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EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. Minimal walking and not too many stairs.
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Wendy Oct 22, 2015 at 07:21 PM

Hi Phillip,
I attended this program at the end of April/beginning of May this year. We had a range of temperatures. Hot and sunny during the day and chilly somestimes for the evening photo shoots. My down vest was a very useful item because it stowed away easily but provided warmth when needed. Be sure to take a sun hat as well as sunscreen. Some of the walking surfaces were very sandy and had I been better informed I wouldn't have worn my light-weight mesh running shoes because the sand really got into them. We actually had excellent weather throughout.
Phillip Juntti Oct 23, 2015 at 07:24 AM

Thank You I'm sure this will be helpful

Phillip Juntti Oct 22, 2015 at 01:19 PM

Hi, My wife and I are looking forward to this program in April 2016. For those that have been there that time of the year what is the weather like?
Patricia McMillan Oct 22, 2015 at 02:47 PM

we were blessed with excellent weather. lightweight outdoor clothing worked, layers for sure. I did pack a "fluffy" jacket but only needed it once. just keep an eye out on the weather before going and that should help. I don't think we even had rain...definitely a hat for sun. sturdy shoes, but not necessarily heavy boots. it was a fantastic trip with wonderful people...both participants and guides!
Phillip Juntti Oct 23, 2015 at 07:26 AM

Thank You, I pray that we will also be blessed with nice weather.

Nancy Huguenard Jun 13, 2015 at 04:29 PM

Hi All, For this program, i have received only the initial information packet. In past programs, i have received an additional, final packet. in particular i was looking for suggested list of camera equipment. Have you all received an additional packet? thanks and looking forward to meeting you Monday. Nancy

Patricia McMillan Apr 19, 2015 at 10:20 PM

Hi Elizabeth. I am arriving on Monday, April 27, I want to make sure I am rested for the first day. I don't want any mishaps with late arrivals for flights. See you on Tuesday.
Nancy Caldwell Apr 20, 2015 at 11:17 AM

Hi Elizabeth and Patricia, I too am arriving on April 27th ... actually April 28th at 12:04 am. Is anyone else on that flight from Denver?
Patricia McMillan Apr 20, 2015 at 11:26 AM

Hi Nancy. I will be coming in from Charlotte, NC (originating from Jax, Fl) expected in around 1 pm LAS time.

Elizabeth Laverty Apr 19, 2015 at 07:06 PM

anyone else arriving in Las Vegas airport on April 28 and taking the St George Shuttle at 11:30? This is the shuttle company recommended by Road Scholar in the travel details for this vacation.
Stanley Strauss Apr 19, 2015 at 08:39 PM

sorry Elizabeth, but my wife and I are scheduled for the June 15th program.

Patricia McMillan Feb 28, 2015 at 03:31 PM

in regards to the Ixpand card, is this similar in concept to the sd wifi cards? I just found out about them. I don't have apple devices but Samsung so, this is something I probably should look into. another friend recommended a transformer/laptop which is lighter than the existing laptop I have. I hate the idea of all this to pack and carry...but, not sure what else will work for me. If anyone has suggestions or comments, please provide. thanks. there may be computers at the hotels we could use as a last resort.

Wendy Feb 18, 2015 at 05:57 PM

I'm signed up for April. Does anyone know if we need laptops? Just one more thing I don't want to lug around if I don't need it....
Rion Millen Feb 18, 2015 at 08:15 PM

You probably don't really 'need' one, but you'll want to review your pix as you'll be asked to submit your three best shots for s critique either daily of at the end of your class.
Elizabeth Laverty Feb 24, 2015 at 06:18 PM

I plan to leave my MacBook Pro at home and bring my iPad plus my SanDisk iXpand 32 GB flash drive. I used this set up for the photography vacation to Costa Rica last month and it worked well. I like to upload my photos to my iPad using the SD card reader that fits into the iPad's lightning connector. Then the SanDisk iXpand has both a USB and lightning connectors, so I can then select the handful of photos I want to share with the instructor from my iPad and simply hand the iXpand to the instructor for uploading to their computer. I purchased the iXpand from Best Buy for $60. regards, Elizabeth
Wendy Feb 24, 2015 at 08:57 PM

The iXpand is something I will check outbut so far
Wendy Feb 24, 2015 at 09:00 PM

(Oops. Got sent prematurely....) I do not see it on any of the Canadian websites and definitely not at $60. You got a great deal. I will have my iPad with me and definitely do download photos to it. Perhaps I can share with the instructor as email attachments or via Dropbox??

Patricia McMillan Feb 11, 2015 at 10:03 AM

I have signed up for this trip and love the idea we will have two instructors..the best of both worlds. I am trying to contact Duke regarding what type of camera/lenses to bring. I will be flying and want to minimize what I pack. I also may want to rent a lens. Thank you Rion for your post. very encouraging and reaffirming about my decision to enroll in this program.
Rion Millen Feb 13, 2015 at 11:40 AM

I found that my 18-200mm lens was my workhorse lens and used it about 95% of the time; for the other 5% , I used my 12-24mm wide angle lens. In addition, I had opportunities for using my polarizer filter, but not my variable ND filter ( I would bring it if you have it). Also, you will be asked to shoot in JPG so your pix will be readily available for review (I shot RAW+JPG).
Patricia McMillan Feb 13, 2015 at 03:46 PM

I didn't give any thought to a wide angle lens...so, if I rent anything, that probably should be a choice. I have a 55-200 and a 70-300 I use for my birding pictures. I certainly appreciate you responding to me. any other suggestions would be appreciated if you care to provide them.
Rion Millen Feb 19, 2015 at 05:09 PM

Rion Millen Feb 19, 2015 at 05:14 PM

One more thing to consider is a set of Step-up rings. These will allow you to use one set of filters on different size lenses. I can then use 77mm filters on both my 72mm zoom lens and my 77mm wide angle lens (plus on any other size lens I may bring along).

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