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Southwest Landscape Photography With an Arizona Highways Photographer!

Program Number: 1046RJ
Start and End Dates:
10/21/2012 - 10/26/2012; 11/9/2014 - 11/14/2014; 2/8/2015 - 2/13/2015; 2/22/2015 - 2/27/2015; 4/16/2015 - 4/21/2015; 10/22/2015 - 10/27/2015; 11/9/2015 - 11/14/2015;
Duration: 5 nights
Location: Phoenix, Arizona
Price starting at: $882.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Photography Activity Level: t (see description)
Meals: 12; 5 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 3 Dinners    

Experience a rare opportunity to study with an Arizona Highways magazine photographer. Armed with your digital camera, share professional techniques through in-the-field, hands-on photo adventures and class critiques. Enjoy nature walks and other opportunities to capture memories of Arizona as you "develop" your skills and "shoot" it out with some of the best in the West.




Highlights

• Shoot sunset in the Superstition Mountains and visit the Desert Botanical Garden to frame the natural habitat of wildlife, birds, wildflowers and exotic cacti.
• Feb programs, enjoy a desert foray with 2 nights in Tucson shooting at the San Xavier del Bac Mission, Saguaro National Park and Arizona Sonoran Desert Museum, and sites on the historic Presidio Trail.
• April - November programs: Shoot in Sedona and Grand Canyon National Park for iconic sunrise/sunset photo shoots and red rock splendor.



Activity Particulars

Walking and standing as far and as long as participant is comfortable. Photograph close to the bus or venture out.



Emphasis on digital photography. Traditional photographers welcome, but film processing not possible; only digital photos will be critiqued. Tri-pod recommended.




Date Specific Information

11-9-2014, 4-16-2015, 10-22-2015, 11-9-2015

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2-8-2015, 2-22-2015

Seasonal itinerary change: 3 nights in Phoenix, 2 nights in Tucson, and then back to Phoenix for program conclusion/drop offs by 10:30 AM.
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Itinerary Summary

Independent Arrivals Phoenix, 3 nights; Coach to Sedona, 1 night; Coach to Grand Canyon South Rim, 1 night; Coach to Scottsdale/Phoenix Airport; departures.



Coordinated by Northern Arizona University.




Phoenix

Phoenix is a thriving metropolis surrounded by majestic mountains. Along with the visual beauty of the land, the city has a rich heritage of Native American and Hispanic cultures. Native American and western expansion influences are seen in the art and architecture of Phoenix, and an abundance of museums and art galleries showcase the culture.



Scottsdale

An affluent city adjacent to Phoenix, Scottsdale enjoys an annual average of more than 330 days of sunshine, a factor that, along with the area’s wide-open desert landscape, makes the city a haven for golfers. Scottsdale’s vibrant nightlife and busy hotel scene are balanced out by its proximity to mountain areas popular with outdoor enthusiasts.



Accommodations
Phoenix: Midtown hotel with gardens, pool and fitness center; Tucson and Sedona: hotel settings with outdoor pools; Grand Canyon: National Park lodge at the South Rim. See date specific notes for seasonal variations in itinerary.

Road Scholar Instructors
These instructors are participating on at least one date of this program. Please note that changes may occur.
Richard Stephens

Rich has been director of Northern Arizona University’s highly popular Road Scholar programs since 2001. He previously spent many years in the field as a program coordinator and group leader, where he honed his skills and learned the importance of detailed, pre-trip planning. Before making his home in Arizona’s spectacular red-rock country, Rich spent 10 years in Yosemite National Park and the Santa Cruz mountains as an environmental educator.
 
Jeff Strang

Jeff Strang's knowledge of the environment stems from over 35 years of hiking, paddling, and photography in the outdoors, his extensive experience as a naturalist, as well as from his education at the University of Oregon and Lewis and Clark Law School. In 1987, Jeff filed a precedent-setting lawsuit against Oregon polluters under the Clean Water Act. Jeff has been leading Road Scholar programs since 2002. In his free time, Jeff enjoys biking to work, hiking, kayaking, outdoor photography and studying geology.
 
