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THE MINDFUL PHOTOGRAPHER PRESENTS

Desert Magic/Desert Wisdom   

“Remember the Sacred …”

November 12– 14, 2021

Near Moab, Utah   

The small town of Moab, Utah, out in the red rock desert and thisclose to the Colorado state line, is, in many ways, the gateway to the Colorado Plateau.  Surrounded by two national parks and miles of massive red rock formations, Moab is paradise for hikers, bikers, 4-wheelers, river rafters, and – of course – nature and landscape photographers!  These deep canyons, mesas and buttes have been carved by thousands of years of water pouring over them in the form of the Colorado and Green Rivers, which meet not too far south of town. Arches and Canyonlands National Parks seem to get busier every year, but we’ll be staying out of the national parks on this trip, taking the roads less traveled, and looking for equally beautiful images outside of the national parks.  This is the perfect time to practice mindful photography in the desert. That is, when the summer crowds have gone home! This is the time I most like to visit Moab and the surrounding area!  Occasionally, there’s even snow on the rocks this time of year, which makes for great photo opportunities.  But if not, it’s still magnificent!  Everywhere we go will be within a fairly short distance of downtown Moab, so we’ll be able to get back into town for meals pretty easily as well.  The desert has a real cleansing effect on my psyche, and I think you’ll find it equally so.  We’ll be out in the early mornings and at sunset to catch the best light on the rock formations, both Friday and Saturday, and we’ll have a break mid-day Saturday to catch up on our rest, or process photos, or do some shopping downtown, whatever you like on your own.  Moab is surrounded by ancient Indian petroglyphs and we’ll spend Sunday morning out hunting for them.  If you haven’t seen them before, this is something you don’t want to miss! 

Fitness Level: Easy

Most photography will take place within no more than a quarter mile from wherever we stop our cars, and possibly much less.  We’ll carpool our way through some fantastic red rock scenery!  Most passenger cars can make it even on these dirt roads, but it’s highly suggested to rent a 4WD vehicle if you don’t have one.  Terrain is typically level and smooth, but there’s a few bumpy spots and small ruts.  There are plenty of photographic opportunities within a short distance from the road.  We’ll be passing through some camping areas that have restrooms.  Whew!     

“Easy” means you are able to:

  • Stay out for most of the day, driving, walking, and carrying your gear
  • Climb several flights of stairs without difficulty
  • Walk on uneven ground without assistance
  • Walk on wet, slippery surfaces without assistance
  • Climb over obstacles (like a log on a trail)

Experience Level:

This workshop is appropriate for all levels of photographers, but beginners and intermediates will find this most helpful.  If you are a beginner, I can offer assistance in the field with your camera and composition, and if you are a more experienced photographer and would like to be left alone to do your own thing, I can do that too!  Part of the joy of a weekend photography workshop is the opportunity to spend time with like-minded people. Somehow, when you’re with a group, it’s just more fun!  That said, we will be spending time on photographic composition and creative Lightroom techniques to assist you in taking home some beautiful photographic art. Be sure and bring your laptop loaded with Lightroom.  Regardless of whether you are a beginner or an old pro, it always pays to bring your “beginner mind” to the experience. 

Expected Weather Conditions

Expect temperatures in Moab this time of year to be in the upper 50’s during the day and dipping down to around freezing at night.  You may need a jacket or heavy sweatshirt during the day and long pants rather than shorts.    Dress in layers, bring your jacket, and peel (or add) as necessary. 

ITINERARY

WHAT’S INCLUDED:

  • Water and snacks will be provided while we are in the field, and during classroom instruction.  It’s recommended that you bring your own reusable water bottle or thermos so that only one large container will need to be used and we can re-fill all water bottles from that.  This is more ecofriendly than providing individual plastic water bottles. 
  • All permits and fees to enter parks and privately-owned facilities, if any.
  • Photographic instruction, classroom and in the field.
  • Image reviews, group critiques & post-processing instruction.
  • Fun! Inspiration!  A great time in Moab!
  • The chance to make new friends and influence new people!

WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED:

  • Air or ground transportation to and from the workshop.
  • Ground Transportation during the workshop – recommend rental of 4WD vehicle – or drive your own - we’ll carpool. 
  • Lodging – Headquarters for the workshop will be determined ASAP once we know we have enough people signed up to go.  We’ll be staying at a hotel in downtown Moab, as yet TBD.  Expect rates in the $150 a night range, +/-.  Rooms sell out quickly, so – don’t dilly dally!  This is beautiful Moab, Utah!   
  • Meals and restaurant beverages are not included.  
  • Medical Evacuation & Travel Insurance (optional but recommended – expected cost in the $325 range – available through Allianz, AAA and other companies)

Cost:  $500

REGISTRATION INFORMATION

To Register, please click here:  Eventbrite Registration Form
 

COVID19 INFORMATION ETC.:

AS OF THIS WRITING (JULY 2021), THINGS ARE OPEN IN MOAB.   CURRENTLY, 44% OF UTAH’S POPULATION HAS BEEN VACCINATED AGAINST COVID19. GRAND COUNTY, UTAH IS ORANGE ON THE COVID MAP, AND HAS HAD 2 NEW CASES IN THE LAST WEEK.  BECAUSE OF THE RECENT INCREASE IN CASES OF THE DELTA VARIANT OF COVID19, THE MASK MANDATE HAS BEEN REINSTATED FOR INDOOR USE IN STATE AND COUNTY OFFICES ONLY.  PLEASE BE PREPARED TO SHOW PROOF OF VACCINATION TO PARTICIPATE IN THIS WEEKEND WORKSHOP AND BRING A MASK TO BE WORN WHEN WE ARE IN CLOSE QUARTERS, SUCH AS CARPOOLING OR DURING OUR LIGHTROOM SESSION. 

