NEWS & NOTES/SW PHOTOGRAPHY & GUIDE INFO & a few images

April 5,2010

Oregon got a taste of spring last month. Unfortunately it was while I was in the desert southwest, where it was very comfortable. It’s been cold and rainy since I’ve been back. I spent 3 weeks in the desert southwest, from the Grand Cnyon South Rim to Joshua Tree Nationa Park, to Page AZ to Monument Valley UT.

Sunrise Lipan Point, South Rim Grand Canyon © Jack Graham

                                      

I’ll be leaving again for my SW PHOTOGRAPH WORKSHOP based in Page AZ and Monument Valley UT., this coming weekend. I’ll be doing some photographing prior to the start of the weekend in Arizona. I am hearing the wildflowers and cactus are beginning to bloom quite nicely.

Another wonderful sunrise, Monument Valley UT.

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 I was flattered to have my article on PREPERATION published on Michael Reichmann’s wonderful site, Luminous Landscape last month.

http://www.luminous-landscape.com/essays/preparation.shtml .

 For photographers who constantly miss opportunities, it isn’t always about the equipment, light etc.I suggest you take a quick read. It won’t make things happen, but might help you with the mental side of photography.

 WORKSHOPS:

There are a few spots open for t\my OREGON COAST PHOTOGRAPHY, July 15-19th. This is a wonderful time of year to year there. Details can be found here.COAST WORKSHOPS OVERVIEW

 We have one (1) opening for the October EASTERN SIERRA WORKSHOP October 14-17 which includes Mono Lake, Bodie, The lakes & streams of the White Mountains, the Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest and the Alabama Hills. Information can be found here.EASTERN SIERRA 2010WORKSHOP OVERVIEW

THE COMPLETE SCHEDULE FOR 2010 /JACK GRAHAM PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOPS CAN BE FOUND HERE ALONG WITH THE REGISTRATION FORM.

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GENERAL INFORMATION ON EACH WORKSHOP CAN BE FOUND AT  www.jackgrahamphoto.com

© Mike Moats
©Mike Moats

Finally , Bill Fortney( www.billfortney.net),  Mike Moats ( www.tinylandscapes,com)  and I arwe conducting a complete photographic workshop entitled LANDSCAPE, CLOSEUP and PHOTOGRAPHIC DESIGN in Late July, early August. This is a one of a kind event will take place in Townsend Tn, the home of  Great Smoky Mt. National Park. I can guarantyee you an unforgettable and unique experience, one that will make you all better nature photographers. DETAILS CAN BE FOUND HEREFMG_SCPD WORKSHOPS_TN_Summer2010.

Registration form for this event—-REG FORM F M&G

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And as always remember I am available for ONE on ONE in field photo workshops here in Oregon or in a place of your choice. I just concluded one such workshop in the four corners area of the USA. It was one of the best I’ve had in this area in quite a while.

Details of the ONE on ONE individual workshops can be found here. GENERAL INFORMATION- images..I recently took a customer, Paul S. from New York City to some of my favorite spots and provided one on one instruction.

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A classic view of beautiful Monument Valley

 PHOTOGRAPHING in NAVAJO COUNTRY, Arizona & Utah

MIlo and Paul S. working together in Upper Antelope Canyon.

One of the reasons my recent workshop was so successful was due to 2 Navajo guides I use when I travel to northern Arizona. On much of the Navajo land, guides and or permits are required. Upper Antelope Canyon in Page AZ, is one such place. I use and highly recommend the services of   ANTELOPE SLOT CANYN TOURS, led by Chief Tsosie and his guides. If Chief Tsosie is not available ask for Milo (I hear he may be taking a sabbatical for a while!).

 

Milo guided us through the canyon as photographers, not tourists. He knows precisely what time each light beam (not available in all months!) hit where and where the best light happens. The canyon itself is only about ½ mile long and much easier accessed than Lower Antelope. We hustled from back to front as the light changed.

These lightbeams are at peak from Mid March through late April

 Here are some basic pointers for photographing in the slot canyon

 1) Go between March and September

2) Expose for the highlights, eliminate any sky if possible

3) A tripod is essential

4) Be careful of dust—try not to have to change your lens in the canyon. Lenses from      17-35mm & 24-70mm work best for me.

5) Page AZ gets into the upper 90’sF/lower 100’sF during the summer months. The canyon is nice and cool, about 10-15 degrees cooler than the outside temperature. Bring a bottle of water just in case.

You can contact ANTELOPE CANYON TOURS 1-928-645-5594 or at http://www.antelopeslotcanyon.com/index.html

TOM PHILLIPS, MONUMENT VALLEY                    KEYH HOZHONI TOURS

LtoR--Paul S. from NYC, John Holiday, Tom Phillips, Jack

To get to some of the extraordinary and most beautiful areas in Monument Valley a Navajo Guide is required. There are many to choose from, none better than Tom Phillips. Riding with Tom is like a history lessens, as well as peak into the lives of the Navajo people. His knowledge is second to none. Tom is a great photographer in his own right as well as being a wonderful story teller. His nephew John Holiday has guided a few of my workshops and does a great hob as well. Maneuvering their vehicles around the sandy and sometime rocky unmarked paths within the valley is a real experience.

I highly recommend Tom and his guides. Tom can be reached by calling 928-429-0040 or by email at tom@monumentvalley.com.  His web site is easily remembered; www.monumentvalley.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

CHECK OUT:

A new blog by a good friend Ryan DesJardins… lots of good info

www.ryandesjardins.com/blog

RECENT IMAGES:

Barker Dam, March 2010, Joshua Tree National Park © Jack Graham
petroglyph2010 Mystery Valley, thanks to Tom Phillips ©Jack Graham
Anastasi Ruin, Mystery Valley ©Jack Graham

Teardrop Window © Jack Graham

Upper Antelope Canyon March 2010 ©Jack Graham

The Totom Pole, Monument Valley ©Jack Graham