Death Valley: Ibex Dunes and More
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 workshop is a unique opportunity to visit and photograph great locations during the best light. Our outfitters will make sure you are comfortable and well-fed as we camp under the stars. Our first two nights, we will camp at the remote and wild Ibex Dunes, set against a beautiful mountain backdrop. Ibex Dunes are the least-visited of the dune fields in the park, which means there’s more wildlife activity, and fewer footprints in the sand to contend with.
The next three days we’ll be at the hotel in Furnace Creek to photograph the iconic vistas and features of the area: Zabriskie Point and Golden Canyon, the salt polygons of Badwater Basin, Twenty Mule Team Canyon, and more. We’ll have our image critiques and post-processing lessons here in Furnace Creek—but we won’t stop shooting! We’ll be focusing on composition, in the classroom, and in the field. From pre-visualization to composition, and finally to post-processing, we’ll cover the full creative flow of photography.
Muench Workshops is an Authorized Permittee of the National Park Service.
Death Valley, California
November 3–8, 2021
Itinerary and General Information
November 3, 2021: Fly to Las Vegas, and on this day, meet at 11:00 AM. We’ll meet up (in a recommended hotel lobby near the airport) and head out to reach Ibex Dunes by 3:00 PM. We’ll settle into camp, and then hike out to the dunes for a sunset shoot, followed by a hot meal, and possible night-sky photography.
November 4, 2021: Up early for sunrise over Ibex Dunes, followed by a hot breakfast in camp. We’ll pack a sack lunch, and head out to photograph the area for the day. After a stop back at camp for a tasty snack prepared for us by our outfitters, we’ll head back out to photograph the sunset on the dunes, followed by dinner, and possible night-sky photography.
November 5, 2021: Our last sunrise at Ibex before we head out for our next adventure. After breakfast, we’ll pack up camp and our lunches, and continue on to our hotel in Furnace Creek. We’ll be stopping to photograph along the way, and have lunch, too. We’ll photograph sunset up at Dante’s View, a stunning view from nearly 5,000 feet above the valley floor. After dinner, we’ll check in to the hotel for a hot shower and a good sleep.
November 6, 2021: Sunrise shoot at 20 Mule Team Canyon, followed by breakfast and a break with time to collect your images for our critique and Lightroom session, during which lunch will be served. We have booked a private meeting room where we’ll take time to review images captured and teach post-processing lessons that will help you understand why we teach specific camera techniques in the field. Sunset shoot in Golden Canyon, where we will hike down from Zabriskie Point through Golden Canyon, photographing Manly Beacon at sunset from within Golden Canyon. Dinner at the Ranch.
November 7, 2021: Sunrise shoot at Badwater Basin, followed by breakfast and our second critique session with lunch. We’ll head out in the afternoon for sunset
November 8, 2021: Sunrise shoot at Mesquite Dunes, then breakfast back at Furnace Creek. We’ll be on our way to Las Vegas by 11:00 AM, in time for flights anytime after 2:00 PM.What to Bring and How to Prepare for Your Workshop
What to Bring and How to Prepare for Your Workshop
Please see our How To Prepare For Your Workshop page now for guidelines on workshop prep, gear, and packing. Approximately 90 days before your workshop, you will be sent a PDF with more specific instructions.
Double occupancy lodging (Single available, just ask).
All meals during the workshop
Transportation during the workshop
Fully outfitted, guided camping
Photographic guiding and instruction from two pros
Image reviews and post-processing instruction
All tips and gratuities
Fun, inspiration, and a great time!