Archive for the ‘Photography Workshops’ Category

San Juan River 3 Day Float Trip and Photography Workshop! Monday, March 14th, 2016
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More Details on the 2016 Alaska Bears and Birds Photography Workshop Sunday, October 25th, 2015

Here is all the info on the June Alaska Bears ‘n Birds trip.

It’s 5 days, 4 nights, based at the Silver Salmon Lodge on the border of Lake Clark National Park (in the general vicinity of Kodiak Island). Participants need be in Anchorage ready to depart for the lodge via bush plane by 9:00 AM on June 10. We’ll arrive at the lodge around 10, get settled, orientation and head into the field before lunch at 1.

All meals and lodging are included; does not include tips for guides or staff, or for alchoholic beverages. Lodging will be bedrooms in the main lodge or private cabins. All cabins have bathrooms with running water and electricity; some have kitchens. Space for 4 people. They drive us around in ATVs with carts so six can fit in one cart.

Days are spent shooting before breakfast; breakfast is at 8, sunrise is about 4:30 a.m. – we usually meet at 6:30 based on regulations from the park to give the bears some time to have on their own without gawking tourists. Then back out to find bears before lunch at 1. Afternoon light gets bright so there is some downtime for editing, napping, instruction, relaxing, etc. Group heads back out between 3 & 4 until dinner at 7. Then back out to shoot after dinner until about 9 or 10 to catch that nice evening light. Sunset is about midnight. We depart for Anchorage on the 14th. Departure time depends on the tide schedule.

Other options for activities include boat ride to Duck/Puffin Island where I have seen puffins, common muerres, oyster catchers, sea otter, and lots of waterfalls on the boat ride. Fishing is popular if there are fish but we might be a little early for that. Relaxing on the deck is always popular. There is a short hike up to a lake.

Every time Dawn has been there it seems like there isn’t enough time to photograph the bears. This may feel different for a landscape photographer. She usually sees about a dozen bears at various times but it is a big place and can take some time to find where they are. In June we would see them mating, clamming, eating in the sedge meadows and maybe strutting their new cubs of the year. She has also seen eagles on the beach, and there are some beautiful scenics with Mt Iliamna and Mt Redoubt (volcanos).

The cost is $4900 per person. 50% non-refundable deposit required at time of registration. We suggest you consider purchasing trip insurance through Allianz. Deadline for registration is December 1.

Regarding Bird photography (from the NPS Lake Clark website): The wide variety of habitats found in the park allows for an abundance of bird species. One hundred and ninety species have been confirmed sighted in the area, and six others have unconfirmed sightings. The once endangered Peregrine falcon nests along the Tuxedni Bay coastline. The foothill/lakes region to the west of the Chigmit Range, and the Chulitna Flats adjacent to Lake Clark are important feeding and nesting grounds which host a varied array of migratory and native birds. Among the types of birds a visitor might see are waterfowl, shorebirds, raptors, falcons, owls, songbirds, grouse, and ptarmigan.


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Canyonlands National Park Reiterates “No Commerical Guiding to Fales Kiva” Thursday, May 21st, 2015

About three years ago Canyonlands National Park declared False Kiva off limits to commercial guides.  This has always irritate the heck out of me.  In essence, what they’ve done is prohibited those of us who are charged with knowing and enforcing the rules and left it open to everyone else.  I still go there a lot, it’s one of my favorite spots, and nearly every time I’m there I see people violating the rules: sitting on the walls, entering the ruin, etc.  I’ve questioned  the reasoning behind this several time with park staff and have yet to get an answer.  So, if you want images like these you’ll have to find the place on your own:

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Portrait Work in Monument Valley Tuesday, May 19th, 2015

I added a new dimension to my spring Moab to Monument Valley photography workshop this year.  Our Navajo guide arranged for a mother-daughter team to pose for a portrait session among the scenery of Monument Valley.  The workshop started as usual in Moab, with night session in Arches National Park and Canyonlands National Park, and still included a day on Cedar Mesa near Blanding, but we finished with both night photography and portrait session in the Valley.  We’ll be repeating this in October this year!

