Ralph Nordstrom Photography
Bristlecone Pines, White Mountains, California
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Zion Exposed Photography Workshop
October 15-18, 2011
Kolob Terrace, Zion National Park, Utah

Zion means 'Place of Refuge' and for many of us it is just that, a place where one can immerse ones self in its beauty and majesty.  For photographers it is a place of endless awe-inspiring beauty and photographic opportunities.

Join us in Zion for an intense three day photography workshop where we will photograph both the well known and lesser known locations in this most beautiful of National Parks. 

Below are some of the things we offer that we believe sets us apart from other workshops.

First, we pride ourselves on personal attention.  Besides being an excellent landscape photographer, Ralph is a professional educator.  His years of teaching have given him a different perspective on how to turn workshops into effective learning environments.  We provide a mix of in the field and classroom training, we give assignments that stretch your creativity and technical prowess and we focus on the areas of photography you want to focus on.

October is a wonderful time to be in Zion.  Autumn is just starting to touch the trees. The temperatures in the canyon floor are still temperate although the mornings in the plateau will be quite chilly.  An early winter storm might pass through making for even more dramatic photography. 

We will photograph some of the many great locations in the park, such locations as Watchman tower, the Virgin River, Checkerboard Mesa, the Great White Throne, the West Temples, the Temple of Sinawava, Gateway to the Narrows, Riverside Walk, Kolob terrace and more.  The actual locations we photograph will be selected based on the weather and of course the light.

Our base of operations will be in Springdale, Utah.  This community at the south entrance to the park provides easy access to all the locations where we will be shooting.

A typical day will start with a sunrise and morning shoot in the park.  In the middle of the day we will take time for photo reviews and more structured lessons.  The  photo reviews are an important part of the learning experience as they provide immediate feedback on your work.  We will leave for the afternoon and sunset shoot in plenty of time to catch the best light. The days are long, filled with activities and very rewarding.

I'm often asked if I'll be shooting when we're in the field.  My first priority is to make sure each participant is ready to go.  I'll be looking over your shoulder checking composition, exposure, focus and offering suggestions.  My objective is to send you home with technically sound images that you'll be able to produce fine photographs from.  And then I'll slip in a shot here and there.  I'll also set up and demonstrate techniques like the use of graduated neutral density  filters, shooting panoramas, HDR and the like. We like to keep the workshop size small so that I can give enough personal attention to everyone that wants it.

The weather in Zion this time of year can range anywhere from warm to quite cool.  The canyon bottom at an elevation of 4500 feet will always be warmer than the plateau several thousand feet higher where the temperatures could reach freezing at dawn.  We could also be treated to an early winter storm passing through which would provide some fantastic photo opportunities.

So that's a bit of an idea of what we have to offer.  Let me know if you still have questions.  If this looks like something you're looking for then come join us.  You won't be disappointed.

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What Others Are Saying

The workshop was fantastic. Ralph’s passion for photography really comes through.

L. Meyer, South Dakota

Ralph has intimate knowledge of the area.  This knowledge allows one to see each feature in its best light.

W. Zlobiki, Ontario, Canada

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