Landscapes in Gypsum White Dunes
October 31 – November 3, 2023
The newest addition to our Nation’s National Park System, White Sands has much to offer. The ever-changing white gypsum dunes of White Sands rise from the Tularosa Basin and take on the light from the the sky above them. We will hike deep into the dunes to photograph the iconic sunset over the dunes, with the San Andres Mountains as the backdrop.
Using telephoto lenses, we will compress the dunes to try to capture the unique shapes that can seem almost corporeal. We will also explore some of the hidden treasures of the largest gypsum dune field in the world. The dunes can appear stark and desolate, but due to its shallow water table, White Sands offers unique flora and fauna. It is here we will use wide angle lenses and learn how to get the best out of them utilizing the near-far concept. Hedgehog cactus, soaptree yuccas, cottonwood trees, and a multitude of other species abound. This time of year, the cottonwood trees will be in their fall gold and contrast beautifully with the deep blue sky and the white dunes.
This workshop will also include the Muench Workshop image review and valuable post processing including Photoshop. Expect to learn new skills from ranging from pano-stitching and exposure blending to low light processing.
This itinerary is subject to change due to weather, local conditions, and other factors.
October 30, 2023: Arrive at El Paso (ELP Airport Code) anytime today. We have a preferred hotel for you to stay at this evening (not included).
October 31, 2023: We’ll meet you after breakfast at our preferred hotel in El Paso and we will drive you to Alamogordo, NM. After checking in to our workshop hotel, we’ll leave for our first sunset shoot at White Sands.
November 1, 2023: This morning we’ll one up early for a sunrise shoot at White Sands, followed by a return to Alamogordo for breakfast and an image review. You’ll have some time to rest in the afternoon before heading out for a sunset shoot at White Sands that (weather-permitting) will extend into a starlit shoot!
November 2, 2023: This morning we’ll have a second sunrise shoot at White Sands. Since weather conditions and light are always changing, White Sands never looks the same two days in a row! After breakfast, a second image review, and some rest, we’ll head out for sunrise again at White Sands (or a surprise visit to another site if conditions are right!).
November 3, 2023: This morning we’ll have a final image review and breakfast together before departing for El Paso and flights home.
Moderate: You must be able to walk in heavy sand for long periods of time.
Arrive El Paso International Airport (ELP), El Paso, Texas anytime on October 31, 2023. Flights out can be made after 2:00 PM on November 3, 2023.
What to Bring
Please see our page How To Prepare For Your Workshop. We will send you a detailed information document 90 days before your workshop. This document will include specifics of where and when to meet, gear and clothing recommendations, and more.
- Double occupancy lodging. Single available for $400 supplement.
- All meals, soft drinks, and snacks during the workshop
- All permits and park fees
- All transportation during the workshop
- Photographic guiding and instruction from 2 pros
- Image reviews and post-processing instruction
- Adventure, fun, inspiration, and a great time!
- Travel to and from El Paso, Texas.
- Passport and visa fees (if applicable).
- Any meals or accommodations before or after the workshop dates.
- Items of a personal nature.
- Alcoholic beverages.
- Travel Medical and Trip Cancellation Insurance (optional, but recommended).
- Anything else specifically not listed as included.
- Single rooming available for $400 supplement.
“Highly recommend Wayne Suggs for this or any workshop. As you can see here, he's an amazing photographer and I can tell you from my own experience, a fantastic teacher. Of course, being a Muench Workshop means all the details will be top notch. ”
“Both fieldwork and processing sessions were well run. Instruction in the field and during processing was very thorough. I appreciated the personal contact and information each of the instructors offered in the field, during driving to each location, and during reviews. ”