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Monument Valley - May 2020

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Take A Photographic Journey through Native American Culture and Land as You Never Have Before!


Join us May 2020 on this Navajo guided adventure to photograph the night sky over the restricted regions of Monument Valley and discover for yourself the untouched splendor of Navajo land.

Monument Valley is one of the most majestic and impressive places on earth. This great valley boasts sandstone masterpieces towering at heights up to 1000 ft. off the desert floor.

The pinnacles of rock are surrounded by miles of mesas, buttes, arches and windblown sand. The landscape overwhelms, not just by its beauty but also by its size.

We will teach you in the most memorable and breathtaking places - Monument Valley - how to capture the Majestic Milky Way, how to shoot star trails, image stacking and exposure blending. Also: an introduction demonstration into deep space astrophotography using a tracker.


Every night of this amazing photographic journey, we will travel through Monument Valley with a local expert Navajo guide ~ who can fill you in on the secrets of the area and answer any questions you might have about Monument Valley and Navajo tradition.


This custom photographic journey covers restricted parts of the valley, from sandstone arches to famous monuments.


We will immerse ourselves in Navajo culture and the history of the valley from start to finish. This will be the most memorable trip and Astrophotography Workshop you will ever take!


Our First Night's Journey: May 21, 2020

Getting Our Bearings and Fine Tuning Our Gear

On our first night together we will spend some time outside of Monument Valley photographing Aglatha Peak (thought to be the center of the universe by the Navajo), the Forrest Gump Road (Hwy 163) and the Mexican Hat, a sombrero-shaped rock outside of Mexican Hat, Utah. This will be a great time to fine tune our gear for the next three nights.

Our Second Night's Journey: May 22, 2020

Camp Under The Stars in Hunts Mesa and Capture Amazing Photos

With incredible views and breathtaking scenery, the journey to the secluded Hunts Mesa is a MUST for adventurous photographers looking for a rewarding experience.

We will immerse ourselves in the beauty of Hunts Mesa Monument Valley, with this overnight photographic camping tour.

Hunts Mesa is often referred to as the jewel of the Monument Valley, but accessing this remote destination makes for a rough but exciting off-road 4×4 experience over sand dunes and rocks.

Once we arrive, the majesty of Hunts Mesa overwhelms you, and photo opportunities abound. Views overlook the entire Monument Valley, and there are plenty of amazing spots to set up your camera.

Recommended for amateur or professional photographers, this Monument Valley journey offers award-winning photo opportunities in a landscape unlike any in the world.

  • We will begin this safari five hours before sundown. The two-hour drive takes you to the scenic Hunts Mesa overlook.
  • At 6,795 feet above sea level, the photo camp overlooks the whole of Monument Valley!
  • We will arrive approximately three hours before the sun begins to set. During that time, our Navajo guide will familiarize us with the area including some of the best places to capture sunset photos. Time to get our cameras ready!
  • Visitors to Hunts Mesa take great pleasure in marveling at its unspoiled beauty; rich, colorful, dramatic and sheer cliffs, and magnificent panoramas.
  • On this photo journey, we will take advantage of the mesa’s many opportunities, you must be willing to “rough it.”
  • While we capture the amazing sunset, our Navajo guide will set up camp and make a cedar-wood fire.
  • Our Navajo Guide provides everything for your comfort, including clean sleeping bags, a large spring bar tent, reclining camping chairs, toiletries, and 2 meals.
  • Dinner and Breakfast - Navajo style dinner and a continental breakfast the next morning.
  • In the morning, we will have plenty of time to explore the area and take once-in-a-lifetime sunrise photos.
  • On our descent from the mesa, we will visit some of the area’s natural arches and Anasazi ruins tucked away in labyrinthine narrow canyons and alcoves.

** We will arrive back to the hotel at around 12 noon for some rest and a shower before heading out again for tonight's photographic journey.


