*** 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 Utah 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. 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 may be required 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.
We meet in Torrey, Utah at the Noor Hotel which is just outside the Capitol Reef National Park west entrance. After checking into our hotel if you have not already done so we head out a few miles down the road to photograph sunset before returning for dinner in Torrey.
We will leave the hotel 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.
There will 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 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 the day’s itinerary will be adjusted. Time allowing we might explore one of the slot canyons along the San Rafael Swell. Sunset location will most likely be along the Fremont River.
We’ll pack and leave Torrey at 5am making our way South towards the small town of Bryce. We cross over Boulder Mountain with the beautiful aspen trees that are wonderful photo subjects. We continue south on Hwy 12 which is considered one of the most scenic roads in America. Pull-outs along the highway offer spectacular views of the surrounding area.
After arriving in the “town” of Bryce Canyon we’ll head out a short distance to enjoy and photograph sunset.
Sunrise shooting then perhaps a hike around the towering sandstone formations. It will be a leisurely hike and as much time as you wish will be spent here. After the hike we return for a rest then have dinner before heading back out for sunset.
An early start for sunrise, perhaps exploring one of the nearby 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. 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 2 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 4-9, 2020
Tour Leader: David C. Schultz
♦♦ This itinerary is also available as a Private Tour: Call for details: 435-640-9220
Cost: $2500 (minimum – 2 required)
♦ The incredible red rock landscapes of S. Utah
♦ David C. Schultz as your guide and instructor
♦ Tour timed for spring wildflowers
♦ Night sky photography (weather permitting)
♦ Lunar like landscape of the Caineville Wash
♦ Possible tour of Goblin Valley
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.