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Southwest Landscape Photography With an Arizona Highways Photographer!

Program Number: 1046RJ
Start and End Dates:
5/4/2014 - 5/9/2014; 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: $996.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Photography Activity Level: t (see description)
Meals: 13; 5 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 5 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian    

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

5-4-2014, 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
   Scottsdale Cottonwoods
  Scottsdale, AZ 3 nights
   Sedona La Quinta Inn
  Sedona, AZ 1 night
   Grand Canyon South Rim Lodges
  South Rim of the Grand Canyon 1 night
 Scottsdale Cottonwoods
Type: Resort
  Description: Scottsdale Cottonwoods Resort is a peaceful, green 25 acre retreat tucked into the Sonoran Desert. Secluded yet convenient, just 12 miles from the Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport (PHX) and 4 miles from Old Town Scottsdale with its world renowned dining and galleries. Nestled at the foot of Camelback Mountain and drenched in sunshine an astonishing 300 days a year, our resort features beautifully manicured grounds, two swimming pools/spas, and lodging is spread out in single story "casitas" where each unit has an individual front deck and rear porch. Participants need to be aware that because of the resorts large footprint, they may be required to walk up to 1/4 mile a day going from their room to the conference center and restaurant.
  Contact info: 6160 N Scottsdale Rd.
Scottsdale, AZ 85253 USA
phone: 480-991-1414
web: www.scottsdalecottonwoods.com
  Room amenities: 355 sq ft casita, plush top mattresses, separate vanity area, mini refrigerator, coffee and tea station, work desk with wireless high speed internet, and whitewashed wood beamed ceilings.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Additional nights prior: Seasonal; Rates vary, winter is peak season. To make reservations, please call the hotel during normal working hours, M- F, and ask for Tammy. The room style we use is called the "Flagstaff Casita" so please ask for that accommodation level or otherwise you will need to move rooms between stays. Please let Tammy know you are coming for a Road scholar program and desire to stay in the same room. Have the program number and start date ready. A discount will be offered for pre/post stays.
  Check in time: 4:00 PM

 Sedona La Quinta Inn
Type: Motel
  Description: Location! The hotel is surrounded by red rock vistas including the monumental buttes and landmarks of Bell Rock, Courthouse Butte and Apache Leap. Major hiking trailhead less than 1/4 mile from the hotel and the surrounding area is located on the escarpment where the Colorado Plateau meets the Sonoran Desert. Over thousands of years, Oak Creek has carved a red rock paradise which surrounds the property. Bell Rock Plaza and the Sedona Outlet Mall are adjacent to the property, providing ample shopping opportunities. Sedona's two top public golf courses are less then 1 mile away.
  Contact info: 6176 Hwy 179
Sedona, AZ 86351 USA
phone: 928-284-0711
web: www.laquintainnsedona.com
  Room amenities: Cable TV, free wi-fi internet access, alarm clock radio, coffee maker, hair dryer, dataport phones, iron w/board.
  Facility amenities: This facility offers 103 guest rooms on two floors. Heated outdoor pool, hot tub, free local calls, free WiFi, computer room, and complimentary continental breakfast. Nearby to premier hiking trail, art/tourist stores, outlet mall and golf courses.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes

 Grand Canyon South Rim Lodges
Type: Lodge
  Description: The South Rim lodges (Maswik, Yavapai or Bright Angel) are within a half mile of the S. Rim. The lodges are convenient to all the shops, museums and restaurants within Grand Canyon Village. Free shuttle buses stop at each lodge.
  Contact info: S. Rim Grand Canyon
Grand Canyon Village, AZ 86023 USA
phone: 928-638-2631
web: www.grandcanyonlodges.com/
  Room amenities: Television, phone, bath. Refrigerators available upon request for medications.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Check out time: 11:00 AM


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 Scottsdale Cottonwoods that night.
  End of Program:
Pack up and depart to Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport, followed by a stop at the starting hotel. We should arrive to the airport by 12:30PM. You will be staying at Grand Canyon South Rim Lodges the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required.
  Parking availability:
Free.
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Scottsdale, AZ
  Nearest city or town:  Phoenix, AZ
  Nearest highway: I-10, US 60.
  Nearest airport:  Phoenix Sky Harbor International
  From End of Program
  Location:  Departures
Travel Details
 