Third Night's Journey: May 23, 2020

Exclusive Journey Through The Monument Valley Floor

Capturing Monument Valley's Most Iconic Landmarks Under The Milky Way

On tonight's journey we will travel to restricted parts of the valley, from sandstone arches to famous monuments like:


  • East & West Mitten Buttes
  • John Ford’s Point
  • The Three Sisters
  • Totem Pole & YeiBiChei spires
  • Big Hogan Arch
  • Ear of the Wind Arch
  • Sun’s Eye Arch

Fourth Night's Journey: May 23, 2020

Photograph The Mystery Valley’s Secluded Arches

On this night we will be photographing the lesser-known section of Monument Valley, home to labyrinth canyons, sandstone arches, and ancient ruins.

Featuring majestic geological formations and ancient artifacts, Mystery Valley offers breathtaking views of wide open spaces and some of the darkest skies you have ever been in.

All of Mystery Valley is only accessible with a Navajo guide who is eager to share an insider perspective of this iconic area and teach you about Navajo culture and tradition.

We will visit the Anasazi ruins, indicative of a people who roamed these grounds in ancient times. See the signs and hear the echoes of the life they left behind.

We also visit and photograph many breathtaking arches, like the Honeymoon Arch, Skull Arch, Half Moon Arch, Tear Drop Arch and more all under the brilliant night sky.

Traveling around the Mystery Valley, with its red rock formations, often reminds people of a Martian landscape.

Required Equipment and Accessories :


  • DSLR or mirrorless camera with ISO range to at least 6,400 and shutter speeds to at least 30 secs
  • Wide angle lens with a aperture of f/4 or larger and a full frame equivalent of 14 - 35 mm
  • A sturdy tripod
  • Intervalometer, wireless remote or shutter release cord
  • Extra batteries
  • Headlamp with a red filter
  • Small flashlight

NOTE: If you need to purchase or rent any of the required equipment - please, feel free to contact Craig at Mike's Camera in Colorado Springs.


Recommended Items:

  • Warm clothes (as the night gets later it does get cooler)
  • Gloves and hat
  • Hiking Boots
  • Sunscreen
  • Snacks and beverages

What You’ll Need For Processing Class:

Digital processing is a crucial step in astrophotography for creating striking images.


  • Laptop computer
  • Notebook paper and pen for keeping notes.
  • You will be given a 4 page "cheat sheet" on the things we covered for you to take home.

We will also spend an afternoon on post-processing techniques that can help you create striking images using Lightroom and Photoshop. Make sure you have the latest version of Lightroom Classic CC and Photoshop CC loaded.


If you don’t already own Lightroom Classic CC and Photoshop CC - you can download a free 7 day trial here.

Lightroom and Photoshop are available by subscription for $9.99 per month.

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More Details:

Participants: Limit 8

Experience Level:  Beginner - Advanced  Beginners and experienced photographers will benefit from this workshop.

Endurance Level:  Moderate - All age levels are welcomed. Light hiking is involved, but nothing too strenuous. We’ll drive to each location then hike to the best position.

Workshop Dates: May 21, 2020 to May 24, 2020

Departure Date: May 25, 2020

Lodging:  Our home base for this workshop is Desert Rose in Bluff, Utah where we have reserved a block of rooms at a reduced rate for you to make your own reservations. You are free to stay anywhere in the area.

What is Included? The cost of the workshop DOES include: Photo instruction by Craig Wennersten at multiple locations, and photo editing using Lightroom / Photoshop classroom instruction.

Also Included :

  • One night under the stars camping photo journey in Hunts Mesa.
  • 2 Meals in Hunts Mesa
  • All transportation during the workshop

This workshop DOES NOT include: Transportation to / from Monument Valley, flights or car rentals, lodging or meals.

Price:  $ 2,499.00  

Hope To See You There!  ~ Keep Looking Up!  

Please feel free to contact Craig if you have any questions or need any help with your gear or equipment requirements.

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