“Wilderness is not a luxury but a necessity of the human spirit, and as vital to our lives as water and good bread.”
? Edward Abbey, Desert Solitaire
Hidden away in the Four Corners region of New Mexico lies the Bisti Badlands and the De-Na-Zin Wilderness. Join us for two days of exploring this 45,000-acre desert wilderness area that contains the eroded remains of an ancient inland sea with photographer Tye Hardison.
WHAT: Time and natural elements have etched a fantastic world of strange rock formations made of interbedded sandstone, shale, mudstone, coal, and silt. The weathering of the sandstone forms hoodoos—weathered rock in shapes of pinnacles, spires, cap rocks, and other unusual forms.
WHO: This workshop is a terrific for all digital photographers who are essentially familiar with their cameras. You will need to know, before you get here, how to set and use auto bracketing on your camera if your camera has this feature. You should be able to download, edit and manage images on your laptop computer and be able to output an image file for review and comment as time permits. You will need to be able to carry your own gear and be capable of walking/hiking for three to five miles on rugged terrain on each field trip. This workshop is limited to seven participants.
PLAN: Our plan is to catch the last light of the day on these lunar-looking formations and eventually the stars in the night sky, weather permitting. In the mornings we will be sleeping in as we will be up late each night, and then at the hotel we will present examples of the instructor’s images along with discussing techniques for dealing with the extreme lighting challenges of the Bisti. Late afternoons will be spent photographing and searching for the perfect location to capture an amazing sunset. The workshop is based in Farmington, New Mexico.
BACKGROUND: The Bisti/De-Na-Zin Wilderness is a rolling landscape of badlands with some of the most unusual scenery in the Four Corners Region. Time and natural elements have etched a fantastic world of strange rock formations made of interbedded sandstone, shale, mudstone, coal, and silt. The weathering of the sandstone forms hoodoos—weathered rock in shapes of pinnacles, spires, cap rocks, and other unusual forms.
WHAT TO BRING: Lots of enthusiasm for making pictures. Your digital camera with lenses, a tripod and filters. A laptop computer with Lightroom software installed and working. (We will provide a complete list of necessary gear before the workshop begins.
NOTES: Tye Hardison is currently working on a photographic project on the Bisti Badlands and the De-Na-Zin Wilderness. We highly recommend you purchase travel/trip insurance in case you need to cancel.
QUESTIONS: Have any questions, suggestions or concerns? Feel free to contact us any time – our expert team will be more than happy to help! Call Cindy at (505) 983-2934 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Tye Hardison has photographed all across New Mexico since 1999. A meticulous craftsman with a native’s sensitive eye, he assists Craig in the field and with Eloquent Light's photography workshops. Tye is Adobe Lightroom Certified. This means that after rigorous testing by Adobe, he is now considered an expert in the joys and pitfalls of Lightroom photo editing software. His expertise in Lightroom will provide new tools for workshop attendees.
The Magical Bisti Badlands: Under the Stars and in the Landscape Photo Workshop
- 903 W. Alameda St. #115
- Santa Fe, NM 87501
- Eloquent Light Photography Workshops, LLC.