BEST OF THE SW USA
1st – 11th May, 2018
Duration: 11 days / 10 nights
Location: Salt Lake City, Utah
Join USA based Photographer Wesley Aston, Australian video legend Michael Fletcher and Australian photographer Rod Thomas on this 11 day adventure through out some of the most scenic area the SW USA has to offer. Starting and ending in Salt Lake City, Utah this trip will take in places such as Capitol Reef National Park, Hanksville, Goblin Valley, Dead Horse Point, Canyonlands National Park, Moab, Page, Monument Valley and Arches National Park just to name a few. Wes has had years of experience in this region and there is no-one better to be guiding us on this trip than him. Michael needs no introduction and is responsible for some of the best landscape videography in the world today. If you ever wanted to learn a bit more about video, then Michale’s casual style. coupled with awesome locations such as the SW USA make this the perfect trip. Rod Thomas loves this area so much that he can’t get enough of it and plans to come back year after year. At this time of the year the weather should be relatively mild and the perfect for exploring this section of Americas great “ South West “
1st May, 2018 – Salt Lake City
Arrive into Salt Lake City Airport ( SLC ) and be greeted by Wes and Rod and then transferred to our accommodation for the night. After we are all settled in, well go out for a welcome dinner and chat about the plans for the upcoming 10 days. We can even go out shooting this cool city at night for those that are wanting to and for those that don’t, its time to settle in and catch up on some sleep after a long day of travel.
2nd May, 2018 – Torrey, Utah
After breakfast in SLC, its time to make our way to Torrey, Utah. Torrey is about a 3 hour drive from SLC and our home for the next two nights. Its our base to explore places like Capitol Reef, Caineville and the Mars Research Station.
3rd May, 2018 – Torrey, Utah
A sunrise shoot and then breakfast we are off exploring the desert areas that surround this place. Some of these places are straight out of movies sets and have been used in many TV shows and TV Series as well. We will stop for snacks along the way and then return to Torrey later in the evening for dinner and time to relax. It will be a full day of adventure and for those who bring drones ( UAV’s along ) it will be some awesome flying out this way.
4th May, 2018 – Torrey to Escalante
After our last morning in Torrey, we will make our way over the mountain towards Escalante but not before stopping at Calf Creek Falls. This location is about a 5 mile return easy hike but well worth the effort. At night we can explore Hole in The Rock Road and Devils Gardens for some night time photography.
5th May, 2018 – Escalante to Page, Arizona
A slower start to the day today and after breakfast we will make our way towards Page, home of Horseshoe Bend and Antelope Canyon, amongst other things. The drive will take us through Cottonwood Canyon and Kodachrome Basin before arriving into Page later in the afternoon. Dinner tonight is at the best Pub in town, The Dam Bar.
6th May, 2018 – Page
A super early start this morning as we wake up and drive to Alstrom Point . This location is of the beaten track but is one of my fav places in the SW USA. After an epic morning at Alstrom Point, its off to another location that will blow you away, White Pocket. We will be out here all afternoon and into the night then return to Page afterwards. This is a massive day with a bit of driving, but we will provide snacks along the way and we will have a bbq dinner out at White Pocket… an awesome way to finish the day.
7th May, 2018 – Page to Monument Valley
A sunrise this morning at Horseshoe Bend then a few hours to relax before checking out and making our way towards Monument Valley. For those that want to, we can arrange a monster truck tour to the famous Antelope Canyon if you like ( not included on the trip cost ). We will stay at The View motel in Monument Valley tonight, enabling us to shoot into the night and first thing in the morning before making our way to Moab, Utah the next day.
8th May, 2018 – Monument Valley to Moab
After a sunrise shoot and breakfast in Monument Valley, its time to make our way to the Moab area.
Moab is home to Arches National Park and is also a short drive from Canyonlands National Park. We will drive through the newly named national monument called Bears Ears, where we can find Ancient Ruins. We will check into the motel and then head into Arches National Park or somewhere close for a sunset shoot.
9th May, 2018 – Moab
Another early start this morning as we depart for Canyonlands National Park or Dead Horse Point. We will explore this area for a few hours before heading back to Moab but there are so many locations up in this direction we could spend all day if we choose to.
