Capture The Red Magic Of Moab

a nature photography experience in MOAB, UTAH

MAY 17-20, 2018

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the power of moab

Moab... a massive and magical place, exploding with staggering beauty right out of the heart of the United States. It is one of the most wildly unique and visually stunning areas on Planet Earth. With its special sandstone terrain and red rock formations spread over tens of thousands of acres, Moab's astounding red glow calls to inspire and reinspire nature lovers and photographers of all levels.

The area where an entire ocean evaporated 300 million years ago, today Moab is the most condensed area of natural sandstone arches in the world (over 2,000, to be exact!).

WHO THIS TRIP IS FOR

If you have a passion for photography and nature, and don't know what to do with it or where to take it, this expedition is an experience that has been waiting for you.

Let the power of Moab's arches, bizarre geological formations and dark night sky ignite your passion for photography and deepen your connection to nature.

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This photo expedition is for people who want to immerse themselves in the natural wonder of the world and capture their experience with their cameras, learning how to express the incredible connection we can have with nature.

This expedition is open to ALL levels of photographers looking for the EXPERIENCE of connecting to nature, and the photography skills to better translate that feeling (and their message) through their images.

Still not sure if this trip is for you? Need a little more inspiration?

You've got it. Shoot us your email address, and we'll send you some special updates to help ignite your spark...

ITINERARY

Day 1 - ARRIVAL, ORIENTATION, ARCHES national park

We will pick up all participants at the Moab airport (CNY). Participants coming from other locations may simply meet us at the hotel at 2 p.m., which will be orientation time.

At 2 p.m., we will gather in the hotel's meeting room for introductions and a review of the next few days. We will go over photography concepts, techniques and tips for shooting over the next few days, and then there will be time for a break before we depart for afternoon and sunset shooting in the field.

We will take the short drive to Arches National Park and begin our hike to Delicate Arch for sunset captures. We will eat a picnic style dinner at Delicate and then, time-permitting, head to Garden of Eden and/or Double Arch for some night photography shots. If conditions warrant, we may either stay at Garden of Eden, Double or Delicate for Milky Way shots, depending on Milky Way's location.

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Sunset: Delicate Arch, Arches National Park

Night: astrophotography at Delicate Arch, Arches National Park

Day 2 - Dead horse point state park and arches national park

We begin our day early in order to capture the stunning colors of sunrise at Dead Horse Point State Park. We will have a to-go breakfast and then set up at one of the most beautiful overlooks in the park and begin to experiment with the shifting light. We then have time to explore the park a little bit further and eat lunch.

In high afternoon, we return to our hotel meeting room to go over our images thus far and learn post-processing techniques in Adobe Lightroom and Adobe Photoshop. After our meeting, we will have time for a short break, then we will meet for an early dinner in town.

Shortly after dinner we will return to Arches National Park for a capture of the beautiful Garden of Eden at sunset. We remain in Arches National Park (we will most likely head to Double Arch) for further experiments with astrophotography, including star trails, light painting and time lapses.

Sunrise: Dead Horse Point Overlook

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Sunset: Garden of Eden, Arches National Park

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Night: astrophotography at Double Arch, Arches National Park

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Day 3 - canyonlands national park and arches national park

Today we will begin with a to-go breakfast and sunrise exposures in Canyonlands National Park. The vista we have chosen provides for not only stunning color, but also a beautiful silhouetted landscape due to the layered horizon of rock formations and mountains.

After sunrise we will have time to explore various areas in Canyonlands and then return to town for lunch. After lunch we will go over post-processing, followed by one-on-one reviews and a break.

After the break, we head back to Arches National Park for sunset shots from the Windows area. We will then return to the hotel and for those that still have the energy, we will offer an optional astrophotography / Milky Way hunt from a cave in Canyonlands. (If the weather conditions were not favorable for astrophotography prior to tonight - and are favorable tonight - we will use this night to make up for it).

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Sunrise: Mesa Arch, Canyonlands

Sunset: Windows, Arches National Park

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Night: astrophotography at False Kiva, Canyonlands

Day 4 - canyonlands national park and departure

To close out our last day, in the morning we will have a to-go breakfast and head to a vista in Canyonlands. Islands in the Sky provides a stunning view of the canyons and makes for a beautiful color or black and white capture.

After our morning shoot, we will drive everyone to the Moab airport for your afternoon flight departures or rental vehicle departures to Salt Lake City, Grand Junction, Denver, or anywhere else your next adventure takes you! (For those flying out of Salt Lake City, we will be driving back in the rental van on Sunday afternoon, so you may ride with us to that airport as well!)

