January 13, 2009 ·

Michael Reichmann

A Limited Availability 5 Day Landscape Photography Field Workshop.

April 17-21, 2003

Conducted by Steve Kossack

(This is NOT a Luminous Landscape Workshop)

About The Workshop

F-8 And Be Thereworkshops and tours presents a mini workshop in spectacular and colorfulDeath Valley California. From Thursday, April 17 through Monday April 21, 2003 we will be photographing and exploring some of the most exciting terrain in the west. We will be chasing color and light from the lowest place in the lower 48 states (Badwater) to vistas over 5,000 ft above the valley floor!

This workshop will be led by Southwest photographerSteve Kossack. Steve has been a frequent co-instructor on manyLuminous Landscapeworkshops. This workshop’s size and design will provide the flexibility to travel and photograph the available color during our 5 day shoot. The principal discipline will be landscape photography in the field.

Where is Death Valley

Sandwiched between the Panamint and Funeral ranges in Eastern Central California, with portions spilling over into Nevada, Death Valley is now the largest National Park in the western hemisphere. With good roads and open spaces, it is an easy drive from Las Vegas, Nevada. Its variety and geology make it a very unique experience. Its lack of rain fall and moderate temperatures make it a wondrous location in the spring.

Zabriskie Point

To my mind the most spectacular and colorful sunrise location found anywhere. The masters of landscape photography have all worked here. This one is not to be missed for any photographer. And you won’t!

Dantes View

Overlooking the entire valley from an elevation of 5,475 this panorama is simply breath taking.


The lowest place in the western hemisphere. It’s salt flats and possible reflections make it photographic gem.

Eureka Dunes

Sand dunes are found in two locations in Death Valley. We will visit both.

Who Is This Trip For ?

It’s for you if:

< You like working in the field from sunrise to sunset.
< You want to learning about landscape location and light.
< You are working with a DSLR and want field advise on best practices
< You want to learn about equipment and strategies used in landscape photography.
< You like traveling, making images and new friends with like minded people.

This Workshop

This workshop is small by design. It will allow for ALL levels of photographic experience. There will be no lectures or product endorsements. Personal instruction will be available at all times. The opportunity to photograph and share with the group will always be present. Print discussions can be a part of each day depending on time available. We will be discussing shooting strategies, digital transfer and storage processes as well as workflow in the digital darkroom for those that are interested.

Weather, Equipment, Etc.

Death Valley in Spring is most accommodating. The average high temperature in March is 80 degrees, with an average low of 53. Death Valley is in a rain shadow and does not receive much annual rainfall. Weather is not much of a concern here, but one can only hope! 🙂 Our accommodations will provide for most battery recharging needs. You can do this trip with 35 MM, digital or medium format gear. A tripod is a must.

The Schedule

You will need 5 days. Two of them are weekend days.

Thursday April 17

Arrive Las Vegas Nevada by mid afternoon. Transportation to all locations, including the return to Las Vegas on Monday is provided. A sunset shoot if travel times permit at Stovepipe Wells Sand Dunes.

Friday, April 18

Sunrise and A.M. shoot at Stovepipe Wells Sand Dunes. Mid day: Rhyolite Ghost town-Titus Canyon (if road is accessible) Sunset from Keene Wonder Mine.

Saturday, April 19

Sunrise From Aguereberry Point and exploring the ghost town and mines of Skidoo. Mid day: Artists Drive, Twenty Mule Team Canyon. Sunset at Dantes View.

Sunday, April 20

Sunrise and A.M. shoot At Zabriski Point. Mid day and Sunset on the Big Pine road. We’ll see and photograph Scotty’s Castle, Ubehebe Crater, Crankshaft Junction. Sunset at either The Race Track or Eureka Sand Dunes (road dependant).

Monday, April 21

A sunrise shoot of choice depending on departure times and the return drive to Las Vegas.

Please Remember

Death Valley is one of the most inhospitable places in the world. We may be subject to road closures. The area holds many treasures at various altitudes. We will have ample substitutes if our schedule is disrupted. There will be lots of shooting and field travel. The days will most likely go from well before sunrise and end well after sunset. Lots of battery power, storage capacity, film, determination, smiles and stories will be needed (Rock & Roll trivia will be provided) 🙂

The Cost

The cost of this trip is USD $1,100. This includes all transportation to and from all shooting locations as well as pick up and drop off at Las Vegas Nevada. You are responsible for your own travel arrangements to and from Las Vegas.

Your hotel and motel accommodations are also included.

Although we will most likely eat our meals together, sometimes a break is nice. Therefore, you will be responsible for your own meals.

Bring your equipment & food money and we’ll take care of the rest.

A deposit of $550 will be required when you register. The remaining balance will be due no later than Feb. 17, 2003. If you need to cancel before Feb. 17th, a full refund (less $25) will be honored. After Feb. 17, 2003 a full refund (less $100) will be provided only if a replacement for you can be found.

If we have to cancel the trip for any reason you will receive a full refund.

This workshop is limited to only 9 participants

To register or to find out more, please e-mailSteve, or telephone Steve at1-928-634-8071.

Steve Kossack is an experienced photographic guide to the American Southwest. His tours and workshops, operated under the nameF-8 And Be There, allow visitors to this region to discover and explore some of the best photographic locations in the region in the company of a knowledgeable and experienced guide and instructor.

You can view some of Steve’s photographyhereand read more about his tours and workshopshere.

Steve has been co-instructor on severalLuminous Landscapeworkshops and has been highly regarded by participants. Several have subsequently hired him for private tours of the region.

This workshop isnotoperated by theLuminous Landscapenor associated with it in any way. But I can recommend Steve to you as a fine instructor and guide.


Michael Reichmann

Michael Reichmann is the founder of the Luminous Landscape. Michael passed away in May 2016. Since its inception in 1999 LuLa has become the world's largest site devoted to the art, craft, and technology of photography. Each month more than one million people from every country on the globe visit LuLa.

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