New Mexico calls itself the “Land of Enchantment,” and deservedly so. This third annual “western adventure” focuses on the state’s dramatic and varied north central region.

The tentative schedule--which is subject to change depending on serendipitous developments--is as follows: Start in Santa Fe, then head northeast to Taos and explore the Enchanted Circle scenic byway. Next, follow another scenic road (they’re common in this area), to the Chamas Valley, where locals use Churro sheep to produce Tierra Wools. Then head south through national forests to Espanola. From there, to Bandolier National Monument and nearby Kasha-Katawa Tent Rocks National Monument. Then to the Turquoise Trail just south of Santa Fe, and then return to Santa Fe.

As with previous Horizon “western adventures,” we photograph a wide variety of subjects. Nature, naturally. This area of the Rockies is especially beautiful (with many peaks over 11,000 feet), and there are some beautiful valleys and high desert plains. We expect to find unique rock formations, like tent rocks and slot canyons. If the spring was a wet one, there’ll be rushing rivers, as well as serene lakes. We should find some mammals and birds on our route.

People photography is also part of the trip, to include Native Americans and perhaps some Santa Fe or Taos artists in action. We linger in some old towns, defunct mining areas, and Indian ruins to bag our quota of “Abandoned America” subjects. Finally we shoot buildings: active pueblos (such as Taos), churches, and the distinctive architecture of Santa Fe. The best way to get a sense of the range of images produced in a workshop, click the link to STUDENT PHOTOS on this page to view pictures taken during the May, 2010 Arizona workshop.

This is an ideal time of year to visit: relatively few pesky tourists, little precipitation, comfortable temperatures (average high 70, low 35).

There is group instruction plus plenty of time for one-on-one work. There are three detailed critiques that should help take your photos to the next level. Diane Shapiro will, as before, serve as co-instructor if more than ten students are registered. For those who are interested: 1. Steve will demonstrate the use of flash; and 2. Karen Messick, a special "friend of Horizon," will demonstrate how to produce HDR images (used to reduce high contrast problems by merging multiple identical images).

We are active from early morning until sunset, but the pace is not strenuous. Driving averages about 125 miles each day.

Note: To join Steve for 2 1/2 days of scouting and shooting immediately before the workshop begins (Saturday lunch through Monday afternoon), see below.

Location: Santa Fe and north, New Mexico
Deposit: $500.00
Deposit Due Date: November 30, -0001
Total Cost: $1675.00 (Discount: $100 for Horizon Alumni)
Experience: Basic understanding of camera functions.
Equipment: Any digital camera.
Optional Equipment: Laptop (strongly recommended). Tripod and battery operated flash.
Maximum Class Size: 16
Schedule: Monday 6:00 PM through Sunday 11:30 AM


Tuition includes 6 days/6 nights double occupancy room ($250 single supplement), all meals from Monday dinner to Sunday breakfast (alcohol not included), all park entry and other fees, and transportation to/from Santa Fe Airport to motel and all locations. Reservations & Cancellations: To reserve your space requires a deposit of $500; full payment is due by April 1. If you cancel before April 1, you forfeit $300; cancel after April 1 and before April 15, forfeit $500. After April 15, no refunds will be made unless we fill the class, in which case we will refund all amounts minus a $250 handling fee. If Horizon Photography Workshops cancels for any reason, our sole obligation is to return all payments received. We cannot be responsible for any losses due to cancellation, such as non-refundable travel expenses.

Scouting with Steve: Students can join Steve for 2 1/2 days of intensive scouting and photography immediately preceding the workshop. The fee is $250, plus you pay all your expenses. You cannot register for this online; call or write Steve. (If we need to rent a second car, there will be a small additional charge.)

Insurance & Liability: Every possible care is taken to safeguard you and your property, but we accept no liability for any accidents, injuries, illness, or losses that may occur.

By making a payment, you are deemed to have understood and accepted these conditions.

Workshop Photos

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