14th to October 21st, 2018
7 nights/8 inclusive days | Maximum of 8 participants, and a minimum of 3 participants
$3,572 USD per person | Single Supplement: 14% of the base cost of the trip
deposit for this photography tour is $300. Pay a deposit, or your full trip
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airport: Reno-Tahoe, Nevada [RNO]
Departure airport: Las Vegas, Nevada [LAS]
Arrival window: For a variety of travel related reasons, arriving one day early is recommended
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Death Valley and eastern Sierra-Nevada photo gallery
Map of overnight locations
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Valley of Fire State Park extension
follows this trip, as does the
Grand Canyon NP extension
transport is available between trips
Photography Tour Overview: We kick off this
photography trip with a pair of Nevada ghost towns. Then during the following
days we'll compose images north to south in the in the eastern Sierra-Nevada of the Alabama Hills, Bodie, Mono Lake and so on. The many colorful Aspen groves in this region
are very pleasing to the eye and camera. Then to Death Valley which is often the
hottest spot in the nation, but fret ye not as October is a comfortable time of
year in the park. We hope you'll join us on our Death Valley and eastern Sierra-Nevada photo tour!
Notice concerning the Racetrack Playa: Our time in
Death Valley does not include photography at the Racetrack Playa due to
logistical and time considerations, plus in late 2016 the scene was
vandalized by someone in a vehicle.
itinerary . . .
But wait just a moment, first things first! We suggest that you set your camera's clock to the local time, as your images will then synchronize with the times in our included photo tour
Days 1 + 2 | Ghost Towns, Mono
Lake, Upper Yosemite, and Bodie Ghost Town
Our group will gather at our
Reno airport hotel at 9
am. We'll then head south for our first photo sessions at a pair of ghost towns, one
of which is Virginia City, and is reputed to be the birthplace of Samuel
Clemens' pen name, Mark Twain. The included lunch today will feature a digital
presentation of images from the trip given by John. Serendipitous shots follow as we
head down the Three Flags Highway. Late light will be captured on the shores of
Day 2 will commence with sunrise back at Mono Lake where the light on the
Towers and pre-dawn glow are often spectacular. Part of the day will be
spent on the eastern section of Tioga Pass, and the remainder of the time spent
at one of America's best preserved ghost towns, Bodie. Once a booming gold rush
town, it has been a State Park since 1962 and is now a photographic 'gold mine'.
Lee Vining, 2 nights
Day 3 | A day of Mountains and Lakes, plus the
Early shooting, then on south for a collection of pleasing lake and mountain
scenes, as the views toward the
eastern fringes of Yosemite National Park are not to be missed. On to
our hotel for early check-in, which facilitates our excursion for the last light
of the day over the Alabama Hills and the High Sierra.
Lone Pine, 1 night
Day 4, 5 + 6 | Alabama Hills, Low Flying
Military Jets and Death Valley National Park
We'll start the day by entering the Alabama Hills just before dawn, and shoot
continuously as the sun lights up the boulder-strewn landscape. Several decades
ago it was a popular filming spot for
Hollywood's westerns, plus 'overhead' stands California's highest peak, Mt. Whitney
at 14,495'. As we enter Death Valley we'll make stops to photograph Joshua
trees, and *low flying military jets on training exercises. and we'll be deep in the park when the last light hits.
On days 5 and 6 we’ll rise early for first light on the colorful dunes and hope
that the record temperature of 134°f is only a July phenomenon! It is also the lowest point in the lower 48 States at 282 feet below sea level. We'll shoot early and late, and subjects in the park will include sand dunes, mountains, ghost towns and wildlife, plus we'll take midday siestas.
* The jets don't fly everyday, nor is the time announced, so this photography
event cannot be guaranteed
Death Valley NP, 3 nights
Day 7 | Death Valley National Park and on to
Early light photography one last time, and after breakfast and check-out,
we'll continue to shoot Death Valley scenes as we make our way to Las Vegas
with picture stops along the way. The included dinner on the last night of our photography tour will feature an
'It's You!' presentation of clients in action by John.
Near the Las Vegas airport, 1 night
Day 8 | Departure day
As there isn't any photography scheduled for the day of departure, your flight home can be arranged for any time today.
Departure is from the Los Vegas airport [LAS].
Photo Tour Photographer/Leader: John Baker, Travel Images Photography Tours
The preceding itinerary is a copyrighted work by John Baker Photographer LLC, and Travel Images Photography Tours
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Exertion level: This photography tour is classified as 'non strenuous' to 'quite strenuous'
in Death Valley NP can be quite strenuous in places with soft sand. We do
however venture onto the dunes early before the day warms up
A majority of images are found in close proximity to our vehicle
In every other respect this photography tour is considered non-strenuous to mildly strenuous
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Photography Tour Cost, the Fine Details and Enrollment
Trip Cost: $3,572 USD per person not including airfare. A 5% discount is applied to all double occupancies. A single room supplement is required for single occupancy
Single Supplement: 14% of the base cost of the trip
deposit for this photography tour is $300. Pay a deposit, or your full trip
Included in the Trip Cost: The following items are included in the trip cost . . .
- Photography instruction throughout the trip by John
- All accommodations with private facilities [ensuite]
- All breakfasts
- Lunch on day one of the trip
- Dinner on the last night of the trip
- On-vehicle snacks and bottled water
- All ground transportation
- Airport pick-up on day 1, and drop-off on departure day. Arrival prior to day 1 is not included
- Entrance fees for sites and activities listed below under ‘Admissions Included’
- Following the trip, field notes describing the time, place and subject of each photo stop, and a disc containing images of clients 'in action' on the trip
Not Included in the Trip Cost: The costs for these items are the responsibility of each participant . . .
- Travel costs between your home and the gateway airport and return
- Any transportation or travel costs incurred prior to or after the tour’s inclusive dates
- Pre-tour and/or post-tour accommodation
- Lunches and dinners except for lunch on day one of the trip, and dinner on the last night of the trip
- Alcoholic beverages
- Entrance fees or costs related to optional sites or activities not included in the itinerary
- Baggage fees
- Medical expenses
- Personal items such as the hotel mini-bar, laundry etcetera
- Incidental charges incurred at our accommodations such as movie rentals, internet and phone
- Travel insurance
- Passport or visa expenses
- Airport departure taxes, if applicable
Admissions Included in the Trip Cost:
Admission to National and State Parks, and National Monuments in the itinerary are included
All other possible rides, admissions or excursions are optional and not included