Landscapes in Gypsum White Dunes
October 15–18, 2024
One of the newest additions to the 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 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.
The Tularosa Basin is also home to one of the largest petroglyph sites in the Southwest. Over 21,000 petroglyphs were made by the Jornada Mogollon people, dating back between 400 – 1450 AD.
With early access into White Sands, we will be in long before the sun rises. We’ll use telephoto lenses to compress the dunes with the sun’s first light, warming the Organ Mountains. Our afternoons will find us back out in the dunes shooting wide-angle scenes and using our longer lenses again. With our late access permit, we will stay late into the night, capturing stars above the dunes.
We will also spend an afternoon and evening at the Three Rivers Petroglyph Site, photographing petroglyphs that reveal a mysterious past. With respect, we will compose them as foreground elements with the stunning Tularosa Basin and 12,000 ft Sierra Blanca Peak as our background. It is easy to understand why the Jornada Mogollon people made this beautiful landscape their home many centuries ago.
This workshop will include the Muench Workshop image review and post-processing sessions, including Lightroom and Photoshop. Expect to learn new skills, from panorama-stitching and exposure blending to low-light processing. The workshop is designed for the beginner to the seasoned pro. Being a small group, we can teach everyone’s skill level.
Muench Workshops operates with all state and federal commercial use permits.
This itinerary is subject to change due to weather, local conditions, and other factors.
October 14, 2024: Arrive at El Paso anytime today. We have a preferred hotel for you to stay at this evening (not included).
October 15, 2024: We’ll meet you in the recommended hotel in El Paso by noon, and we will drive you to Alamogordo, NM. After checking in to our hotel, we’ll leave for our first sunset shoot at White Sands.
October 16, 2024: This morning we’ll wake 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 star shoot!
October 17, 2024: This morning we’ll have a second sunrise shoot at White Sands. Since weather conditions and light constantly change, 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 sunset again at White Sands (or a surprise visit to another site if conditions are right!).
October 18, 2024: 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 14, 2024. Flights out can be made after 2:00 PM on October 18, 2024.
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 $500 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 $500 supplement.
“This workshop was worth every bit of the time and money spent. ”
“The post processing sessions - and there were many - were overall, the best I have ever had. The gift of confidence this instruction provided is priceless. ”