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April 2020 - Arizona Hummingbird & Night Photography: Madera Canyon

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Santa Rita Lodge

1218 South Madera Canyon Road

Madera Canyon, AZ 85614

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4-Day inclusive workshop: An incredible photography experience

$1950/person (based on double occupancy)
$2595/person (single private room)

$800 deposit holds your spot!

If you enjoy capturing incredible images all day while relaxing in a chair, in the shade, with a beverage, near your modernized cabin in the cool mountains of Arizona, then register quickly! This is about the easiest way to capture thousands of amazing hummingbird images that you can experience in the USA. Register quickly as this photo experience is quite popular!

The Magic of Hummingbirds & Night Sky is the only 8-person workshop in the United States (based on our extensive research) that offers each participant their own dedicated 4-flash setup to use all weekend long. (Other hummingbird flash photography workshops typically make you share a setup with 1-2 other participants--reducing your shooting time and images by 50-70 percent!)

Lisa Langell and Kim Gray will teach you how to use multiple flashes to photograph hummingbirds with incredible color and detail. We provide abundant instruction and plenty of time to photograph the birds. Bring your camera, tripod and a lens--and start taking amazing pictures! We'll show you how -- and loan you specialized setups to do so!

You will be a part of a small group (8) participants and two instructors as you sit amidst myriad hummingbirds that are concentrated in this renown area as they travel northward through Madera Canyon, an internationally known flyway for migrating hummingbirds.

What's included:

  • 4 days / 3-nights lodging
  • Flash-related photography setups and instruction for hummingbird photography, including backdrops, flowers, flashes and related gear for your complete setup! Just add your camera, a mid-range zoom lens, a tripod and a remote trigger! We will help you with the rest!
  • Night photography instruction -- the stars in Arizona are beautiful this time of year!
  • A special surprise gift
  • LOADS of fun, supportive instruction, laughs and great experiences!

What's not included:

  • Transportation to/from the Santa Rita Lodge in Madera Canyon, Arizona
    Closest airports are:
    Tucson, AZ (about 45 mins from the lodge)
    Phoenix, AZ (about 2.5 hours from the lodge -- but an easy drive)
  • Your basic camera gear (see checklist in your registration packet, upon registration, for details.)
  • Transportation in and around the region for night photography (within a ~5 mile radius of the lodge)
  • Meals. Due to Arizona law, we cannot provide meals; however, your cabin is equipped with a kitchenette: Includes a stove, oven, microwave, sink, coffee maker and toaster, plus assorted utensils, soap, dishes, etc. You are welcome to pick up grocery items for your snacks/meals in Green Valley on the way up the hill to the lodge (about 30 minutes from the lodge entrance). Some participants also choose to enjoy dinner in nearby Green Valley.

Join Lisa Langell (http://www.langellphotography.com) and Kim Gray (Phoenix, AZ) in beautiful Madera Canyon, located in southern Arizona, for a Hummingbird & Night Sky Photography Extravaganza!


What will you see and photograph?

This workshop is based right at the rim of the canyon where we may see and photograph the following hummingbirds:

  • Broad-Billed Hummingbirds
  • Black-Chinned Hummingbirds
  • Magnificant Hummingbirds
  • Broad-Tailed Hummingbirds
  • Rufous Hummingbirds

We also often see these other highlight species, and more:

  • Coatimundi
  • Ringtail
  • Mule deer and/or Coues White Tail Deer
  • Wild Turkey
  • Elegant Trogon
  • Javelina
  • Sulphur-Bellied Flycatcher
  • Mexican Jay
  • Elf Owl
  • Black-headed grosbeak
  • Acorn Woodpecker
  • Arizona Woodpecker
  • Much more

You will be able to photograph the birds right from the luxury of the yards and patios of our specially reserved cabins. We have activities and an abundance of various setups available in strategic locations to ensure everyone has plenty of instruction and shooting time throughout each day.

Here is a sample of what other participants have photographed during our workshops:


LEARN THE "WHITE BACKGROUND" CONTEMPORARY LOOK FROM THE ORIGINAL CREATOR, LISA LANGELL: Lisa Langell is known for her original creations of photographing hummingbirds in front of white backgrounds to create contemporary images like the ones you see below! These are not "cut out images" and you will learn how to create images like these and more during the workshop!

And then? There's Astrophotography!

When the sun sets, you're welcome to relax in the cabins, but if you're interested, join your leaders for an evening of night shooting! Have you ever wanted to photograph the stars and night sky? Or have fun with light painting? We will take you out (weather permitting) and each you how to do so during the evening hours. Near the top of the mountain nearby (driveable), there is ample darkness and stunning stars. Shoot from the parking lot and enjoy the clean mountain air and gorgeous stars!

Night Sky and Stars

(Above: Night sky and Milky Way atop the mountain near the cabins in Madera Canyon)

We will teach you how to:

  • Set up a multi-flash setup for hummingbird photography
  • Set your cameras and flashes on the proper exposure settings for maximum success
  • Photograph hummingbirds in the best positions, using a series of techniques, for optimal images
  • Post-processing techniques including basic light, contrast and composition, plus compositing and layers. Lightroom and Photoshop will be covered.
  • Photograph wildlife and nature in natural light (where possible and based on interest)
  • Night / astro-photography and light painting (Weather permitting)
  • We will teach you how to use time exposures and proper settings to photograph the night sky and Milky Way, which makes its appearance each evening, beautifully, during Augist in Arizona.

FAQs

  • I'm a beginner -- is this too advanced for me? No! We welcome new learners of photography! If you have a DSLR or Mirrorless camera with a hot shoe (the mount on the top of your camera for a detachable flash), a lens that zooms to about 200mm (more is fine), a remote trigger (about $20), and a tripod, we can help you with the rest! We provide the flashes and setups for you and the instruction you need.
  • Is there a lot of walking or climbing? No. This is a low-impact workshop. We will be shooting right from the luxury of the lodge, situation right on the canyon. You may optionally take hikes nearby through the lovely forests adjacent to the cabin. Please inquire with lisa@langellphotography.com if you have questions about your physical needs relevant to this workshop.
  • May I have a private room? Yes, based on availability. Please choose the "Single Room" option for registration, which will be visible for as long as the rooms are available.
  • What's the altitude of the cabins? Approximately 5500' altitude.
  • What's the weather? Temps during the day at Madera Canyon in April are usually in the low to mid 70's. At night they can dip to the low 30's to upper 40's. Chances of rain are typically low in April.
  • May I bring a friend who does not want to participate in the workshop? Yes. Please choose the Single Room option. Your room will have either a king or two beds. We will do our best to give you the room type needed, but it is based on availability.
  • What camera do I need? We require either a DSLR or Mirrorless camera with a hot shoe. Because of their limitations in manual mode, we cannot accommodate bridge or point-and-shoot / compact cameras at this time.
  • What's the culture of this workshop? We provide abundant upbeat, supportive, and caring instruction. We LOVE to have fun, keep things positive, and make this a wonderful experience for you.
  • Have more questions? Contact Lisa Langell at lisa@langellphotography.com or 602-345-0883
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