ITINERARY:

Friday, November 12, 2021, 1pm:  We’ll begin our workshop in a meeting room or café as yet TBD at about 1pm, (information which will be sent to you after you’ve registered.)  Following introductions, we’ll learn about photography basics, composition & mindfulness in the field.  Check-in at the hotel is at 3pm, (Depending on hotel) and we’ll plan to head out to make the sunset no later than 3:30pm.  Sunset is a little after 5:00pm.  We’ll stay until the light is gone (probably around 5:30pm) and then return to Moab for dinner. 

Saturday, November 13, 2021:  Up and at ‘em early to carpool to our sunrise location.  We’ll shoot through the sunrise and early morning hours, and then stop for breakfast.  After breakfast, we’ll take a mid-day break and then meet up in the early afternoon for some post processing instruction. Mid-afternoon we’ll head back out to shoot the sunset. 

Sunday, November 14, 2021:  This morning we’ll spend on the hunt for petroglyphs!  This is something I love to do!  I think of it as a way to make a connection with the ancient ones.  Many people are used to attending church on Sunday mornings, and this is like an open-air church to me.  You can certainly bring your dslr, but you can also just use your cell phone for this, which I often do.  If you forget everything else, bring along respect and mindfulness.  About mid-morning we’ll stop for breakfast, and group photo sharing/critique before checking out at noon.  Are you ready?  Let us know by going to the Contact page and sending an email letting us know which workshop you’re interested in.  We’ll keep you apprised of developments.

WHAT TO BRING: 

KISS = Keeping it simple, silly!

  • Camera
  • Tripod
  • Circular Polarizer filter if you have one
  • Your laptop loaded with Lightroom for processing & group critique
  • Dress in layers, bring a hat, fingerless mittens and a scarf just in case
  • Hiking boots or other appropriate footwear (flat shoes, no sandals)
  • A refillable water bottle

CANCELLATION AND REFUND POLICY FOR THIS WORKSHOP:

  • 100% refund if you must cancel before 09/09/21
  • 75% refund if you must cancel before 09/16/21
  • 50% refund if you must cancel before 09/23/21
  • 25% refund if you must cancel before 09/30/21
  • No refund for cancellations after 10/01/21 – trip insurance is recommended – however, if we are able to fill your space with another participant, we will refund 25% of your money and allow you to use the remainder for another workshop within 1-year of cancellation. 

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Volcano - with A Chance of Rainbow

January 14, 2022 – January 17, 2022

 

VOLCANOES NATIONAL PARK & THE BIG ISLAND OF HAWAII

The Big Island of Hawaii is one large, lush, tropical rainforest with numerous waterfalls and several volcanoes, one of which is one of the most highly active volcanoes on the planet!  Located in Volcanoes National Park, Kilauea is considered the fifth most active volcano on earth!  Kilauea stopped erupting for a couple of years but began erupting again in 2020.  Madame Pele is temperamental, and it can’t be predicted with assurance when she will erupt or how long the eruption will continue.  However, if she is erupting, witnessing and photographing the lava flow is a must-see bucket list experience!  If not erupting, a walk through the Thurston Lava Tube is also very cool!  Some of the best atmospheric photos can be taken at The Steam Vents, where ground water seeps down to the hot volcanic rocks below and then returns to the surface as steam.  If the volcano is not currently erupting, we will instead visit some local parks to photograph some of the amazing waterfalls and tropical flowers.  

January is one of the absolute best months to travel to Hawaii.  The weather is a bit cooler than it is in the summer and there is a chance of rain, but usually not a hard rain.  I would recommend bringing an umbrella just in case, and possibly a waterproof camera cover.  The temps are still warm, with an average high of around 80 degrees and tropical flowers will still be blooming this time of year. 

Cost:  $1,825 for the 4-day workshop

Fitness Level:  Easy

Most photography will take place within several hundred yards to a half mile from where we park our vehicles.  Terrain is typically level and smooth but can be uneven and the walks up and down hills will have minimal elevation change.  We will be doing some meditation and mindfulness exercises in nature, which may require you to be able to sit on the ground and get back up.

“Easy” means you are able to:

  • Stay out for most of the day, driving, walking, and carrying your gear
  • Climb several flights of stairs without difficulty
  • Walk on uneven ground without assistance
  • Walk on wet, slippery surfaces without assistance
  • Step over obstacles (like a log on a trail)

 

Experience Level:

This workshop is appropriate for all levels of photographers.  If you are a beginner, I can offer assistance in the field with your camera and composition, and if you are a more experienced photographer and would like to be left alone to do your own thing, I can do that too!  Part of the joy of a weekend workshop is the opportunity to spend time with like-minded people.  That said, we will be spending time on centering and mindfulness meditations in nature, photographic composition and creative Lightroom techniques to take home some beautiful photographic art.

 

Expected Weather on Hawaii in January:


The average daytime temperature on The Big Island is 79 degrees in January and the average overnight temps run in the low 60’s.  However, it’s also not uncommon for it to reach as high as the low-80’s during the day in January as well.  So, bring light layers and plenty of reef- safe sun protection.  (no oxybenzone or octinoxate – read the ingredients!) There is an average of 12 days of rain in January and a good chance of rainbows!  Bottom line:  There’s a 42% chance you’ll be rained on.  Plan accordingly!

 

ITINERARY

 

Friday, January 14, 2022:  We’ll meet in in the late afternoon to make introductions and begin our workshop.  (Location TBD)  Afterwards, we’ll be going out to the park to do some mindfulness and meditation exercises, and then shooting the sunset.  We’ll head out to the park and then on to the caldera with our cameras to get ready for sunset, which will happen around 6:30 pm.  We’ll stay out to catch the last few rays and any color that appears and then return to Volcano House for dinner.  During dinner, we’ll be enjoying the view of the Kilauea caldera and the billowing Halema’uma’u crater.  Participants will be responsible for the cost of all other meals during the workshop.  Spouses and traveling partners are free to join us for dinner, but their meals and beverages are not included in the workshop and will be billed separately by Volcano House.

