Bryce Canyon in the winter is a sight to behold. Frosted hoodoos, incredible glowing and reflecting light and a photography experience to never forget! Join us for an incredible 3 days while we explore this Winter Wonderland from above and below the rim.
This workshop is designed to be focused on shooting and not on post processing so we’ll be spending most of our time outside. Over the course of 3 full days you’ll have an opportunity to shoot sunrise from 3 different locations, explore below the rim and photograph the sunset from select locations. We’re choosing to focus on shooting for this workshop to maximize your time creating images!
Topics we’ll discuss during the workshop:
- Isolating a composition
- Cold weather shooting practices
- Long lens compression
- Angles of light
- Glowing, bouncing and reflected light
- Location selection
- Experiencing a landscape vs observing
- Observations leading to images
- Working with given conditions of the landscape
- Compositions & Seeing in the field
2022 – Dates to be announced soon
- 3 full days of shooting with 3 sunrises & 3 sunsets.
- Lodging not included in workshop fee. Many lodging options are available in Bryce Canyon which are all close to where we’ll be shooting. We recommend staying 4 nights minimum to include the night prior to our first morning. Bryce Canyon Pines and Best Western Plus Ruby’s Inn are recommended hotels.
- Breakfast and dinner are included in workshop fee. We’ll eat breakfast at the Bryce Canyon Pines Restaurant (best!) after shooting sunrise then eat dinner after sunset. Dinner will be at the Bryce Canyon Pines Restaurant and in Tropic (15 minutes out of Bryce Canyon). Lunch is not included. There is a general store at Ruby’s Inn in Bryce Canyon City and a small grocery store in Panguitch (20 miles/Closed Sunday).
- Transportation not included, we can carpool if needed for weather conditions. Roads are generally well maintained during winter.
Bryce Canyon Sample Itinerary
- A complete itinerary will be emailed upon registration.
- 6am – Meet at viewpoint. Hike about 2 miles. Sunrise among hoodoos.
- 9:00 AM – Return to hotel, group breakfast
- 1:00PM – Meet and return to Bryce Canyon for afternoon hike & sunset
- 6:30PM – Return to Hotel
- 7:00PM – Dinner
- $1200 – includes Breakfast & Dinner for 3 days.
- 4 people max, small group to maximize learning.
- Field based workshop. No image processing sessions included.
Need to Bring
- Camera Body
- Various lenses. We generally use anything from an ultra wide-angle to medium telephoto. Rarely do we ever need anything wider than 14mm. Bryce Canyon can be incredible with long lenses of 100mm – 600mm
- Tripod (highly recommended)
- Extra Batteries & Charger
- Circular Polarizer*
- Graduated Neutral Density filters*
- Extra memory cards (you’ll use them, guaranteed!)
- *Optional items
Bryce Canyon Hiking Requirements
- Winter in Bryce Canyon is generally cold and likely colder than you imagine. Please see our recommendations for gear and clothing. Please check the forecast prior to your arrival. We’ll also reach out prior to your trip regarding expected conditions.
- Trails in Bryce Canyon are well maintained, gradual and accommodating. Winter can bring firmly packed snow, ice or fresh snow. When trails are open in the winter, generally they’re well worn. If there is too much snow, some trails may be closed.
- Traction devices can be very useful on firm packed or icy trails. If you’re comfortable hiking on snow and ice, winter boots are often fine. Hiking poles with baskets can be very useful when hiking on snowy trails and for descending into Bryce Canyon.
- Hiking will be intentionally slow paced. Bryce Canyon is at an elevation of about 8000 ft above sea level so hiking is more difficult than at sea level. We’ll be moving slow and will have many opportunities to stop and shoot in the canyon.
- Elevation gain and loss will be about 500 ft. We’ll partially descend into the canyon and return but can customize the amount of hiking to the group. For those wanting to shoot and experience Bryce Canyon with minimal hiking, please see our Bryce Canyon Sunrise Tour.
Bryce Canyon Clothing and Gear Recommendations
- Winter outdoor gear will include insulated snow boots and warm socks. Hats and gloves are always needed. A warm down/synthetic insulated coat and dressing in layers will be best. Depending on conditions, hiking pants with thermal leggings can be fine or occasionally dedicated snow pants may be needed. Generally hiking pants with thick thermal leggings work fine.
- Traction devices can be useful for those uncomfortable hiking on snow and ice.
- Hiking poles with baskets will help for hiking on snow and ice.
- Extra lens cloths are recommended. Lenses, viewfinders and camera screens can fog or ice up very easily in the cold.
- Insulated thermos of hot coffee/tea is recommended. A warm beverage goes a long way to help you stay warm, especially in the cold dawn.
- Headlamp – charged or with fresh batteries. Please test this before you go out for the morning!
- Gloves with a liner option for at least one hand is helpful. Bulky gloves can be difficult to operate a camera with. Thin liners under a mitten work well for cold weather photography.
- Disposable hand warmers will be provided. These are almost always needed in the winter.
- Sunscreen. The sun can be intense at 8000 feet in elevation, even when cold!
- Fun Attitude! Winter and cold weather photography can be challenging but having proper gear and attitude can make this an amazing time to shoot. Spectacular conditions occur in Bryce Canyon as it gets colder and snowy which makes for amazing images!
- Please contact us with any questions about gear recommendations for winter photography. We want you to be comfortable while shooting and it’s possible to do with some preparation.
- All Field Workshops are fully prepaid at the time of booking.
- Cancellations 30 days or more from the tour date will receive a full refund.
- 29 days – 2 days prior: 75% will be refunded or you may reschedule based upon availability.
- Within 2 days: No refund offered, you may reschedule based upon availability.
- Please note “days” are full calendar days.
- Please contact us for further options in the event you must cancel within 29 days.