The Southwest Shootout
May 28 - June 3 2020
This workshop delivers an immersive Southwest experience in 7 action-packed days! We'll visit various slot canyons, spend a night out at White Pocket to photograph the Milky Way, 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!!
- Trip includes a fully outfitted camping trip to the stunning White Pocket. We'll be out photographing the Milky Way if skies are clear.
- Slot Canyon Mania! Workshop will visit both Lower and Upper Antelope Canyons along with Secret Canyon.
- Photograph Zion, Lake Powell, and Grand Canyon National Parks before the summer heat. The days will be kept flexible so we can chase the best weather. Chances are good for wildflowers in many locations!
- Learn many new in-field photographic skills and post-processing techniques from your pro 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 (May 28): Meet at 1PM in Kanab, UT for a mandatory introductory session. We'll go over logistics and make plans for our upcoming days together. Mid-afternoon, we get the gear loaded and make our way out to White Pocket for our fully-outfitted overnight camping adventure!
- Day 2 (May 29): We wake up at 2AM to photograph the Milky Way at White Pocket after the moon has set. The clear, dark skies in this part of the country will amaze you! After sunrise, we eat breakfast and return to Kanab for a mid-day break. We regroup for a sunset shoot out at unique area of the Grand Staircase Escalante.
- Day 3 (May 30): Today we spend time photographing Zion. We are out for sunrise and again for sunset. We take another midday break and do an afternoon post-processing session with the group.
- Day 4 (May 31): We wake up early to catch sunrise at exquisite Bryce Canyon. The hoodoos seem to glow as the morning light bounces off the brightly colored rocks! We return to Kanab for a post-processing session and midday break. After dinner, we make the rough drive up to Alstrom Point, a stunning viewpoint high over Lake Powell.
- Day 5 (June 1): Since we were out to late last night, we decide to sleep in this morning. We do our final group post-processing session and then do an early afternoon tour through a beautiful local slot canyon. For sunset, we visit remote viewpoint of the Grand Canyon, rimmed with impressive spring greenery.
- Day 6 (June 2): We leave early in the morning for our tour into Antelope Canyon. We'll start off in Rattlesnake Canyon and then photograph the amazing light beams of Upper Antelope! After a lunch break, we go through Lower Antelope Canyon. If there are clouds, we'll shoot sunset at Horseshoe Bend. If it's clear, we'll find another location.
- Day 7 (June 3): Sunrise at Horseshoe Bend and then 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 all the shots you want! The workshop will conclude by noon.
Please arrive in Kanab, UT on May 28th 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 $200 discount. The first night is our outfitted overnight camping adventure in White Pocket. The nights of May 29, 30, 31, and June 1 we will be at a hotel in Kanab. The night of June 2 will be in Page, AZ. The workshop will conclude at noon on June 3 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 June 2nd.
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 while carrying your camera gear.
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.
For the overnight camping portion, we will provide all your meals, snacks, and camping gear which includes chairs, tents, sleeping bags, pillows, and pads.
For Antelope Canyons and Secret Canyons, we have to pay for photographic access to the Navajo tribe that owns the access rights. These costs are substantial but are included in the workshop pricing. Note that we cannot bring tripods into Lower Antelope Canyon.
$3350 Per Person
If you would like double occupancy lodging, we can offer each person a $200 discount.
- 7-Day Intensive Photo Workshop with 10 participants and 2 professional photographers.
- 5 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 $200 discount.
- Fully Outfitted Camping Trip to White Pocket. Includes all food and camping gear.
- All ground transportation and photography guiding during the trip.
- All entrance fees for Upper Antelope Canyon, Lower Antelope, and Secret Canyons.
- Permits and fees for National Parks and all areas we visit.
- Night photography and instruction.
Trip Does NOT Include:
- Transportation to/from your home to Kanab, UT & Page, AZ.
- Alcoholic Beverages.
- Meals and snacks with exception of the White Pocket Overnight trip.
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. 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 may come in handy in Zion and the Grand Canyon.
- 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 one warm layer 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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Instructor - Sigurour "Siggi" Brynjarsson
Sigurdur William Brynjarsson (Siggi) is a photographer based in Iceland. He is currently the brand ambassador for Irix lenses and Kase Filters. He is passionate about photographing locations all around the world, but especially in his home country of Iceland.
He has won multiple awards for his work, both locally and internationally, especially for his Aurora Borealis photos and has even written a book on the subject. He has led photography workshops and tours in Iceland since 2012 with great success and rave reviews. When the days get longer, he turns his eyes towards the amazing midnight sun with golden hours that seem to stretch on forever.
Siggi is the CEO of Viking International PhotoTours, a company that is registered in both Iceland and the US and is a certified tour operator by the Icelandic Tourist Board.