Saturday, January 15, 2022: We’ll rise before sunrise and walk through the steam vents, shooting sunrise through the steam.  Rainbows are known to appear at this time!  This is an easy hike, but you must stay on the raised boardwalk to avoid any chance of injury.  After our morning shoot, we’ll head back to Volcano House for breakfast, and a rest before our afternoon training session in Lightroom.  You might want to spend some time on your own processing some of your photos for the sharing/critique session on Monday morning.  For sunset/twilight we’ll take a private boat trip to view and photograph lava flowing into the ocean!  A truly fabulous experience you won’t want to miss!   The cost of this event is not included in the cost of the workshop, and runs approximately $200 per person.  If you plan to go, please let me know ASAP so that group reservations can be made.  Spouses, family members and fellow travelers are welcome for this extraordinary event if you would like to experience it with them.  If the lava isn’t flowing, another event will be planned in it’s place. 

Sunday, January 16, 2022: Waterfall Hunting Day!  We’ll leave around sunrise to drive north for about an hour and a half in search of amazing 400 ft Akaka Falls, and other stunning waterfalls in the area.  We’ll practice our long exposure photography to capture that flowy waterfall look in our images as well as spend mindful time enjoying the beauty of nature where the ginger and orchids grow.  Some of the places we’ll visit have small entrance fees between $10 and $20.  We’ll plan to visit a couple parks and botanical gardens in the area, stopping for breakfast and lunch along the way.  Hanging Loose Hawaiian style, we’ll play it by ear and will return to Volcano House mid to late afternoon, but expect a full day on the road.  I’ll be there with you the whole time assisting with photo composition and camera settings if you would like, or just keeping you company if you’ve got your shooting techniques down pat.  A neutral density or UV filter helps with long exposures.  We’ll stop for dinner on the way back. 

Monday, January 17, 2022: This is the last day of the workshop, and the earliest day we start out! We’ll rise before the sun and head out for our final sunrise shoot at Punalu’u Black Sand Beach.  After sunrise we’ll have breakfast and then we’ll return to the hotel, where we’ll share any photos we’ve finished, answer any questions etc. For those who will be checking out, we should be finished with this by 11am.  Depending upon your schedule, you may want to join us at a local park for a private closing ceremony with a local kahuna (Hawaiian priestess)

WHAT’S INCLUDED:

  • Water and snacks will be provided while we are in the field, and during classroom instruction.  It’s recommended that you bring your own reusable water bottle so that only one large container will need to be purchased and we can re-fill all water bottles from that.  This is more eco-friendly than providing individual plastic water bottles. 
  • All permits and fees to enter parks and privately-owned facilities
  • Meditation and Mindfulness instruction
  • Photographic instruction, classroom and in the field
  • Image reviews, critiques & post-processing instruction
  • Fun! Inspiration!  A great time on The Big Island!
  • The chance to make new friends with like-minded people!

WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED: 

  • Air transportation to and from Hilo, Hawaii
  • Boat trip is extra – expect $250 pp
  • Ground Transportation during the workshop – recommend car rental – we’ll carpool
  • Lodging Volcano House offers lovely hotel rooms, most of which have views of the Kilauea caldera and lava lake! My idea of camping is a two-star hotel, but you’re free to make your own arrangements and there are camping spots in the park. Just remember that If you’re staying too far away, it’s difficult to make it to our early morning meditation and photography sessions, so we will have to leave without you to make the sunrise.  If this happens, you can call me to find out where we are, or you can do something on your own that morning.  You’ll still have fun – Hey! You’re on The Big Island!  But you’ll be doing something different than we are. 
  • Other than the first night meal, meals are not included.  Restaurant beverages are not included for any meals.  Also, if your spouse or traveling partner joins us for dinner that evening, their dinner will be charged separately. 
  • Medical Evacuation & Travel Insurance (optional – expected cost in the $325 range – available through Allianz, AAA and other companies)

REGISTRATION INFORMATION:

Two options are available:  You can reserve your spot with a $825 deposit, with the remainder to be paid no later than 60 days prior to the workshop. (November 15, 2021) If you choose to pay this way, $25 is considered a non-refundable service fee, with the full remainder of $1,000 to be paid 60 days prior to the workshop.  Or, you can pay $1,795 in full at time of registration and save yourself the service fee plus get a small discount.  Please see the cancellation policy for details on refunds.

Please send us a message on my "contact me" page on this website to register your interest in this workshop

This is arguably the best time of year to be in Hawaii – escape the cold on the mainland!  If you feel the inner call to Hawaii, click here to register and we’ll see you on the island.  Aloha!

COVID19 INFORMATION ETC.:

THIS WORKSHOP IS SUBJECT TO CANCELLATION IF MINIMUM REGISTRATION IS NOT MET.  YOU WILL RECEIVE A FULL REFUND IF THE WORKSHOP IS CANCELLED DUE TO LACK OF ENROLLMENT. HOWEVER, PLEASE DON'T SEND MONEY AND WE'LL LET YOU KNOW WHEN WE HAVE THE REQUIRED NUMBER OF PARTICPANTS.  

BECAUSE OF COVID19, AS OF THIS WRITING (JUNE 2021), HAWAII IS OPEN, BUT YOU MUST QUARANTINE FOR 14 DAYS AFTER ARRIVAL OR SUPPLY PROOF OF A NEGATIVE COVID19 TEST WITHIN 48 HOURS OF YOUR FLIGHT TO THE ISLANDS.  ADDITIONALLY, THIS TEST MUST BE CONDUCTED THROUGH ONE OF THE VENDORS APPROVED BY THE STATE OF HAWAII.  SO, UNTIL THE COVID19 CRISIS IS OVER, PLEASE REGISTER YOUR INTEREST IN THIS WORKSHOP ONLY, AND DO NOT SEND ANY MONEY! AS SOON AS THE COAST IS CLEAR, WE’LL OPEN THIS WORKSHOP OFFICIALLY AND SEND YOU INFORMATION ABOUT THE FINAL COST AND DEPOSIT AMOUNTS, DATES, AND SO ON.  YOU CAN REGISTER YOUR INTEREST BY SENDING US A MESSAGE ON THE CONTACT ME PAGE OF THIS WEBSITE. 

