It’s no secret that Bryce Canyon National Park is well-known for its intriguing geological formations and vast amphitheater. While visiting any time can yield beautiful images, winter offers the possibility of the whimsical hoodoos and spires to be dressed with a touch of snow, giving photographers an incredible chance to create unforgettable images.
During this three-day workshop with Navajo photographer LeRoy Dejolie, we will visit the most scenic viewpoints in Bryce Canyon in hopes of capturing the orange and salmon pink limestone hoodoos capped with brilliant white snow. Aptly named overlooks like Sunset, Sunrise, and Inspiration Points are where we’ll set up our cameras to catch the rising sun illuminating the expansive amphitheaters filled with wondrous rock formations.
We’ll also have opportunities to hike down into the amphitheaters to explore and photograph these eerie rock formations from a different perspective. Get up close and personal with Thor’s Hammer and take a walk through Wall Street as we explore the diversity Bryce Canyon has to offer us.
- Photography instruction
- Three-nights lodging based on single occupancy*
- Water, snacks, and a group dinner
- Park entrance and permit fees
- Post-workshop critique
This is a self-drive workshop. Transportation is not included in your workshop fee.
*The prenight of January 19th is included in your workshop fee. Double occupancy is permitted for two participants traveling together. A discount will be provided.
Please be aware that shooting locations stated in this itinerary may change depending on weather and lighting conditions. We want to give you the best possible photo opportunities.
Pre-Workshop Arrival – Thursday, January 19, 2023
- Informal meet and greet at 6:30 pm.
Day One – Friday, January 20, 2023
- The workshop will kick off with a sunrise shoot over the Bryce Canyon amphitheater
- After warming up our cameras and creativity, we will return to the hotel for a late breakfast.
- Late morning, you will have time to download images.
- Early afternoon, LeRoy DeJolie will conduct an orientation and photography presentation.
- Then late afternoon we will head out once again for sunset to photograph the endless hoodoos of Bryce Amphitheater from one of its spectacular viewpoints.
- Return to the hotel for a group dinner.
Day Two – Saturday, January 21, 2023
- Our sunrise shoot will take place at Sunset Point, which seems counter-intuitive, however, it is one of the most breathtaking views in the park.
- After sunrise, we’ll take a short moderate hike into the amphitheater along the Navajo Loop trail for an up-close and personal look at hoodoos with names like Thor’s Hammer and a slot canyon called Wall Street.
- Return to the hotel for lunch and download images.
- Early afternoon, LeRoy will conduct an image critique of your Bryce captures.
- For sunset, we’ll travel to the neighboring Red Canyon area, where eroded orange and red sandstone rocks in the form of columns, spires, and hoodoos similar to those found in Bryce catch the evening sun.
Day Three – Sunday, January 22, 2023
- We will have our last sunrise shoot at Inspiration Point to photograph the vast amphitheater filled with endless spires and hoodoos.
- Returning to the hotel, we will pack our gear and checkout of our lodging.
- LeRoy will host one last image critique prior to adjourning the workshop around noon.
Physical Rating: Moderate
Rim hikes are generally flat, but short hikes up moderate inclines are possible over snowy trails and in winter conditions up to 2 miles in length round-trip. Students should be prepared and comfortable photographing in cold temperatures.
Participants should have Yak-Traks for their shoes while walking along the rim or hiking into the amphitheater. Hikes into the amphitheater will only be done if snow levels are low enough to do so without snowshoes and the trails are safe for travel.
Lodging During the Workshop
Best Western Plus Bryce Canyon Grand Hotel
30 N 100 E
Bryce Canyon City, UT 84764
Tel: (435) 834-5700
During this workshop, we will be staying at the Best Western Plus. Three nights of lodging, including the prenight of January 19th, is included in your workshop fee and is based on single occupancy. For companions traveling together and wishing to share lodging, a discount will be provided for double occupancy registrations.
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- If your cancelation occurs between 61-90 days before your workshop departure, Arizona Highways PhotoScapes will issue a credit voucher for any fees paid that you can use toward a future workshop within 18 months of cancelation.
- Should you cancel less than 60 days prior to your trip, no refunds will be made and you will forfeit any funds paid to Arizona Highways PhotoScapes.*
* If we are able to fill your seat and the workshop runs at full enrollment we will refund your workshop fees less a $100 processing fee.
This cancellation policy applies in every situation and there will be no exceptions made for any reason. We will not issue refunds for cancelations due to illness or late arrivals due to travel delays.
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