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Antelope Island 1-1 Workshops (Weekend Year-Round)

Do you want to learn more about landscape photography but don’t have time for a multi-day workshop? Why not join me on either a Saturday or Sunday at the very photogenic Antelope Island State Park to hone your skills and capture the Great Salt Lake’s ethereal beauty.

I have been photographing this location for years and have come to know the Island very well. I return again and again because it provides great opportunities to follow the very best light, whether it’s East, West, North or South. The fact that we will be on an island allows us to read the weather and the sky to increase our chances of coming back with great imagery.

 

Along with showing you the Island, I will provide 1-1 instruction. We’ll begin with a discussion about your level of photography, find out the best subjects to focus on to improve YOUR specific skills and throughout the afternoon/evening I’ll tailor my teaching to these points. Common starting point subjects include; understanding F stop/aperture relationship, using ISO speeds to our advantage and different focusing techniques. When we have a good grasp of the fundamentals, we can move on and discuss how to use these to make the most of your images.

From here I’m able to begin the discussion around composition techniques, reading light, and the importance of pre-planning to make the most of whatever conditions are present, in other words, we can then focus on the creative side of the medium.

 

A potential location for the workshop sunset!

 

Price is $349

Depending on the time of the year our meeting times will vary (anywhere from 12-4pm), we will meet at parking lot at the entrance of the island. The total time expected to be on the island hiking/driving/shooting will usually be around 4 hours.

Due to my schedule being inconsistent a prior email is required to ensure I’ll be available on the weekend you would like to attend.

If you’re interested or would like to ask any questions, please send me an email via the contact link at the bottom of the page.

I hope to see you at the Island!!

Cheers,

Wayson

 

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WWP Moab Workshop (Spring of 2013)

When?

One of the following 3 weekends (please let me know if any or all of these will work for you)

March 16-17

March 23-24

April    6-7

 

Where?

We will be based out the town of Moab, Utah. Moab is one of my favorite places I’ve ever stayed, it’s a cool small town lined with unique shops/dining, but most important for a group of nature photographer’s the town is located very near the entrance to both Arches and Canyonlands National Park. If you haven’t been to either, they are incredibly diverse Parks and offer some of the most impressive features and sweeping views to be found anywhere on the planet!

We will be shooting a variety of locations at Parks. I have explored both in all seasons and have scouted many locations that work well for sunrise and sunset. We will read the light, take into account the weather and tailor our locations to what the skies are offering (a good idea on any photography trip!). We will meet in the mornings at the entrance to the park we will be going into, and I will ask that you follow me in your own vehicle. If any of you aren’t comfortable with this e-mail back and we can work out an alternative.

Arches National Park, a potential location for the workshop!

 

What?

Day 1: (Saturday)

We will meet at our first shooting location on Saturday morning pre-sunrise at the park entrance of either Arches National Park, or Canyonlands National Park (depending on what the conditions are) and continue on to our first sunrise shooting location. We will shoot the sunrise, and then take a break for a lunch-time photo critique and Q&A session.

During this first lunch/critique session I will teach on various nature photography related subject matter; including depth of field, composition, reading light and technical camera functions/settings with a Q&A session at the end. This is a chance to ask your lingering questions! During the lecture I will provide each attendee materials to take home so you can reference the lessons post-workshop.  Also, I will have laptops (if you have your own please bring that) available to pull up our images from that sunrise and we will have a group critique session. Critiquing other’s work is an art-form in itself, and I will ensure it is a helpful productive session with positive discussions.

After our lunch we will drive to whatever sunset location we decide upon and end day one with a bang! We will then return to Moab to our respective hotels and get ready for day 2 on Sunday.

Day 2: (Sunday)

Sunday will begin just like the prior day, pre-sunrise at the entrance to one of the two Parks. As far as the structure of the day, it will be very similar to Saturday, but rather than a lunch-time lecture, we will  take a short break. Some of you may want to rest/nap or if anyone is up for it, we may go on a short beginner/intermediate hike to explore the Parks in greater detail. A hike can be a great way to make the most of those mid-day hours that provide lighting not conducive to nature photography. After our break, we’ll end up at our final shooting spot for sunset on Saturday night and wrap up the workshop there.

If you’re extending your stay in Moab (either pre or post workshop), I can give you ideas for a great vacation, whether you’re looking for high adventure on the Colorado river, or a relaxing hike on one of the many famous trails in these parks. Moab is an excellent place for the outdoor enthusiast and the area provides a HUGE variety of unforgettable activities. I’ll be happy to help you plan out any extra time you may have.