PLEASE CHECK MY PORTFOLIO FOR MORE PICTURES OF THE BIG ISLAND!

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Oahu Retreat and Mindfulness Workshop

January 28, 2022 – January 31, 2022

 

NORTH SHORE & WINDWARD SIDE OF OAHU

 

This sun-drenched dollop of land in the middle of The Pacific Ocean is unlike anywhere else on earth!  Soft golden beaches, blue lagoons fringed with palm trees, abundant rainforests, and tumbling brooks and waterfalls, Oahu is heaven for a mindful photographer!  Feel the pulse of the Pacific as we explore the beauty of her sacred shores and embrace the rhythm and Spirit of Aloha.  We’ll be visiting some well-known beaches and more touristy locations, but also spending time on some beaches that are less well-known and more secluded.  We're planning to base the workshop at The Courtyard by Marriott in Laie on The North Shore of Oahu, along the windward side of the island, a breathtaking location, but still reasonably priced.  There are other lodging options available nearby.   

 While we’re out exploring during the day, we’ll stop at several roadside stands that offer fresh fruit, flowers and other produce.  And don’t forget Matsumoto Shave Ice!  You haven’t had a true North Shore experience without a stop at this small, humble shop run by The Matsumoto family for the last 40 years!  Yes!  We’ll stop!  This workshop will also allow some time for personal restoration, with time for meditation and mindfulness training on the beach.   

This workshop is limited to 10 participants.  You will be learning how to improve your ocean photography, using both longer and shorter shutter speeds depending upon the effect you would like to achieve.  We’ll have a class about processing photographs in Lightroom. We’ll spend some time each day during the workshop on centering and meditation at sacred sites and we will close with a group photo show and voluntary critique.  (If you don’t want critique, we’ll just admire!) Show us 10 or 12 photos you’ve taken during the workshop or some you’re especially proud of from earlier times.  We’ll share advice and positive feedback.  The joy of spending time with like-minded souls is half the fun!

We can get tickets as a group to attend a luau at The Polynesian Cultural Center.  Let us know how many you want so we can purchase tickets in advance.  This event is optional, but highly recommended.  Tickets for adults are $169.00.  This event sells out months in advance, so we’ll need to know if you plan to attend no later than October 25, 2021!

Cost:  $1,825 for the 4-day workshop

Fitness Level:  Easy

Most photography will take place within several hundred yards to a mile from where we park our vehicles.  Terrain is typically level and smooth but can be uneven and the walks up and down hills will have minimal elevation change.  We will be doing some meditation and mindfulness exercises in nature, which may require you to be able to sit on the ground and get back up.  

 

“Easy” means you are able to:

  • Stay out for most of the day, driving, walking, and carrying your gear
  • Climb several flights of stairs without difficulty
  • Walk on uneven ground without assistance
  • Walk on wet, slippery surfaces without assistance
  • Climb over obstacles (like a log on a trail)

 

Experience Level:

This workshop is appropriate for all levels of photographers.  If you are a beginner, I can offer assistance in the field with your camera and composition, and if you are a more experienced photographer and would like to be left alone to do your own thing, I can do that too!  Part of the joy of a weekend workshop is the opportunity to spend time with like-minded people.  That said, we will be spending time on centering and mindfulness meditations in nature, photographic composition and creative Lightroom techniques to take home some beautiful photographic art.

Expected Weather on Oahu in January:


The average daytime temperature on Oahu is 79 degrees in January and the average overnight temps run in the low 60’s.  However, it’s also not uncommon for it to reach as high as the low-80’s during the day in January.  So, bring light layers and plenty of reef- safe sun protection.  (no oxybenzone or octinoxate – read the ingredients!) There is an average of 12 days of rain in January and a very high chance of rainbows!  Bottom line:  There’s a 42% chance you’ll be rained on.  Plan accordingly!

 

ITINERARY

 

Friday, January 28, 2022:  We’ll meet at a nearby lounge (TBD) to make introductions and begin our workshop in the late afternoon.  Afterwards, we’ll be going out to the beach to do some mindfulness and meditation exercises, and shoot the sunset.  Sunset is at 6:30 pm.   We’ll stay out to catch the last few rays and any color that appears and then head out for dinner at some local place.    Spouses and traveling partners are welcome to join us for dinner. 

Saturday, January 29, 2022: We’ll meet outside and then head over to the beach to await sunrise and do a short morning meditation and mindfulness practice at 6:15am.  After shooting sunrise, and mindfully walking on the beach, we’ll have breakfast together.   After breakfast, we’ll have personal time to rest, download our photos, or just take some free time to do whatever makes us the happiest on our own for a couple of hours.  We’ll meet back up together at 2pm to work on photographic composition exercises and have a little bit longer afternoon talk on mindfulness in nature and photography and do some meditation on the beach.  Around 4pm we’ll head to another local beach to get ready for our sunset shoot.  After sunset, we’ll have dinner, or maybe attend the luau at Polynesian Cultural Center.  Spouses or traveling partners are welcome to meet us for dinner.  

Sunday, January 30, 2022: This morning we’ll meet at 6am to take a short drive to Haliewa Town, known as the surfing capital of the world!  After a short centering meditation on the beach, we’ll train our lenses on the sunrise and we’ll stick around for awhile to photograph any of the local wildlife, including turtles or surfers!  We’ll be spending most of the day in Haliewa, having brunch and hanging loose.  There are no surfing contests at this time that I’m aware of, but there may be some local surfers, hippies and other tourists to photograph on the streets of Haliewa.  This will be a fun, kick-back Hawaiian kind of day checking out the town and beaches along Oahu’s North Shore.  We’ll stop for a shave ice, and sometime mid-afternoon we’ll do some training on Lightroom photo processing.  There are many beautiful beaches to explore on the way back and we’ll stop for dinner somewhere along the way. 

