A Unique 4-Day Wildlife and Landscape Photography Workshop

Dec 5— 9, 2002

This Workshop is Limited to Just 9 Participants

This workshop is now sold-out.
You may place your name on thewaitlist
for advance notification of future workshops
or in the event that someone cancels.

About The Workshop

The Luminous Landscapeis pleased to announce our final workshop for 2002. From Thursday, December 5th through Monday December 9th you will have to opportunity to do some exciting photography in two of the most outstanding wildlife and landscape photography locations in the Southwestern United States — theBosque del Apache Wildlife ReserveandWhite Sands National Monument.

This workshop is open to just 9 participants. Leading the workshop will beMichael Reichmann, the publisher of this site. Assisting him will beSteve Kossack, well known Southwestern photography guide.Chris Sandersonwill be filming the workshop forThe Video Journal, and will act as an additional photographic resource.

Where And What Is Bosque del Apache?

The name resonates with nature photographers —Bosque del Apache (Apache Woods). This wildlife reserve in southernNew Mexicois one of the preeminent sites in the USA for photographing migratory birds. When I was last there in December, 2001 there were approximately 53,000Snow Geese, 44,000Ducks, 8,000Sandhill Cranes, and 4Bald Eaglesresident in the Refuge. You can read more about that triphere.

Birds of  a Feather — Bosque del Apache

Canon D30 @ ISO 100 using a 400mm f/4 IS DO lens. 1/250 sec @ f/5.6.

Bosqueis located about a 20 minute drive south of Socorro N.M., which will be our base for 3 of the 4 nights of the workshop. The town of Socorro is a 90 minute drive south of Albuquerque, the closest major airport. It’s on the Rio Grande river and quite close to the Mexican border.

This is an opportunity to hone your long-lens and wildlife photography skills, and to learn advanced methods and tools for doing this type of photography.

White Sands National Monument

 Dawn — White Sands

Pentax 67II and 55~100mm f/4.5 zoom. Provia 100F. 

A challenging photographic location of glaring white sand and rolling dunes. You’ll experience a sunset and a sunrise there and will have the opportunity to experience and photograph a desolate yet achingly beautiful landscape. All of the specialized techniques for working in this unusual environment will be explored. You can read more aboutWhite Sandshere.

Who is This Trip For?

This trip may be just right for you if … 

You love to photograph birds; explore the use of long lenses; discover unique landscape photography perspectives

You want to learn about wildlife and long lens technique

Explore landscape photography tools and techniques

Spend 4 days working with a talented teacher, and alongside other like-minded photographers

About The Workshop

This is not a workshop for absolute beginners. There will be no instruction per-se, unless requested. But, the workshop leaders will be shooting alongside you at all times. They will provide discussion and assistance on specialized topics such as, for example, the use of split ND filers for contrast control, long lens technique, perspective control, action shooting, wildlife techniques and field craft. Advanced techniques will be constantly discussed, demonstrated and put into practice.

This workshop is about shooting — lots of shooting. There will be no classroom sessions, no lectures, no slide shows, and most importantly —  no unnecessary egos. Participants and group leaders will work closelytogether,sharing their knowledge and experience.

About Equipment, Weather & Extras

Southern New Mexico in early December can be warm and cold — usually both on the same day. Typically it may be below freezing before dawn and then T-shirt weather in the afternoon. It is usually very dry.

You can do this shoot with either 35mm, a digital SLR or medium format. What you will want most of all is a long lens — at least 400mm. A high speed prime long longs is ideal, but a long zoom will be fine. A stabilized lens such as one of Canon’s IS or Nikon’s VR lenses will be very helpful.

Wide angle lenses will be appropriate for use at White Sands. Of course a sturdy tripod is a must.

Workshop participants will be provided with comprehensive equipment suggestions. Members will also be provided with access to a private Discussion Forum, and the opportunity to have their work exhibited on this site.

The Schedule

This workshop requires 5 days from your normal schedule — 2 of them on a weekend. Here are the dates.

