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A Grand Canyon Adventure
A Unique 8-Day Photographic
Rafting the Colorado River
Through the Heart of The Grand Canyon
Expedition Dates: May 9 — 18, 2002
There are now only 6 places left on the expedition.
Only once or twice in a lifetime comes an opportunity to participate in a truly unique adventure. This is one of those times! The Luminous Landscape Inc., and Cactus Clyde Productions are conducting an exclusive workshop which will allow 8 photographers to spend 8 days exploring and photographing the Colorado river as it cuts through the heart of the Grand Canyon.
The workshop will be conducted jointly by Michael Reichmann and CC Lockwood. Between them these two professional nature photographers have more than 60 years of field experience. Both Michael and CC have extensive experience shooting at the Grand Canyon area and CC has rafted the Colorado river more than 25 times. They will be assisted by Steve Kossack, a Southwest photographer and photographic guide, and Chris Sanderson, a professional film director who will be shooting this expedition for the Luminous Landscape Video Journal as well as acting as an additional photographic resource. This means a ratio of one guide/instructor for each two participants.
Who is This Trip For?
This trip is not for everyone. It can't be.
It's for photographers who are experienced enough to appreciate that this is a truly unique opportunity.
It for someone who is in good enough physical condition to do a couple of moderate 2-3 hour hikes each day in wilderness conditions.
It's for an individual who can afford the
$4,750 all-inclusive cost for the rafting trip and the workshop. (Travel
to and from Las Vegas, Nevada — our jumping off point, is not included).
About The Rafting Trip
The rafting trip itself is a charter operated for us by Grand Canyon Expeditions. GCE are one of the most experienced and professional rafting companies licensed by the National Park Service to operate public rafting trips through the Grand Canyon.
Please note. While the rafting trip itself is operated by Grand Canyon Expeditions using their equipment and crew, the itinerary and purpose has been created exclusively by Michael and CC. This is not part of GCE's regular public rafting trip schedule.
Instead of the 14 passengers normally on a raft our expedition will have just 12. This is because we will be providing enough room for photographer's equipment cases and tripods, something that a normal public rafting trip simply can not provide. We also want to create an intimate 2:1 ratio of participants to group leaders. The full boat compliment will consist of 2 experienced Boatman, the 4 photographic guides and the 8 participants.
Public trips are designed for people who wish to do a bit of hiking, some sightseeing and simply drifting down the river and shooting the rapids. While we will be doing some of all of these things we will be scheduling our stops and hikes to be optimized exclusively for photography.
Public rafting trips attract a broad range of people from many different walks of life. These people have vastly different interests as well as expectations from such a voyage. Our trip will be highly focused on maximizing the opportunities for doing landscape, nature and wildlife photography with a select group of like-minded individuals.
Our expedition and workshop will have 4 knowledgeable experts to act as mentors and guides for the 8 participants. These four individuals bring with them vast expertise in landscape, nature and wildlife photography as well as cinematography, videography, and the lore of the Grand Canyon and the Colorado River.
About The Workshop
This is not a workshop for beginners. There will be no instruction per-se, unless requested. But, the workshop leaders will be shooting alongside you at all times. They will provide discussion and assistance on specialized topics such as, for example, the use of split ND filers for contrast control, how to shoot star trails at night, perspective control, action shooting, wildlife techniques and field craft. Advanced techniques will be constantly discussed, demonstrated and put into practice.
This workshop is about shooting — lots of shooting. There will be no classroom sessions, no lectures, no slide shows, and most importantly — no unnecessary egos. Participants and group leaders will work closely together, sharing their knowledge and experience.
In additional to doing photography in one of the world's most beautiful wilderness locations with 11 other like-minded photographers, the rafting trip itself is a superb once-in-a-lifetime experience. Rather than repeat the excellent information available online about the basic voyage please visit the Grand Canyon Expeditions web site. You should also look at my Grand Canyon Rafting page for images and text from my last trip there in May, 2000.
Here though are some highlights of our
We will be spending 8 days on the river. There will be an orientation session and dinner the day before launch and most people will fly out the day after we land. Here are the dates.
Thursday, May 9, 2000 — Arrive Las Vegas. 3pm orientation session at our hotel. Welcome dinner.
Friday, May 10 — Early departure by motor coach to Lee's Ferry. Afternoon boat launch.
