Space Limited to Six (6) Photographers
Cost $775 per person | Deposit $200
Pay in full by June 25th
Receive $100 off the tour price.
Highlights include blue hour light painting and Milky Way outings at Cornudas and Wind Mountain on the Jones Ranch in Otero County, NM.
The Cornudas Mountain Range has a unique history and serves as an amazing backdrop for beautiful, sunrise, sunset and landscape images. There is also an abundance of wildlife in the area including mule deer, scaled quail, javelina, Auodad, pronghorn, oryx, hawks and more.
Late summer monsoon storms may also provide an opportunity to capture some incredible lightning and storm structure.
Participant(s) will be responsible for their own meals and lodging. Instructor will provide daily transportation from the rendezvous point or you may follow in your own vehicle.
Early Bird Discount
Pay in Full by June 25th.
Receive $100 off the Workshop Price.
The monsoon workshops are similar to our safari style tours with a primary goal of getting you on locations that provide for beautiful images of active monsoon storms and brilliant lightning opportunities. The difference is that you’ll receive dedicated instruction.
Each workshop will include an introductory class on safety, weather apps and basic techniques. The rest of your instruction will take place in the field.
We’ll rendezvous each morning for breakfast, determine the targets for the day and then head out to position for storm development in the afternoon and evening hours.
We’ll wind it up with a virtual editing session via Facebook Live or Google Hangouts. This can be a group session or scheduled on a one on one basis. The group will decide.
July or August Workshop
DSLR or Mirrorless Camera
At least a 24-120mm f/3.5 lens
Cable Release, Remote or Intervalometer
Memory Cards and Spare Camera Batteries
(Flip-Flops or Sandals Not Recommended)
Laptop with Photoshop or LR
Smart Phone or iPad
Lightning Trigger for Daytime Captures
If we do experience a lull in the action, the workshop will switch focus to blue hour light painting, milky way or astrophotography, and sunrise/sunset. Whatever happens we will go the extra mile to make the trip a rewarding and memorable experience.
Things to Consider
When determining which package to book, keep in mind that local AirBnB options are unavailable for July and August.
If you wish to secure lodging on your own we suggest that you check availability at Hotel El Capitan in Van Horn, Texas which is the closest option. The next closest would be in El Paso, TX or Carlsbad, NM.
There is also a local RV Park and camping options at Guadalupe Mountains National Park.
I’ve recently begun hosting photo tours in west Texas and southern New Mexico. Through these events I hope to share the exhilaration that comes from basking in the beauty of what I often refer to as my big backyard. The tours are a great way for photographers who are at different stops on the journey of mastering the craft to come together in kinship.
With each tour I try to offer participants an opportunity to spend time capturing local history, culture and character within fleeting moments of perfect golden light and star filled skies. On May 18th and 19th I had the privilege of hosting a group of Texans who wanted to step away from the beaten path and chase magnificent morning and evening light. They were able to capture gorgeous scenes along the Guadalupe and Cornudas Mountains, as well as pronghorn racing along Otero Mesa and the hay fields of Dell Valley, scaled quail scurrying through draws, and blooming cholla. they witnessed the beauty and hardships that endure in the high country of the Chihuahuan Desert. We traveled across Crow Flat, Otero Mesa and the western escarpment of the Guadalupe Mountains chasing light and shadow and immersing ourselves In the rich history of the area from exploring remnants along the Butterfield Stage route, to the sacred artistry of the native Americans among the rocks and crevices on Otero Mesa. It was an opportunity for participants to go off the grid and transport themselves back in time. Given the short window of time we moved at a rapid pace and weathered the dry, dusty conditions that lend to the contrast and beauty of the area, but a good time was had by all!
Many thanks to the Jones and Barker families for allowing me to share their beautiful vistas and history with the group – your generosity is appreciated beyond words!
Special thanks to Bill Morgette for bringing his chuck box and whipping up some delicious recipes for the group.
Finally, Cash, Katy, Ken, Kelly and Jill thanks to you for traveling along the dusty trail with me, you all are true adventurers and all around good people. It was a pleasure to spend time with all of you – may our paths cross many more times!
If you would like to schedule a private tour or participate in a future group outing Contact Me for more information.