Monday, January 31, 2022: This is the last day of the workshop, and we’ll head out before sunrise! We’ll meet in the lobby of the hotel and drive south for a little more than an hour to one of the most gorgeous beaches for sunrise on the Island of Oahu!  Since we’ll be up so early, we’ll have plenty of snacks and water to keep us tided over while we take in the sunrise on the Windward side of the island.  After sunrise, we’ll head over to The Byodo-in Temple for a group tour, and spend some time photographing the beautiful architecture, the giant golden Buddha, and the fish and other wildlife on the grounds of the temple.  We’ll spend some time in quiet contemplation and meditation during our visit to this sacred place.  After getting our spirits filled up, we’ll stop somewhere for brunch on the way back to the hotel. In the early afternoon we’ll wrap up our time together with a group photo show and voluntary critique.  Show us what you’ve done while you’ve been on The North Shore or show us some of your other favorite photos from other locations.   Aloha!

WHAT’S INCLUDED:

  • Water and snacks will be provided while we are in the field, and during classroom instruction.  It’s recommended that you bring your own reusable water bottle so that only one large container will need to be purchased and we can re-fill all water bottles from that.  This is more eco-friendly than providing individual plastic water bottles. 
  • All permits and fees to enter state parks and privately-owned facilities
  • Meditation and Mindfulness instruction
  • Photographic instruction, classroom and in the field
  • Image reviews, critiques & post-processing instruction
  • A morning tour of a local Buddhist Temple meditation – personal photography allowed
  • Fun! Inspiration!  A great time on Oahu!
  • The chance to make new friends and influence new people!

WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED: 

  • Air transportation to and from Honolulu, Hawaii
  • Ground Transportation during the workshop – recommend car rental – we’ll be carpooling
  • Lodging – Headquarters for the workshop will be at Courtyard by Marriott on Oahu’s North Shore.  There are other nearby options available. You can stay wherever you like of course, but it’s easier if we’re all together in the same place, especially early in the morning.  Just remember, that If you’re staying too far away, and it’s difficult to make it to our early morning meditation and photography sessions, we will have to leave without you to make the sunrise.  If this happens, you can call me to find out where we are, or you can do something on your own that morning.  You’ll still have fun – you’re on Oahu!  But you’ll be doing something different than we are. 
  • Meals are not included.  Restaurant beverages are not included. 
  • Medical Evacuation & Travel Insurance (strongly recommended – expected cost in the $325 range – available through Allianz, AAA and other companies)

REGISTRATION INFORMATION:

Two options are available:  You can reserve your spot with a $525 deposit, with the remainder to be paid no later than 60 days prior to the workshop. (November 28, 2021) If you choose to pay this way, $25 is considered a non-refundable service fee, with the full remainder of $1,275 to be paid 60 days prior to the workshop.  Or, you can pay $1,795 in full at time of registration, get a small discount, and save yourself the service fee.  Please see the cancellation policy for details on refunds. You will need to provide a copy of your vaccination record at time of registration and visit this website to make sure you use a Hawaii-approved provider for your Covid19 test: https://www.hawaii-guide.com/hawaii-trusted-testing-partners   

I’m interested in the 4-day Oahu workshop!  Please send a message via the “Contact Me” page on this website to receive registration information. 

This is arguably the best time of year to be in Hawaii – escape the cold on the mainland!  If you feel the inner call to Hawaii, click here to register and we’ll see you on the island.  Aloha!

COVID19 INFORMATION ETC.:

THIS WORKSHOP REQUIRES A MINIMUM OF 4 PARTICIPANTS TO RUN.  YOU WILL RECEIVE A FULL REFUND IF THE WORKSHOP IS CANCELLED DUE TO LACK OF ENROLLMENT.

BECAUSE OF COVID19, AS OF THIS WRITING (JUNE 2021), HAWAII IS OPEN, BUT YOU MUST TEST NEGATIVE FOR COVID19 REGARDLESS OF YOUR VACCINATION STATUS OR QUARANTINE FOR 14 DAYS AFTER ARRIVAL OR SUPPLY PROOF OF A NEGATIVE COVID19 TEST WITHIN 72 HOURS OF YOUR FLIGHT TO THE ISLANDS.  PLEASE VISIT THE FOLLOWING WEBSITE FOR MORE INFORMATION:  https://www.hawaii-guide.com/hawaii-trusted-testing-partners UNTIL THE COVID19 CRISIS IS BROUGHT UNDER CONTROL THEREFORE, PLEASE REGISTER YOUR INTEREST IN THIS WORKSHOP ONLY, AND DO NOT SEND ANY MONEY! AS SOON AS THE COAST IS CLEAR, WE’LL OPEN THIS WORKSHOP OFFICIALLY AND SEND YOU REGISTRATION INFORMATION.   

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ROCKY MOUNTAIN NATIONAL PARK & ESTES PARK

Rocky Mountain High, Colorado  

February 25, 2022 – February 27, 2022

 

There’s nowhere like Rocky Mountain National Park in winter!  This is absolutely one of the most stunning parks in the National Park Service system, surrounded by 14,000 foot + peaks with lakes and streams in almost every direction!  Winter is a great time to visit the park, as it’s officially “the off season” with far fewer crowds than other times of the year.  In the words of John Denver, “we’ll walk in quiet solitude, the rivers and the streams, Seeking grace in every step we take, we’ll turn the sights inside ourselves, to try and understand, the serenity of a clear blue mountain lake…we’ll talk to God and listen to the casual reply … Rocky Mountain High, Colorado ….” 

Cost:  $525 for the 3-day adventure

Fitness Level:  Easy

Most photography will take place within several hundred yards to a mile from where we park our vehicles.  Terrain is typically level and smooth but can be uneven and the walks up and down hills will have minimal elevation change.  We will be doing some meditation and mindfulness exercises in nature, which may require you to be able to sit on the ground and get back up. It’s suggested that you bring “spikes” for your boots as it can be icy around the lakes and trails this time of year.  Yes, I’ve slipped a few times here myself! 