Who?

Anyone.  Most of the subject matter will be directed to the beginner to intermediate photographer, however anyone with a passion for photography can benefit from my knowledge of the area and passion for outdoor photography! This is my first multi-day workshop I’ll be hosting, and I can promise it will be a relaxed and fun atmosphere spent amongst likeminded folks who love the outdoors and nature photography.

 

How much?

$599 per student. This includes lunch on both days. Also, 1-1 instruction from during our sunrise session and all the Q&A you can handle throughout both days. A $199 deposit (non-refundable) will be required to reserve a spot.

An intensive workshop like this is an investment in yourself as I will share anything/everything I’ve learned about outdoor photography over the years.  I’m fully confident you will leave with not only great memories photographing some of the most beautiful places in the southwest, but more importantly, you’ll leave with a greater understanding of your camera’s capabilities and limitations, along with knowledge of how to overcome those limitations. Also, techniques we will cover in finding composition and reading light will forever change the way you see the landscape and help you make the most of you outdoor adventures with camera in hand. If you like nature photography and the outdoors it doesn’t get much better than a weekend in Moab, Utah.

 

What do I need?

All attendees will need a basic DSLR camera (preferably with a wide angle lens). Tripods are mandatory.

Additional photography gear that will be helpful but not necessary includes; circular polarizing filter and graduated neutral density filters. If you don’t have these I can show talk about technique to overcome lighting challenges that these help with. If you have questions at all here, please use the contact link below to ask, I’ll be happy to clarify!

We’ll be shooting at sunrise and sunset which can be chilly in the desert, so warm clothes will be a must to stay comfortable. A few layers to work through the temperatures throughout the day will be helpful as the temperatures will vary greatly from the cold morning to the warmer afternoons. Again, please ask any questions.

Maybe the most important thing required is a passion for photography and a good attitude. (<also mandatory ;-) )

 

Everything else?

I’m going to need a minimum attendance of 4 students to host the day, so the group size will be between 4-6 students.

If you want to attend, please reserve your spot w an initial $199 deposit, w/ the remaining $400 to be paid on site day of workshop. Thank you and I look forward to seeing you there!

 

 

RESERVE YOUR SPOT HERE! http://waysonwight.com/?page_id=477

 

 

 

 

 

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Picturline, Inc Feature

I’m proud to say that Pictureline, Inc recently published an article I had written on their blog. The content is aimed at photographer’s looking to make the most of their time if they have  a 9-5 job that get’s in the way of their photography. Drop by and check it out!

BECOME A WEEKEND WARRIOR: PICTURELINE BLOG

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The year in Review-2012

Wow. What a year it’s been. As we approach the new year I love to take some time to reflect on the prior 12 months, take some time to ponder personal successes, failures, challenges, and maybe even a lucky break or two that shaped the year into what it was. From a photography perspective 2012 was a great year. My website finally got finished and we had some prints sales scattered throughout the year. It’s an honor for me to have people enjoy these images enough to place them in their personal spaces! Thank you very much to all my new clients!!

 

I also hosted my first Annual Fall Photo Workshop here in my backyard of the Wasatch Mountains. A couple of great client’s signed up and I believe we all learned a lot along the way, and came away with some great images on the memory cards. I plan on hosting at least 1 more workshop in 2013, so if you’re interested feel free to watch this blog space, or my facebook page. www.facebook.com/waysonwightphotography

 

As far as creating new images, 2012 was by far my busiest year. I had a goal to get outdoors as much as I possibly could, and because I have a full-time job this meant getting creative with my free time and using vacation/holiday’s wisely. After many days spent in the field shooting I can confidently say I’ve never had a more productive year, it certainly was a great journey!!

 

Thank you to everyone who has shown interest in my photography, your support means a great deal to me, I’m still pursuing this as a profession so your continued support is a HUGE help in me reaching a life-long dream of mine. Again, THANK YOU!!!

 

Enough typing. I wanted to recap some of my favorite images that were created in 2012. These represent many miles of hiking, many minutes of contemplating where and when to go, and a lot of my favorite moments of 2012. Here’s to a great 2013 for all of us.

 

Cheers,
-Wayson

 

Ostler Peak Sunset, Uintas Mountains, Utah.

Bald Eagle along the Salmon River, Idaho

Travertine Cascades, Havasu River, Arizona.

A powerful Summer sunset, GSL, Utah.