Thursday, Dec 5, 2002 — Arrive Albuquerque, New Mexico by mid-afternoon. Transportation to Socorro, and all workshop locations, including return to the Albuquerque airport on Monday, is provided. 2 nights in Socorro.

Friday, Dec 6, 2002 — Pre-dawn to after sunset photography at Bosque del Apache.

Saturday, Dec 7, 2002 — Sunrise and A.M. shoot at Bosque, followed by travel to White Sands. Sunset shoot at White Sands. Overnight in Alamogordo, New Mexico.

Sunday, Dec 8, 2002 — Sunrise and A.M. shoot at White Sands and then return to Bosque. Late PM and sunset shoot at Bosque. Overnight in Socorro.

Monday, December 9, 2002 — Sunrise shoot at Bosque. Mid-day return to Albuquerque airport. Fly home early PM.

The Cost

The cost of this trip is U.S. $1,395. This includes all transportation to and from shooting locations as well as pick up and drop off at Albuquerque airport. You are responsible for your own flight arrangement to and from Albuquerque.

Also included in the cost are all hotel/motel accommodations for 4 nights (2 persons to a room), and all meals for 4 days.

Join the workshop, bring lots of film, and we’ll take care of the rest.

A deposit of $500 will be required when you register, and the balance of $895 will be due no later than September 5, 2002; 90 days before the trip. If you need to cancel before September 5 you’ll get a full refund (less $25).After September 6 if you need to cancel you’ll receive all of your money back except $100, but the refund will be possible onlyifa replacement for you can be found.

Ifwehave to cancel the trip for any reason you will receive a full refund.

Video Filming

On this workshop we will joined byChris Sandersonwho will be filming the workshop forThe Luminous LandscapeVideo Journal.

Naturally, we will need your consent to be filmed. Once you have registered for the Workshop we will be sending you aRelease Form. This will signify your permission to be included in the filming that will be done during the workshop. We will, of course, be providing you with complimentary copies of whatever video or print material comes out of this.Of course this will provide you with a professional quality video record of this trip, something that no other workshop can provide.

Finally, I want to assure you that the filming of the workshop will in no way interfere with the workshop and the time that we spend together. Chris is an experienced filmmaker and will be shooting in an unobtrusive documentary style. Of course, as an experienced cinematographer and director Chris will be available as another resource person to all Workshop members. If you have problem with being filmed during the workshop please ask me for more information, or consider taking an alternative workshop.

Liability Limitation

The Luminous Landscape Inc., our instructors, guides, and cooperating agents aim to provide every participant a safe, educational, and enjoyable experience. We act solely as agents for you regarding accommodations, special activities, and travel, by any means, and assume no liability for any act, error, omission, injury, loss, delay, mishap, or damage to persons or property arising from any cause during the course of the workshop or in transit thereto. We can accept no responsibility for losses or additional expenses due to delay or changes in the services to be provided. We reserve the right to change our arrangements should conditions necessitate, or to cancel any aspect of the workshop due to exceptional circumstances. In the event that we deem it necessary to cancel the workshopafterSeptember 6, 2002, we will provide a full refund which the participant acknowledges as full and final settlement.

As there is always an element of risk in any adventure associated with the outdoors, participants must read this form carefully. This liability release will certify that the participant is physically fit and capable of participating in outdoor photography exercises in field locations, and is fully and completely aware of any associated risks created by field locations and weather. 

By joining this workshop I acknowledge that I have read the above information concerning responsibility and releaseThe Luminous Landscape Inc., Michael Reichmann, their guides, instructors and any cooperating agent from any liability.The Luminous Landscape Inc., and Michael Reichmann will assume no liability for injury, illness, or loss of personal property or expenses thereof associated with workshop participation.

What Do I do Next?

If this workshop has your name on it — if you’re excited by the thought of becoming a member of this trip, then now is the time to register. If you have any questions before registering, clickhereto send me an e-mail inquiry.

This workshop is now sold-out.
You may place your name on thewaitlist
for advance notification of future workshops
or in the event that someone cancels.

NewThis workshop will be featured in a forthcoming issue of The Luminous Landscape Video Journal.