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It’s Time to Think About Wildflowers! Wednesday, May 13th, 2015

It’s time to start thinking about Colorado Wildflowers! This year my wildflower workshop will run August 1 & 2. That’s later than usual for 2 reasons: 1) I believe the wet, cool spring will delay the blooming by a couple of weeks, and 2) this year I’m basing it out of gorgeous Ouray, Colorado rather than the usual Crested Butte and we’ll be working in higher elevations than in past years. We’ll be working at altitudes of 9,000 to 12,000′ and be using 4 wheel drive to access places very few people ever see. You can get more information here:…/2-day–crested-b…

I’m also running a new, 8 day photo tour to coincide with the release of “A Photographer’s Guide to Colorado’s National Parks and Monuments”….. a whirlwind tour of the state of Colorado. This includes the first 2 days of the wildflower workshop, then visits several of the parks in the book plus other iconic sites such as Maroon Lake/Maroon Bells and Crystal Mill. More information here:…/colorful-colorad…

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Rock Art and Ruins Desert Southwest Photo Tour: Canyonlands National Park, Arches National Park, Cedar Mesa and Monument Valley Monday, May 11th, 2015

Many of the ruins I posted images of in the last couple of weeks will be included in the May and November “Rock Art and Ruins” photo tour in SE Utah. We’ll do a combination of day and night photography and include some iconic and some relatively unknown petroglyphs and pictographs.  We’ll start in Moab, shooting site in both Arches National Park and Canyonlands National Park, then head south to Cedar Mesa before ending up doing a night photography photo tour in Monument Valley.

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First Book Talk/Signing was a Success! Sunday, May 10th, 2015

We were totally blown away with the result of our book talk/signing tonight in Rocky Mountain National Park. Horrible weather all day and getting worse, 96 people showed up. Almost standing room only. We spent 30+ minutes afterward in the bookstore signing books; sold a bunch of books. Great applause, great feedback, and everything ran smoothly! Couldn’t be happier! This pic got the most OOOoooos.

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Ancient Skies Through Ancient Eyes Wednesday, April 1st, 2015

I stopped at Sego Canyon on my way to Moab and Monument Valley to do this night shot.


A Photographer’s Guide to Colorado’s National Parks and Monuments Tuesday, February 17th, 2015


A Photographer’s Guide to Colorado’s National Parks and Monuments

Bob and Cindy Maynard

This guide provides location-specific details for intermediate to experienced photographers seeking to enhance their travels in the national parks and monuments of Colorado.

Bob Maynard, an award-winning photographer, founded Colorado Plateau Photo Tours in 2009 and has been guiding and instructing photographers ever since. He has been exploring the Colorado Rockies and the desert southwest since 1969.

Cindy Maynard is an experienced naturalist with extensive experience teaching and writing about the natural world. She is a regular contributor to Images Magazine, published by Boulder County.

Few states in the continental United States offer the range of geography and topography that Colorado does. The variety of scenic locations draws millions of annual visitors, most hoping to document their visit in photographs.

This guide offers aid to intermediate and experienced photographers who wish to do their own exploring rather than engage the help of a guide. It provides all the information photographers need to be in the right place, at the right time, with the right lens. Each chapter introduces the special features unique to each location, providing in-depth and reader-friendly details on geology, history, and more, to enhance your understanding and add to your sense of wonder. Along with this vital information, photographer Bob Maynard and naturalist Cindy Maynard share their extensive personal experience, entertaining anecdotes, and a selection of Bob’s photographs.

This guide can help you turn your next visit to Colorado into an adventure in learning.




March Photography Workshop will Cover Moab, Canyonlands, Arches, Cedar Mesa and Monument Valley Sunday, January 25th, 2015

I’m gathering an informal group to meet in Monument Valley March 27, 28 and 29 to photograph the alignment of the Mittens shadow (see below).  We’ll try to include some shooting along the way in Arches and Canyonlands.  I’ll be spending extra time on Cedar Mesa doing night photography around the Anasazi ruins for my next book, Anasazi Nights – Ancient Skies Through Ancient Eyes.  Those who wish can make separate arrangements with the Phillips brothers for sunset, sunrise or night photography in Monument Valley.  Contact me if you’re interested!

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