Laura DeCarlo and her daughter Jill came to Moab to photograph the night sky on January 30. I took them to Arches NP for the sunset on Balanced Rock, then we shot the night sky at Turret Arch. Here they are showing off prints I made for them of their best shots. Laura gave us a five star review on Google, writing: “Our experience with David was one of the highlights of our trip. His knowledge of photography, his extensive experience along with his extreme patience and kindness gave us a night we will never forget.” Laura told me they are considering returning later in the year to shoot the Milky Way at its summer peak. Thanks Laura and Jill, it was fun to spend time with you.
Our photo tour client Peter Cheng took a full-day tour that included a sunset view of Balanced Rock. He used his Sony 100-400mm lens to catch this view lit with the last rays of the setting sun. The longer lens added perspective to the distant La Sal mountains. He came in to our gallery the next day for our free follow-up editing and printmaking instruction. We helped him do post-processing on this image and made a print for him to take home.
We took Raghu Ravi and his wife Deepti, a couple from California, out to Arches National Park for a night sky tour. They wanted to learn how to make Milky Way photographs, and it was a great night for it. Arches has a rule against “light painting” of subjects during night exposures, but by waiting for the right moment when a car shone its lights briefly on the subject, we helped Raghu get his picture of Balanced Rock. Deepti captured the photo below of Turret Arch. Our tours include follow up instruction on how to work up the image files and make prints, and they each took home an 11×17 print to be framed.
Deepti gave us a five star review on Google, writing: “My husband and I took the photo tour with David and I must tell it was a wonderful experience. David’s experience and expertise made our first night sky photography totally worth it. He is super knowledgeable, he helped us scout the right spots, at the right time to get the best shots. His decades worth of experience made the tour worth every penny! The post tour editing and printing adds to the complete package, making it an even greater learning experience.”
Ari Sun likes to enjoy the feeling of being in touch with nature and the landscape. He finds large crowds distracting and appreciated the fact that we took him to special places where there were few others around. He especially enjoyed a special hike around Skyline Arch in Arches National Park. Ari is a flight attendant who lives in Georgia and loves to photograph the places he visits.
Ari gave us a five star review on Google. Here’s what he wrote: “I had a wonderful tour with David and very much enjoyed spending the afternoon with him. David is an extremely experienced photographer and world traveler. With his experience, knowledge and expertise, my trip to Moab was made extra special. David’s work on display in his gallery is beautiful and worth taking a look at.”
Kelly Morgan took one of our half-day afternoon tours and added the night sky option. Mark took her to Dead Horse Point, Island in the Sky and Arches where he showed her how to do a star trails photo.
The next day she came to our studio/gallery to take advantage of our free followup instructional post processing session. Mark showed her how to work up her RAW files and use layers to make the image of a juniper tree stand out in color against a black-and-white background. We made this giclee print for her.
She gave us a five star Google review on our Moab Printworks site. Here is what she wrote: “I took a wonderful photo tour with Mark of both Canyonlands and Arches. It is a must if you are into photography and are coming to Moab. Mark patiently taught me how to improve my shots both in composition and focus. He is also a wizard at photoshop and I was able to get some great prints on different types of photo paper. Don’t miss your opportunity to learn from these guys!
We guided Sheryl Waugh, a fine artist from Tennessee, on a tour of Dead Horse Point, Canyonlands and Arches. She was seeking to take pictures to use as reference for her photographs. She was intrigued by our Utah Junipers with their twisted shapes. This photo shows her catching one of them with her camera. At Printworks Photo Tours we have years of experience photographing the Moab area and can take photo enthusiasts to the best places to make great images.
On a recent clear day we had the pleasure of introducing a group of Texas Gals to Arches National Park, including a walk-about at the lovely Skyline Arch. They also enjoyed climbing up for a distant view from atop the Garden of Eden.