10th May, 2018 – Moab to Salt Lake City
After a sunrise shoot its time to head back to Salt Lake City while stopping along the way to shoot various things before arriving mid afternoon. Take a rest and freshen up and then we will head out for dinner as a group for one last time before shooting in the city at night.
11th May, 2018 – Departure Day
Time to say our farewells and head to the airport or where ever it is you choose to go. Please arrange an early afternoon flight so it give sus plenty of time to get everyone to the airport without rushing around. If you need to get an early flight, please let Wes or Rod know and we will make necessary arrangements to make this happen.
All transport ex Salt Lake City including airport transfers in comfortable SUV’s
All accommodation while on tour in clean comfortable rooms ( TWIN SHARE )
All National Park entry fee’s where required
The services of three professional guides. Wesley Aston, Michael Fletcher and myself.
Photoshop and video help if and when required.
Airfares of any kind wether it be International or Domestic.
Gratuities of any kind unless covered in the tour meals
Gifts or items of a personal nature.
Your ESTA Visa.
Terms and Conditions
Cancellation Policy :
Deposits are non-refundable. Cancellations must be received via email. Should you need to cancel your place on the tour, we will only refund any amount over and above the deposit you have already paid.. If you cancel less than 30 days before the tour starts there will be no refund of fee or deposit. Should another participant be found to fill the vacant place we will then, and only then, refund the deposit and/or balance you have paid. Final payment is due 60 days prior to the start of the tour unless otherwise specified. Your registration is guaranteed only when we have a deposit payment. Registrations are allocated on a first come first served basis. If the workshop is cancelled by us you will receive a full refund of your booking fees. Tour itineraries may be subject to change due to weather, road conditions or any other other unforeseen circumstances.
Travel insurance :
Travel insurance is MANDATORY and highly recommended for cover of unforeseen circumstances. Camera and equipment insurance is the responsibility of the individual photographer.
Camera experience required :
A modest level of photographic experience would be advisable to get the most out of this tour. Familiarizing yourself with your basic camera operations is also strongly advised. Please bring camera manuals in case the tutors need to make adjustments to your camera settings.
Minimum numbers :
All tours are conducted based on a minimum of participants booking. This may vary according to the tour you have chosen. If we cancel due to minimum numbers not being reached you will get a full refund of the tour cost only that you have previously paid. Other bookings you may make related to this tour are not our responsibility and so we recommend travel insurance to cover this. We will only run this trip if we reach the required minimum number of guests.
Guides Availability :
We will be assisting you to take photographs and provide tuition throughout the tour if needed. In the event of a guide being unable to attend due to illness or other circumstances beyond our control we will endeavor to provide another guide of similar experience.
What else do you need to know ?
There maybe some moderately energetic walking involved to get to certain locations so please consider this related to your physical abilities. If you have any other medical conditions that might affect your enjoyment of the workshop please let us know. Evening and early morning shoots will form part of the tour. You may choose to not participate in these but we recommend that you do take part.
Early morning shoot times are entirely dependent on the sunrise times so schedules we set for departure will need to be adhered to rigidly. It’s not fair to the group as a whole to have to wait for a late riser so we will leave exactly at the times we say.
Please bring clothing suited to early morning or evening shoots that may be a little chilly, sturdy foot wear, hat, sunscreen and camera of course…. Like any trip away from home please bring personal medication requirements. We usually meet the evening before the workshop to have drinks and/or dine together and get to know each other. Please consider this when planning your travel arrangements.
Liability Limitation Statement :
We aim to provide every participant with a safe and enjoyable experience during the tour. As there is always an element of risk associated with the outdoors and travel in general we accept no responsibility/liability for injury, death, illness, losses or additional expenses associated with tour participation. By signing the booking form you are agreeing to all the listed terms and conditions.
Privacy Statement :
The information provided by participants will not be released to any other parties.
Trip Investment :
The cost of the trip is $3200. A deposit of $1000, or full payment plus any single supplements, is to be paid with the return of the booking form. If paying just the deposit amount with your trip registration, the remainder of the trip needs to be paid no later than 60 days prior to departure.
Other questions ?
If you have any questions about this tour please do not hesitate to contact us.
** Your spot on this tour is not confirmed until we receive both a completed booking form and either the deposit required or full payment at time of booking. **