“Easy” means you are able to:

  • Stay out for most of the day, driving, walking, and carrying your gear
  • Climb several flights of stairs without difficulty
  • Walk on uneven ground without assistance
  • Walk on wet, slippery surfaces without assistance
  • Step over obstacles (like a log on a trail)

 

Experience Level:

This adventure is appropriate for all levels of photographers.  If you are a beginner, I can offer assistance in the field with your camera and composition, and if you are a more experienced photographer and would like to be left alone to do your own thing, I can do that too!  Part of the joy of a weekend adventure like this is the opportunity to spend time with like-minded people.  That said, we will be spending time on centering and mindfulness meditations in nature, photographic composition and creative Lightroom techniques to take home some beautiful photographic art.  We’ll try to strike that balance between doing and not-doing.

 

Expected Weather in Rocky in February:


The average daytime temperature in Rocky Mountain National Park in February is 28 degrees and the average overnight temps run in the low teens.  Rocky Mountain National Park gets a fair amount of snow in February also, with about half the days registering some precipitation.  Brrr!  This is definitely a winter wonderland adventure! So, dress in layers.  Silk underwear, a snowsuit or pants, a sweater, and a coat is not unreasonable to pack.  Don’t forget your cap, scarf and mittens or gloves!  I like to wear skin-like black gloves that allow me to shoot while wearing them, and then a pair of mittens with no fingers over them, I’ve been known to break open the hand warmers and foot warmers and insert them in my socks and gloves as well.  A thin pair of silk socks with a thicker pair of winter socks is something I sometimes do  We’ll be getting up early before sunrise on both Saturday and Sunday mornings, so it will be cold!  You can peel as you warm up.  Bottom line:  It’s cold in the Colorado mountains in winter!  

 

ITINERARY

 

Friday, February 25, 2022:  We’ll meet at a location TBD at around 4pm to make introductions and go over some basic photography instruction, including composition and camera settings.  We’ll talk about mindfulness and a spirit of contemplation while in nature and do a short centering meditation. We’ll meet for dinner (Dutch Treat) and then break for the evening, resting for our early morning shoot the next day.

Saturday, February 26, 2022: We’ll rise before sunrise and carpool to our sunrise location.  After a brief centering meditation in nature, we’ll position ourselves for sunrise.  After shooting sunrise and some beautiful winter scenes, we’ll break for breakfast mid-morning and then spend some personal time on our own.  We’ll meet up again mid-afternoon for a Lightroom tutorial and then head back out to shoot sunset somewhere in the park. We’ll stop for dinner on the way back.   

Sunday, February 27, 2022: Up early again for another sunrise in Rocky Mountain National Park.  Today, after breakfast we’ll share photos and do a light group critique.   

WHAT’S INCLUDED:

  • Water and snacks will be provided while we are in the field, and during classroom instruction.  It’s recommended that you bring your own reusable water bottle so that only one large container will need to be purchased and we can re-fill all water bottles from that.  This is more eco-friendly than providing individual plastic water bottles. 
  • All permits and fees to enter Rocky Mountain National Park  
  • Meditation and Mindfulness instruction
  • Photographic instruction, classroom and in the field
  • Image reviews, critiques & post-processing instruction
  • Fun! Inspiration!  A great time in Rocky Mountain National Park!

WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED: 

  • Air transportation to and from Denver, Colorado
  • Ground Transportation during the workshop – recommend car rental – we’ll carpool
  • Lodging – you’ll want to book right away as lodging fills up in RMNP this time of year!
  • Meals
  • Medical Evacuation & Travel Insurance (optional but highly recommended – available through Allianz, AAA and other companies)

REGISTRATION INFORMATION:  Eventbrite Registration Form

 

COVID19 INFORMATION ETC.:

THIS WORKSHOP REQUIRES A MINIMUM OF 4 PARTICIPANTS TO RUN.  SEND NO MONEY NOW!  YOU WILL BE NOTIFIED WHEN WE HAVE SUFFICIENT INTEREEST TO MAKE THIS WORKSHOP A GO.

BECAUSE OF COVID19, AS OF THIS WRITING (JUNE 2021), ROCKY MOUNTAIN NATIONAL PARK IS OPEN, BUT DOES REQUIRE A RESERVATION TO ENTER.  UNTIL THE COVID19 CRISIS IS BROUGHT UNDER CONTROL, PLEASE REGISTER YOUR INTEREST IN THIS WORKSHOP ONLY, AND DO NOT SEND ANY MONEY! THE SOONER WE KNOW WE HAVE ENOUGH PEOPLE TO RUN, WE’LL OPEN THIS WORKSHOP OFFICIALLY AND SEND YOU INFORMATION ABOUT THE DEPOSIT AMOUNTS, DATES, AND OTHER DETAILS.

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THE MINDFUL PHOTOGRAPHER PRESENTS

Desert Magic/Desert Wisdom

“Remember the Sacred …”  

March 25 - 27, 2022

 

NEAR MOAB, UTAH

 

The small town of Moab, Utah, out in the red rock desert and thisclose to the Colorado state line, is, in many ways, the gateway to the Colorado Plateau. Surrounded by two national parks and miles of massive red rock formations, Moab is paradise for hikers, bikers, 4-wheelers, river rafters, and – of course – nature and landscape photographers!  These deep canyons, mesas and buttes have been carved by thousands of years of water pouring over them in the form of the Colorado and Green Rivers, which meet not too far south of town.  Arches and Canyonlands National Parks seem to get busier every year, but we’ll be staying out of the national parks on this trip, and like Robert Frost, we'll be taking the roads less traveled while looking for equally beautiful images.  This is the perfect time to practice mindful photography in the desert.  That is, before the summer crowds arrive!  This is the time I most like to visit Moab and the surrounding area.  Everywhere we go will be within a fairly short distance from downtown Moab, so we’ll be able to get back into town for meals pretty easily as well.  The desert has a real cleansing effect on my psyche and I think you’ll find it equally so.  We’ll be out in the early mornings and at sunset to catch the best light on the rock formations, both Friday and Saturday, and we’ll have a break mid-day Saturday to catch up on our rest, or process photos, or do some shopping downtown, whatever you like on your own.  Moab is surrounded by ancient Indian petroglyphs and we’ll spend Sunday morning out hunting for them.  If you haven’t seen them before, this is something you don’t want to miss! 

