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2015 Utah Scenic Wall Calendars In Stock!

2015 Utah Scenic Wall Calendar

I am excited to let you all know that our 2015 Utah Scenic Wall Calendar is in stock and available for purchase!  These calendars are big (11″ x 14″), printed in stunning full-color and feature 13 photographs of Utah’s gorgeous and diverse landscapes.  Like deserts and arches?  They’re in there.  Canyons?  Got ‘em.  Mountains?  Yup.   I’m particularly fond of the cover.  The Watchman is perhaps Zion National Park’s most recognizable feature and is commonly photographed from “The Bridge” with the Virgin River flowing below it.  On the evening I made the cover photograph an intense thunderstorm that rocked the park all day long serendipitously broke up right at sunset.  The spectacle of light that followed was one of the most impressive I’ve ever witnessed.  I feel lucky to have been there with my camera to record the moment for others to enjoy.

My 2015 Utah Scenic Wall Calendar is available for $11.95 plus shipping or at The Edge Gallery in Moab.  They’re great gifts for clients, teachers, friends, families…heck, even enemies!  Most importantly, you’ll be supporting a small business and helping me fund future trips to keep making beautiful images to share with you.  And for that, I am sincerely appreciative of your support.

CLICK HERE TO ORDER YOUR 2015 UTAH SCENIC WALL CALENDAR 

Autumn in Canyon Country Landscape Photography Workshop

Autumn in Canyon Country Photography Workshop

I’m thrilled to announce that this year I’ll be co-leading a landscape photography workshop in Moab with my friend and fellow photographer, Jason Hatfield.  Join us October 9 – 12, 2014 for an intensive three-day workshop in some of the Southwest’s most incredible red rock scenery including Arches and Canyonlands National Parks and Dead Horse Point State Park.  This is an exciting opportunity to learn from two passionate and experienced workshop leaders in one of the most desired locations in the U.S.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR OUR AUTUMN IN CANYON COUNTRY PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOP

The workshop will begin on the afternoon of Thursday, October 9 with a meet and greet in the lobby of our sponsor hotel, the brand new Comfort Suites in downtown Moab.  We’ll take a few minutes to get to know one another before departing for a group dinner at a popular local restaurant.  After dinner we’ll depart for an immersive field session at sunset at an iconic location in Arches National Park.

The next two days will be a whirlwind!  On Friday we’ll awake early to make the trek up to Dead Horse Point State Park to photograph sunrise over my favorite view in the entire Moab area.  Here the Colorado River does a u-turn 2,000′ below with an endless vista of cliffs and canyons stretching as far as the eye can see!  After our field session we’ll return to town for a short break before retiring to a comfortable meeting room at a local hotel for 4 hours of hands-on digital darkroom instruction.  We’ll utilize the latest versions of Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop software, as well as Nik Software plug-ins, to help workshop participants learn to “process” their RAW images for maximum impact.  An afternoon break will be followed by another field session at sunset at one of many dramatic vistas in the area.

Saturday’s schedule follows the same format as Friday’s with exciting new locations for the  morning and evening field sessions.  We’ll use some of our classroom time to do a group image critique, which is an exercise that workshop participants frequently find to be one of the most fun and valuable aspects of our time together.  Each participant will choose one or two images to share with the rest of the group.  Jason and I will lead a discussion about the images, helping each participant to understand how deconstructing a photograph leads to a deeper understanding of creating dynamic imagery.

On Sunday, we’ll photograph sunrise at a location not far from town.  This will allow us to return to Moab and wrap up the workshop early in the morning, giving all workshop participants the opportunity to begin traveling home at a reasonable time.

Below are a few questions I am frequently asked about my group photography workshops.  They should answer most of your questions but if not, please don’t hesitate to email me.  I’ll respond within a day or two unless I’m on the road with limited access to email.