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Sunrise: Islands in the Sky, Canyonlands


GEAR LIST

HERE ARE SOME IMPORTANT THINGS TO BRING TO MOAB

  • DSLR Camera
  • At least two camera batteries
  • At least two memory cards
  • Your favorite lens (We recommend bringing at least a wide-angle, mid-range and telephoto lens so you are able to seize all photographic opportunities in Moab.)
  • Tripod
  • Shutter release cable
  • Headlamp (We recommend something like this because it can switch between a regular and a red, night vision light. While having a regular light will be important for hiking, having red lights are important for night photographers because this type of light preserves your night vision and does not negatively impact other photographer's exposures in the way that regular light does.)
  • Camera bag (We will be hiking distances from the parking lots to the viewpoints, and therefore you will each need to have a bag that can hold the gear you'd like to shoot with. Keep in mind that this usually includes your tripod. You will also want to have some extra room for a water bottle and a packed meal on the days we take our meals to-go.)
  • Water! We will be spending hours outside without access to refreshment stands and will also be doing moderate hikes, so we highly recommend that each person be prepared to pack water bottles (We will be sure to make convenience store stops as often as possible when heading out for the day/night).

About The Instructors

about marisa

    Marisa Marulli (on frozen Lake Baikal, Siberia)

    Marisa Marulli (on frozen Lake Baikal, Siberia)

    Marisa is an explorer, photographer and journalist with a passion for connecting people to the unknown.

    Her passion for documentary photography has lured her to remote corners of the world to experience the fire and ice of Iceland, ice-driving across the world’s deepest lake in Siberia, zodiac-riding over the world’s strongest current - Saltstraumen - in the Arctic circle, and more.

    Marisa’s work has been featured in the first exhibition juried by infamous Cecil The Lion photographer, Brent Stapelkamp, written about by The Palm Beach Post, and hung on the walls of various locations throughout the East Coast.

    She currently teaches photojournalism at The Armory Art Center in West Palm Beach, Florida, and creates photoessays for national and regional publications.

    As a former student herself, Marisa is appreciated by all levels of students for her tactful ability to break down the elements of photography and post-processing, and convey them in a simplified way.  

    a few highlights of marisa's photographic career

    • Featured in Palm Beach County's newspaper, The Palm Beach Post (article and image of United Launch Alliance Delta IV Rocket Launch out of Cape Canaveral)
    • Featured in The Palm Beach Post's social media (image of Jupiter Lighthouse)
    • Exhibited in infamous Cecil The Lion photographer Brent Stapelkamp's first juried exhibition, Ivoryton, Connecticut
    • Commercial location take-over at Essex Tea & Coffee, Essex, Connecticut
    • Siberia photoessay to be published by national magazine (coming Winter 2017)
    • Photojournalism instructor at Armory Art Center, West Palm Beach, Florida
    • Cover image of Armory Art Center's Fall Session 1 Catalog
    • Exhibited in Armory Art Center's "New & Now" exhibition
    Robert Swinson

    Robert Swinson

    about robert

    Robert has over thirty five years of experience in photography, encompassing 35mm through large format studio cameras, to DSLRs by both Nikon and Canon.

    He has worked with many artistic and commercial uses of photography and graphics arts. His professional roles have included commercial publishing, studio photography for both large products and portraiture, color separation for the printing industry, location, fashion and product photography, and video and film production. 

    Robert is also an established and well-respected photography instructor and mentor, teaching everything from basic photography to studio lighting, figure classes, post-processing in Lightroom and Photoshop, workflow and travel photography.

    With an initial background in mechanics, he is appreciated by students for his comprehensive, technical mastering of photography and post-processing.

    a few Highlights of robert's photographic career

    • Contributor to The Complete Picture, book by Nature Photographer Magazine editor-in-chief, Helen Longest-Slaughter
    • Contributes to prominent lifestyle and fashion magazines in Palm Beach County and Southeast Florida
    • Featured in New York Style Guide
    • Previous teacher of multiple photographic disciplines (basic, intermediate, figure classes, post-processing, etc.) at Armory Art Center, West Palm Beach, Florida
    • Previous photography teacher at Lighthouse Art Center, Tequesta, Florida
    • Hosted "Photo Salon," a twice-monthly meeting of photographers, West Palm Beach, Florida
    • Contributed photographic assistance to Palm Beach Photographic Centre, West Palm Beach, Florida

    MOAB WORKSHOPS - A COMPARISON

    We used to be photography workshop attendees once, too (way back... oh, now we feel old!). In fact, we still go on some by other providers every now and then! That said, we care about our clients and empathize with the time and effort they put into making the decision to spend time with us.

    So, we've taken the time to prepare a chart comparison of our expedition with 5 other Moab photography workshops that appear in Google's search results.

    If you're interested in viewing the comparison, input your email address below and we will send you a copy pronto!

    You'll see that our expedition is one of the most inclusive experiences. We provide a set number of class hours (you don't have to show up to these, but we will be there with bells and whistles on). We are one of the only providers that include all meals. The cost of our expedition also includes your hotel accommodations and transportation within Moab.