Cost:  $550 for the 3-day workshop

Fitness Level:  Easy

Most photography will take place within several hundred yards to a half mile from where we park our vehicles.  We’ll carpool our way through some fantastic red rock scenery!  Most passenger cars can make it on these dirt roads, but it’s highly suggested to rent a 4WD vehicle if you don’t have one. The dirt roads we’ll be driving on are mostly hard-packed and fairly smooth, but there may be a few rough spots here and there.  Hiking terrain is typically level and smooth but can be uneven and the walks up and down hills will have minimal elevation change.  We will be doing some meditation and mindfulness exercises in nature, which may require you to be able to sit on the ground and get back up. 

“Easy” means you are able to:

  • Stay out for most of the day, driving, walking, and carrying your gear
  • Climb several flights of stairs without difficulty
  • Walk on uneven ground without assistance
  • Walk on wet, slippery surfaces without assistance
  • Climb over obstacles (like a log on a trail)

 

Experience Level:

This workshop is appropriate for all levels of photographers, but beginners and intermediates will find this most helpful.  If you are a beginner, I can offer assistance in the field with your camera and composition, and if you are a more experienced photographer and would like to be left alone to do your own thing, I can do that too!  Part of the joy of a weekend photography workshop is the opportunity to spend time with like-minded people.  That said, we will be spending time on centering and mindfulness meditations in nature, photographic composition and creative Lightroom techniques to take home some beautiful photographic art.

Expected Weather in Moab in March:


Expect temperatures in Moab this time of year to be in the low 60’s during the day and dipping down to around freezing at night.  You may need a jacket or heavy sweatshirt during the day and long pants rather than shorts.  Dress in layers, bring your jacket, and peel (or add) as necessary. 

 

ITINERARY

 

Friday, March 25, 2022:  We’ll begin our workshop in a meeting room or café as yet TBD at about 1pm, (information about lodging and meeting locations will be went to you after you’ve registered.)  Following introductions, we’ll learn about photography basics, composition & mindfulness in the field.  Check-in at most hotels is around 3pm, and we’ll plan to head out to make the sunset no later than 3:30pm.  Sunset is a little after 5:00 pm.  We’ll stay out until the light is gone (probably around 5:30pm) and then return to Moab for dinner. 

Saturday, March 26, 2022: Up and at ‘em early to carpool to our sunrise location.  We’ll shoot through the sunrise and early morning hours, and then stop for breakfast.  After breakfast, we’ll take a mid-day break and then meet up in the early afternoon for some post processing instruction.  Mid-afternoon we’ll head back out to shoot the sunset. 

Sunday, March 27, 2022:  This morning we’ll spend on the hunt for petroglyphs!  This is something I love to do!  I think of it as a way to make a connection with the ancient ones.  Many people are used to attending church on Sunday mornings, and this is like an open-air church to me.  You can certainly bring your dslr, but you can also just use your cell phone for this, which I often do.  If you forget everything else, bring along respect and mindfulness.  About mid-morning we’ll stop for breakfast, and group photo sharing/critique before checking out at noon.  Are you ready?  Let us know by going to the Contact Me page and sending an email letting us know which workshop you’re interested in.  We’ll keep you apprised of developments. 

WHAT’S INCLUDED:

  • Water and snacks will be provided while we are in the field, and during classroom instruction.  It’s recommended that you bring your own reusable water bottle so that only one large container will need to be purchased and we can re-fill all water bottles from that.  This is more eco-friendly than providing individual plastic water bottles. 
  • All permits and fees to enter state parks and privately-owned facilities
  • Meditation and Mindfulness instruction
  • Photographic instruction, classroom and in the field
  • Image reviews, critiques & post-processing instruction
  • A morning tour of a local Buddhist Temple meditation – personal photography allowed
  • Fun! Inspiration!  A great time on Oahu!
  • The chance to make new friends and influence new people!

WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED: 

  • Air transportation or ground transportation to and from the workshop.
  • Ground Transportation during the workshop – recommend rental of 4WD vehicle if you don’t have one – but we’ll be carpooling.
  • Lodging – You’ll be notified of our lodging location ASAP after you register.  You can stay wherever you like of course, but it’s easier if we’re all together in the same place, especially early in the morning.  Just remember, that If you’re staying too far away, and it’s difficult to make it to our early morning meditation and photography sessions, we will have to leave without you to make the sunrise.  If this happens, you can call me to find out where we are, or you can do something on your own that morning.  You’ll still have fun – you’re in the beautiful red rock desert around Moab!  But you’ll be doing something different than we are. 
  • Restaurant meals and beverages are not included.   
  • Medical Evacuation & Travel Insurance (strongly recommended – expected cost in the $325 range – available through Allianz, AAA and other companies)

REGISTRATION INFORMATION: Eventbrite Registration Form

 

COVID19 INFORMATION ETC.:

THIS WORKSHOP REQUIRES A MINIMUM OF 3 PARTICIPANTS TO RUN.  YOU WILL RECEIVE A FULL REFUND IF THE WORKSHOP IS CANCELLED DUE TO LACK OF ENROLLMENT.

BECAUSE OF COVID19, AS OF THIS WRITING (SEPTEMBER 2021), MOAB, UTAH  IS OPEN FOR BUSINESS WITHOUT RESTRICTION.   PROOF OF YOUR COVID19 VACCINATION WILL BE REQUIRED BY THE MINDFUL PHOTOGRAPHER LLC AND DEBRA POWELL PHOTOGRAPHY LLC IN ORDER TO PARTICIPATE IN THIS GROUP EVENT. 

