Death Valley National Park, the largest national park south of Alaska, is known for its beauty and extremes. Within its boundaries lies both the lowest elevation on the continent and a peak rising just above 11,000 feet. Death Valley’s empty basins, endless vistas, towering sand dunes, and lush oases have inspired artists for centuries. Death Valley offers infinite opportunities for spectacular outdoor photography and desert photography.
Michael E. Gordon, an internationally acclaimed landscape photographer, will be your instructor for our desert photography workshop. Michael has been discovering, hiking, and photographing Death Valley for 25 years, and his love of the desert landscape is infectious! Michael has been leading Death Valley photography tours for a long time and knows the best locations for photographing Death Valley attractions and the unique desert lighting. He has chosen specific locations for our February workshop based on time of year and local weather patterns.
Michael is an engaging, hands-on instructor that will work individually as well as with the group on composition, exposure, equipment choices and technical matters. This desert photography workshop is packed with activity! The group will be actively working from sunrise to sunset, chasing the desert light in amazing locations. We will cover a lot of ground in this workshop with each day including at least two locations. Dinners will be spent as a group discussing the day’s events and photographic solutions. The final evening of the workshop will include a critique session of all the students’ work lead by Michael.
An SUV or other high-clearance vehicle is recommended (we will be driving on dirt and gravel roads). Carpooling to our locations within the park is required and will be orchestrated daily by Michael. Students must be in good physical condition, and able to walk 4+ miles a day on uneven terrain with camera gear.
We have reserved a block of rooms at Stovepipe Wells Village which is centrally located. Rooms range from $151-$162.
Specific details for reserved lodging at Stovepipe Wells Village will be given upon reservation.
Driving time from the Bay Area to Stovepipe Wells, CA is approximately 8.5 – 9.5 hours and from Las Vegas is approximately 2.5 hours.
Upon registration, you will be sent a recommended camera/equipment list as well as a recommended clothing/gear list specifically for this desert photography workshop.
Tuesday, February 4, 2PM: Gather at Stovepipe Wells Village for brief instruction before an afternoon/sunset shoot. Dinner and slideshow with more instruction and details about the workshop
Wednesday, February 5: Full day of shooting 2+ locations
Thursday, February 6: Full day of shooting 2+ locations
Friday, February 7: Morning shoot, critique, and dinner at Stovepipe Wells Village
Saturday, February 8: Depart
Michael E. Gordon is an award-winning fine art landscape photographer of unusual and overlooked natural landscapes of California and beyond. A lifelong student of nature and wilderness, Michael’s intimate relationship with the landscape yields photographs of great depth and clarity. He is best known for his black and white Desert series which, says Broughton Quarterly, portrays “stunning ethereal beauty from terrain where others see only a bleak landscape.” A listing of his publications and clients include Backpacker, View Camera, Rangefinder, and Broughton Quarterly magazines, T-Mobile, The Wilderness Society, Campaign for America’s Wilderness, USDA Forest Service, Brooks/Cole and more. Awards and recognition include International Photography Awards, Prix de la Photographie, Paris, and Black & White Spider Awards. Michael is represented by art galleries in the U.S. and Europe and his fine art prints are held internationally in private collections.