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Big Bend National Park 2010 (**FILLING FAST**)

Big Bend National Park Landscape Photography Workshop

Posted: December 16th, 2007 @ 12:22am

Big Bend National Park
October 16 – 22, 2010
(Sat 5:00 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.   Craig and Marti are very familiar with this beautiful, remote and diverse park.  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 view a slideshow of images created by participants of past workshops, along with candid shots that highlight Big Bend, please click here.



Cancellation policies and procedures:

To register for this workshopp, 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.


“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).

"This is my second workshop with Craig.  On the day I came back, I signed up for another one for next year.  Craig leads very special workshops.  They are made of several key ingredients that make the workshop a wonderful experience.  He knows the area well and selected great places to shoot.  The time during non-shooting sessions was dedicated to photography education and image critique that I think was critical to the success of the workshop.  Finally, the group of participants were great caring people, each with a different style of photography, from whom I learned a lot.  I highly recommend the workshops led by Craig for anyone looking for inspiration and a great learning experience."  Yair (Big Bend National Park  2009).

"The TME Big Bend workshop -- a week of getting up at 5, spent with people you have never met met, combined with instructors who get it ... and add a great location .... equals a week that you won't forget and will change what you do when you put the camera up to your eye.  Do it.  You won't be sorry." Chris (Big Bend National Park 2009)

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 put the members of this workshop in touch with each other, with their approval,  as the workshop dates approach so that you may arrange car sharing, etc. with each other.


We will stay at the Big Bend Motor Inn, located just outside the park near the quaint Ghost Town of Terlingua:

Big Bend Motor Inn
Hwy 118 at Hwy 170
Terlingua, Texas 79852
Reservations: 877.386.4383 (Forever Resorts) OR 480.998.7199, ext. 7118
Phone at Motor Inn: 432.371.3365

We have a block of rooms set aside for the workshop from October 16-22, 2010.  The rate is $102.00 for a double room and $107.00 for a king room, plus tax.   The release date for the block of rooms is September 15, 2010.  To reserve a room, you may call Sonya Michaels at 480.998.7199, ext. 7118 or the Forever Resorts main number at 877.386.4383.  Please ask for the block of rooms for The Mindful Eye when you call.   A 72-hour notification is required for cancellations.

We will also 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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