North Rim Photo Extravaganza
May 24-27, 2020
Come photograph the stunning North Rim of the Grand Canyon right after it opens for the season! We'll be photographing the Milky Way at night as long as skies are clear. Workshop includes single-occupancy hotel lodging right on the rim.
- Experience the quiet side of the Grand Canyon, away from the maddening crowds and hustle-bustle of the South Rim.
- Workshop dates are timed for dark skies and plenty of Milky Way photography as long as skies are clear.
- The North Rim will have just opened for the season. Expect lots of greenery and cool temperatures!
- We'll visit many viewpoints that are far off the beaten path. You will acquire a diverse set of images during the time we spend together.
- The last day of the workshop is our "Open" day and we'll go wherever we'll get the best weather conditions! We have permits to guide all over the Southwest.
- Learn many new in-field photographic skills and techniques from pro photographer Johnny Adolphson.
The itinerary is being kept flexible to account for weather and current conditions. Expert forecasting, group consensus and weather will dictate our final itineray.
- Day 1 (May 24): Meet at 1PM in Kanab, UT for a mandatory introductory session. We'll go over logistics and make plans for our upcoming days together. After a quick dinner, we drive out to the Grand Canyon. With a sky full of dramatic clouds, we are treated to a brilliant sunset! We check into the North Rim Lodge after dark - a fabulous hotel right on the rim of the canyon!
- Day 2 (May 25): We are up early for sunrise at one of our favorite east-facing viewpoints. The clouds stuck around all night and once again we get some excellent light and drama in the sky. After breakfast, we do some short hikes along the rim and then enjoy a midday break. We regroup later in the afternoon and head out to very remote and photogenic viewpoint. Since skies have cleared, we stay out and photograph the Milky Way over the vast canyon. We return to the hotel around 1AM.
- Day 3 (May 26): Even though we are tired, we get up early to capture our final sunrise over the canyon. Since skies are clear, we capture the warm morning light as it accentuates the distant canyon features. Our telephoto lenses really come in handy! We return to the hotel for breakfast and begin our return journey to Kanab. We check into the hotel and take an afternoon break for some much needed rest. After dinner, we roll out for a sunset shoot in the Grand Staircase Escalante.
- Day 4 (May 27): This is our open day. We'll make plans as a group as to where we'll go shoot. We have permits to guide all over the Southwest, so the sky is the limit! If skies are clear, we'll likely do a Milky Way shoot the night before. After lunch, we'll do a post-processing and image critique session and the workshop will conclude by 3PM.
Please arrive in Kanab, UT on May 24th prior to 1PM Utah time for the orientation session. Single occupancy hotel accommodations are included in the price at the Best Western Red Hills, Kanab. If you would like double occupancy, please Contact Us and we can give each person a $200 discount.
You will need your own transportation to get to the gateway location of Kanab, UT. We will provide transportation for all workshop outings. All participants on this trip should be in reasonably good physical condition. Although we aren't planning any long hikes on this trip, the uneven terrain and elevation can make short hikes seem much harder. You should be comfortable walking around 2-4 miles per day while carrying your camera gear. Bring your hiking poles if you like using them.
See the gear list further down for specific recommendations. No matter what the weather does, we’ll get awesome photos. Make sure you bring warm clothes since we will be at high elevation and it can get cold at night or if a storm moves in. A rain jacket is a must in case the weather is unsettled. You will also want a rain cover for your camera backpack.
If skies are clear, we will focus on Milky Way photography. Each participant will need their own headlight. We also recommend everyone bring a fast wide angle lens (f/2.8 or faster) along with a remote cord for long exposures.
The workshop will conclude around 3PM in Kanab. You are free to stay longer in the area or head somewhere else.
$1995 Per Person
If you would like double occupancy lodging, we can offer each person a $200 discount.
- 4-Day Intensive Photo Workshop with max 5 participants.
- 3 Nights of single occupancy hotel lodging at the Lodge on the North Rim. If you would like double occupancy, we can offer each person a $200 discount.
- All ground transportation and photography guiding during the trip.
- Permits and fees for National Parks and all areas we visit.
- Night photography and instruction.
- Post-processing instruction will also be provided.
Trip Does NOT Include:
- Transportation to/from your home to Kanab, UT.
- Alcoholic Beverages.
- Meals and snacks.
When you complete the checkout process, you will be given the option to either pay the full amount or put down a 50% deposit. If you pay the deposit, the remaining amount will be charged 60-days prior to the trip to the credit card we have on file.
Recommended Camera Gear
- Sturdy tripod and ballhead
- Digital SLR or Mirrorless Camera Body.
- Backpack to carry your camera gear
- Wide Angle Lens (full frame equivalent): 16-35mm range. For night photography, everyone should have a wide angle that is f/2.8 or faster.
- Mid-range zoom lens in the range of 24-100mm. Optional: Fast mid-range primes like 35mm and 50mm can be useful for Grand Canyon night photography.
- Telephoto lenses will be useful for abstract compositions and wildlife.
- Bring circular polarizer filters and any ND filters if you have them.
- Extra batteries, memory cards, and cleaning supplies.
- Remote cord for your camera.
- Laptop if you wish to backup your photos or do any post-processing.
- We may be able to rent you gear if you don't have everything you need.
Personal Gear List
- Sturdy hiking footwear, hiking socks, and long pants.
- Hiking poles or stick if you have balance issues.
- A rain jacket, hat gloves, and warm layers since it can get cold at night.
- Headlamp for night photography.
- Sunscreen, Sunglasses, Sun Hat
- Water bottle or hydration bladder
Johnny is a published, landscape and fine art photographer. His primary residence is in Heber City, Utah where he and his wife Sherry raise their two boys. Johnny's award winning landscape art can be found on the walls of clinics, hospitals, airports, hotels, other various business's and private homes. Other than photography, Johnny has worked as a ski guide, ski patroller, and wild land firefighter. When not chasing the light throughout the American West, Johnny guides powder skiing in the Uinta Mountains. Landscape photography is his passion, he has devoted a large percentage of his time and energy searching for vast vistas and good light throughout the Desert Southwest. Johnny has an intimate familiarity with the desert environment and loves to share his eye for composition and ability for using light and shadow with others.
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