Scottsdale Cottonwoods Resort to/from Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Super Shuttle
phone: 800-258-3826
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

approx $19, less with Road Scholar discount
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

20 minutes 

 

Distance:

 

12 miles

   

Must have prepaid reservations - by internet at www.supershuttle.com, scroll to Phoenix Sky Harbor Intl Airport, or by phone at 800-258-3826. After you claim your luggage at Sky Harbor Airport, proceed to the outer island marked "Van Service". A uniformed SuperShuttle Guest Service Representative will arrange transportation to your destination. When you pre-pay, ask for your Road Scholar Discount (code "E3BBF").

 
Driving Directions
  Leaving your car at the starting hotel You may leave your car at the starting hotel for the duration of the program. The NAU van will return to the starting hotel at the end of the program.
  Phoenix - Scottsdale Cottonwoods Resort from I-10 Eastbound Stay on I-10 through downtown Phoenix. Merge onto Loop 202 toward Tempe / Mesa. Take Loop 101 North toward Scottsdale. Stay on 101 North until the Indian BEND (NOT Indian School) exit and turn left. At the traffic light on Scottsdale Road, turn left and get into the right lane on Scottsdale Road. Just south of Lincoln Dr, the resort will be on your right. You will turn right onto "Rose Lane", follow it left around an immediate bend in the road, and the resort lobby and parking is on your left. Do note that you should leave your luggage in the car as once you check into the hotel and register for the program, you will then drive a short distance to park for walking access to your room.
  Phoenix - Scottsdale Cottonwoods Resort from I-10 Westbound Stay on I-10 west to the US 60 and exit east toward Mesa / Globe. Stay on US 60 east about 3 miles to Loop 101 north toward Scottsdale. Continue on Loop 101 North to Indian BEND (NOT Indian School) exit and turn left. At the traffic light on Scottsdale Road, turn left and get into the right lane on Scottsdale Road. Just south of Lincoln Dr, the resort will be on your right. You will turn right onto "Rose Lane", follow it left around an immediate bend in the road, and the resort lobby and parking is on your left. Do note that you should leave your luggage in the car as once you check into the hotel and register for the program, you will then drive a short distance to park for walking access to your room.
  Phoenix - Scottsdale Cottonwoods Resort from I-17 Southbound Take the I-17 south to the Loop 101 East exit. Continue on Loop 101 East until the Indian Bend (NOT Indian School) exit and turn right. At the traffic light on Scottsdale Road, turn left and get into the right lane on Scottsdale Road. Just south of Lincoln Road, the resort will be on your right. You will turn right onto "Rose Street", follow it left around an immediate bend in the road, and the resort lobby and parking is on your left. Do note that you should leave your luggage in the car as once you check into the hotel and register for the program, you will then drive a short distance to park for walking access to your room.
Equipment Requirements: - Bring your own camera. 35 mm SLR or digital SLR recommended. Program emphasis is on all phases of digital photography, but film users are also welcome to attend. We will not be able to process film for critique during the week. - Wide angle (20-35 mm) lens, macro lens or close-up filter useful. - Short to medium (80-200 mm) telephoto lens also useful. - Tripod and cable release are invaluable. - Flash drive/jump drive AKA: storage device/drive at least 2 gig in size. This is to submit the images for the daily photo review. This device is important and only one device per couple or team is needed. A second memory card may be substituted. - Laptop computers are recommended. They are useful for participants reviewing their daily photos for submission for review, editing photos and organizing photo essay for the end of the week. I-Pads do not work as well as laptops due to inability to export files. - Camera's owner's manual, extra batteries, battery charger.
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, May 4)
   
 Afternoon: On-site registration from 4:30-5:15 PM in the hotel conference room or lobby.
 Dinner: Dinners at the hotel or at a local restaurant. Please arrive at the time indicated on your itinerary.
 Evening: Following dinner we will have an orientation meeting. Review the daily activities and meet your fellow participants. Your photography instructor will be present to answer you specific questions concerning the daily downloading and sharing of photographs. We will have a short session of introductions.
   
