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

  • 4 Students per Instructor
  • 8 Students Max

Instructor(s)

  • Nicole Pino
  • Rajesh Jyothiswaran
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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

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Nicole

Nicole Pino

Many of you will have already interacted with Nicole well before you go on your first tour or workshop.  As our front office manager, she is the glue that holds our operation together and ensures everything runs perfectly. We couldn't do it without her hard work and dedication!  But not only that, she is is a talented photographer and an attentive teacher.  As one of our photography experts, you may be fortunate to have her as one of your instructors on a workshop.

Having an interest in photography from a very young age, Nicole certainly found her home and "happy place" in the photographic community.

Nicole is also a licensed boat captain, and you will see her on our Lake Powell Houseboat Workshops and Reflection Canyon Tours.  Lake Powell being one of her favorite places on Earth, she has spent many years exploring the lake and its side-canyons and knows it very well. She has a plethora of experience piloting boats both large and small.

Nicole is a Utah native and self-proclaimed "Gypsy at heart."  Having an incurable wanderlust and a love for the outdoors, she spends the majority of her free time traveling and exploring .  She enjoys sharing her passion for photography and love of nature with others.

View some of Nicole's work below and visit her on Instagram.

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Rajesh Jyothiswaran

Born and raised in India, Rajesh moved to Texas in the early 1990's to attend graduate school. He now lives in Murphy, TX with his wife and two daughters.

Rajesh's landscape and astrophotography journey began through his love of horticulture and the native Texas landscape. His interests include macro, landscape and astrophotography, and he has an affinity for undiscovered locations and unique photo ops.

Photography has taken Rajesh on a path of self-discovery, learning, and meaningful friendships. His images are displayed at several exhibitions around the world, and he has won several awards including the International Landscape Photographer of the Year Top 101 award and a Top 10 finalist in the Smithsonian 15th Annual Photo Contest.  Two of his images are published and displayed at London’s Royal Botanical Gardens.   

Rajesh shares his images regularly on his website and other social media.

Website:   2020px.com

Facebook: TheLadyBugFarm 

Instagram: ladybugfarmimages 

Flickr: Rajesh Jyothiswaran 

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