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Grand Canyon by Raft Photography Workshop

Summary: Grand Canyon rafting expedition specifically designed to be a photographic adventure of a lifetime, providing you access to seldom-photographed locations during the best possible time of the day. Learn from two professional photographers (QT Luong, Oliver Klink) how to master various light conditions, including night photography.


The Grand Canyon counts as one of the wonders of the natural world with some of the most stunning landscape on the planet. There is no better way to experience the Grand Canyon than rafting some of the world's most famous rapids, discover unique places accessible only by boat, and hike up the side canyons.

Our expedition is designed specifically to be a photographic adventure of a lifetime, providing you access to seldom-photographed locations during the best possible time of the day. Instead of traveling with people with vastly differing goals, interested in a bit of sightseeing, hiking, and rapids riding, your companions will be like-minded photography enthusiasts and two well-established full-time photographers, QT Luong and Oliver Klink, who will be available at any time during the trip to provide expert advice and individual instruction tailored to each participant's need.

The trip takes place in early May, avoiding the intense heat of mid-summer, rains, and benefiting from spring wildflowers. At that time the Little Colorado River is at its most exquisite shade of crystalline turquoise, providing a striking contrast with the red rocks. Starting the expedition with a new moon will also provide favorable conditions for night photography in this exceptionally dark environment. As we will be running the river on four smal rafts, there will be constant opportunities for action photographs during the day.

We will be traveling with a well-established river company licensed to operate in the Grand Canyon National Park. Besides operating the boats, our river guides will prepare all three delicious meals so that your job will only be picking up and setting your own camp (most just sleep under the stars) and photography.

Do not miss out on this unique opportunity. We only have 12 spots!

Pre-trip: Oliver and QT will communicate personally with you to get you geared up for this unique photographic expedition.

Day 1 (April 28): Meeting in Flagstaff, AZ . Trip logistics and gear packing, final check of all equipment, image review.

Days 2 - 12:

  • Travel by raft
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner prepared by our guides
  • Daily hikes to scenic spots and hidden gems (we will leverage light for our photoshoots)
  • Some of the highlights of our 188-mile trip may include (itinerary can vary based on weather and water flow conditions): Marble Canyon, North Canyon to photograph a remarkable sculpted spillway reflected in a pool, Redwall Cavern, famous ancient granaries, mythical locations such the Confluence of the Colorado and the Little Colorado River, Clear Creek Falls, Shinumo Falls, Elves Chasm, Maktakamiba Canyon, National Canyon, and many others.

Day 13: End of the river journey at Whitmore Wash, scenic flight by Helicopter to Bar 10 ranch, and then to Flagstaff by plane with high wings.

LEADERS: QT Luong & Oliver Klink
DATES: April 28 to May 10, 2014
DEPARTURE: Flagstaff, Arizona
INCLUDED:

  • Instruction pre, during and post photography workshop
  • All-inclusive 12 day expedition by raft down the Grand Canyon, with return by scenic flight
  • Complete camping gear, incl. tent if required (11 nights of primitive camping down the Grand Canyon), waterproof bags for personal items
  • All gourmet meals, snacks, water, Gatorate, juice, coffee, tea
NOT INCLUDED: Travel to Flagstaff, accomodation in Flagstaff, travel & medical insurance, tips for the river guides
DIFFICULTY: No rafting experience required. Hikes less than 1 mile, but terrain can be rugged. One optional longer 3 hour hike.
GUESTS: 12
PRICE: $4,900
DEPOSIT: $1,500

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