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Southwest Landscape Photography With an Arizona Highways Photographer!

Program Number: 1046RJ
Start and End Dates:
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: $998.00 - 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; Gluten Free    

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
   Wyndham Garden Phoenix Midtown
  Phoenix 3 nights
   Hilton Garden Inn Tucson
  Tucson, AZ 2 nights
 Wyndham Garden Phoenix Midtown
Type: Hotel
  Description: Escape to the Valley of the Sun when you stay at the non-smoking Wyndham Garden Phoenix Midtown hotel. Set on 1.5 acres of lush gardens and with easy access to the Phoenix Convention Center, Chase Field, US Airways Center, and a wealth of Fortune 500 companies and government offices, this hotel north of downtown Phoenix boasts an enviable location close to businesses as well as attractions like the Heritage Square and Science Park, Desert Botanical Garden and Orpheum Theatre. And with an abundance of amenities, business and leisure travelers alike will find this upscale, yet casual hotel in Phoenix, Arizona a welcome respite during their travels. Full conference and event facilities are available at this Phoenix hotel, with four meeting rooms totaling 5,000 square feet to accommodate up to 300 people. Free Wi-Fi Internet access, audio-visual capability, catering and the services of the professional meetings team will ensure a successful event, whether it’s a business meeting, social event, seminar or conference.
  Contact info: 3600 N 2nd Ave
Phoenix, AZ 85013 USA
phone: 602-604-4900
web: www.wyndham.com/hotels/arizona/phoenix/wyndham-garden-phoenix-midtown/hotel-overview
  Room amenities: Spacious standard room with two queen beds, wireless internet, fridge, microwave, Iron, Ironing board and 37 inch flat screen television.
  Facility amenities: This Phoenix hotel boasts a myriad of amenities and leisure facilities. Relax in our heated outdoor pool or get active in the 24-hour fitness center. Or you can take to the tennis or beach volleyball courts for a different workout experience. Free Wi-Fi Internet access throughout the hotel keeps you productive, and ample free covered parking, a 24-hour business center, local shuttle service and same-day dry cleaning services are thoughtful extras. The Liberty Kitchen restaurant serves up a complimentary hot breakfast buffet every morning and savory American-style cuisine for dinner. Celebrate with friends and colleagues in the Lounge. Full conference and event facilities are available at this Phoenix hotel, with four meeting rooms totaling 5,000 square feet to accommodate up to 300 people. Free Wi-Fi Internet access, audio-visual capability, catering and the services of the professional meetings team will ensure a successful event, whether it’s a business meeting, social event, seminar or conference.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: Seasonal - Call hotel direct Make advance bookings not with the national reservation system, but direct with the hotel. Call Rochelle Samms at (602) 604-4906 and let her know you part of a Road Scholar booking and the property should be able to offer you a discount.
  Check in time: 4:00 PM

 Hilton Garden Inn Tucson
Type: Hotel
  Description: The Hilton Garden Inn Tucson Airport hotel is one mile from Tucson International Airport (TUS) and minutes from downtown.
  Contact info: 6575 South Country Club Road
Tucson, AZ 85756 USA
phone: 520-741-0505
  Room amenities: The Garden Sleep SystemT, Feather Pillows Non Allergenic, Complimentary WiFi access, LCD Flat Panel TV, Premium HBO,CNN,ESPN, Safe, Coffee Maker, Hairdryer, Iron/Ironing Board, Microwave, Mini Refrigerator.
  Facility amenities: Complimentary 24-hour Tucson International Airport shuttle including destinations within a 5 mile radius of the hotel. 24-hour Business Center and complimentary WiFi access, Photo Copying Service and Printer. Fitness center and outdoor pool, 24 hr Pavilion Pantry Market, Baggage Storage, Lounge, Coin Laundry, Elevators.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights after: Contact Hotel for Rate Contact Hotel for Rate.
  Check out time: 12:00 PM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Brief on site program registration between 4:30 - 5:15 PM. Hotel rooms available after 4:00 PM. You will be staying at Wyndham Garden Phoenix Midtown that night.
  End of Program:
Program will transport particpants back to the Phoenix Sky Harbor airport by 10:30 AM followed by drop off's at the starting hotel. You will be staying at Hilton Garden Inn Tucson 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:  Departures
Travel Details
 

Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport from Last Location

 

To Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
NAU Road Scholar

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Included in program.
Prices are subject to change.

   

NAU transportation will stop at Phoenix Airport followed by a stop at starting location.

 

To Hotel From Phoenix Airport

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi
Apache Taxi; AAA/Yellow Cab; Mayflower Cab

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

See Below
Prices are subject to change.

   

For two or more travelers a taxi may be cheaper and more convenient than Super Shuttle. Call in advance for a quote. Rates remain the same regardless of company, number of passengers and number of bags. Taxi terminal access is as follows: Terminal 2: East of the North curb, outside door # 8. Terminal 3: North curbside, outside door # 7 and Terminal 4: Level 1, North curbside, outside door # 7. Apache Taxi, 480-557-7000; AAA/Yellow Cab, 480-888-8888; Mayflower Cab 602-955-1355.

