Workshop BADLANDS OF NEW MEXICO UNLIMITED
Ah-Shi-Sle-Pah, Bisti, Valley of Dreams, Angel Badlands, etc…
April 9 — April 13 of 2021.
Location - San Juan Badlands Basin, North-West of New Mexico
Dates: April 9 — 13, 2021
Tuition - $1400 per participant (limit: 7 participants)
Instructor: Alex Mironyuk
Deposit: $400 (PAYMENTS ACCEPTED FOR THE REMAINDER OF THE BALANCE)
This 5 day workshop may be in the most unusual and weird destination the world has to offer: in the North-West of New Mexico at San Juan Badlands Basin you can find at least 10 major badlands areas with absolutely unusual rock formations. If you want to know how other planets may look- this is the place that you’ll want to visit!
You will get a chance to photograph the San Juan Badlands Basin like you have never seen it before. I will lead you to photograph my favorite places all around the entire badlands desert.
We will cover at least 3 different night photography technique.
This workshop is designed to master your photography skills and also to boost your creative process. This entire workshop is hands on and I will be with you every step of the way covering composition, camera settings, chasing the light, night time photography, focus stacking, panorama shooting and much more.
We will see: world famous Bisti Wilderness Badlands, Ah-Shi-Sle-Pah Wilderness Study Area, Valley of Dreams Badlands. Those places are unique photo-destinations where you have to have your camera ready 24/7 to capture different hoodoos, mounds, petrified woods, etc. We will perform a couple of overnight hikes to see and photograph beautiful hoodoos and mounds not just at “golden hours” but at night with the Milky Way over our heads. You will be guided by yours truly and my team.
Physical Difficulty: Moderate to strength. This Workshop Involves every day hikes over sandstone and through clay in some locations. The longest hike is a 7-8 miles in the Bisti Wilderness and featuring anywhere from 0 - 75 ft of elevation gain
Fitness Level: Like any outdoor nature photography workshop, a reasonable degree of fitness is ideal. We will not be engaging in any strenuous physical activity.
Transportation: The closest major airport is Albuquerque, NM, where you can rent a car. We strongly suggest you rent reasonably high clearance, and AWD/4WD are a MUST. Driving conditions will consist of paved and unpaved roads. When possible we prefer that participants carpool with each other to help limit our impact and get to know each other.
Lodging: I recommend you camp all nights at the shooting locations and sleep in backcountry camping (I’ll provide camping tents). In that case we can perform night shootings to capture the Milky Way over the badlands and learn some of the light painting techniques. Otherwise you can stay at a hotel in Farmington, NM and every morning come back to us for a sunrise shooting. But be prepared to spend about 1-1.5 hour driving time one way.
If the weather will not cooperate - all of us will stay at a hotel. It’s not necessary to book your hotel in advance due to the fact that Farmington is beside all of the major tourists routes and you can always find a last minute deal.
April 9th, Friday: The Workshop Will Begin at 4 PM On Friday April 20th with a short orientation meeting at the intersection of US-550 and NM-57 (GPS: 36.359777, -107.809618).
We will drive approximately 20 miles on unpaved roads and hike for about 1.5 — 2 miles with our photo and camping gear and to our sunset / camping / sunrise site. All participants need to take 2 meals, snacks and at least a gallon of water.
April 10th — Saturday April 12th, Monday:
All our daily schedule for all days will be pretty much the same
- We will have our pre-dawn and sunrise photo-session
- After we will come back to our camp to have some breakfast
- We will have couple of hours to get a nap after our night photo-shoot
- If that will be necessary, we will relocate our camping to another place. All driving wouldn’t be longer then 1 hour drive.
- Approximately 3 hours before sunset we will start scouting the badlands to discover new unusual geological formation and taking picture of them under the best possible lighting conditions
- After that we will have our sunset and alpenglow session. Right after that we will start to prepare our night shoot.
- Almost in the darkness we will have time for some food and we can sleep couple of hours before the Milky Way take the proper position above us.
- Approximately 3 hours before sunrise we will wake up to start our night photo-session which eventually turns to our sunrise session.
April 13th, Tuesday: We will have a 1.5 — 2 hour sunrise field session and after that we will break up our camp and our workshop will be over.
I will take into consideration weather conditions, safety concerns, as well as our participants' personal goals, and I will make decisions to put everybody in the best position possible to create compelling images. For the duration of the workshop, we will be out in the field each day, photographing before dawn, and late into the evening, breaking late night.
What we do in between depends upon the weather. If conditions are conducive to making images throughout the day, we will most likely do so. If they are not, we will hold informal theory sessions, going over basic and advanced digital workflow topics (as mentioned above.)
We will break for meals, and we will also be certain to plan for a few hours each day to nap, relax, and backup images as needed.
Payment schedule and cancellation policy:
The full tuition’s amount is $1400.
A non-refundable deposit of $400 is required to reserve a space in this workshop. The final balance of $1000 is due and payable 60 days before the workshop begins. Full tuition is due at this time, and there will be no refunds on the full amount owed if you cancel after final payment. However, If we find another client to fill your space, you will receive a full refund, minus your non-refundable deposit.
We also recommend you to purchase a travel insurance for this workshop.
If we will cancel this workshop — you will get a full refund
What is included:
- Expert instructions and guidance to a wonderful variety of locations at San Juan Badlands Basin.
- In-field instruction on capture technique (composition, compensating for high dynamic range, focus stacking, creating effective sun stars, night photography, light painting and much more)
- 1 online group webinar after workshop to show the workflow and editing post-process for one of a Milky Way image.
- In-field recommendation on your photo gear.
- Camping tents;
- Jetboils to boil water at camping
- An incredible, unforgettable experience, full of adventure with amazing people and loads of great photos!!!
What is NOT included:
- Transportation. You should to get a 4×4 or AWD high clearance SUV or pickup truck to get to workshop locations. You can carpool with other participants;
- Meals, snacks and water. Every participant have to have at least 4 gallons of water;
- Sleeping bags and sleeping pads (the temperature at night might be as low as 40 °F)
- Medical Insurance & Incidental Costs.
Recommended Photo Equipment:
- Camera (DSLR or Mirrorless) W/Extra Batteries And Memory Cards.
- Tripod with a ball head (leveling base is optional but very helpful to take a panoramic shots).
- Car charger for your camera’s batteries
- Shutter release.
- Wide to standard zoom lens, with their lens hoods (I carry 12-24mm and 24-70mm lenses).
- Telephoto zoom lens for extraction and abstract scenes (I use a 70-200mm lens).
- Circular polarizer filter (it’s ok if you do not have one).
- Graduated neutral density filters (if you use them).
- Rocket blower and microfiber cloths for keeping glass surfaces dry and clean
- Most importantly — a great attitude!
Recommended Camping Equipment:
- Sleeping bag.
- Sleeping pad.
- Flashlight or headlamp.
- Rain jacket and pants.
- Fleece jacket.
- Waterproof hiking boots.
- Extra warm clothing for possible cold weather condition including long underwear, hats and gloves.
- Backpack (bag) to carry photo gear and extra camping supply (tent, sleeping bag, food, water, clothing). I recommend you to have at least 45-55 liters backpack
Questions? Please feel free to call me at (386) 627-1449 if you have any questions, or send me a message.
A follow-up email with schedule details, recommended gear, and a liability release will be sent to registered photographers.