White Pocket &
Coyote Buttes South
Guided by Chad Dutson & Dustin LeFevre
April 13-17, 2018
Early-bird price - Hurry, only a few slots left!
- White Pocket
- Coyote Buttes South (permits included)
- Vermilion Cliffs
- Astrophotography during the new moon
- 4WD transportation in the backcountry
- Limited to 6 participants, 3:1 participant to instructor ratio
- Outfitted camping 2 nights in the backcountry
- Final group dinner
- BLM-permitted guides
[subject to change]
Day 1: Evening Meet-and-Greet at the Holiday Inn Express in Kanab. Afterwards, evening/night shooting nearby.
Day 2: White Pocket. Overnight in backcountry
Day 3: White Pocket and/or Coyote Buttes South. Overnight in backcountry
Day 4: White Pocket and/or Coyote Buttes South. May get some time for Buckskin Gulch or Wire Pass. Overnight in Kanab
Day 5: Buckskin Gulch, Wire Pass, Cobra Arch, or similar and group dinner in Kanab
Optional add-on days: Customized personal tours are available for those wanting to extend a few extra days in the Desert Southwest at places like Grand Staircase-Escalante, Bryce Canyon, or Zion. Contact us for details.
The workshop begins and ends in Kanab, Utah -- our base of operations. Our first meet-and-greet will be a group discussion Friday evening, April 13th. We will discuss workshop expectations, techniques, and personal photographic styles.
There is some hiking anticipated, normally 2 to 3 miles per day, depending on landmarks visited. Hiking is classified as easy-to-moderate intensity through sand and uneven terrain. While hiking, you will only be expected to carry your layered clothing, snacks/water, and camera gear. Other items will remain at base camp or hotel, depending on the night.
White Pocket is filled mostly with white sandstone, along with some orange and red, while Cottonwood Cove is predominantly orange and red. Paw Hole is almost entirely composed of deeper red sandstone. You will see endless sandstone formations and teepees -- incredible, jaw-dropping scenery! Picture yourself standing high atop sandstone structures, looking across desert valleys while the sun sets behind you! The views are outstanding and the memories will last a lifetime!
Throughout the workshop, photography instruction will cover many of Chad and Dustin's techniques, including proper exposure and composition. Advanced techniques will also be shared, such as focus-stacking and HDR. When is it appropriate (or required) to use these techniques and when is it wasting your time? Both Chad and Dustin have used Nikon and Canon equipment professionally, and cater instruction to your photographic experience level, from beginner to advanced.
WHAT IS INCLUDED IN THE WORKSHOP PRICE?
- All permits and fees, including Coyote Buttes South
- 4WD SUV transportation during the workshop
- Personalized guide service and photography instruction
- Trail snacks & water
- Breakfast, lunch, and dinner during days when in the backcountry
- Outfitted camping for two nights.
- Final group dinner
WHAT IS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY?
- Transportation to/from Kanab, Utah. Distance from regional airports:
+ 74 miles from Page, Arizona
+ 86 miles from Saint George, Utah
+ 209 miles from Las Vegas, Nevada
+ 317 miles from Salt Lake City, Utah
- Lodging at Kanab, Utah. Your guides will be staying at the Holiday Inn Express. See FAQs below for more details
- Meals when not in the backcountry. There are several local restaurants in Kanab
- Sleeping gear for the backcountry (sleeping bag, pad, pillow)
RECOMMENDED GEAR LIST
The Important Stuff
- Camera body
- Lenses: Wide-angle and mid-range telephoto
- Filters: circular polarizer and ND filters
- Spare batteries and memory cards
- Lens cleaning supplies
- Trigger or remote
- Backpack (with rain poncho or bag to cover, in case of wet weather)
- Layered clothing, including a coat (see FAQs, below)
- Rain jacket
- Sturdy hiking footwear and hiking socks
- Water bottle or hydration bladder
- Headlamp and spare batteries
- Personal toiletries
- Sun protection: hat, sunscreen, glasses
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQS)
- Are the permits to Coyote Buttes South really included in the price? YES! These permits are highly coveted and have already been secured. Entry into each section of Coyote Buttes is limited to only 20 people per day, and you will be one of them! Workshop is fully approved by the BLM. Note this workshop does not include a visit to the notorious "Wave." Instead, within Coyote Buttes South you will see incredible features like Control Tower and Half-n-Half and White Pocket features such as Dragon's Tail and The Swirl (or Ice Cream Cone).
- What specific photo gear should I bring? Camera and tripod are a must, and we suggest you bring at least two lenses, with ranges from 16 to 200mm (full-frame) or 10 to 140mm (crop sensor). Due to the sandy and possibly rainy/snowy environment, it is recommended you also bring camera cleaning equipment, such as an air blower, lens wipes, lint-free cloths, and a lens brush.
- What other gear should I bring? Be prepared with layered clothing for early spring weather. High temperature averages 70 degrees, nights around 40, although these temperatures can vary at either spectrum by 10 to 15 degrees. We will be hiking somewhere regardless of weather, whether sun, wind, rain, or snow, so plan accordingly. In addition to the items listed above, you may consider extra socks and underclothing, in case you get wet.
- What are the camping arrangements? Camping will be in tents in the remote backcountry with same-gender double occupancy or more. If you require special arrangements, please contact us.
- What photography experience must I have? Our workshops are geared toward all levels. Beginners will value the photography instruction while advanced photographers will appreciate the guide service.
- May I bring a non-photographer friend? Certainly, the more the merrier; however since space is limited you must purchase a slot for each attendee. Check with the photographers for an additional-slot discount.
- May we carpool from Salt Lake City? Transportation to/from the Salt Lake City area may be arranged with the photographers for a small fee. We may also be able to arrange a St. George pickup. Inquire, if interested.
- What is included with the two nights of outfitted camping? The outfitter will provide tents and meals. You will need to bring sleeping gear (bag, pad, and pillow). The outfitter will provide a reliable sleeping bag, sleeping pad, and pillow for $80. Please notify us during the checkout process if you want this add-on.
- What nights should I plan to reserve my own lodging? The first and last nights, April 13-14 and 16-17. Reserve soon, as hotels in the area begin their high season in April. Your guides will be staying at the Holiday Inn Express, and the first group meeting will occur in that establishment.
- May I add personalized instruction to the end of the workshop? Yes! Additional time is available April 18-20. Contact us for details and pricing.
- Is there cell coverage in the backcountry? There is some, but most of the time, no. AT&T has limited coverage at White Pocket (unsure about other carriers).