I went with a group of photographers to Death Valley. I spent five fabulous days in this hot, but fun oasis, hiking and taking photos…just having fun exploring! My schedule since the new year had been so chaotic, that I decided I needed a change of scenery, as well as a dose of landscape photography to feed my soul. Life is about balance. It’s good get away from the hustle of everyday life now and then.
This year, I have been on a journey to lose the extra pounds I packed on over the last ten years, and sor far I have lost fifty-five pounds, so hiking in Death Valley suited me very well.
Every morning, at five a.m., I got up to meet my group to capture sunrise photos at Zabriskie Point or the Sand Dunes. The first thirty minutes of sunlight in the morning is my magical time for photography.
Late morning, we explored areas around us, like the Salt Flats or ghost towns for more photo opportunities.
After lunch, we relaxed to work on editing photos. By evening, we set out for more travel photography and then a late dinner. By the end of each day, we were exhausted…. I loved every minute of it!
We stayed at the famous Furnace Creek Ranch. It’s a beautiful resort surrounded by desert scenery, with a golf course and horseback riding – the perfect place for a photo retreat.
The whole trip was a perfect balance – fun, laughing with friends until my face literally hurt and of course relaxation. I cannot wait to meet my friends there again next year!
Where is your favoritie photography retreat? I’d love to hear more about your favorite places to photograph in the comments!