Naturalist Basin, Uinta Mountains, Utah.

Mountain Cascade, Wasatch Mountains, Utah.

Coyote Gulch, Utah

Sun Dial Peak, Wasatch Mountains, Utah

Big Cottonwood Canyon, Utah

Moonrise, Great Salt Lake, Utah

Alpine Pond, Wasatch Mountains, Utah

Big Cottonwood Canyon, Utah.

 

 

 

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WWP Christmas 2012 Sale!

All fine art images (including panormas) are on sale through the end of the year! If you’ve been considering a WWP print, now’s a great time to buy! Happy holidays!

Visit the Galleries to pick out your image!

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2nd Annual WWP Fall Photo Workshop (2013)

 

 

Hello!!

It’s that time of year again, Fall is right around the corner and the peaks and valley of the Wasatch Front in Utah are about to present their very best color. For anyone who enjoys nature photography, it is the best time of the year to get outside and create images and memories. For me, its about sharing what I know about my local shooting locations and photography.

 

ITS TIME FOR A WORKSHOP!!!! I present to you the 2nd Annual WWP FALL PHOTO WORKSHOP. DETAILS BELOW.

One of the workshop locations. Join us!

Here’s the nitty gritty:

 

Where?

Meet-up will be at the Park-and-Ride at the mouth of Big Cottonwood Canyon. We will shoot various locations on the East side of the Wasatch Mountains (Park City/Heber side). We’ll follow the light at some of the best locations beginning at sunrise and ending sometime in the early afternoon in American Fork Canyon. We’ll start near the top of BCC, work our way down through Midway, onto the Alpine Loop where we’ll shoot one a few locations depending on the light conditions.

 

When?

Saturday, October 5. We’ll plan on meeting at the Park and Ride at the mouth of Big Cottonwood Canyon around 6am. Plan on being back to vehicles sometime early afternoon.

 

Why?

Wayson, (let me switch to first person) I have spent years shooting northern Utah during Autumn and along the way have gained knowledge of some beautiful places to be and the best times for the best light to be there. Autumn in Northern Utah is spectacular as the Aspen, Oak, and Maple present their brightest red and golden hues of the season. Allow me to share what I’ve learned about photography as I share these locations. You will get first hand instruction from me while we shoot sunrise, in addition, we will have a technical learning session as we eat lunch and enjoy the outdoors. During the lunch/classroom session I will teach on various nature photography related subject matter; including depth of field, composition, lighting, and technical camera details, with a Q&A session at the end.  We’ll then return to the vehicles, ideally w memory cards full of great images!

 

Who?

Anyone.  Most of the subject matter will be directed to beginner to intermediate photographer’s, however anyone with a passion for photography can benefit from my knowledge of the area and passion for outdoor photography! This is my first ever workshop I’ll be hosting, I can promise it will be a relaxed and fun atmosphere spent amongst like minded folks who love the outdoors and nature photography.

 

How much?

$299 per student. This will include transportation throughout the day, and lunch will be provided. Also, 1-1 instruction from myself during our sunrise session and all the Q&A you can handle. A $99 deposit (non-refundable) will be required to reserve a spot.

 

What do I need?

All attendees will need a basic DSLR camera (preferably with a wide angle lens). Tripods are mandatory. If you have questions at all here, please use the contact link below to ask, I’ll be happy to clarify!

We’ll be shooting at sunrise which will be chilly in early October at elevation, so warm clothes will be a must to stay comfortable. A few layers to work through the temperatures throughout the day will be helpful as the temperatures will likely vary greatly from the cold frosty morning above, to the warmer afternoon in the valleys.

A passion for photography and a good attitude. (<also mandatory ;-) )

 

Everything else?

I’m going to need a minimum attendance of 2 students to host the day, so the group size will be minimum of 2, maximum of 4.

A few closing thoughts from me here.  I’m confident I have valuable information in both technical knowledge, as well as local spots to best capture light and the Autumn experience. If you have any questions at all, please ask using the contact link below. I am energized and focused on providing a day of photography that will challenge and improve the skills of those who attend!

 

If you want to attend, please reserve your spot w an initial $99 deposit, w/ the remaining $200 to be paid on site day of workshop. Thank you and I look forward to seeing you there!