Accommodations: Scottsdale Cottonwoods
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Photography Class/MacDonald Ranch
(Monday, May 5)

Note: Several walks, carry your own equipment up to one half mile each.



   
 Breakfast: 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 the 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: Scottsdale Cottonwoods
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Desert Botanical Gardens/Superstition Mountains/Photo Review
(Tuesday, May 6)

Note: Several walks, carry your own equipment up to one half mile each.



   
 Breakfast: 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 on your own at the Desert Botanical Gardens.
 Afternoon: Sunset photoshoot in the Superstition Mountains.
 Dinner: Dinner at the hotel or at a local restaurant.
 Evening: Photo workshop critique and review.
   
Accommodations: Scottsdale Cottonwoods
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 4: Sedona all day photo field trip
(Wednesday, May 7)

Note: Several walks, carry your own equipment up to one half mile each.



   
 Breakfast: Come down by the time indicated on the itinerary, just be sure to allow enough time to arrive promptly for the morning activity!
 Morning: Pack up and load the vehicles. Enjoy a 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. We will spend time in the towering confines of Oak Creek Canyon photographing the flowing waters and riparian community of the creek as well as some of the historic structures left behind by homesteaders. Oak Creek Canyon was designated as Arizona's first official Scenic Byway and is considered one of the most dramatic drives of our state as it drops from the Ponderosa Pine country of Flagstaff to the high elevation desert of Sedona. Numerous stops capturing Sedona's famous red rock views as well as its beautiful high desert Flora. Visit Sedona's iconic Church of the Holy Cross, and enjoy a little free time in the Mexican themed village of Tlquepaque, with its ornate fountains and flowering gardens.
 Lunch: Sack lunch in the field.
 Afternoon: Continue our visit to beautiful locations in Sedona.
 Dinner: Enjoy dinner at a local restaurant.
 Evening: Following an early dinner, we will head out to capture sunset photos of the red rocks and towering buttes/cliffs.
   
Accommodations: Sedona La Quinta Inn
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Drive Oak Creek Canyon to Grand Canyon/Sunset Shoot
(Thursday, May 8)

Note: Several walks carry your own equipment up to one half mile each.



   
 Breakfast: Come down by the time indicated on the itinerary, just be sure to allow enough time to arrive promptly for the morning activity!
 Morning: Drive up scenic Oak Creek Canyon on the way to the Grand Canyon. Stop at the Grand Canyon Visitor Center and then view the grandeur of the Grand Canyon at various scenic view points.
 Lunch: Sack lunch on the rim.
 Afternoon: Continue our grand exploration of the South Rim of the Grand Canyon.
 Dinner: Dinner at the hotel.
 Evening: Watch the Sunset over the Grand Canyon and maybe take a few special photos.
   
Accommodations: Grand Canyon South Rim Lodges
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Sunrise Photoshoot on the rim of the Grand Canyon/Departures
(Friday, May 9)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the Grand Canyon Lodge's Cafeteria. Enjoy a wide selection of choices.
 Morning: Get up early for a sunrise photo shoot at the rim of the Grand Canyon. Pack up and depart to Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport, arriving by 12:30PM, followed by a stop at the starting hotel.
   
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.

Suggested Reading List


Explorer's Guide Phoenix, Scottsdale, Sedona & Central Arizona: A Great Destination


Author: Christine Bailey


Description: Imagine all the adventures you’ll have in Arizona— touring the mountains and red deserts, seeing one spectacular natural wonder after another: the Grand Canyon, Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument...Discover the art galleries, museums, resorts, and cuisine that help make Phoenix and Scottsdale such hot destinations. Full-color photographs throughout.



Field Guide to the Grand Canyon


Author: Whitney, Stephen R


Description: This book describes and illustrates the area's plants and animals, and offers fascinating in-depth information on the natural history and geology of this dramatic region. 272pp





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