Bosque and White Sands Photography Workshop

Dates: Nov 29-Dec 3, 2023 9 Spaces Available

Location: Socorro and Alamogordo, New Mexico

Times: Wednesday evening, meet at 7 pm  (after dinner) – final morning, depart after morning shoot

Cost: $1499

Details: Bosque del Apache in New Mexico is one of the best places in the world to photograph sandhill cranes. The cranes fly into Bosque’s “Crane Ponds” each afternoon, sometimes silhouetted on a blood red sky. This is the perfect time to photograph the birds parachuting into the ponds…..they look like they are suspended in air.  During the morning first light, the Bosque “blast off” provides the chance to shoot thousands of snow geese all taking off at once.

Tom and Cree have been photographing at Bosque for years. During their visit in 2018, there were 10,000 sandhill cranes and 30, 000 snow geese at the refuge. There are also frequent sightings of Gambel’s Quail, Hooded Mergansers and Bald Eagles.

White Sands National Monument

For the second part of the trip, we will travel to White Sands National Monument to photograph stark yucca plants on dazzling white dunes of gypsum sand. The monument includes 265 miles of sand. There is plenty of space to roam looking for the perfect desert landscape.

On this course you will learn about:

  • Exposure
  • Composition
  • Bird Photography
  • Filter Use

Hotels: We will spend the first two nights in Socorro, New Mexico in the Holiday Inn Express in Socorro. The last two nights  we will be at the Holiday Inn Express in Alamogordo, New Mexico. After a morning shoot on the last day, the workshop will end.

Socorro for Days 1-2 We will have a block of rooms set aside for our group at the Holiday Inn Express in Socorro.

Alamogordo for Days 3-4 We will have a block of rooms set aside for our group at the Holiday Inn Express  in Alamogordo. Be sure to get a confirmation number at this hotel.

Closest Airport: There are two options for accessing this workshop either Albuquerque International Sunport or El Paso International Airport. Drive time from ABQ Sunport to Socorro is 1 hour. Alamogordo to ABQ Sunport is three hours. From El Paso it is 2 hours and 45 minutes to Socorro. Alamogordo to El Paso is 1.5 hours.

Recommended camera gear:

  • Camera body
  • Lenses ranging from wide angle 24mm to 600 mm
  • Tripod
  • Polarizing filter
  • Speed light (optional)
  • Laptop for editing and review sessions

Included in the fee:

  • All instruction
  • Location and permit fees
  • Copy of Tom’s ebook Create Better Photographs

Students will provide their own:

  • Hotel accommodation
  • Transportation, airfare, rental car
  • All meals

Deposit for Bosque 2023

Dates: November 29-December 3