 

Reserve here:

www.waysonwight.com/workshops

 

Thanks,

-Wayson

We will be visiting this location

 

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Egg Island Trip Report

A few weeks ago my wife Sabrina and I took a bit of a unique photography trip to Egg Island Utah. The name pretty much says it all, this island is where birds lay eggs. When I visited the island in early April I saw only 3 different species of birds and one of the species is one of my favorite birds, the Great Blue Heron. (the other two are California Gulls and what I believe are Double Crested Cormorant) see below:

California Gulls and Double-Crested Cormorant w Wasatch Mountains (C) Wayson Wight

The trip was especially unique for me because I’ve never taken my photo gear across the water in my kayak, after some debate I grabbed my new favorite toy (telephoto lens), my water proof bag I normally use for backpacking and my boats and we headed for the island. On the approach both myself and the birds were getting excited, I felt like I was on an assignment for National Geographic or something. Well off the coast grumpy California Gulls came on a continuous loop to check us out, the noise level increased as we got closer. As I’m sure many of you have found on your own trying to enjoy some quiet in a park, the Gull is a very vocal bird.

Approaching the Island. The birds were not shy at all.

The island is composed of almost all rocky shoreline with very little sand or good entry points for a couple of ambitious paddlers, I had scouted the island the day before and knew of one spot that would work well for two boats that also had just enough sand to set up a tripod. I did not want to take more than one or two steps onto the island to avoid disturbing the birds at all. My goal was to get some memorable images without causing any anxiety for the birds. If you decide to visit the island make sure you don’t walk through it or on it as its almost entirely covered w nests.

We docked our boats and I set up my tripod, ready to shoot. The noise level was incredible as hundreds of birds flew overhead squawking their very best tunes at us. A few of the Gulls seemed to be put out a bit by our arrival and one in particular would get a little well timed revenge as you’ll see.

 

 

Our boats on the sandy area, my lens and camera in the green dry-bag in my orange Kayak. My tripod set up is as far as I went on the island, one or two steps.

I’m still learning the intricacies of my new telephoto lens, but I had plenty of opportunity to learn while shooting the photogenic Blue Herons flying to and from the island on their search for food or nesting material. They seemed like big B-52 bomber’s compared the more agile Cormorant and Gulls making the same commute.  I had never been that close the these large birds and couldn’t help but notice their seriousness, even the mundane task of landing seemed a serious matter. Check out this one’s posture as it bombs in for a landing spot. They all certainly have the demeanor and look of a predator.

 

Coming in with attitude. Great Blue Heron landing.

After shooting for a few minutes I felt something brush my shoulder and for a moment thought one of the more brave Gulls may have came in for a bump, I asked Sabrina if she had seen it and showed her the spot I felt it, she started laughing and you can see why here. This is one of a few reasons to wear waterproof jackets on these types of paddling trips.

 

Notice the well placed bomb on my shoulder? Revenge was sweet for one Gull, ha.

Could this be the culprit?? We may never know...

I had planned to shoot until dark but we had forgotten our headlamps and we still had a good paddle back to the mainland, so as the sun began to drop below the horizon we jumped in the boats, camera and lens safely (or so I hoped) tucked in my drybag and made a bee-line back to the coast.

 

Sabrina paddling ahead on own way back to Antelope Island, you can see the Wasatch Mountains on the horizon.

A beautiful sunset on the way back, Egg Island on the right.

All in all, for a nature photographer, the experience was a good time. I was able to get some high quality shots w my newest camera toy and create some great memories along the way.

Great Blue Heron

A Great Blue Heron standing tall, Wasatch mountains in the background.

 

Great Blue Heron

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Wayson Wight Photography Facebook Print Giveaway

Greetings!

When we reach 500 “likes” on our Facebook page one of the followers will be randomly chosen to receive a 16×24″  WWP print of their choice. If you haven’t already drop by the page facebook.com/waysonwightphotography and hit the “like” button for your chance to win. Help spread the word so we can give this print away!

Thank you!

-Wayson

 

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Wayson Wight Photography is Live!!!

After a long process of trying to teach myself how to design a site with the help of the folks from Photocrati, we’re finally live and up and running! Many hours have been spent crafting the site and I’ve got to say I’m happy with the way it turned out. Whether you’re here to shop for prints or just stopping by to indulge a fix for nature images, I’m glad you stopped by and I hope you find the site easy to navigate. I love feedback so if you’ve got anything to say, please do so using the “contact” link at the top and bottom of the site. My goal is to be productive and active w this blogspace so check back often for updates. Also if you have content you’d like to see, let me know!
Anyway, I’m thrilled w the site and am proud of the images displayed. Thanks again for stopping by!

-Wayson

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