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.
Smith Fork is one of my favorite canyons that we visit during our fall Dynamic Nude workshop. Though the slot is not as picturesque as Labyrinth Canyon, Smith Fork has a much greater diversity of locations in the canyon… from the slot, to an amazing grotto with a pool (rain dependent), to towering walls with desert varnish – this is an amazing canyon!
Smith Fork Canyon is probably on of my top two favorite canyons on north Lake Powell. I’ve probably hiked it at least 10 times, and every time is as amazing as the first. !! Adding the nude human form to the phenomenal locations in Smith Fork just make it that much better.
Hot off the wire… Kim Weston will also be joining us as a guest instructor for The Dynamic Nude workshop at Lake Powell! An excellent teacher, talented photographer and meticulous printer, who specializes in photographing the nude.
Kim has been a fine art nude photographer for over 30 years. He is a third-generation member of one of the most important and creative families in photography. He learned his craft assisting his father Cole in the darkroom making gallery prints from his grandfather Edward’s original negatives. Kim also worked for many years as an assistant to his uncle Brett, whose bold, abstract photographs rank as some of the finest examples.
Kim uses an 8×10 Arca Swiss, and also uses a Mamiya 67 that he inherited from his father. His main body of work consists of silver gelatin contact prints made from 6×7, 4×5 and 8×10 negatives. In addition to the 8×10 format he prints in 11×14 and 16×20 sizes. He also prints in Platinum and lately he has added paint to his photographs.
Kim and his wife, Gina, live at Wildcat Hill, the former home of Edward Weston where they specialize in teaching several unique photography workshops throughout the year.
We’ve known Kim and Gina for several years, and are really excited to have them on the trip. It’s poetic that Kim and Joel will be working together, as Kim’s dad Cole and Joel’s dad Charles also worked together many years ago, in a production at Carmel’s famous Forest Theater in which Cole directed and Charles acted.
If you haven’t registered yet – don’t miss out on this amazing adventure through the grand landscapes of Lake Powell. 7 days, 4 models, 3 instructors, and endless stunning locations. Register today!
Bert Pasquale will be joining us for The Dynamic Nude Photography Workshop, Oct. 2-8 at Lake Powell, Utah!
Bert specializes in artistic “storytelling” photography, combining the nude human form with stunning landscapes, creating riveting visual photographs that convey ideas and tell stories. Bert has worked on location in 21 states, the Virgin Islands, the High Sierras (up to 11,000 ft), the Arizona wilderness and across Northwest.
Bert is a Kodak Gallery Award recipient, he was awarded ‘Photographer of the Year’ by the Maryland Professional Photographers Association, and has instructed for the PPA on topics such as “Environmental Figure Images”.
Join Bert and Joel Belmont October 2nd – 8th, 2011 for an unforgettable photographic adventure into the heart of the Southwest landscape: Glen Canyon, also known as Lake Powell. We’ll explore beautiful mix of sculpted red sandstone, deep blue waters, anasazi ruins, arches, petroglyphs, waterfalls and towering rock formations. We’ll work with the female form against these backdrops, both on the large scale of the grand landscape, and the more intimate landscape of the slot canyons, where the curves of the canyon walls resonate with the lines of the human form. In addition to focused projects collaborating with models each day, there will be plenty of opportunities to make a wide range of landscape images.
Registration closes August 31st, and spaces are filling up quickly. Register today!
One of the coolest things about the southwest landscape are ruins. The anasazi ruins at lake powell are some of the best I’ve ever seen (including those at Mesa Verde).
Imagine a history museum in a big city, where they have an exhibit behind glass of a native people that lived in the southwest united states in the 1200′s. You read a pamphlet and admire their dwellings from a distance.
Now imagine that you in the desert landscape in southern utah with a small group of fellow adventurers. There is no museum glass. In the back of a canyon with towering Navajo sandstone walls sculpted by water, sand and wind over millions of years, you hike a short distance from a sandy beach along the lake’s edge up to a cliff dwelling that has been there since it was made by hand over 800 years ago. You admire the wall paintings and petroglyphs carved into the stone.
You explore around inside the ruin, admiring the craftsmanship, and imagine them grinding corn beside a small fire. You climb down a wooden ladder into their Kiva – a sweatlodge where they held religious or spiritual ceremonies. You wonder how many winters and how many fires it took to char the log and thatch ceiling of the kiva.
You climb some mild “moki steps” (small steps carved into the sandstone) up to Three Roof Anasazi Ruins in the Escalante Arm of Lake Powell, and imagine living here – in this very spot – long before Christopher Columbus set foot on this continent. You admire the well chosen location, which provides shelter from the rain, and shade from the hot desert sun.
Want to see more? Come explore the Anasazi Ruins yourself May 8th to 14th at Lake Powell, Utah during our Dynamic Landscape photography workshop. Why go to a museum when you can experience these cultural treasures in person – along with all the other amazing locations along the over 1900 miles of shoreline of Lake Powell. (more shoreline than the entire western coast of the United States!) But don’t delay… these workshops fill up quickly, and there is only one landscape workshop offered every year. Register today.