DEATH VALLEY NATIONAL PARK & EASTERN SIERRAS 

MILKY WAY MADNESS TOUR

 

 

 

 

LOCATION    Death Valley National Park

DATE          3/28 - 4/3/2022

INVESTMENT       $1,525.00 / $1,220.00

LIMIT      6

ACTIVITY LEVEL    Easy

DURATION        7 days / 6 nights

 


 


 

 

 

ABOUT THIS WORKSHOP

Death Valley is a recognized International Dark Sky Park located in the remote area of eastern California about 100 miles west of Las Vegas, NV. We will enjoy 7 days and 6 nights with the milky way and thousands upon thousands of stars in addition to amazing landscapes along the way. You will learn where and when to find the milky way during each month of the year! We shoot from dozens of locations at night with in depth discussions on composition, light painting, post processing your images and much more.

We will start off in eastern sierras for a few days before making out way to Death Valley where we will spend the remaining days and nights capturing the alien-like landscapes and more night sky photograph and timelapse. We will spend a couple of nights in each location to give us time and flexibility. I find that time and flexibility are the most important things, 24 hours can make a huge difference in weather and in light. 

There are so many amazing places during this trip to photograph at night and during the day, we will certainly take full advantage of them while we are there. We will also set out to capture dramatic sunsets over snow capped mountains, tall desert sand dunes, Mobius Arch and much more. This is one wild adventure you do not want to miss out on. All alumni receive 20% off this trip. The possibilities are endless here.  We may have some time to spend at Mono Lake one night as well depending on the weather!

 

WORKSHOP INCLUDES

  • Commercial Permit Fees
  • Milky Way , star trail and light painting photography
  • Several shooting locations, each night will have different locations
  • Some locations are Zabriskie Point, Golden Canyon Badwater Basin, Mesquite Dunes, Devils Golf Course, Artist Drive, Mud Cracks and more!
  • Alabama Hills ares and Mono Lake Tufa Reserve ( pending special use permit on the Inyo National Forest)
  • How to plan your shot and where to look for the Milky Way throughout the year
  • Understanding, shutter speed, f/stop, ISO, white balance and other custom settings in your camera for night sky photography
  • How to illuminate a scene for timelapse photography and how to focus at night
  • Maps of where you can find the milky way in the sky every month. Some months you can't even see the brightest part of it so,  yes, it moves around a bit and you will know where and when to look at any time during the year.
  • In additional to our night sky photography we will also be capturing the sweet light at sunrise and sunset each day too
  • FREE Video Tutorials on post processing, panoramas, star trails and timelapse photography

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ONE NIGHTONE NIGHTMono Lake Tufa Reserve, CA, April 2014
Lyrid Meteor Shower

EYE OF THE BEHOLDEREYE OF THE BEHOLDERA self portrait standing in a rare, flooded Badwater Basin in the spring of 2017.

WEATHER

Death Valley is the driest place in the US, but winter months bring some of the only rain of the year. Conditions are usually always clear and warm during the day and cooler at night. It's perfect!

 

LODGING

There are a few options for sleeping arrangements. There are a couple of places in Furnace Creek Resort and a few rooms in Stovepipe wells for you to enjoy. If you wish to camp there are plenty of campsites at Furnace Creek and some rustic sites at Stovepipe wells. If you like to camp, I would prefer Furnace Creek Campground around $20/night. Stovepipe Wells camping is $12/night but Furnace Creek has some shade sites. I will most likely be camping myself. It is one of my favorite campgrounds in the US! Please make your reservations well in advance.

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FLYING IN?

If you will be flying in for this workshop the best airport is Las Vegas, NV. Death Valley is a quick 2 hour drive west from Vegas.

 

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USDF “This institution is an equal
opportunity provider.”

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CAMERA GEAR

A full list of camera gear will be supplied to upon registering, the basics are a DSLR camera, wide angle lens, a tripod and a cable release. Please check out the "Workshop Overview" page for more information on gear.

 

DEPOSIT

A non refundable deposit must be paid in full or partial to reserve your spot on this tour. If you are a JBP Alumni you receive 20% OFF the ticket price. If for some reason you need to cancel, you will be credited that amount towards any future workshop with us. Cash refunds can not be made once your payment has been accepted. Workshops credit for all cancellations. Final payments are due 60 days before the workshop start date or by January 19th, 2020.

 

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Jeff Berkes Photography reserves the right to make changes to the schedule, dates if need be. We are not responsible for bad weather, delays or cancellations. We are also not responsible for lost or stolen items, injuries, sickness, death or damages to personal equipment and lost of personal travel expense. Failure to comply to park rules, regulations and will result in you being ejected from the workshop.

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This workshop does not include travel to, from and during the workshop, meals or overnight accommodations.

For more information or to register please contacts us here at [email protected]

Kind Regards,

Jeff

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2022 Death Valley Milky Way Madness Tour

 


 

 

WORKSHOP ALUMNI: Receive 20% OFF the price listed above