May 10 — May 17th: On the Colorado River
Friday, May 17th — Land at Pierce Ferry. Motor coach back to Las Vegas. Overnight in Las Vegas
Saturday, May 18th — Fly home
The cost of this trip is US $4,750. This includes the river rafting aspect of the trip, as provided by Grand Canyon Expeditions, and participation in the workshop. Yes, it's expensive. But the best of anything always is. It will also cost you (excluding travel time to and from Las Vegas) at least 10 days from your usual life.
A deposit of $1,000 will be required when you register, and the balance of $3,750 will be due January 9th, 2002; 120 days before the trip. If you need to cancel before then youíll receive all of your money back except $100. Between January and May if you need to cancel youíll get a full refund if I can find a replacement for you.
Why Do It?
This workshop and expedition is unlike anything that you have experienced, or likely ever will. In addition to a priceless adventure there will be an opportunity to hone your photographic skills in the company of experts and to do so in one of the world's greatest locations.
During your 8 days on the river there will be no computers, no cell phones and no email. The conditions will sometimes be rugged. You will be challenged.
You'll also be grinning from ear to ear as we "shoot" some of the world's most famous rapids and you'll be filled with pleasure for years afterwards as you review the images that you capture on this not-to-be-missed opportunity.
About The Workshop Leaders
This workshop and expedition will be lead by Michael Reichmann and CC Lockwood. You can read our biographies on the links provided. You can also find out more about us by reading our respective web sites. We will be pleased to talk with you personally about your interests and how we can help makes this an extremely successful photographic event for you.
Naturally, we will need your consent to be filmed. Once you have registered for the Workshop we will be sending you a Release Form. This will signify your permission to be included in the filming that will be done during the workshop. We will, of course, be providing you with complimentary copies of whatever video or print material comes out of this, and you may choose to either be listed in the credits by name, or not, as you prefer. Of course this will provide you with a professional quality video record of this unique adventure, something that no other workshop can provide.
Finally, I want to assure you that the filming of the workshop will in no way interfere with the workshop and the time that we spend together. Chris is an experienced filmmaker and will be shooting in an unobtrusive documentary style. Of course, as an experienced cinematographer and director Chris will be available as another resource person to all Workshop members. If you have problem with being filmed during the workshop please ask me for more information, or consider taking an alternative workshop.
The Luminous Landscape Inc., our instructors, guides, and cooperating agents aim to provide every participant a safe, educational, and enjoyable experience. We act solely as agents for you regarding accommodations, special activities, and travel, by any means, and assume no liability for any act, error, omission, injury, loss, delay, mishap, or damage to persons or property arising from any cause during the course of the workshop or in transit thereto. We can accept no responsibility for losses or additional expenses due to delay or changes in the services to be provided. We reserve the right to change our arrangements should conditions necessitate, or to cancel any aspect of the workshop due to exceptional circumstances. In the event that we deem it necessary to cancel the workshop after January 9, 2002, we will provide a full refund which the participant acknowledges as full and final settlement.
As there is always an element of risk in any adventure associated with the outdoors, participants must read this form carefully. This liability release will certify that the participant is physically fit and capable of participating in outdoor photography exercises in field locations, and is fully and completely aware of any associated risks created by field locations and weather.
By joining this workshop I acknowledge that I have read the above information concerning responsibility and release The Luminous Landscape Inc., Cactus Clyde Productions, and Michael Reichmann, CC Lockwood, their guides, instructors and any cooperating agent from any liability. The Luminous Landscape Inc., Cactus Clyde Productions, Michael Reichmann and CC Lockwood will assume no liability for injury, illness, or loss of personal property or expenses thereof associated with workshop participation.
What Do I do Next?
If this trip has your name on it; if your pulse is racing at the thought of becoming a member of this expedition; if you can afford the cost and the time, then you need to write to me and let me know of your interest. I'll be pleased to set up a time for an in-depth telephone call during which I can answer your questions and provide much of the additional information that you will no doubt require before making your commitment.
Remember, there are only 8 positions available for this unique 1-time journey. When they're spoke for, that's it. We know of no one else offering a workshop of this type. If you believe that you would like to be a member of this photographic expedition please email me to set up a time for us to have a telephone conversation. Please include your telephone number and a good time of day for me to call.
This subject will be featured in a forthcoming issue of The Luminous Landscape Video Journal.