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Big Bend National Park 2009 ***FULL***

Big Bend National Park
November 14 – 20, 2009
(Sat 7:00 PM thru Friday at noon)
Instructor: Craig Tanner
Tuition: $1,295
Deposit:  $300

Our Pledge to You

Join us for this exciting 6-day workshop lead by Craig Tanner in one of his favorite National Parks and one of America's best-kept secrets. Where the rocky Chisos Mountains meet the Chihuahuan Desert, we find rare plant species and extraordinary landscapes. We spend several days in the park exploring and photographing these diverse environments.

We will photograph some of Big Bend’s most captivating features and classic locations in beautiful light.  Some of these include Santa Elena Canyon, Rio Grande Overlook,  Ernst Tinaja,  locations along scenic Ross Maxwell Drive,  Casa Grande,  River Road overlook  and others, including the ghost town of Terlingua on the western edge of the park with it’s historic boot-hill cemetery.

Classroom presentations cover traditional topics such as exposure, creativity, composition, and post processing techniques such as a digital workflow, adjustment layers, masks, etc. In the field instruction and daily critique of work shot during the workshop using a digital projector are a major focus of the week.

To register for this workshop, please use our online contact form and select Workshops in the choices for subject.  In the Message section, please let us know that it is this workshop in which you are interested.

You can read more about this magical national park here.

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“Can't thank you enough for another great workshop. I had such a great time  that I haven't stopped talking about it. I can’t wait for the next one. -- Steve M.  (Big Bend National Park 2007).

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 takes approximately 6 hours.  The drive from Midland/Odessa is approximately five hours.  The drive from El Paso is a much more scenic drive if you have the extra hour.

We will release workshop participant contact information to the members of this particular workshop, with each participant’s approval, as the workshop dates approach so that you may arrange car sharing, etc. with each other.


We stay at Chisos Mountians Lodge, located high in the Chisos Mountains, in the park:

Chisos Moutains Lodge
Basin Rural Station
Big Bend National Park, Texas 79834
Phone: 432.477.2291
Fax: 432.477.2352

We have a block of rooms set aside for the class at the rate of  $85/night , plus applicable taxes.

When you register for the workshop, we will collect the first night's room rate as a deposit and make your reservation for you.  We then send the deposits to Chisos Lodge.  This is at their request.   Your deposit will be applied to your total bill when you check out.  If you need to do so, you can cancel your reservations and get a full refund with a 48-hour notice.

We have classroom meeting space at Big Bend Motor Lodge in Terlingua.

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 their site  for any changes on the entrance fees.

If you hold a National Parks Pass, the entrance fee is waived.  Please visit the National Parks Passes page for more information.
To register for this workshop, please use our online contact form and select Workshops in the choices for subject.  In the Message section, please let us know that it is this workshop in which you are interested.




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