    Plus, with hotel rates of over $150/night during May, we are likely the most cost effective workshop available.

    We believe taking care of all of these things translates to less stress for you and more time to relax and enjoy time with your camera and the great outdoors!


    expedition price: $1,800

    Price is for single accommodation. That's right: A whole room to yourself. Because you deserve it.

    tour overview

     

    LOCATION

    Moab, Utah

    Dates

    May 17-20, 2018

    PLACES

    Arches National Park

    Canyonlands National Park

    Dead Horse Point State Park

    THIS TRIP IS FOR

    *All* levels of photographers

    Those looking for a nature photography *experience*

    Those looking to translate their connection with nature into their images


    Want to know more about who this trip is for and what transformation it will make in your life?

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    photographic themes

    Landscapes

    Nature

    The experience behind the photography

    Powerfully beautiful geological formations

    Stunning sunrise and sunset glow on the red rock formations

    Inspiring connection with nature

    Light and color

    Astrophotography (weather permitting)

    Education

    In-the-field photography instruction

    6 hours of classroom and post-processing instruction in Adobe Lightroom and Adobe Photoshop

    One-on-one critiques

    EXPEDITION Price

    $1,800

    Price includes

    Expert photography guidance and in-the-field lessons from two professional photographers

    6 hours of post-processing lessons in Adobe Lightroom and Adobe Photoshop, shooting techniques and other classroom lessons, and one-on-one critiques

    All national park and site entrance fees

    Hotel accommodations

    All meals from dinner on day 1 to breakfast on day 4

    Private transportation from Moab Airport to hotel on arrival day

    Private transportation from hotel to Moab Airport on departure day OR private transportation from hotel to Salt Lake City Airport on departure day

    Private (to our group) transportation to and from all parks throughout the duration of the workshop

    PRICE DOes NOT INCLUDE

    Flights to and from Moab or Salt Lake City airports

    Any travel insurance, if desired

    Additional food and drinks outside of the meals which are mentioned as part of the itinerary

    Photography gear

    Alcoholic beverages

    Gratuities

    What is not mentioned as included

    Photography instructor: Marisa Marulli

    Photography instructor: Marisa Marulli

    Marisa Marulli is the person who took my love for photography and pushed it over the edge. Prior to her explanation I didn’t know anything about shutter speed and aperture. Not only did she take the time to explain it to me but she spent the time to show me how to do it in the field. She put everything in terms that I could understand and I am forever grateful.
    — Frank DiNardi, Haddam, CT USA
    Photography instructor: Robert Swinson

    Photography instructor: Robert Swinson

    Robert, Thank you for all of your help and for your artistic abilities!
    — Helen Longest-Slaughter, Editor-In-Chief of Nature Photographer Magazine and author of The Complete Picture
    Bob, Thank you for the inspiring start you gave me.
    — Larry Sosnow

    MARISA'S INSTAGRAM FEED

    @MarisaMarulli

    SEE WHAT SHE'S CURRENTLY SHOOTING!


    photography instructors marisa and robert arrive to the location two days early in order to assess real-time weather conditions and confirm the best places to photograph.


    WE ARE:

    We are CPR First Aid trained and certified.

    We are CPR First Aid trained and certified.

    We are authorized by the National Park Service to run photography workshops in the parks that are part of this expedition.

    We are authorized by the National Park Service to run photography workshops in the parks that are part of this expedition.


    Tips on Getting to Moab

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    Moab is easy to get to, and you will enjoy awe-inspiring scenery along the way!

    • You can fly into Moab Airport (CNY), where we will pick you up and you will not need further transportation. Please arrive at Moab Airport by 1 p.m. on May 17th, 2018. Suggested route: Fly into Salt Lake City (SLC) and then take the 11:15 a.m. flight #727 to CNY, arriving at 12:10 p.m. (Flights are available for purchasing closer to departure date. See the flight schedule, here, in the interim.)
    • Or, you can fly into Grand Junction, Colorado (GJT) and rent a car for a 1.5 hour awe-inspiring drive to Moab. Please plan your drive so that you arrive at the hotel by 1:30 p.m. or to drop your car off at the Moab Airport by 1 p.m. on May 17th, 2018.
    • Or, you can fly into Salt Lake City, Utah (SLC) and rent a car for a 3.5 hour awe-inspiring drive to Moab. Please plan your drive so that you arrive at the hotel by 1:30 p.m. or to drop your car off at the Moab Airport by 1 p.m. on May 17th, 2018.

    DISCLAIMER

    This itinerary is subject to change at any time. The opportunity for astrophotography is based on proper weather conditions. If the weather conditions are in any way hazardous or unfavorable, the photography instructors reserve the right to cancel in-the-field instruction for affected days.