*** Available as a Private Tour, call for details
Skill Level: Beginner, amateur, enthusiast and advanced photographers. All welcome!
Overview: The magnificent towering cliffs and red rock canyons of Bryce and Capitol Reef National Parks are incredible anytime of the year but when you include the springtime wildflowers in bloom it adds a whole new dimension to the scene. A more spectacular landscape would be difficult to find anywhere in the world making this a photographers paradise. We’ll be up early and out late watching for dramatic sunrise and sunsets photo opportunities along with possible star filled sky for evening photography. You’ll also have the expertise of Nikon Asia spokesman David C. Schultz to help you improve your shooting skills and share some of his favorite locations and tips.
Due to the very limited number of participants and the popularity of David’s workshops it is recommended that you reserve a spot early. This Tour is suitable for beginners to advanced photographers. Instructions will certainly be given but you should be able to make basic camera setting adjustment. Moderate hiking will be required at least twice but it will be your choice to opt-out of any of the excursions.
We’ve timed this so as to take advantage of the cooler temperatures and wildflowers which should be in bloom in the lower desert canyons as well as up in the higher mountain areas we’ll visit. Each day the weather conditions will be considered before confirming the exact location we’ll head. You MUST understand that weather plays a major role in nature photography so you’ll need to be flexible with the changing conditions. “Poor weather” can sometime yield the most interesting photo opportunities so please keep this in mind. We will try to include at least one evening of night shooting depending on how clear the sky is when we’re at an appropriately interesting location. Lodging is not included but we’re happy to help with suggestions on where to stay. You will have to provide your own transportation but we will try to carpool as much as possible while at Torrey and Bryce.
We’ll meet at a set location in Torrey, Utah by 2pm, have a short briefing, lunch, have time to rest up, then we head out to Capitol Reef National Park a few miles down the road to photograph sunset before returning for dinner in Torrey.
We will be heading out at 5am for sunrise (6am), then afterwards possibly returning for breakfast depending on lighting conditions. Next we’ll head towards Hanksville and the Caineville Wash area to one of David’s favorite locations around Factory Butte. We may then end up at The Glen Canyon National Recreation Area.
There’ll be many photo opportunities and how far we make it will depend on what we find along the way as well as weather and road conditions. We’ll try to be back at Torrey by 4pm so we can re-group before head out again into the Park for sunset which is at 9pm. We’ll probably have dinner prior to leaving town. Again, depending on conditions, this could be a nice opportunity for night sky shooting and we’ll make that call accordingly.
Another early start and depending on what we’ve covered so far within Capitol Reef we’ll start there then make the drive up towards Goblin Valley State Park. Time allowing we might explore one of the slot canyons along the San Rafael Swell. Sunset will be back within Capitol Reef most likely along the Fremont River.
We’ll pack and leave Torrey at 5am making our way South towards Bryce National Park. We cross over Boulder Mountain which, along with the beautiful aspen trees, offers great views back into the red rock canyons of Capitol Reef. We continue south on Hwy 12 which is considered one of the most scenic roads in America. Near Escalante we take a hike back to Lower Calf Creek Falls which is tucked away at the end of a narrow canyon. It’s an easy to moderate hike, round-trip just short of 6 miles, with very little elevation gain. It is a sandy trail which runs along the creek lined with Cottonwood trees.
Sunrise shooting along the rim of Bryce will start off the day then a hike down into the middle of the Hoodoo’s, the towering sandstone formations. It will be a leisurely hike and as much time as you wish will be spent here. The hike out is a little more strenuous as the canyon rim is about 9,000 feet. After the hike we then return for a rest then have dinner before heading back to the rim of the canyon for sunset.
An early drive back to Bryce N.P for sunrise, perhaps exploring one of the other viewpoints depending on what we’ve captured so far. We’ll then go back for breakfast. A short distance away is a place called Red Canyon where we may stop to photograph depending on time. It’s either here or at Bryce Canyon where we’ll part ways. The drive back to Salt Lake City is approximately 5 hours non-stop.
Just the nature of nature photography means we often will play things by ear taking advantage of what comes our way. This will be the case during the entire photo tour.
David Schultz Photography, LLC. reserves the right to cancel this Photo Tour if the minimum number of 4 participants have not been confirmed.
Should you need to cancel then the following terms apply. Cancellation request MUST be in writing. Any refund will be minus any merchant service fees that may apply. Thank you. Please read the Cancellation Policy
May 21 – 26, 2017
6 Days – 5 nights
Min. of 4 people, max. 8
Tour Leader: David C. Schultz
Cost: $ US $1500 US
**Available as a Private Tour: Call for details
♦ A deposit of $900 US is required to reserve your space
Balance due by March 1st 2017
Contact: David C. Schultz
♦ The incredible red rock landscapes of S. Utah
♦ David C. Schultz as your guide and instructor
♦ Tour timed for spring wildflowers
♦ Bryce National Park, Capitol Reef National Park
♦ Night sky photography (weather permitting)
♦ Lunar like landscape of the Caineville Wash
♦ Possible tour of Goblin Valley and Little Wild Horse Slot Canyon
It’s very important for all involved to understand that nature photography and great images depend on the light and we will make changes to the itinerary accordingly.
Some moderate hiking may be included in this tour so come prepared.