Activity note: Hotel Check-in after 3:00 PM
Afternoon: Rooms available after 3:00 PM. Program registration with the Road Scholar staff is in the hotel meeting room between 5-5:30 PM, which is also where the Orientation session will take place. Orientation and Introductions begin at 5:30 PM. The Group Leader will greet everyone with a warm welcome and lead introductions. We will review the up-to-date program schedule and any changes, discuss roles and responsibilities, logistics, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, and answer any questions you may have. Participants will have an opportunity to introduce themselves to the group. Free time is reserved for your personal independent exploration. Evenings at leisure offer opportunities to make the program more meaningful and memorable through personal independent exploration, engaging in available activities on your own, or simply relaxing and making new friends among fellow participants. The Group Leader will always be happy to offer suggestions. All lectures will be led by our professional photographer; and all field trips will e led by our professional photographer and our group leader. All program transportation will be by vans. BR>Program activities, schedules, personnel, and indicated distances or times may change due to local conditions/circumstances including weather. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding.
Dinner: Dinner catered by the hotel restaurant. Entrées will vary nightly. vegetarian and gluten-free option available if requested ahead of time. One non-alcoholic beverage provided, alcoholic beverages available for purchase.
Evening: After Dinner, enjoy an evening at leisure, get a good night's sleep for the full day ahead.
Activity note: Several walks, carry your own equipment up to one half mile each. At the evening shoot, walk on unpaved trails and off trail on uneven ground while photographing in diminishing light.
Breakfast: Enjoy breakfast at the hotel. Large deluxe buffet breakfast as well as fresh omelette's cooked to order. Coffee, tea, juices and water available.
Morning: Gather in the hotel meeting room for our morning classroom session. 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 your Camera and camera manual with you to the session.)
Lunch: Lunch at the hotel is a delicious green salad and sandwich Buffet. Coffee, tea, water to drink.
Afternoon: After lunch we walk to a park near the hotel for a practice session with our new concepts and to learn the controls of your camera. After returning to the hotel, we load up in to the vans for our field trip to 1300 acre McDonald 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. Bring a flashlight, a water bottle, and an extra layer.
Dinner: Enjoy a cowboy cookout at McDonald Ranch, in a rustic old-west setting. Choices include a selection of meats off the grill, salad, chips and a desert. Drinks include water, lemonade, and tea.
Evening: Return to hotel upon conclusion of photo shoot and cowboy cookout. Recharge your batteries and your camera's batteries for tomorrow's shoot.
Activity note: Two walks on sometimes paved, sometimes not paved, usually level terrain. Carry your own equipment up to one mile each. Two drives today, each is a local drive of about 10 miles.
Breakfast: Enjoy breakfast at the hotel.
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 one of several restaurants within walking distance of our hotel.This meal has been excluded from the program cost and is on your own to enjoy what you like. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions.
Afternoon: Gather in the hotel meeting room for an afternoon session on Post Processing. In digital photography, post processing describes work that is done on photos after taking them; using software like Photoshop, or Lightroom for instance. We’ll be devoting an afternoon to a basic intro to photo editing using Lightroom and Photoshop Elements. We’ll cover such topics as how to make adjustments to levels, color and saturation, exposure, cropping, and resizing, to name a few. We’ll also cover how to use some of the tools used most often in photography like selection tools, cloning and “clean-up” tools, for instance. Often, just a few minor adjustments is all that’s needed to improve and enhance your valuable pictures.
Dinner: Dinner at a local restaurant. The meal will be plated with one non-alcoholic drink included, with other beverages available for purchase.
Evening: Gather in the hotel meeting room for a photo critique and review session lead by our professional photographer.
Activity note: Load Luggage, Van Ride about 120 miles and 2 hours. Several walks, carry your own equipment up to one half mile each.
Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at the hotel.
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 along Oak Creek photographing the flowing waters and riparian community of the creek as well as some of the historic structures left behind by homesteaders. Visit Sedona's iconic Church of the Holy Cross.
Lunch: Sack lunch in the field. Bring your own water bottle.
Afternoon: Continue our visit to beautiful locations in Sedona. Head out to capture sunset photos of the red rocks and towering buttes/cliffs.
Dinner: Enjoy a late dinner at the hotel restaurant.The meal will be plated with one non-alcoholic beverage included, and other beverages available for purchase.
Evening: Evening at leisure after a late dinner.
Activity note: Load Luggage, van drive about 110 miles and 2 1/2 hours. Several walks, carry your own equipment up to one mile each. total of less than 2 miles.
Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at the hotel. Coffee, tea, juices and water are available.
Morning: Load luggage and drive up scenic Oak Creek Canyon, and the San Francisco Peaks Volcanic Field on the way to the Grand Canyon. 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. Stop at West Fork of Oak Creek for Sedona's famous red rock views as well as its beautiful high desert Flora.
Lunch: Sack lunch at West Fork of Oak Creek Canyon. Bring your own water bottle.
Afternoon: View and photograph the grandeur of the Grand Canyon at various scenic view points.
Dinner: Dinner at the grand canyon lodge cafe. one non-alcoholic beverage included, and other beverages available for purchase.
Evening: Watch the Sunset over the Grand Canyon and maybe take a few photos, too.
Activity note: One walk of less than one half mile. one short drive and one drive of about 15 miles.
Breakfast: Walk to 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. Continue our exploration of the South Rim of the grand Canyon. Photo review session.
Lunch: Lunch on your own.
Afternoon: Free afternoon to explore the Grand Canyon on your own. Your group leader will be happy to offer suggestions for your afternoon.
Dinner: Celebratory dinner at the Grand Canyon Squire Inn.
Evening: Short program wrap-up.
Activity note: load luggage,and drive about 4 hours and 225 miles.
Breakfast: Walk to Breakfast at the Grand Canyon Lodge's Cafeteria.
Morning: Pack up and depart to Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport, arriving by 12:30PM, followed by a stop at the starting hotel. We hope you enjoyed this Road Scholar program sponsored by Northern Arizona University and we look forward to hosting you in the future. Keep in touch via the Road Scholar Social Network and our NAU Road Scholar Facebook page: www.facebook.com/rsadventures; and www.facebook.com/NAUroadscholar where you can share memories, picture and comments. Best wishes for all your journeys!