 

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Palisade Lavender FieldsPalisade Lavender Fields

  

THE MINDFUL PHOTOGRAPHER PRESENTS

Lavender Fields forever  

06/17/2022 – 06/19/2021

PALISADE, COLORADO & THE GRAND MESA  

 

Just can’t make it to Provence this year but need to get your lavender and wildflower fix?  Come visit us in Palisade, Colorado, where the fields are alive with the sight and scent of acres of lavender in full bloom in mid-June!  This is a sensory experience you are not likely to have anywhere else in Colorado. The head-spinning aroma therapy effect will get your day off to an amazing start at sunrise and just after.  I’ve obtained permission from a couple of lavender farmers in town to allow our group to wander gently around their plants with our cameras. (gently being the key word here!)   We’ll have a chance to get out the macro lenses as well as those trusty wide-angles and zooms to catch the sun as it rises behind The Grand Mesa with the fields of lavender flowers swaying softly in the foreground. Once the morning sun hits those blooms you’ll be swooning with the scent! 

We’ll visit a couple of lavender farms in the area on Friday and Saturday to photograph the fields and do some shopping at their gift shops.  But it’s not all work and no play!  We’ll have lunch in quaint downtown Palisade, a photography destination of it’s own, built in the first half of the 20th century.  where we’ll enjoy a Saturday Farmer’s Market, filled not only with arts and crafts, but also live music and fresh locally grown fruits, veggies and baked goods you can take home with you.    

Friday afternoon we’ll take a drive up to The Grand Mesa, one of the most beautiful national forests in the country!  At this time of the year the hills are covered with wildflowers! The view from Lands End is not to be missed!  Not necessarily the best photography view, but DEFINITELY the best VIEWING view – you can see forever!  The Grand Mesa is blessed with over 300 lakes, miles of forest  – at least this time of year – undoubtedly millions of wildflowers!  Bring your mosquito suit!  I will.

Cost: $525

Fitness Level: Easy

Most photography will take place within several hundred yards to a mile from where we park our vehicles.  Terrain is typically level and smooth but can be uneven and the walks up and down hills will have minimal elevation change. 

“Easy” means you are able to:

  • Stay out for most of the day, driving, walking, and carrying your gear
  • Climb several flights of stairs without difficulty
  • Walk on uneven ground without assistance
  • Walk on wet, slippery surfaces without assistance
  • Climb over obstacles (like a log on a trail)

 

Experience Level:

This workshop is appropriate for all levels of photographers.  If you are a beginner, I can offer assistance in the field with your camera and composition, and if you are a more experienced photographer and would like to be left alone to do your own thing, I can do that too!  Part of the joy of a weekend workshop is the opportunity to spend time with like-minded people.  That said, we will be spending time on photographic composition and creative Lightroom techniques to assist you in taking home some beautiful photographic art.

Expected Weather:

Temps in Palisade and on The Grand Mesa are generally warm in June, sometimes hovering close to 90 degrees, a little cooler on The Mesa than in town.  You might want to bring a light windbreaker and a mosquito suit or insect repellent.  There’s lots of mosquitos on The Grand Mesa in June!  Worth it for the beauty as long as you are protected!

ITINERARY

WHAT’S INCLUDED:

  • Water and snacks will be provided while we are in the field, and during classroom instruction.  It’s recommended that you bring your own reusable water bottle so that only one large container will need to be purchased and we can re-fill all water bottles from that.  This is more eco-friendly than providing individual plastic water bottles. 
  • All permits and fees to enter parks and privately-owned facilities
  • Photographic instruction, classroom and in the field
  • Image reviews, critiques & post-processing instruction
  • Fun! Inspiration!  A great time on Colorado’s beautiful western slope!
  • The chance to make new friends and influence new people!

WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED:

  • Air transportation to or from Grand Junction/Palisade/Grand Mesa.
  • Ground Transportation during the workshop – I recommend you rent a car if you’re flying in – we’ll be carpooling, but it’s always best to have your own transportation as an option if you like.  The dirt roads we’ll be driving on The Grand Mesa can be made in a passenger car, but you might be most comfortable in a 4WD SUV. 
  • Lodging – Headquarters for the workshop is TBD.  If you’re interested in this trip, you should let us know right away, so we can get the rooms reserved.  I’m hoping to get rooms at a private retreat house on The Grand Mesa and the earlier we book, the better.  Rooms run about $150 a night and you can cancel later if you need to.  Lodging is not included in the cost of the workshop, so you’ll need to reserve as soon as possible.    If you choose to stay somewhere else, you’ll be charged a $100 surcharge to help cover the cost of our meeting/work room.  If you’re staying too far away, and it’s difficult to make it to our early morning photography sessions, we will have to leave without you to make the sunrise.  If this happens, you can call me to find out where we are, or you can do something on your own that morning.  You’ll still have fun – hey! You’re in beautiful Palisade, Colorado!  But you’ll be doing something different than we are. 
  • Meals are not included.  Alcoholic beverages are not included.  Your spouse or traveling partner may join us for dinner that evening.  
  • Medical Evacuation & Travel Insurance (optional) – available through Allianz, AAA and other companies

REGISTRATION INFORMATION:  Eventbrite Registration Form

Please click on the link to be re-directed to Eventbrite to register for this workshop.  Please register and plan to pay in full no later than April 30, 2022.   Please see the cancellation policy for details on refunds.

COVID19 INFORMATION ETC.:

Please be prepared to show your vaccination card to be included in this workshop as we will be carpooling, eating together, and spending some time inside together learning some Lightroom techniques etc. 

THIS WORKSHOP REQUIRES A MINIMUM OF 3 PARTICIPANTS TO RUN.  YOU WILL RECEIVE A FULL REFUND IF THE WORKSHOP IS CANCELLED DUE TO LACK OF ENROLLMENT.