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Two of the most scenic and dynamic landscapes of the American West are White Sands National Monument and Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge. In this combination field/lab workshop, you are inspired and challenged to capture the drama and beauty of two remarkable and very different landscapes.
Our adventure begins Thursday evening in Alamogordo, New Mexico. We spend Friday and Saturday mornings immersed in the wave-like dunes of white gypsum sand, rising from the floor of the Tularosa Basin at the northern end of the Chihuahaun Desert.
Saturday afternoon we depart White Sands for Socorro, New Mexico and Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge surrounded by lush wetlands and migratory birds including Sand Hill Cranes, Snow Geese, and hundreds of other species. In addition, the Bosque is home to many other wildlife species including bobcats, mountain lion, javelina, deer, elk, and the list goes on. We photograph in the Bosque Saturday afternoon and Sunday morning.
Photographing these two unique landscapes is both a technical and creative challenge. Each day Tony shares tips and techniques to help you realize your creative vision. Sunday afternoon, we depart Socorro and enjoy a leisurely drive to Santa Fe.
Monday and Tuesday are spent in the Workshops state-of-art Digital Lab to process and print a few of our images. Tony reviews, discusses, and guides your image processing workflow, placing special emphasis on color management and archival digital printing using both Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Lightroom Classic.
This workshop is designed to enhance your understanding of the photographic process, from capture to output. Tony shares the in-depth knowledge he gained from his 25-year career as a professional photographer and master printer. Lengthy days in the field photographing the scenic beauty and drama of White Sands and Bosque del Apache, then seeing your work come to life in the printed form, provide an invigorating and well-rounded photographic experience.
Working knowledge of digital workflow and manual mode on your digital SLR or mirrorless camera. Participants must be able to download, select, and transfer images to their own jump drive for class each day.
Participants should be able to engage in light to moderate outdoor exercise including off-trail walking on uneven terrain. Computer workstations are provided in the digital lab during the two days in Santa Fe. See "Santa Fe Campus" for more details.
Participants need to arrive in Alamogordo, NM the afternoon of Thursday, November 10. A group dinner and meeting will follow that evening. There is a block of rooms for Thursday and Friday at Home2 Suites in Alamogordo (575-437-1913). For Saturday night, there is a block of rooms at the Holiday Inn Express in Socorro (Tonya or Julie: 575-838-4600). Both room blocks are under "Santa Fe Workshops." For Socorro, the block of rooms will be held until Wednesday, October 12 only.
Participants are responsible for making their own housing arrangements in Santa Fe. On-campus accommodations are not currently available.
Participants are responsible for making their own accommodation arrangements (not included in package price).
$1,425 includes tuition and opening group dinner on Thursday in Alamogordo. Transportation, lodging, and additional meals are the responsibility of the participant.
Tony Bonanno is a professional photographer based in Santa Fe, New Mexico. His subjects have ranged from the President and First Lady of the United States to indigenous peoples and their cultures, to capturing the beauty and rhythms of running horses in his acclaimed “Hooves & Dust” series. Tony’s fine art work is targeted towards collectors and the corporate environment and his photography has been featured in numerous galleries and exhibitions throughout the US and abroad.
He is a Professional Member of the American Society of Media Photographers and a member of the American Photographic Artists Association.
This workshop is currently full. Use this form to sign up for the waitlist, and SFW will reach out if a seat becomes available.