Meals and Lodgings
   Hilton Garden Phoenix Airport North
  Phoenix 5 nights
 Hilton Garden Phoenix Airport North
Type: Four-Star Hotel
  Description: Discover contemporary conveniences for Phoenix and beyond at Hilton Garden Inn Phoenix Airport North hotel. Set minutes from Phoenix Sky Harbor International (PHX) Airport, this Phoenix hotel is convenient to freeways and the Phoenix light rail system, making an ideal base for downtown Phoenix, and surrounding attractions. Complimentary 24-hour Phoenix Sky Harbor International (PHX) Airport shuttle Heated outdoor Pool and Spa Modern cardio and weight equipment Free Business center computers Full size refrigerator in every room Complimentary WiFi access Accessible rooms feature roll-in showers Self Parking/FREE Parking
  Contact info: 3838 E. Van Buren St.
Phoenix, AZ 85008 USA
phone: 602-306-2323
web: www.PhoenixAirportNorth.hgi.com
  Room amenities: Make yourself at home in a Hilton Garden Inn Phoenix Airport North guest room. A microwave, full-size refrigerator and complimentary cable on the HDTV provide the comforts of home, while a Herman Miller ergonomic chair furnishes a touch of elegance. Stay connected at the oversized desk, or from the comfort of a Garden Sleep System® adjustable bed, with complimentary WiFi access. Spacious suites have pullout sofa-sleepers in the parlor to make great family rooms. Accessible rooms feature roll-in showers for ease of movement.
  Facility amenities: Complimentary 24-hour Phoenix Sky Harbor International (PHX) Airport shuttle 24-hour Business Center and complimentary WiFi access throughout the hotel Cooked-to-order breakfast at The Great American Grill®, open 6am – 10pm Fitness center and outdoor swimming pool
  Smoking allowed: Yes
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: 169.00 + Tax Request AAA or AARP Rate Let front desk know program number and week enrolled.
  Check in time: 3:00 PM
  Additional nights after: 169.00 + Tax Request AAA or AARP Rate Let front desk know program number and week enrolled.
  Check out time: 12:00 PM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Road Scholar Registration in the Main lobby at 4:30pm. Dinner begins at 6:00pm followed by orientation. Hotel check-in anytime after 3:00pm. You will be staying at Hilton Garden Phoenix Airport North that night.
  End of Program:
Check out after Wrap-Up (by 11:00am). You will be staying at Hilton Garden Phoenix Airport North the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required.
  Parking availability:
Free.
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Phoenix
  Nearest city or town:  Phoenix
  Nearest highway: I-17 and I-10
  Nearest airport:  Sky Harbor Airport
  From End of Program
  Location: Phoenix
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

Hilton Garden Phoenix Airport North

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Hotel Shuttle
Hilton Garden Phoenix Airport North Shuttle
phone: 602-306-2323
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$0.00
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

12 Minutes 

 

Distance:

 

5.0 Miles

   

Call for Hilton Garden Phoenix North FREE Shuttle (602) 306-2323 Free shuttle from and to the Airport

 
Driving Directions
  Anywhere www.google.com/maps
  Sky Harbor Shuttle Call for Hilton Garden Phoenix North FREE Shuttle (602) 306-2323 Free shuttle from and to the Airport
Equipment Requirements: Bring your own camera. 35 mm SLR or digital SLR recommended but not required. Wide angle (20-35 mm) lense, macro lens or close-up filter useful. Short to medium (80-200 mm) telephoto lense also useful. Tripod and cable release are invaluable. Program emphasis is on all phases of digital photography, but film and SLR users are also welcome to attend program and receive instruction from Arizona Highways Photographer. However, we will not be able to process SLR or print film for critique during the week; only digital photos will be critiqued during week.
The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.


Daily Schedule

Day 1: Check-In and Program Registration/Orientation
(Sunday, October 21)
   
 Afternoon: Please arrive at the hotel to register at 4:30pm. Check into your room at the front desk and then register with Road Scholar staff in the Main lobby. You will then have until 6:00 PM to settle into your room.
 Dinner: Dinners may be at the hotel or at a local restaurant. Please arrive at the time indicated on your itinerary.
 Evening: After dinner we will have orientation. This will provide you with information about the hotel, program itinerary, instructors, venues and on site staff. This is also a good opportunity to ask questions!
   
