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Workshop: Arizona Time Travel Photography

June 18, 2020 - June 21, 2020

San Francisco Peaks with Lomaki Ruins in foreground

On this four-day-outing, we capture the allure of ancient Indian ruins, a historic ghost town, and vestiges of Route 66.  We photograph the sculpted Sedona red rocks and the immensity of Grand Canyon, and shoot the sparkling Milky Way arching over the high desert. Steeped in variety, this workshop includes exercises in classic landscape photography, black and white, and Milky Way/night sky photography.

Overview of Itinerary

Day One, we meet for orientation in the afternoon, and have an early dinner. Our photographic journey begins in the famous red rocks of Sedona at a stunningly scenic sunset view.

Day Two we start early with a Sedona sunrise then head to the ghost town of Jerome for a private shoot in a nostalgic boneyard of rusty old trucks and cars plus farm machinery arranged in picturesque scenes. We will capture the weathered surfaces and colorful patina revealed on relics of old-time Americana and practice working with textures and the arrangement of shapes.

We then drive up beautiful Oak Creek Canyon to Flagstaff to dine at and shoot a colorful 1950s diner along the old Route 66, paying special attention to late-day light and neon-lit twilight reflections.

Day Three begins with sunrise at San Francisco Peaks with Lomaki Ruins in foreground the archaeological gem of Wupatki National Monument – an area of 900-year old stone buildings spread across a savanna landscape with the backdrop of the soaring 12,000-foot San Francisco Peaks.

A short drive then takes us to some of the most awe-inspiring overlooks into Grand Canyon on the eastern end of the national park, where we frame the fantastically colored geology of the vast gorge. This is an opportunity to advance our landscape photo skills – emphasizing the engaging interplay of light and dimension.

The highlight of this workshop arrives at the end of Day Three. In a remote area of Wupatki National Monument, we stage an astro-photography shoot under Arizona´s spectacular night sky. We frame the bluff top Wukoki ruin soaring two stories into the star-filled night, accented by the iridescent arc of the Milky Way.

On Day Four we wake up at the lodge of the hundred-year old Cameron Trading Post for a leisurely breakfast. On our return to Sedona we visit the geologic wonder of Sunset Crater National Monument, a stark landscape of black cinders and lone pine trees within bizarrely hardened lava flows.

Our workshop concludes that evening with a farewell dinner at Sedona’s Creekside restaurant.

Important Information

Price: $2375
Limited to 8 participants

  • Price covers:
    • All accommodations throughout the workshop (including night one in Sedona)
    • All transportation, ride comfortably in a Ford Expedition or Chevy Suburban
    • All entrance fees and special use permits
    • Two meals (see below)
  • Accommodations: All rooms are shared and include two queen beds. For a single-occupancy room add $375.
  • Meals
    1. Picnic breakfast after sunrise at Wupatki on Day Three
    2. Picnic lunch at Grand Canyon on Day Three
  • Cancellations: We suggest that you purchase travel insurance to cover trip cancellation. Payment is only refundable from us under the conditions that the spot can be filled.
  • Full payment:
    • Due by April 3, 2020.

Workshop Registration

Registration Form

Please use the registration form to sign up. Deposit payment can be made on the registration form with PayPal or you can send a personal check via US Mail. Deposit of $600 is required to reserve your spot. 

Contact Form

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Larry Lindahl has photographed the American Southwest for over 25 years, has published several award-winning books on the region and has appeared on the cover of notable national and international magazines. His work appears in Arizona Highways, Outdoor Photographer, Backpacker, and Condé Nast Traveller. Larry is based in Sedona, his home for over 25 years.

His award-winning books include:


Nina Rehfeld, assistant instructor, has partnered with Larry on Grand Canyon and Sedona photography workshops including multiple 6-day backpacking photography workshops hiking from North Rim to South Rim. She has worked with Larry for more than ten years on a wide variety of international travel magazine stories, including on Monument Valley, Slot Canyons, Ancient Indian Ruins, Traditional Native American Culture, Colorado River Trips, Lake Powell, and more. Nina also lives in Sedona.

Both instructors are certified Wilderness First Responders (WFR).


June 18, 2020
June 21, 2020
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