2021

Limited to eight paid participants

Inquire regarding space availability and other questions or to be placed on a reserve list

Location: New Mexico
Tuition: $1800. $900 Payment required in advance to reserve a space, remaining amount due October 1, 2021.
Duration: 5+ Days.
Materials to bring: Cameras (digital or traditional), accessories (film, storage media, changing bags), camping equipment, gas money, breakfasts and dinners if camping.
Contact: Lynn Radeka via e-mail for questions or more information.


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