Mentor Series Photo Trek in New Mexico

Date: October 5-7, 2012


For more information or to register by phone, call (888) 676-6468.

Workshop Leaders: Reed Hoffmann, David Tejada and Michael Clark

Come along for the photo opportunity of a lifetime as the Mentor Series heads to New Mexico to take in dramatic landscapes, rich cultural history and the hot-air extravaganza at the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. Indulge photographically in the visual splendor this desert locale offers, while Nikon professional photographers Reed Hoffmann, David Tejada and Michael Clark share their extensive photographic knowledge and assist you in making the images you desire.

New Mexico’s enchanting scenic beauty will be evident when we turn our cameras on Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument to take advantage of the unusual and otherworldly scene before us. The naturally sculpted curved walls of the slot canyons reveal the intricate multicolored layers, composed of pumice and ash from volcanic eruptions that occurred six to seven million years ago. Frame the massive cone-shaped rock formations soaring high amid a mountainous backdrop, or stand atop the mesa and consider the role of the hoodoos juxtaposed with the juniper trees. As the sun descends, head to White Rock Overlook to capture the sweeping panoramic views, which showcase the mighty Rio Grande snaking elegantly through the landscape.

Arrival at the Balloon Fiesta before sunlight is paramount, and the variety of vibrant subject matter at this world-famous event is seemingly endless. Take a step back with your wide angle to record the entire scene, or focus on intricate details that inspire you; but regardless, enjoy the ease with which you can make your photographs while walking among the balloons and conversing with the pilots. Balance your composition as you capture the process of the crews preparing for launch, or the dazzling array of color against the deep blue New Mexico sky. After the sun sets, enjoy the breathtaking “glow event” when the balloons are tethered and fire their burners simultaneously, creating a spectacular ethereal moment. With our mentors’ best advice and the Fiesta’s unique access, you will have ample opportunity to creatively record the various elements of this festival, highlighting the world’s oldest aviation sport, from inflation to flight.

Change your perspective and if you so choose, take to the wind and journey upward in a balloon. Be among the morning’s Mass Ascension when hundreds of balloons launch together to display a kaleidoscope of brilliant hues—distinctly at eye level. Don’t just imagine the possibilities for amazing aerial and balloon photographs, use what you learn to confidently create them.

If you have ever wanted to visit the Balloon Fiesta and take timeless images of this romantic pastime, don’t miss this unique chance to experience New Mexico with the Mentor Series. Sign up today!

Who Should Attend: Open to any and all photographers.

For more information visit the Mentor Series Photo Treks website.

Workshop Fee: $1,225*

* Includes in-the-field instruction, entrance fees, presentations, digital reviews, and transportation to each shooting location. Optional add-on: sunrise hot air balloon ride from Balloon Fiesta Park during the Fiesta (additional fee).

Below is an image I shot a few years back at the Balloon Fiesta. This event is a photographer’s dream in terms of photo opportunities. And the chance to go up in a balloon during the fiesta is truly an opportunity not to be missed. This one is coming up soon so don’t miss out on this photo trek. Hope to see you here in New Mexico early next month!

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