DEATH VALLEY, ZION & BRYCE

$500.00

January 25 to February 3, 2018

PACKAGE PRICE: $ 2595

Join us on this photographic adventure that will take you from Badwater Basin, the lowest point in North America, to the peaks of Bryce National Park. Witness the magnificent landscape of Death Valley, shot at the correct time and from the best vantage points. Every day we start before dawn to photograph the stars and the Milky Way in the desert setting.

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During our 4 days in Death Valley National Park, we will journey to Zabriskie Point, The Salt Flats, Mesquite Sand Dunes, West Side Road, Artist Road, Artist Palette and many other outstanding sites. The fact that we are staying inside the park in Furnace Creek ranch, gives us the flexibility to shoot at any time.

Next is Zion National Park with its magnificent peaks and its creator, the mighty Virgin River, which are filled with photo opportunities. We will have morning and afternoon shoots in the Temple of Sinawava, Court of the Patriarchs, Towers of the Virgin, and my favorite, the highlands of the Zion-Mount Carmel Highway. In Zion we are staying in Springsdale right outside the park, offering immediate access to the shooting grounds.

Our last stop is Bryce National Park, one of the most spectacular canyons in the world and a premier spot for stargazing. Bryce is a land of extremes with shifting weather patterns that set the stage for dramatic images. Here we photograph Sunrise Point, Sunset Point and hike the rim trail in search of photographic opportunities.

On the last morning, we take the Zion-Mount Carmel Highway back to Las Vegas and shoot along the way. I think great landscape photos come from nature’s whims and there are plenty of such opportunities this time of year. I also love the fact that there is not a single soul in these areas at the time we shoot, we have greatness to ourselves.

WHAT’S INCLUDED:

Includes 10 days/9 nights of accommodation

Tuition

Local transportation

*Price is per person, single occupancy.

Airfare from/to your home cities, transportation to/from the airport are not included.

All other meals not specified above and personal expenses.

A deposit of $ 500 is required to reserve your space.

This workshop is limited to 5 participants.

ITINERARY

Day 1

Las Vegas

Arrive in Las Vegas and hold the operations meeting

Day 2

Death Valley National Park

Departure for Death Valley National Park – In this below-sea-level basin, Death Valley is a land of extremes. Despite its morbid name, there is a great diversity of landscapes to photograph. Our first shoot will be in the afternoon and we will have the opportunity to photograph on West Side Road.

Day 3

Death Valley National Park

We depart for our early morning shoot, as our plan is to photograph on the 20 Mule Trail over night skies with the stars. We will have plenty of time to rest after breakfast as we leave mid afternoon to photograph the Dunes.

Day 4

Death Valley National Park

We depart to photograph Zabriski Point. It is surrounded by a maze of wildly eroded and vibrantly colored badlands; this spectacular view is one of the park’s most famous. Zabriskie Point is a popular sunrise and sunset viewing location. After breakfast, we will photograph Artist Road – a scenic loop drive through multi-hued volcanic and sedimentary hills. Artist’s Palette is especially photogenic in late afternoon light. Later on that day, we will photograph Badwater (the lowest point in North America at 282 feet below sea level, Badwater Basin is a surreal landscape of vast salt flats) and Artist Road again.

Day 5

Death Valley & Zion National Parks

We depart very early and will have another night sky photography opportunity (stars) on West Side Road. After breakfast, we depart for Zion National Park – a nature preserve located in southwest Utah distinguished by Zion Canyon’s steep red cliffs. Zion Canyon Scenic Drive cuts through its main section, leading to forest trails along the Virgin River. The river flows to the Emerald Pools, which have waterfalls and a hanging garden. We will end our day with an afternoon shoot of the Virgin River in Zion.

Day 6

Zion National Park

Depart for another night skies photography session (stars) at Towers of the Virgin and we will photograph Mount Carmel Road. In the mid afternoon, we will photograph the Virgin River near Temple and near Landslide.

Day 7

Bryce National Park

We will photograph Towers of the Virgin, Virgin River Bend. We will depart for Bryce National Park and photograph along the way.

Bryce Canyon National Park, a sprawling reserve in southern Utah, is known for its crimson-colored hoodoos, or spire-shaped rock formations. The park’s main road leads past the expansive Bryce Amphitheater, a hoodoo-filled depression lying below the Rim Trail hiking path.

We will have a late afternoon and will photograph Sunset Point.

Day 8

Bryce National Park

We will depart for early morning night skies photography (stars) and we will photograph Sunrise Point. Then, we will hike to Sunset Point.

We will have plenty of time to rest, as our next shoot is mid-afternoon. We will then photograph the road to Yovimpa Point.

Day 9

Bryce National Park

Depart for our morning shoot – Bryce Point and Inspiration Point. We will depart for Las Vegas after breakfast.

Day 10

Las Vegas International Airport

Departure

PAYMENT

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CANCELLATION POLICY

Client’s participation in the workshop is not guaranteed unless and until payment is received in full by Raul Touzon. Unless otherwise agreed below, workshops are non-transferable and non refundable.

If you cancel, you will be refunded according to the following schedule, based on the full fee of the workshop.

REFUND POLICY

  • If requested more than 60 days from the start date of the workshop: full refund minus $250 fee.
  • 31 days – 60 days: 50% refund
  • Less than 30 days: no refund
  • Refunds will be paid by the same method that the original payment was made.
  • Refunds will be initiated within 72 hours of the time that the request is approved.

TERMS & CONDITIONS

Photography workshop policies and general liability waiver

Please read the following document carefully. Each individual participating in a photography workshop conducted by Raul Touzon Photography must submit a signed copy of this form as part the registration process.

Participants under 18 years of age must also include the signature of a parent or guardian.