Accommodations: Hilton Garden Phoenix Airport North
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Photography Class/Desert Photoshoot
(Monday, October 22)
   
 Breakfast: All breakfasts are deluxe continental. Come down by the time indicated on the itinerary, just be sure to allow enough time to arrive promptly for the morning activity!
 Morning: Anyone with one of today’s cameras can take a picture; not everyone can be called a photographer. Many of today’s cameras are so “smart” that a person can literally point and shoot with the results being very acceptable more often than not. The question regarding equipment is, do you run it or does it run you? Which route to take? Your path or the beaten path? Discover your own unique path to stunning photography under the guided tutelage of an Arizona Highways Photographer. Unlock the secrets of professional photographers and learn to capture the “soul” of a place as opposed to merely its physical appearance. View the world with the eye of a photographer and uncover the beauty and picturesque moments and scenes surrounding you during this photography class.
 Lunch: Lunch will either be a delicious meal at the hotel or a savory dish at a favorite local restaurant.
 Afternoon: Field trip to 1300 acre ranch in lush Sonoran desert. Experience the magic of the desert in the true spirit of the west. Enjoy endless saguaros and fascinating wildlife.
 Dinner: Enjoy a cowboy cookout in a rustic old-west setting.
 Evening: Return to hotel upon conclusion of photo shoot and cowboy cookout.
   
Accommodations: Hilton Garden Phoenix Airport North
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Sedona
(Tuesday, October 23)
   
 Breakfast: All breakfasts are deluxe continental. Come down by the time indicated on the itinerary, just be sure to allow enough time to arrive promptly for the morning activity!
 Morning: Enjoy an all day field trip to Sedona red rock country. Located in Arizona's high desert under the towering southwestern rim of the vast Colorado Plateau, the city of Sedona is blessed with four mild seasons marked by abundant sunshine and clean air. The rust-red color of the landscape, the burble of Oak Creek and the red mountains are an exquisite assault on the 5 senses. There is little wonder why the awe-inspiring views surrounding Sedona stir reverent feelings in its visitors. As the sun tracks across Sedona's turquoise-blue skies, the ageless mountains, spires, boulders, trees and occasional intermittent waterfalls that surround Sedona will display more colors than any ambitious rainbow, and provide endless opportunities for magnificent photos.
 Lunch: To meet program expectations and timing of photo shoots, a box lunch will be provided on the bus during your trip to Sedona.
 Afternoon: Continue your Sedona all day photography field trip and enjoy the glitter and lights of the holiday season!
 Dinner: Enjoy dinner on your own on the way back from Sedona.
   
Accommodations: Hilton Garden Phoenix Airport North
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 4: Sonoran Desert Photo Excursion and Photo Critique
(Wednesday, October 24)
   
 Breakfast: All breakfasts are deluxe continental with a different hot options daily. Come down by the time indicated on the itinerary, just be sure to allow enough time to arrive promptly for the morning activity!
 Morning: Sonoran Desert photo excursion.
 Lunch: Lunch will either be a delicious meal at the hotel or a savory dish at a favorite local restaurant.
 Afternoon: Photo critique.
 Dinner: Dinner will either be a delicious meal at the hotel or a savory dish at a favorite local restaurant.
   
Accommodations: Hilton Garden Phoenix Airport North
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Desert Botanical Gardens and Photo Critique
(Thursday, October 25)
   
 Breakfast: All breakfasts are deluxe continental. Come down by the time indicated on the itinerary, just be sure to allow enough time to arrive promptly for the morning activity!
 Morning: Photo shoot at the Desert Botanical Gardens. One of only 44 botanical gardens accredited by the American Association of Museums, this one-of-a-kind museum showcases 50 acres of beautiful outdoor exhibits. Home to 139 rare, threatened and endangered plant species from around the world, the Garden offers interesting and inspiring experiences to more than 250,000 visitors each year. The stunning exhibits provide endless photo opportunities.
 Lunch: Lunch will either be a delicious meal at the hotel or a savory dish at a favorite local restaurant.
 Afternoon: Photo critique.
 Dinner: Enjoy dinner on your own and experience to cuisine of Arizona.
   
Accommodations: Hilton Garden Phoenix Airport North
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 6: Check-out
(Friday, October 26)
   
 Breakfast: All breakfasts are deluxe continental. Come down by the time indicated on the itinerary, just be sure to allow enough time to arrive promptly for the morning activity!
 Morning: Photo workshop review, wrap up and graduation
   
Meals Included: Breakfast
Important information about your itinerary: Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and completeness of the information featured on this website. Itineraries are based on our best information at this time. Circumstances beyond our control may require us to adjust itineraries or other details. We regret any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your understanding. Information will be sent to you from your Program Provider approximately three weeks prior to the program start date. The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.

What’s included in this Road Scholar program?



Except for the occasional meal on some programs, Road Scholar programs are all-inclusive. That means there are no extra “options,” no passing the hat for tips and no surprises. From lectures and field trips to gratuities and accommodations – the price you pay up front is the price you pay.

Specifically, this program includes:


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