How physically demanding is this workshop?  The longest hike we’ll do is the trek to Delicate Arch, which is 3 miles round-trip with an estimated elevation gain of 600′.  This is an optional location.  Those who don’t want or can’t make it to Delicate Arch will go with either Jason or me to another location that does not involve much physical effort.  Most of the locations we’ll visit are only a few minutes from a parking lot.

Where should I stay? We’ve negotiated a great rate for our workshop participants with Comfort Suites, the newest hotel in Moab.  Your rate is $138/night.  The hotel opens for business on June 10 and I will have information about making reservations at that time.

What gear should I bring? Rather than make assumptions about your gear, I’ll tell you what I carry every time I head out into the desert to make images.  I use a Canon 5D Mark III as my main camera and the following lenses in order of how often I use each lens: 24-105mm lens, 16-35mm lens, 70-300 mm lens, 15mm fisheye lens.  My 24-105mm lens is the workhorse and is probably used 70% of the time.  A sturdy tripod and reliable ballhead are absolutely critical.  The only filters I carry are a circular polarizer and a solid neutral density filter.

Do I need a laptop and if so, what software should I have on it for the classroom sessions? We will be using the latest versions of Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop, as well as the Nik Software plug-ins.  Right now, the latest versions are Lightroom 5 and Photoshop CC.

Can I bring a spouse/friend/pet iguana?  Sure, but unless they’re a registered (paid) participant we can not allow them to join us in the field or in the classroom.  Primarily, this is due to our insurance requirements.

Where is the closest airport? There is a small, regional airport just north of Moab called Canyonlands Airfield.  Many people fly into Grand Junction, CO, which is about 1.5 hours from Moab.  The closest major airport is in Salt Lake City, 3.5 hours away.

What is the weather like in October? Spring and fall are generally very temperate, although Mother Nature reserves the right to change her mind.  Most likely, we’ll experience daytime temperatures in the 50′s and 60′s and overnight temperatures in the 30′s.

Do you have all the necessary permits to legally conduct photography workshops in and around Moab? Yes!  I have permits from Dead Horse Point State Park, Arches and Canyonlands National Parks and the Bureau of Land Management/Moab office.  Jason and I are both certified in basic first aid and CPR.  I also carry the required liability insurance.  I invite you to contact the local land management agencies to inquire about my permit status, if you’re so inclined.

Why should I take a workshop with you and Jason instead of photographer XYZ? Jason and I are passionate about helping other photographers break through creative barriers and learn to create images that meet their own, unique visions.  We will not utilize our time together to pad our own portfolios.  We’re there to work with you, not make our own images.  We’ll both bring our gear into the field but we only use it to demonstrate concepts or ideas to our workshop participants.  YOU are our #1 priority.  Every participant will receive personal attention and instruction during every field session.  Still not convinced? Take a look at my Trip Advisor page to see why former workshop clients give me a 5 star rating!

Registration is currently open.  Please visit my website to register for the Autumn in Canyon Country landscape photography workshop.

 

This Blog Is Moving

UPDATE: The new blog is live! I fixed the incorrect links below and all should work properly now. All new content will be posted to themes blog site. Thank you for your continued support!

If you’re a regular reader of my blog and one day soon find this link inactive it’s because I’m moving the blog. The new Bret Edge Photography Blog will be online within 10 days. Bookmark it at http://blog.bretedge.com. All of the current content will be imported to the new blog…or so they say.

On another note – epic conditions in the Tetons this morning. Been shooting for 2.5 hours non-stop. Can’t wait to share some images with y’all.

Have a great week!

Jackson Hole, Here I Come!

Hey folks,

In a few hours I’m headed out to Jackson Hole for two weeks of photography, hiking, camping and fun at our workshop June 10 – 13.  I won’t be active on the ol’ blog while away but I do have a post scheduled to go live next week.  Be sure to check back as it’s a good one.  Well, I think it’s a good one.  Guess I should leave it to you, my readers, to ultimately make that decision.

I’ll most likely post a short trip report here when I get home and have a chance to dig through all my images.

Until I return, may the sweet light be with you!

