The Milky Way and Beyond

Feb 28 - Mar 3, 2022 - Sold Out!!

Early spring is our favorite time of year to photograph the Milky Way. The Milky Way is angled low to the horizon and is perfect for landscape images and panoramics.  You will learn both natural light and low-level lighting techniques. This workshop is rated Moderate for physical intensity with max 2-3 miles of hiking per day and is ideal for those attending the Outsiders Photography Conference March 4-6 in Kanab!

Tuition

  • $1695
  • 50% Deposit

Max Group Size

  • 5 Students per Instructor

Instructor(s)

  • Kathleen Gardner
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Highlights

  • Early spring is our favorite time of year to photograph the Milky Way. The Milky Way is angled low to the horizon and is perfect for landscape images and panoramics.  You will learn both natural light and low-level lighting techniques.
  • Ideal workshop to couple with the Outsiders Photography Conference
  • We have many unique spots scouted out for this workshop.  You can trust us to get you off the beaten path!
  • Post processing sessions are included to make the most of your night sky images. Image critique will be given throughout the workshop.
  • The itinerary is kept flexible so we can chase the best weather conditions. As long as skies are clear, we'll focus on Milky Way and or star trails. We have permits to guide all throughout the Southwest.

Itinerary

The itinerary is being kept flexible to allow us to chase the best conditions. If skies are clear, we'll focus on early morning Milky Way shooting. If storms and clouds are moving through, we'll spend more time photographing during the day. The itinerary below is just an example of what you can expect. We’ll spend most of our time in the field taking photos but will include post-processing sessions and image critique throughout the workshop.

  • Day 1 Feb 28:  Meet at 2PM at the Best Western in Kanab for a mandatory introductory session.  After a dinner break, we'll run out and grab sunset photos at a nearby location.
  • Day 2 Mar 1:  We'll leave at 1AM for a rough drive out to Alstrom Point, a superb viewpoint high above Lake Powell where we'll capture the full Milky Way arc.  We'll stay out there for sunrise and hit a few of our favorite spots on our way back to Kanb. After a midday nap, we'll reconvene for a late afternoon post-processing session.
  • Day 3 Mar 2:  We're up early again this morning to photograph the Milky Way at the Great Chamber - one of our signature locations for night shooting. We'll return to Kanab for breakfast and do another post-processing session. In the afternoon, we head out to one of our secret spots not far from town, with a nice collection of hoodoos and colorful rock formations.
  • Day 4 Mar 3:  We lucked out!  Conditions look great for Milky Way this morning, so we're heading out to Bryce Canyon at 1AM. Bryce Canyon is a phenomenal place to learn both natural light and low-level lighting techniques and even how to blend the two. We'll stay at Bryce through lunch.  We'll regroup a few hours later for a final post-processing session.
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Here's another shot from our March Milky Way Workshop.  We had a few hazy clouds that I thought added interest to the sky. Our April and June workshops are now full but we still have a spot left on the May workshop.  Sign up soon if you're interested!
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Logistics

Please arrive in Kanab, UT prior to 2PM on Feb 28th for an orientation session at the Best Western Hotel. We didn’t include hotel stays on this trip to allow you the flexibility of a lodging option of your choice.  If you book with the Best Western, you will get a 10% discount by mentioning our workshop. You will need lodging for the nights of Feb 28 - Mar 3.  This workshop is ideal for those attending the Outsiders Photography Conference March 4-6, 2022.  We will finish the workshop around 5PM on Mar 3rd, so it's up to you if you want to stay in Kanab that night or head somewhere else.

All participants on this trip should be in reasonably good physical condition.  We aren't planning any long hikes on this trip, but the uneven terrain, sand, and steep uphills can make short hikes seem much harder.  You should be comfortable walking around 2-3 miles per day.

We timed this workshop for optimal early spring Milky Way photography. However, we can't control the weather and if skies are cloudy one day, we'll plan an outing to a different location and focus on sunrise/sunset photography. Don't worry - we'll make the best possible use of your time. Our job is to get you the most stunning photos and learn as much as possible!

The weather can vary quite a bit in early spring. It could be temperate and sunny with cool nights.  Or it could be very cold, windy, and possibly even snowing. You need to come prepared for the worst conditions. Up at Bryce Canyon, it can be well below freezing early in the morning, so you'll need to bring warm layers to ensure you don't get cold photographing at night.  Please see the gear list further down.

Pricing

$1695/person + Tax

 

Trip Includes:

  • All ground transportation and photography guiding during the trip.
  • Post-processing and image critique
  • Lighting equipment and fixtures for night photography.

 

Trip Does NOT Include:

  • Transportation to/from your home to Kanab, UT.
  • Hotel Accommodations.
  • Alcoholic Beverages.

 

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 90-days prior to arrival to the credit card we have on file.

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Recommended Camera Gear

  • Sturdy tripod and ballhead
  • Digital SLR or Mirrorless Camera Body.
  • Fast Wide Angle Lens. Our favorite night photo lenses include Tamron 15-30mm f2.8, Rokinon 14mm f2.8, Nikon 14-24mm f2.8, and Canon 16-35mm III f2.8.
  • Mid-range zoom lens in the range of 24-100mm.
  • Telephoto lenses will come in handy if we go to Bryce, Alstrom Point, or 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. An intervalometer will be especially useful for doing long exposures at night.
  • Laptop if you wish to backup your photos or follow along during the post-processing instruction.
  • 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 .
  • A rain jacket and several warm layers since it can get cold at night.
  • Cold weather hat and gloves/mittens.
  • Headlamp for night photography.
  • Sunscreen, Sunglasses.
  • Water bottle or hydration bladder

Alstrom Point Overnight Photo Tour Lake Powell Milky Way Pano
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Kathleen Gardner

Kathleen moved to southern Utah in the summer of 2018 after living in the mountains of Idaho for 17+ years.  She grew up in Colorado, and spent much of her childhood visiting and exploring southern Utah with her family, so it only made sense that one day she would live here.
Her father, the geologist, made sure they spent their vacations exploring the lands and discovering new locations and places people had never been.  Kathleen loves to hike and photograph these places and is always discovering new hidden gems.

Kathleen has been a photographer for 35 years, dabbling in portrait and glamour, but always came back to nature, as that is where she feels most at home.  Don't let her beautiful landscapes fool you, there is one tough cookie behind that camera!  She has hiked the Grand Canyon, rim2rim2rim in 2 days, trekked 53 miles along the San Diego coastline, also in 2 days.  As if that weren't enough, she has kayaked and biked the entire length of the Florida keys in 3 days; kayaked, biked and hiked for 25 hours and 77 miles around Santa Barbara, as well as completing many obstacle course races over the past few years.  Kathleen loves to challenge herself and even moreso, loves the change it creates within herself, just as it does in nature.

See more of Kathleen's work below and follow her on Instagram:

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