Learn Night Photography at Devils Tower National Monument
Photo tour information:
- Dates: June 9-11, 2023 at Devils Tower National Monument
- Price: $1,450 per person
- Deposit: Full payment due at registration
(I recommend purchasing trip insurance.)
- Participants: 8
Join award-winning, professional wildlife and nature photographer and writer, Dawn Wilson, on a Girl's Night Out Photo Workshop to capture images of the iconic Devil's Tower under the night skies.
Made famous as the alien rendezvous point in Close Encounters of the Third Kind, this monolith in the middle of northeastern Wyoming makes the ideal center point for night photography. In June, the Milky Way rises above the landscape feature and the wide-open views of the area provide several locations for various perspectives and compositions. In addition to the night skies, we will also have an opportunity to explore the wildlife and daytime landscapes of the first national monument in the U.S.
I am often asked by other women photographers if I get nervous being out at night by myself. Not usually but it made me realize that other women may not want to venture out into an unknown region to photograph the night sky. So here's your chance to not only capture amazing images of this beautiful region but work with a few fellow nature photographers.
We will meet in Hulett, Wyoming late on the afternoon of June 9 for a meet and greet and orientation before we drive to Devil's Tower for our first night out. We will photograph a prairie-dog town in the golden hour and then the rock formation at sunset before heading to our first night-sky location.
The locations for the second day will depend upon the weather during the first night: good weather and we will venture to new locations to photograph the monolith; uncooperative weather and we will return to repeat the locations.
We will head out for a sunrise shoot on Sunday morning before concluding for the weekend.
Why go with Dawn? Participating in a photo workshop with Dawn, recognized as a top-ten female nature photographer by Wild Planet Photo Magazine, provides the opportunity to get more personal attention from an experienced and passionate nature and wildlife photographer. Her goals for your photography include helping all participants with composition, teaching about animal behavior for better photos, instruction on how to create visual and emotional impact, and understanding camera techniques. Your photo workshop leader has a varied skill set and can provide a wide variety of photography instruction, including guidance for camera equipment, creative photo techniques, Photoshop and Lightroom, and how to get the best photos of the stars and landscapes at night plus the bonus of some wildlife photography tips too.
During down times and as desired by the workshop participants, we will download, edit and critique photos from the trip.
Cost for Devils Tower includes:
- field instruction and guide services
- software instruction
- permits and park fees
Cost DOES NOT include:
- lodging in the Devils Tower area (please book early as lodging is limited in the area. Upon reserving your spot for this workshop, I will send you information about various lodging accommodations near Devils Tower.)
- airfare to or from home to Wyoming
- meals, tips or drinks
I look forward to having you join the group in Wyoming!
As a professional wildlife photographer, writer and Master Naturalist, Dawn travels extensively throughout the Rocky Mountains and Alaska photographing the animals of high latitudes and high altitudes. These animals love the cold and remote regions as much as she does, and she enjoys sharing her stories and photos to encourage others to see and conserve these beautiful regions.
Her work has appeared in numerous publications, calendars and photo exhibits, including Outdoor Photographer, Colorado Outdoors, Wyoming Wildlife, Defenders of Wildlife, National Geographic Digital, MotorHome and Colorado Life. She was also recognized as a Top Ten Female Nature Photographer to Watch by Wild Planet Photo Magazine. Her next project, a book title 100 Things to Do in Estes Park Before You Die, will be published on March 15, 2023.
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