Sneak Peek – iFotoGuide: Grand Canyon

Dan and I are almost finished building iFotoGuide: Grand Canyon!  We were fortunate to partner with tremendously talented photographer, former Artist-in-Residence at the Grand Canyon, and all around nice guy Adam Schallau to produce this guide.  Adam’s intimate knowledge of the Canyon’s many moods and locations combined with his breathtaking photos have allowed us to create a photography guide that virtually guarantees you’ll make amazing images on your next trip to the Grand Canyon.

We expect iFotoGuide: Grand Canyon to be available for download for $4.99 in the Apple iTunes App Store in late June.  This price includes lifetime updates that will include new locations, discounts on photo gear and services from some of the biggest names in the industry, and more.  All iFotoGuide apps function on the iPhone and iPod Touch.  You can learn more about iFotoGuide here.

Currently available in the Apple iTunes App Store are iFotoGuide: Arches (on sale for $2.99) and iFotoGuide: Yosemite ($4.99).

Here’s a sneak peek at what we’ve been up to over the last few weeks.

Grand Opening: Guy Tal’s New Gallery in Torrey, Utah

It isn’t often you’ll find me using my blog to pimp and promote other photographers.  However, I just can’t *not* share this little nugget.  My good friend and fellow nature photographer Guy Tal is opening the doors to his new gallery at 135 E. Center St. in Torrey, Utah this Friday, May 28!   If I were you, here’s what I would do: I’d call in sick to work on Friday, pack up my truck with camping and photography gear, then head out to Torrey for the gallery grand opening.  After wandering through the gallery in awe of Guy’s gorgeous prints you will be filled with inspiration.  I’d probably buy a print or two to hang in my home or offer as gifts to good friends.  After that, I’d head on into Capitol Reef NP to make images all weekend before driving home on Sunday.

I’ve known Guy for nearly 10 years.  We first met online at the Nature Photographer’s Network, where he was a forum moderator.  I was an eager new photographer, posting my images alongside those of much more accomplished artists and asking for honest critique.  I am eternally grateful to Guy and former moderator Michael Gordon, as well as hundreds of forum participants, for helping me to become the photographer I am today.  So, you can blame all of them.  Since then I’ve spent some time exploring the desert with Guy and even had a random encounter at a trailhead in the Uinta Mountains back in 2006.  Guy’s passion for the natural world and his amazing body of work is a constant source of inspiration for me.  I really hope you’ll visit his gallery the next time you’re in Torrey.  When you do, tell him Bret sent you.  He’ll either smack you or offer you an ice cold beer.  Take your chances. :-)

Best of luck, Guy.  I know you and your gallery will be wildly successful!

What Should I Write About?

I like to think that I’m a pretty creative guy.  I’m a photographer and although I don’t consider myself a “writer”, I do write.  Creativity is part of the equation for any artistic endeavor and as you all probably know, artists occasionally have mental blocks.

You may have noticed that I haven’t been as active on my blog over the last few weeks.  That’s partially due to time constraints but more a result of a mental block that is stifling my creativity with respect to writing.  Basically, I feel like I’m running out of ideas.

I love the blog and more than anything I enjoy the interactions with all of you.  I’ve got a few articles I’m working on but I’d like to build a reserve of topics that I can fall back on when writer’s block strikes.  So, I’m asking you for some help.

Here’s what I’ve got up my sleeve now: a gear review of the Acratech Leveling Head, a depth of field experiment/explanation, resources for planning a photo trip and making the most of an almost lost opportunity, fun with fisheyes (fisheye lens, not actual fish eyeballs – that’s nasty!).  That’s just about it.  So sad…

Here’s where I beg for your help.  I would be super appreciative to any and all who leave a comment or two suggesting some topics related to photography that I might write about.  Got a question for the experts?  Leave a comment.  Got an idea for an article?  Leave a comment.  Want to buy an expensive lens and send it to me to test so I can write a gear review?  I love you and will send you my shipping address.  Seriously though, I’m open to hearing all legitimate ideas.  Sooooooo…the gates are open.  Have at it!

