Southwest Full Moon Fiesta

May 11-17, 2022

There is no better place to capture the full Lunar Eclipse than in the stunning landscapes of the desert Southwest! We will capture full moon shots in many different places.  This workshop is an immersive Southwest experience in 7 action-packed days! We'll visit slot canyons, catch the full moonrise over Lake Powell, explore iconic White Pocket, discover the wonders of Zion, and much more!!

Tuition

  • $3900
  • Includes Single Occupancy Lodging
  • 50% Deposit

Max Group Size

  • 5 Students per Instructor
  • Max 10 Students

Instructor(s)

  • Johnny Adolphson
  • Nickolas Warner
Southwest Shootout Secret Canyon Photo Workshop

Highlights

  • Seven full days of chasing the best light in some of the most epic locations of the desert Southwest!!
  • Full Moon Mania including the Lunar Eclipse on May 15th!!
  • Visit the remote and highly photogenic White Pocket.
  • Slot Canyon Bonanza. Explore many of our favorite slots!
  • Beat the summer heat and crowds by coming in May.
  • Workshop includes single occupancy hotel lodging, all transportation, and access to several Navajo slot canyons.
  • Learn many new in-field and post-processing techniques from expert instructors.

Itinerary

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 11):  Meet at 1PM at the Best Western in Kanab for a mandatory introductory session.  We'll go over logistics and make plans for our upcoming days together. Mid-afternoon we hike out to one of the most photogenic and intriguing geologic areas of the Grand Staircase Escalante.
  • Day 2 (May 12):  We are up very early to go to the Great Chamber. With clear skies, we are hoping to capture the milky way just before dawn. We'll stay there through sunrise and return to town for a midday break. We reconvene in the afternoon with a post-processing session, showing you how to edit your milky way shots and then we head out for our sunset shoot at one of our favorite places just outside Zion NP.
  • Day 3 (May 13):  We are out early for sunrise at Zion at a scenic spot in Zion.  Midday, we explore an incredible sandstone slot canyon. After lunch, we start the long 4x4 drive out to White Pocket and stay out photographing past sunset.
  • Day 4 (May 14): We begin the day with our final post-processing session and image critique, working on shots you have taken during the workshop. After lunch we have a comprehensive post-processing session before we head out for our sunset shoot at a stunning location near the Grand Canyon.
  • Day 5 (May 15):  Let the full moon madness begin!  We are up early to capture the full moonset in Zion.  We return to Kanab and check out of our hotel. We load up and drive towards Page, AZ to photograph one of the best viewpoints of Lake Powell.  This is where we'll capture the lunar eclipse right at sunset!!
  • Day 6 (May 16): It won't be just any sunrise at Horseshoe Bend - we'll get the full moon at the same time!  After breakfast we start our tour into Secret Canyon. You'll love this canyon since it won't be crowded and you'll be able to take your time! After lunch we'll hike up into Waterholes Canyon and finish our day among the otherworldly formations at Stud Horse Point.
  • Day 7 (May 17):  We decide as a group where we'll go for sunrise this morning - there are so many options!  We'll then take our time photographing the beautiful Canyon-X.  The workshop will conclude no later than noon.
Full Moon Zion National Park Southwest Full Moon Fiesta
Stud Horse Point

Logistics

Please arrive in Kanab, UT on May 11th prior to 1PM Utah time for the orientation session.  Single occupancy hotel accommodations are included in the workshop. If you would like double occupancy, please contact us and we can give each person a $400 discount. We will be staying in Kanab, UT the nights of May 11th, 12th, 13th, and 14th and in Page, AZ for the nights of May 15th and 16th. The workshop will conclude midday May 17th in Page, AZ.

You will need your own transportation to get to the gateway locations of Kanab, UT and Page, AZ. We will provide transportation for all workshop outings, but participants may need to drive their own vehicles when we relocate between Kanab and Page on May 15th.

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, sand, and heat can make short hikes seem much harder.  You should be comfortable walking around 2-4 miles per day.

See the gear list further down for specific recommendations.  No matter what the weather does, we’ll get awesome photos. If it’s exceptionally wet, some of the dirt roads may be impassable. We'll modify the itinerary accordingly should that be the case. Transportation will be provided in 4WD trucks so we can handle most conditions.

If we can do the Zion Narrows, we will provide wading gear for you (shoes, neoprene socks, dry pants, and hiking stick).

For Secret Canyon, Canyon-X, and Waterholes Canyon, we have to pay for photographic access to the Navajo tribe that owns the access.  These costs are substantial but are included in the workshop pricing. We will be able to take tripods into these canyons for proper photography.

Pricing - 7 Days + Lodging

$3900/Person + Tax

You will get a $400/person discount for double occupancy.

Trip Includes:

  • 7 Day Intensive Photo Workshop with max of 10 participants and 2 professional photographers.
  • 6 Nights of Hotel Lodging in both Kanab, UT and Page, AZ. Price assumes single occupancy. If you would like double occupancy, we can offer each person a $400 discount.
  • All ground transportation and photography guiding during the trip.
  • All entrance fees for Secret Canyon, Waterholes Canyon, and Canyon-X.
  • Post-Processing Sessions and Instruction.
  • Permits and fees for the Areas We Visit.

Trip Does NOT Include:

  • Transportation to/from your home to Kanab, UT & Page, AZ.
  • Meals and snacks.
  • Alcoholic Beverages.

When checking out, you can 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 on file.

White Pockets Photo Tour
Sunset at Horseshoe Bend
The Great Chamber

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. If you have a wider lens in the 11-15mm range, bring it!
  • Mid-range zoom lens in the range of 24-100mm.
  • Telephoto lenses will be useful for capturing the moon. Recommend something in the 100-400mm range.
  • Circular polarizer filters are useful.  Bring 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 (keeps sand out of your shoes).
  • Hiking poles or stick if you have balance issues.
  • A rain jacket and warm layers since it can get cold at night.
  • Headlamp.
  • Sunscreen, Sunglasses, Sun Hat
  • Water bottle or hydration bladder

Johnny Adolphson

Johnny Adolphson

Johnny is a published landscape/fine art photographer living in Heber City, Utah.  His award winning art can be found on the walls of clinics, hospitals, airports, hotels, restaurants and private homes throughout Northern Utah. In addition to being a photography guide, Johnny spends the winter months working as a powder ski guide.  His years as a wildland firefighter show in his exceptional backcountry navigation and survival skills.

With landscape photography being Johnny's passion, he spends the majority of his free time exploring Utah's vast wilderness areas in search of hidden gems and new photo ops. Johnny is intimately familiar with the Wasatch and Uinta mountain ranges of Northern Utah as well as the the deserts of Southern Utah. Johnny loves to share his passion for photography with others.

See more of Johnny's work below and be sure to follow him on Instagram:

Gallery    Instagram

Nickolas Warner

Nickolas Warner

Nickolas is a photographer and tour guide with a particular interest in extreme and unusual locations.  His travels have taken him to some fascinating locations, but the American Southwest is his favorite place to photograph.

Nickolas spent the past decade guiding in Alaska, where he provided instruction on photographing the aurora borealis, and shared his knowledge of the far north’s rugged terrain and resilient wildlife.

When not guiding, Nickolas enjoys long distance hiking and extended backpacking trips through remote wilderness areas.

Nickolas's portfolio can be found at Nickolas Warner Photography

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