Death Valley: Eureka Dunes, The Racetrack and More

UPDATE: As of January 14, 2016 this workshop is sold out, but you can register now for our March 2017 Death Valley Workshop!

Death Valley is a truly unique National Park. It features the lowest, driest and hottest locations in North America and is surrounded by mountains that rise to over 11,000 feet. Covering about 3,000 square miles, it’s larger than Yellowstone, yet most photography workshops barely scratch the surface of what this park has to offer.

This is a unique opportunity to visit and photograph great locations during the best light. We’ll have two nights at Furnace Creek Ranch, where everyone will have time learn some very important lessons about their cameras, and post processing before heading out into the remote and unique landscapes in Death Valley: the Eureka Valley Dunes and the Race Track. Here, we’ve arranged for our team of outfitters to set up camp, tents, food, campfire and more. After our two nights in the wild, we’ll be back at Furnace Creek Ranch for one more night where we’ll be visiting some of the classic parts of Death Valley, such as Golden Canyon, Dantes View, and/or Badwater.

* So what does all inclusive mean? From the time we meet on March 15th, until we say goodbye on March 20th, all meals, and lodging are included. You can stow that wallet!

* We will provide transportation to and from the camp locations in Jeeps. You will be responsible for driving  yourself to and from the photography locations around Furnace Creek, car pooling with each other and our leaders is recommended. 

Muench Workshops, LLC works closely with the National Park Service and operates under a Commercial Use Authorization. We always carry proper permits, insurance and certification.

Location:

Death Valley, California

Tuition:

$4,500

Dates:

March 15 - 20, 2016

Fitness Level:

Medium - short walks,
climb sand dunes

Availability:

Sold Out

The instruction by Andy and Marc was always available and always helpful. I liked the fact that when I wanted help I got it, but you guys were willing to let me go my own way as I desired. Marc’s classroom critique was the best I have experienced. He has a nice touch which is substantive yet does not intimidate. His balanced comments and demonstrations were most helpful to everyone. I had been to only a few photo workshop in the past. I came away mostly feeling they weren’t worth the effort. You guys are leagues above, and have caught my interest in attending another of your workshops.
— Gene Wewerka, Death Valley '14

Itinerary

What to bring!

March 15

Sunset shoot!

4:00pm, Meet and Greet at Furnace Creek Ranch
Sunset shoot at Zabriskie Point or Badwater.

March 16

Digital dark room!

Sunrise shoot at one of several favorite locations. Following breakfast we will meet again at the Furnace Creek Inn for classroom time. Our daily critiques have become such an important part of our workshops. We regularly get feedback about how valuable and fun they are. So we’re reserving a special room in the Furnace Creek Inn where we can enjoy a cool dark room for poring over images, photographic concepts and lessons in Adobe Lightroom. The crits offer several surprises to most people. First, you'll find that others like different images of yours than you do. Second, the images you thought you would like while you were shooting them are very different on the big screen. Being able to see your images in this capacity allows one to begin understanding the pre-visualization process.

We also discuss and teach post processing techniques: Lightroom techniques for regional enhancing such as the graduated filter and adjustment brush, manually blending bracketed exposures into high dynamic range scense and understanding the limits to correcting with these tools in Lightroom. Sunset shoot at Dante’s View.

March 17

Eureka Sand Dunes, Camp 1

Sunrise shoot at Twenty Mule Team Canyon, depending on weather. Following breakfast at Furnace Creek Ranch, everyone will have time to organize their camping duffle and meet up for packing into the jeeps. You will then begin your driving safari North through the Death Valley road, which passes by some of the more remote regions of the park, including many massive desert alluvial fans, Crankshaft mine and more. We arrive at our Eureka Valley camp in the early afternoon. We will have access to the largest sand dunes in all of Death Valley for both sunset and sunrise light. Our camp will be fully furnished with plenty of hot and cold drinks for whatever weather we encounter. Our outfitter is fully qualified for this type of service, we have worked with them for now three years in Death Valley. We will spend time teaching camera settings such as auto bracketing and menu items. We will also be working one on one with everyone to make sure you expand your knowledge on a personal level. Our sunset location around the dunes will all depend on the weather. After a nice  hot meal under the stars we will have the incredible opportunity to photograph one of the most “light pollution free” skies in all of the country. If the sky is clear you will be up early to photograph the Milky Way rising out of the dunes!

March 18

Race Track, Camp 2

Sunrise shoot on the Eureka Dunes. After breakfast we will leave our Eureka camp and drive the jeeps to the Race Track playa. On the way you will have time to explore an old gold mine, Joshua Tree forest and finally the famous Grandstand at the playa.  Our outfitter will move camp and meet us near the Race Track for another night under the stars. If the weather permits we will shoot the sailing stones under the stars!

March 19

Race Track Sunrise!

Sunrise shoot on the Race Track followed by a hot breakfast in camp. After breakfast we will say goodbye to our outfitters and head back to the Furnace Creek Ranch for showers and rest! We will meet up in the afternoon to have pizza and drinks in our private critique room at the Furnace Creek Inn. This will be a great time to pore over the images taken on our photo safari. 

March 20

Sunrise!

Sunrise shoot at Cottonball Basin.
Breakfast and good byes!

What’s Included

  • Double occupancy lodging (Single available)
  • All meals during the workshop
  • Some transportation during the workshop
  • Photographic guiding and instruction from two pros
  • Image reviews and post-processing instruction
  • Fun, inspiration and a great time!

Whats Not Included?

Transportation to and from Furnace Creek, California. Trip and cancellation insurance. Items of a personal nature. Tips for the camp outfitters. Alcoholic beverages. Anything not specifically listed as included.

Payment Terms

Your non-refundable deposit of $2,000 is due at sign up and will hold your space in the workshop. The balance of $2,500 is due by January 15, 2016. if you are registering after that date, please make your payment in full. 

*This workshop includes food, lodging and photographic guiding and instruction, for both the hotel portion as well as the camping portion. Our outfitter will supply the tents, cots and food while we're camping. You will be responsible for getting to and from the meeting point at Furnace Creek Ranch and your personal sleeping bag (20 degree bag is recommended).Due to National Park regulations, transportation during the workshop will be in individual vehicles, we'll help to arrange car pooling. The fee for this workshop is based on double occupancy. There is an extra charge if you wish to room and/or tent singly.Not included: tips for our guide and outfitters, alcoholic beverages, anything not specifically mentioned as included.

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Additional Information

This workshop is sold out, but you can register for our March 2017 Death Valley Workshop!