“The photographer” shall mean the organizer known as “Raul Touzon Photography”.

“The client(s)” shall be those who attend the workshop.

The information presented in this contract cannot be altered in any way by the client(s) unless such conditions are expressly agreed upon by Raul Touzon Photography and provided in writing prior to the commencement of the workshop.

  1. Health & safety: I am aware that the courses and activities related to the workshop in which I am participating present certain risks including, but not limited to, bodily injury, death, illness, loss or damage to personal property, and other safety-related dangers. I further understand that these outdoor photography courses in certain instances present inherent risks of personal injury or sickness, such as falling, falling rocks, getting lost, traveling in rough terrain, forces of nature such as lightning strikes, wild animals, absence of prompt medical attention, if needed, and travel by automobile or other conveyance. I understand these risks, recognize that these dangers cannot be eliminated, and acknowledge other dangers not mentioned may also exist. I understand the physical requirements of participation in these activities and affirm I meet these requirements, and that my physical and mental health is good, and that I am not under a doctor’s care for any condition that might endanger other participants or me. I understand that instructors may not possess the required training or equipment to handle incidents that may occur. In case of injury, accident, illness, or my inability to complete these activities, I will bear the full cost of any additional transportation or evacuation procedures performed by Raul Touzon Photography, its instructors or the national park services.
  1. Copyright & license: all photographs created by the client during the workshop remain the intellectual property of the client. The client retains full copyright of these images. Client images may be used to promote future workshops without compensation to Raul Touzon Photography or the client.
  1. Prices: prices for the workshops are available online and are non-negotiable. Amenities may vary for individual work- shops and it is the client’s responsibility to read the course details carefully. Airfare is not included in the workshop fees.
  1. Payments: you can make payments directly online or by check. We cannot guarantee your placement in a workshop unless we receive full payment. Unless specified, workshops are non-transferable.
  1. Refunds/cancellation by the client(s):

Cancellations will receive 100% refund minus a cancellation administration fee of $ 250.

Cancellations made within 31 days to 60 days prior to the start of workshop dates, are entitled to a 50% refund based on the full tuition fee of the workshop.

Cancellations made within a 30 days period prior to the start of a workshop will not be entitled to a refund.

In the unlikely event a workshop cannot be conducted for reasons defined in item (6), the client will receive a 100% refund, or the choice of an alternative workshop of equal value. No further compensation is required.

  1. Refunds/cancellation by Raul Touzon Photography due to an insufficient number of participants: if insufficient bookings are made, Raul Touzon Photography reserves the right to cancel or postpone a workshop. Notice will be given to the client no less than 10 days prior to the workshop date. In this circumstance an alternate workshop of equal value, or 100% refund be offered to the client.

Force majeure: (typically, force majeure clauses cover natural disasters or other “acts of god”, or the failure of third-parties such as suppliers and subcontractors to perform their obligations to the contracting party.)

The due performance of the contract is subject to alteration or cancellation by Raul Touzon Photography owing to any cause beyond their reasonable control (e.g. sudden illness/injury/victim of crime).

Raul Touzon Photography may substitute another photographer in the event that the assigned instructor is unable to attend the workshop due to such factors. However, it may prove difficult or impossible to find a skilled replacement at short notice. As explained in item (6), 100% refund, or an alternate course will be offered if no workshop can be performed.

  1. Valuables: all valuables belonging to the client including camera equipment are the clients’ responsibility. Raul Touzon Photography and its instructors cannot be held liable for any lost or damaged equipment (camera or other) while participating in a workshop.
  1. Complaints: any complaints regarding the workshop or its instructors must be made in writing within seven days of the workshop. All complaints will be taken seriously and acted upon accordingly.
  1. Logistics and accomodation: whenever possible, our trip participants are lodged in comfortable, modern hotels. We select among the best available accommodations, but refrain from extravagance. Some interesting photographic destinations are far removed from modern amenities.
  1. Our itinerary is intended as an example only. Participants should allow for flexibility due to changes in weather, natural history or cultural events, or other logistical arrangements deemed necessary by tour leader.
  1. Governing law: the laws of the state of Montana shall govern this agreement. Any notices required or permitted under this agreement shall be in writing and shall be deemed given if (I) delivered in person, (ii) sent by registered or certified mail, return receipt requested, with proper postage affixed, or (iii) sent by overnight mail service with confirmation of delivery. In the case of (I), notice shall be deemed effective upon delivery; in the case of (ii) and (iii), notice shall be deemed effective upon confirmation of receipt or delivery.
  1. Concealed weapons: in February 2010 the federal government lifted the ban on loaded and concealed weapons in our national parks. While we respect the rights of those who wish to carry firearms, Wild West photos will not allow individuals who participate in our workshops to carry firearms of any kind. If you have questions or concerns regarding this policy please contact us by phone or email prior to registration.
  1. Participation: I certify that I am voluntarily participating in these activities and assume all risks, consequences, and potential liability for this participation. I hereby release Raul Touzon Photography, its instructors, any landowner, employee of the landowner in which we hold the workshop, the us forest service, the national park service, and other land managers where these activities occur from any and all liability claims, causes of action, debts, and demands that may arise as a result of my participation in these activities. This document shall also serve as a release and assumption of risk for my heirs, personal representatives, executors, administrators, and members of my family. Raul Touzon Photography reserves the right to cancel or change activities without prior notice, and reserves the right to cancel the registration of any participant it determines fails to meet the requirements of these activities.
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They can accept no responsibility for losses or additional expenses due to delay or changes in air or other services, sickness, weather, strike, war, quarantine or other causes. All such losses or expenses will have to be borne by the passenger, as trip fees provided are for arrangements only for the times and locations stated. Baggage is at the owner’s risk entirely.

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