Custom tour & private immersion workshop,
your choice of dates
Moab Utah is one of the most striking landscapes on earth. The town of Moab is sandwiched between Canyonlands National Park, Arches National Park and the alpine peaks of the La Sal Mountains to the east. Canyonland’s grand vistas and chiseled canyons often are a pleasurable assault on the senses. Arches National Park’s sandstone formations bring amazing landscapes to your lens and wonder to your soul.
The Moab area is a paradise for photographers. Under conditions of constantly changing light, Moab's red rock landscapes provide limitless photographic opportunities. Moab’s unique combination of beautiful red rock scenery, two national parks, and the cool waters of the Colorado River have made it one of the most sought after destinations in the southwest.
Moab is beautiful in April, the weather can be cold but better yet, it in’t hot. I find April skies have more weather dynamics that bring more drama to our photos. Dramatic cloud formations, along with the shadows that they cast, can add real depth to a photograph. If the sky has scattered clouds, just about any time of day is great for photography around Moab. If you are lucky enough to be here during a passing storm, count your blessings!
Arches National Park located just five miles north of Moab contains the world's largest concentration of natural sandstone arches. Although over 2,000 arches are located within the park's 76,518 acres, Arches also contains a plethora of other geological formations, massive sandstone fins, large balanced rocks on improbable pedestals, and soaring pinnacles and spires.
Canyonlands is the largest national park in Utah, and its diversity staggers the imagination. Canyonlands has two entry points, the Island in the Sky district, 32 miles north of Moab and another way south of town. For our photograph purposes we will be shooting only in the Island in the Sky district. Dead Horse Point State Park is right along the way. It is among this glorious part of the American Southwest we will find a place for you to plant your tripod.
Several of Moab's coolest landscape points of interest are about three mile round trips across difficult terrain so you must be willing and able to negotiate such terrain or be willing to sit out a few spots.
A photographer takes it all in then shoots!
What to Expect
Our main focus will be the crazy landscape, including, Delicate Arch, Landscape Arch and Mesa Arch, just to name a few. Hopefully we will also have the opportunity for some elusive desert wildlife. Pack that long lens because there is a possibility of seeing desert bighorn sheep. This adventure is designed not only to guide you to the most photogenic locations carefully planned for the best light, but to aid you in mentally visualizing a scene before capturing the decisive moment. We will always be on the look-out for interesting images during our photo adventure and for this reason, our itineraries are always subject to change. Weather plays a major role in capturing the best images possible. Changing light and weather conditions will always be assessed and changes in the schedule will be made accordingly. Flexibility, patience, and a sense of adventure are key to having a great time and capturing stellar photographs.
Your group size is limited to four participants unless you don't mind more craming into an Esclade, 5 guests would be tops. Small group dynamics enables more individualized instruction.
April in Moab is an awesome time, it is no longer winter on most days, it isn't roasting, desert hot, on any day. April allows good chances for passing storms which enhance our skies and bluebird days are still common. Down side, in April every resident skier in the Rocky Mountains heads to Moab for the first taste of summer fun and hotels are expensive as it is Moab's high season.
What we expect from you
A spectator takes it all in!
Day 1 - We meet at our hotel in the early afternoon for our first lunch together as a group. Afterwards we will go over Daryl's "The Hole Picture" photographic technique. At which time we will have an informal discussion on what everyone is trying to achieve in their photography, subject matters, styles and techniques. We then head out for an Afternoon/Sunset shoot.
Day 2 - Full day in Arches/Canyonlands area, sunrise/sunset/ photography. Possible post processing session midday or evening
Day 3 - Full day in Arches/Canyonlands area, sunrise/sunset/ photography. Possible post processing session midday or evening. This is the day we might revisit icons of the previous day where the light may have failed us.
Day 4 - This will be our final day together. We'll enjoy a morning shoot, then have a nice breakfast. During breakfast we will have a discussion about our trip, answer any questions and trade contact information, then and bid you farewell.
Of course since this is your tour we can do whatever you like including side trips to Monument Valley or other Southwest locatons.
Moab where photographers become the landscape
I recommend the Canyonlands Inn as that will be our meeing place before excursions into the parks. Participants may want to show up a day early or possibly stay longer. We encourage you to extend your stay and polish what you have learned during the workshop and explore Moab's exponentially endless photo opps and activities.
The Canyonlands Inn is located in the heart of downtown Moab, Utah. Guests staying at this Moab hotel will be conveniently near the Colorado River for river rafting, four miles from Arches National Park and 30 miles from Dead Horse Point State Park. This hotel is also near eastern Utah's Interstate 70.
The Canyonlands Inn proudly offers 80 spaciously-appointed, non-smoking guest rooms that have been recently remodeled, each complete with cable satellite flat screen televisions and free high-speed Internet access. Guests will wake each morning to a delicious complimentary full hot breakfast buffet. This Moab hotel's additional amenities include an outdoor heated swimming pool, hot tub and exercise facility. The hotel also offers a complimentary business center and free bike storage. Trip Advisor Rating + 4.5 stars
Twisted trees and sandstone desert
What's included in the price?
What's not included in the price?
Deposit & refund policy
Do you recommend trip insurance?
What type of camera equipment do I need?
Is this a tour or workshop?
Are there any baggage limitations during the trip?
We welcome a mix of weather, cloudy skies provide even light, Thunderstorms provide dynamics, and snow is a rare and special gift.
What will the weather be like?
Can a non-photographer friend or spouse attend the workshop?
Most Hole Picture Photo Safari activities are within the capabilities of average people in good health. Some of these trips require the capability of walking a few miles over uneven trails, stepping from boats to a wave-washed rocky beach, flying in small planes and helicopters, and occasionally hiking at high elevations, all while carrying an assortment of camera equipment with a tripod slung over your shoulser. If you have concerns about your own capabilities and/or fitness as it relates to a trip, please inquire before reserving. Once a trip has been confirmed, medical circumstances will not be considered as exceptions to our cancellation policy. We assume no responsibility for medical care or for special dietary requirements.
The beauty of private tours is if you do have some infirmity, tours can be catered to you.
Does weather ever alter or cancel events?
Do you recommend trip insurance?
Do I need a passport ?
Have more questions?
The Indians liked the view also