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2012 Big Bend National Park *** FULL ***

Photography Workshop - February 26 - March 2, 2012

Big Bend National Park
February 26 - March 2 , 2012
Sunday at 4:00 PM  - Friday at 1:00 PM
Big Bend National Park
Terlingua, Texas
Instructors:  Marti Jeffers and TJ Avery
Tuition:  $895
Deposit: $250
Join Marti and TJ in one of the best kept secrets in the US,  Big Bend National Park, for  6 days of photography instruction and amazing scenery.  Both Marti and TJ have a deep love for this area and have visited  and photographed here on many different occasions.  They both know the area and the best places and times to shoot.  
The Big Bend of the Rio Grande River (or Rio Bravo del Norte as it is known south of the border) is deep in the heart of the Chihuahuan Desert.  From the heights of the Chisos Mountains, at 7825  feet at the highest peak, to the deep gorges carved out of solid rock by the Rio Grande, we will photograph the rugged natural beauty of this large and least visited national park at what is typically the peak of the spring wildflower season.  We may even encounter some of the abundant wildlife that inhabits the park.  As night photography is one of TJ's loves, this workshop will include sessions on photographing the amazing night skies in Big Bend National Park.   Big Bend is one of the darkest places in the US at night, allowing for one to see the night sky as few have ever seen.
Places included in our agenda include some of Big Bend's classic locations such as Santa Elena Canyon,  Ross Maxwell Drive,  Ernst Tinaja, Sotol Vista Overlook,  Casa Grande, the view through the Window, Boquillas Canyon,  as well as the eclectic ghost town of Terlingua (still inhabited) and the historic cemetery boot-hill (still in use) just outside of the town.
The workshop also includes classroom presentations on landscape photography, night photography, and different ways to shoot using motion blurs, abstracts and the Lensbaby.   We will also cover post processing techniques using Photoshop, Lightroom and processing for HDR.  If you are interested in purchasing a Lensbaby prior to the worskhop, please contact Marti for a discount code.  Critique of images created by the participants during our shooting sessions are also a major part of this workshop.
For more general information please see About Our Workshops and our Reservations and Cancellations Policies.    You can find information on what you should bring to the workshop at What to Bring.
Additional Information
Getting There:
The closest commercial airport to Big Bend National Park is either Midland/Odessa Airport (MAF) in Midland, TX or El Paso Airport (ELP) in El Paso, TX.  From Midland/Odessa, it is a 235-mile drive to the park headquarters.   From El Paso, it is 330 miles.  The drive from El Paso is a much more scenic route if you have the extra time to drive it.
We will put the members of this workshop in touch with each other, with their approval, as the workshop dates approach to that you may arrange car sharing, etc., with each other.
The workshop will be hosted at:
Big Bend Resort and Adventures (Big Bend Motor Inn)
Located at the intersection of TX 118 and TX 170
Terlingua, Texas  79852
Reservations:  877.386.4383 (Forever Resorts) OR phone at the Motor Inn:  432.371.2218.    
 We have a block of rooms set aside for the class from Sunday, 2/26/2012 through Friday, 3/2/2012 or Saturday, 34/3/2011 at the rate $108, per day, plus tax.  Each room has two double beds.
We also have a meeting room reserved at the Inn.
When you call for reservations, please tell them that you are with Marti Jeffers Photography  and/or TJ Avery Photography Workshop in order to get the special rate. 
Please reserve your room by January 26, 2012.   After that date, our block of rooms will be released to the general pool of rooms.

For additional information and to register for this workshop, please contact TJ and let him know that you are interested in registering for this workshop.
This workshop is limited to 12 participants to allow for maximum individual instruction for participants both in the classroom and in the field.
Park Entrance Fees:
Vehicle Entrance Fee:  $20.00 for 7 Days
This permit allows all persons traveling with the permit holder in one single private, non-commercial vehicle (car/truck/van) to leave and re-enter the park as many times as they wish during the 7-day period from the date of purchase.
Please review the Big Bend National Park site for any changes to entrance fees.  If you hold a National Parks Pass, the entrance fee is waived.  Please visit the National Park Passes page for more information.
 Here are some things the participants of Marti's 2011 workshops had to say:
"Callaway Gardens and the surrounding areas are a delightful place to photography and can keep photographers busy for days.  I enjoyed the location as much as the camaraderie of my fellow students.  Marti is a delightful photography workshop leader.  It takes a special person to lead a group of diverse personalities, skill levels and interests through five days of lecture, critiques and hands-on experiences.  Her teaching style works well for beginners as well as advanced photographers by presenting the material in a way that isn't over the head of the beginner yet adds information to supplement the more advanced student's skillset.  She challenges our artistic as well as our emotional approach to photography."   Marcia, Warm Springs and Callaway Gardens, 2011 
"I almost cancelled attending this workshop as it approached.   WHAT A MISTAKE THAT WOULD HAVE BEEN!! This was one of the best workshops I have ever attended.  Marti made certain that everything ran smoothly while providing some of the best classroom and critique sessions possible.  My skill levels improved greatly.  But more importantly, I experienced a new sense of wonderment about the joy of photography.   As Marti reminded us, enjoying photography is really a reflection of enjoying and engaging in life in general.   Thanks to her, Lori and all the wonderful participants I was able to regain a renewed appreciation of all around me and all I have to be thankful for.  You all have my unbounded and eternal gratitude."   Mark,  Warm Springs and Callaway Gardens, 2011 
"What an amazing experience in beautiful, enchanting New Mexico.  Some time has passed since the workshop and I am still processing all of the things that I learned.  However, the area where I made the most progress had nothing to do with f-stops or layers.  It had to do with how to interpret the world around me as an artist through the lens.  With Marti and Will's teaching, and the support of all the other participants, I was able to create images I never thought possible.  Thank you again for an amazing workshop, and thank you to the spirit of Georgia O'Keeffe, which continues to inspire."   Mary Rose, New Mexico and the Spirit of Georgia O'Keefe, 2011
 "Photography is a life long learning experience.  There are so many ways to improve, so much equipment and technology to review, and infinite ways to approach an image capture.  Marti Jeffers and Will Austin offer fresh vision, "pearl" tips (which I will keep in my photo editing arsenal), reviews, amazing locations, and most of all inspiration for the photographer's quest.  Any level of photographer will benefit from a Marti Jeffers Photography workshop and the experience Marti creates.  I can't wait to share my captures from the field."   Tina, New Mexico and the Spirit of Georgia O'Keefe, 2011

 For additional comments on Marti's workshops, please see the Testimonials section of the website.
For additional information and to register for this workshop, please contact TJ and let him know that you are interested in registering for this workshop.


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