The Southwest Shootout
April 3-9 2020
This workshop delivers an immersive Southwest experience in 7 action-packed days! We'll visit various slot canyons, catch the full moonrise over Lake Powell, visit iconic White Pocket, explore the wonders of Zion, and much more!!
- Seven full days of chasing light, stars and sunbeams in some of the most epic locations in the Southwest!!
- Visit the remote and highly photogenic White Pocket.
- Slot Canyon Mania! Workshop includes visits to both Upper and Lower Antelope Canyons along with Secret Canyon.
- Beat the summer heat and crowds and photograph many of the most striking areas of the desert Southwest!
- Photograph the full moon as it rises and sets behind stunning vistas.
- If skies are clear, we'll even photograph the Milky Way on the first night
- Learn many new in-field and post-processing techniques from expert instructors.
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 (April 3): 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 (April 4): 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 (April 5): We are out early for sunrise at Zion. If water flow is low enough, we'll spend the day hiking through and photographing the Narrows. If not, we'll explore some other canyons and end the day with an amazing sunset vista.
- Day 4 (April 6): We begin the day with a post-processing session, working on shots you have taken during the workshop. After lunch, we start the long 4x4 drive out to White Pocket and stay out photographing past sunset.
- Day 5 (April 7): In the morning we'll do our final post-processing session. In the afternoon, 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 full moon as it rises! Overnight in Page.
- Day 6 (April 8): 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 go through Lower Antelope Canyon and finish with sunset out at Stud Horse Point.
- Day 7 (April 9): We leave early for our slot canyon bonanza beginning in Rattlesnake Canyon and then move on to the amazing light beams of Upper Antelope! The workshop will conclude by noon and we'll say our goodbyes.
Please arrive in Kanab, UT on April 3rd 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 $250 discount. We will be staying in Kanab, UT the nights of April 3, 4, 5, 6th and in Page, AZ for the nights of April 7th and 8th. The workshop will conclude midday April 9 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 will need to drive their own vehicles when we relocate between Kanab and Page on April 7th.
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 Antelope Canyons and Secret Canyons, 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. Please note we are not able to bring tripods into Lower Antelope Canyon.
$3350/Person + Tax
If you would like double occupancy lodging, we can offer each person a $250 discount.
- 7 Day Intensive Photo Workshop with 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 $250 discount.
- All ground transportation and photography guiding during the trip.
- All entrance fees for Upper Antelope Canyon, Lower Antelope, and Secret Canyons.
- 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.
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.
- Sunscreen, Sunglasses, Sun Hat
- Water bottle or hydration bladder
Instructor - Kevin McNeal
Kevin McNeal is a Washington-State photographer who is passionate about photographing grand landscapes that reflect the most unique places on earth. Capturing moments of magic light and transferring this to print is the ultimate goal. His images hold a combination of perseverance, patience, and dedication to capture landscapes in fresh ways. The stories of how these images are rendered come across in the feelings the images convey. He has traveled all over North America, shooting diverse landscapes and finding remote places with the hope that we can convey to the public that this earth is worth caring for. His award winning images can be seen in galleries and showings across the United States. He was recently invited to the Art Wolfe Art Gallery for the Environmental Photography Invitational. Kevin was the grand winner of the Landscape category for the Natures Best Magazine and was selected for the Smithsonian National Museum of History in Washington D.C.. He is a regular contributor to publications like Outdoor Photographer.
“I believe that the Earth shares secrets with us that only can be discovered by trying to understand our position on this planet. We are never fully intimate with the planet but are given brief moments that make our souls want more. These glimpses of nature’s power are fleeting and never the same twice. I also believe it is important to share with those who want it. The treasures that await us given the patience that is out there. What I try to do is bring some of that magic to my images to share with the rest of the world. Each of my images tells a story that everyone can relate to in some way whether it is success, fear, or challenging oneself to overcome obstacles
Kevin's portfolio can be found at www.kevinmcnealphotography.com.
Instructor - Kathleen Gardner