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Foul Weather Be Damned: Workshop Marches On

November 18, 2009

Todd Caudle and I wrapped up our Autumn Arches and Canyons workshop in Moab on Sunday.  We hosted the coolest group of photographers any workshop leaders could have asked for.  It was an absolute delight to meet and photograph with everyone, and I sincerely hope our paths will cross again.  Jim and Jillian arrived from Canmore and nearby Banff NP and Louise came all the way from Hazelton, Canada.  Arno and his sister Dottie represented the south as they left Florida and Arkansas to join us out west.  Kathryn from Boise, ID had the shortest commute, which isn’t all that short at roughly 8 hours.

Those who think of Moab as all blue skies, sunshine and warm weather might be a bit shocked after one look at the photos we all produced this weekend.  Dramatic skies, storm light and snow all combined to create the rare conditions coveted by nature photographers.  Our workshop participants awoke early for sunrises in Canyonlands where the temperature hovered in the teens.  After sunrise each morning we headed into town for breakfast at a local diner, the favorite of which was the Love Muffin.  Mmmmm…huevos rancheros!  Afternoons were spent photographing in Arches or Canyonlands, dodging intermittent rain showers and another large workshop group that seemed to be shadowing our every move.  Todd and I had a much more fun group of folks than those guys who were way too serious.  Someone needs to tell them that photography is fun!

On Saturday we spent several hours doing image critiques and discussing some basic digital darkroom techniques.  Without question, this was one of the most enjoyable aspects of the workshop for all of us.  I was humbled by the wealth of talent within our group.  We each showed several images and the group discussed each photo in depth; what works, what doesn’t and why.  Simply an awesome experience and I was truly inspired by all the amazing work that was shared.

I’d like to extend a heartfelt thank you to Arno, Dottie, Kathryn, Louise, Jim and Jillian for joining Todd and me in Moab.  I had a blast with all of you!

Here’s a view of the White Rim from Green River Overlook at sunset on Friday, Nov. 13, 2009.

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