Ansel Adams Arrives in Phoenix

Okay, I admit…The Man himself has not arrived in Phoenix.  That would be a little creepy considering he’s no longer among the living.  But, the Phoenix Art Museum is hosting what appears to be an amazing Ansel Adams exhibit through June 6, 2010.

Having just returned from Phoenix, where we spent the first four days of our trip hiding from the incessant rain, I wish I had known about this exhibit.  It would have been a great way to burn a few hours escaping the rain.  Unfortunately, we got home last night and I learned of the exhibit tonight.  So, oh well.  Some times I really miss living in a big city with things like museums and concerts and more than 4 restaurants to choose from.

Check out the exhibit description on the Phoenix Art Museum website.  If you go, please check back in and tell us all about it!

The Big, Fat Free HDR Book Giveaway!

I spent part of my weekend cleaning out my closet.  Actually, it’s a 10′ x 10′ storage shed that was stuffed front to back and floor to ceiling.  After giving away a desk, a chair, a Windows PC (gasp!), some tools, a table, a set of weights I obviously no longer use and various other random things we’re now able to actually maneuver around the stupid storage shed.  It will be nice not having to crawl up, over and around things to get what I need.  However, I was dismayed to discover that several Arizona hiking guides vanished into thin air.  This week I will be re-buying them, which aggravates me to no end.  I have no doubt the old, well worn ones will turn up shortly after I spend a hundo buying new guide books.

While we’re on the topic of books, I came across two books I’ve already read and no longer need – “The HDRI Handbook”, by Christian Bloch and “Complete Guide to High Dynamic Range Digital Photography” by Ferrel McCollough.  Instead of leaving them in the shed to rot I thought we’d have a little fun giving them away.  Steve Cole, a talented nature photographer from Washington, came up with the idea for a contest that I think will be tons of fun.

This is how it works: email me a small, low resolution image that is the worst HDR you’ve ever created.  I’m talking bad.  Hyper saturated colors, unsightly haloes, ghosting all over the place and/or not a single shadow lurking anywhere in the photo.  Send ‘em my way to bret (at) bretedge (dot) com.  I’ll collect them, put up a web gallery and ask folks on Facebook to vote for the worst one.  First prize gets the book of his or her choice, 2nd prize gets the other one.

Here are the rules: You’ve got until midnight on Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2010 to email your image to me.  I’ll put up a gallery on Facebook and will accept votes until Friday, Feb. 19, 2010 at midnight.  The winners will be announced on Facebook some time next week.  I can’t tell you exactly when because I’ll be on the road in Arizona.  Please keep your images to no more than 700 pixels on the long side and save them as jpegs.  Only one image per person.  These are used books.  They have been read once and are in good condition, but don’t expect them to be brand spankin’ new.

If you aren’t a fan of Bret Edge Photography on Facebook, now is as good a time as any to become one.  It doesn’t cost anything and we don’t bite.

That’s all there is to it.  Start digging through your hard drives for those horrible HDR images to send my way!

iFotoGuide: Arches Temporary Price Reduction

The brand spankin’ new iFotoGuide website launched last week and to celebrate, we’ve lowered the price of iFotoGuide: Arches to $2.99.  Yes, you read that right – $2.99.  Where else can you get that much information in a photo guide for $2.99?  Seriously…it’s a bargain at full price but at this price it’s just a flat out steal.  Comparable newsletters are $10 and a guidebook is $20 – and they aren’t even interactive!  Available now for the iPhone or iPod Touch at the Apple iTunes App Store: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/ifotoguide-arches-national/id337311105?mt=8.

If you do download it, we’d really appreciate it if you’d leave a review on iTunes after you’ve had a chance to take it for a test drive.  And, if you have any suggestions, we welcome your feedback.  We’re always looking for ways to make iFotoGuide even more useful to photographers.