 

Wyndham Garden Midtown to/from Skyharbor airport

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
SuperShuttle
phone: 800-730-9267
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

About $18 one way ($16 if booked online), $2 discount with code "E3BBF" - Prices subject to change
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

15 minutes 

 

Distance:

 

8.5 miles

   

Shuttles by reservation to and from the Phoenix airport. Upon arrival, collect your luggage. For Terminal 2 arrivals, exit Door 8, at the east end of the terminal, past baggage claim. Once outside, continue east to the middle island/median. Terminal 3, exit Door 6 (South Curb) or Door 9 (North Curb) and cross the street. Terminal 4, exit Door 3 (North Curb) or Door 4 (South Curb), cross the street to the median. Parties of two or more may find a taxi to be cheaper.

 
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.
  Wyndham Garden Midtown Phoenix from points West (LA) Take I-10 East, Exit 7th Ave, Turn Left North onto 7th Ave, Turn Right East onto Osborn Rd, Turn Left North onto 2nd Ave, Hotel is on the left..
  Wyndham Garden Midtown from Skyharbor Airport PHX - Take I-10 West, Exit 7th Ave, Turn Right North onto 7th Ave, Turn Right East onto Osborn Rd, Turn Left North onto 2nd Ave, Hotel is on the left..
  Wyndham Garden Midtown from points north. Take I-17 South, Exit Indian School Road, Turn Left East onto Indian School Road, Turn Right South onto 3rd Ave, Turn Left East onto Osborn Road, Turn Left North onto 2nd Ave, Hotel is on the left..
Equipment Requirements: - Bring your own camera. digital SLR recommended. Point and Shoot Cameras welcome, as are film users. 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. - USB Flash drive/jump drive at least 2 gig in size. 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. - Printed copy of the Camera's full owner's manual - not just the Getting Start Manual, download from MFR's website if necessary; - 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, February 8)
   
 Afternoon: Hotel Check-In: After 4 PM. Early check-in subject to hotel availability.

Program Registration: 4:30-5:15 PM. After You have your room assignment, Come over to the Road Scholar table in the lobby or meeting room to register with the program staff,and pick up your name tag.

Orientation: 5:30-7 PM. We will gather in the hotel meeting room. We will review the daily schedule and any changes, emergency procedures, and answer any questions you have. We will follow with quick introductions.

Please be aware that the program activities and schedule times could change due to local circumstances. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding.
 Dinner: Dinner in the hotel conference room at 7 PM. If you wish you may also order "adult" beverages at your cost.
 Evening: After Dinner, enjoy a free evening, get a good night's sleep for the full day ahead.
   
Accommodations: Wyndham Garden Phoenix Midtown
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Photography Class/MacDonald Ranch
(Monday, February 9)

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. Discuss Camera Basics and explore the controls on your camera. (Bring our Camera with you to the session.)
 Lunch: Lunch is a delicious green salad and build your own sandwich.
 Afternoon: After lunch sit down for a review and critique session of photos submitted prior to the program by you and your fellow participants. 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: Wyndham Garden Phoenix Midtown
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Phoenix's Desert Botanical Garden and the Sonoran desert.
(Tuesday, February 10)

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: Gather in the resort meeting room for an afternoon photo critique and review session. Depart for a sunset photoshoot in the Superstition Mountains.
 Dinner: Dinner at the Mining Camp Restaurant.
 Evening: Late return to the hotel after dinner and photoshoot.
   
Accommodations: Wyndham Garden Phoenix Midtown
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 4: Travel to Tucson and visit historic San Xavier del Bac Mission
(Wednesday, February 11)

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 for our trip to Tucson.
 Lunch: Lunch at the Hilton Garden Inn.
 Afternoon: Gather in the meeting room of our Tucson hotel for a photo critique and review session. Check in to your room and head out to Saguaro National Park, for an afternoon shoot at the Signal Hill Petroglyph site and a sunset shoot at the Desert Discovery Trail.
 Dinner: Late dinner at the Hilton Garden Inn.
 Evening: Sunset shots
   
Accommodations: Hilton Garden Inn Tucson
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Old Tucson movie set, and historic Tucson movie set, and Photo Critique
(Thursday, February 12)

Note: Several walks carry your own equipment up to one 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: Visit the San Xavier del Bac Mission, the oldest intact European structure in Arizona, the church's interior is filled with marvelous original statuary and mural paintings. It is a place where visitors can truly step back in time and enter an authentic 18th Century space. A National Historic Landmark, San Xavier Mission was founded as a Catholic mission by Father Eusebio Kino in 1692. Construction of the current church began in 1783 and was completed in 1797. Visit the Arizona Sonoran Desert Museum. It is widely recognized throughout the world as a model institution for innovative presentation and interpretation of native plants and animals featured together in ecological exhibits. The Museum is regularly listed as one of the top ten zoological parks in the world because of its unique approach in interpreting the complete natural history of a single region (in our case this is the Sonoran Desert and adjacent ecosystems).
 Lunch: Lunch at the Arizona Sonoran Desert Museum.
 Afternoon: Explore historic buildings along the Presidio Trail in historic Tucson.
 Dinner: Dinner at the hotel.
 Evening: Photo workshop critique and review.
   
Accommodations: Hilton Garden Inn Tucson
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Check-out and departures
(Friday, February 13)
   
 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 depart to Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport, followed by a stop at the starting hotel. We should arrive to the airport by 10:30AM.
   
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.


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