Each year I try to find new places to hold a photography workshop – one that rivals the vast visual diversity of the Lake Powell landscape. While I can often find places that are compelling and unique to photograph, usually they are spread out over a very large area – making it challenging to get any significant teaching and work done – if you are spending too much time traveling between locations. That’s one of the things I like so much about Lake Powell: It’s unique and compelling, yet once we arrive at our central base camp on the lake for our October workshops – everything can be accessed with a short boat ride and a hike.
My search for new locations took me this December to the volcanic canary island of Lanzarote, off the coast of west africa. My favorite thing about the island – in addition to it’s underground caves, volcanos, and sweeping panoramic views of a beautiful island – was it’s uniquely black beaches, which contrast really well against the tones of the human form and of the ocean waves. Here are a few of the images of what we found.
“The Pearl of Great Price”
Do you have any suggestions for unique places to take photographers to? The only place I have yet to visit that seems to hold enough visual interest (though I’m not sure if there are enough locations close together..?) is the Southern Coast of Australia. Drop us a note if you have any suggestions.
Our third and final week of The Dynamic Nude workshop was nothing short of spectacular. We had attendees from all over the United States, Spain, Sweden, Canada and The Netherlands!
We had a week of exciting adventures, more stunning models, and absolutely perfect weather. Looking forward to seeing this family of friends next year for another trip through this magical desert landscape. !!
After our amazing First Week exploring brand new locations that rivaled (and in some cases exceeded) those on the lake – it was a hard act to follow! Yet getting back on the lake (thanks to the State of Utah) was another exciting adventure! With the lake level (it’s always fluctuating) almost 30 feet lower than previous years – we were able to find new places to explore and photograph that previously had been under water for the past decade. !! Here are a few of the images made during Week 2 of The Dynamic Nude…
With the government shutdown during our first week’s workshop – we got to improvise and find brand new locations. And what a gold mine of visual stunnery we found!
We’ve been exploring and photographing the nude among Native Rock Art Panels, old miner’s cabins, epic slot canyons and grottos, sand dunes, hidden parts of Goblin Valley, plus all the twisted junipers and stunning rock formations of the Utah Landscape. We’ve enjoyed productive image review sessions and premiere film screenings under the stars each night, and have put together an itinerary that is starting to rival the best of both North AND South Lake Powell (which we do on our spring trip) locations combined! The slot canyons have been phenomenal… two of my new favorites based on all the visual diversity. Here are some images from the locations we’ve worked in the past few days.
We’re back on the lake now – ready for our second workshop – but I wouldn’t have changed a thing about the first week – it was THAT good. !!
We are about to release our 2013 dates for our Dynamic Workshops at Lake Powell, Utah – and we wanted to give you first access to them.
Last year, both weeks of The Dynamic Nude with Kim Weston quickly sold out, so if you would like to join us for this amazing week-long trip in October – and see what everyone is raving about – check it out here: http://www.dynamicphotoworkshops.com/the-dynamic-nude
We are also excited to announce that Craig Blacklock will be joining us for our Dynamic Landscape Workshop April 21st – 27th! If you aren’t familiar with Craig’s work – he is one of the most distinguished nature photographers in the United States, internationally renowned for his inspiring landscapes, nudes and technical virtuosity. Having worked extensively in the landscapes around Lake Superior – the largest lake in the world – he is a natural fit to join us on our explorations of the vast aquatic and landscape expanses of Lake Powell!
The Dynamic Landscape is one of my favorite trips we make all year. We cover over half of Lake Powell (southern Utah and Northern Arizona) over the course of a week – hiking to spectacular locations, like Rainbow Bridge National Monument – the world’s largest natural arch; Labyrinth Slot Canyon (where you’ll have the canyon all to yourself – unlike its nearby over-photographed cousin – antelope canyon); “Three Roof” anasazi ruins (dating to the 1200′s); and a secret location of boulders covered in rare petroglyphs – known informally as the “Navajo Art Gallery”! And this only scratches the surface of what we get to explore with our cameras.
We are excited to announce that Allen Birnbach – an outstanding photographer and photographic instructor will join us for The Dynamic Landscape Workshop in May at Lake Powell, Utah! Allen has taught at Santa Fe Workshops, Julia Dean Workshops, Anderson Ranch, UCLA Extension, Working with Artists, and leads private workshops in Iceland and here in the US.
Allen Birnbach is a master of the trade, and will help photographers of any level dramatically improve their images – whether it’s learning how to better use your camera’s features, improving composition and training your eye to ‘see’ an image, dealing with technical challenges of natural light, or insider post-production ‘tweaks’ that will make your print jump off the wall. His wealth of knowledge, experience, and his friendly demeanor is a huge asset for any photographer attending this workshop.
Allen has worked both as a commercial and fine art photographer for over thirty years. His commercial assignments for advertising and corporate clients has taken him to over twenty countries around the world. His photographs have been recognized in The New York Art Director’s Club One Show, The ARC Annual Report competitions, Print Magazine, Communication Arts Magazine, Photo Design Magazine, Photomethods, and Photo District News.
Allen’s personal work has been exhibited in galleries internationally, and can be found in numerous individual and corporate collections in the U.S. and abroad. Most recently, one of his images was included in the book, “The World’s Greatest Black and White Photography.”
I hope you are able to join us in May as Allen and Joel Belmont take you deep into the hidden secrets and grand landscapes of south Lake Powell – stretching from Southern Utah to into Northern Arizona. If you are thinking of attending this photographic adventure of a lifetime, make sure to register ASAP – as our limited number of available spots are going fast!
We just had the most beautiful, inspiring and productive week-long workshop at Lake Powell. !! It was a pleasure teaching with Kim Weston… we rounded out a phenomenal itinerary and excellent instruction that helped take each photographer’s work to the next level – and we’re looking forward to bringing this exiting course to the lake again next year. Also – we produced an amazing High Definition instructional DVD during the workshop… we’ll let you know as soon as it’s available.
We will announce the dates for next year’s workshops in December… make sure you are on our mailing list so you don’t miss out. !!
Forgotten Canyon at Lake Powell is one of my favorite areas we visit during The Dynamic Nude Workshop. Home to the best set of Anasazi Ruins on Lake Powell, as well as secret canyon nooks with amazing lines in the rock! Just a few of the images possibilities…
Forgotten Canyon at Lake Powell has an incredibly diverse visual palette… From the Towering Grand Landscape, to intimate corners of reflection, these locations make for amazing backdrops with the human form.
Come explore Forgotten Canyon at Lake Powell with us this fall! Join us for our Dynamic Nude Workshop, and experience these inspiring locations, while making some of the best images of your life.