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Elderhostel 2008

 Digital Photography in the Field


Adobe Photoshop Elements, Beginner Level

 March 30 April 4, 2008

 Sponsored by:  Northern Arizona University

Flagstaff, Arizona

 This program was especially interesting because I was able to join my friends Doris and Dick Green of Council Bluffs, Iowa for this adventure in photography.  We flew to Phoenix together where we drove our rented van to Flagstaff.   This was a first class program with good instruction in photography and a super workshop in the use of Adobe Photoshop software.  This Elderhostel program consisted of two parts, first was two days of field trips to the Grand Canyon and Wupatki National Monument.  We initially received camera instruction to help us improve our picture taking skills on Sunday evening.  On Monday morning, we drove up to the south rim of the Grand Canyon.  Our initial stop for the day was Yavapai Point and Observation Station. 

 Following are a few of the photographs I took from the trail along the point.  It was very easy to go wild with my digital camera that allows me to take almost unlimited photos. 





 Note the last snows of winter on the cliff side.


Blue skies and clouds made for beautiful canyon photos!



The day was perfect for a photographer to be on a shoot that

focused to improving one's picture taking skills.  The colors

and lighting of the canyon was under constant change.  The

above shot was taken in the early afternoon.  We took a break

mid afternoon since we were staying at the canyon until dark

so we could photograph the sunset over the canyon.

Beautiful scenery, white clouds and blue skies.


After dinner we moved back to the south rim for our sunset shoot.

Sunset is moving over the canyon.  Colors change shapes rapidly! 


Deep in the canyon colors and shadows emerge and change.


Shadows deepen and darkness moves rapidly into the canyon.

A last glimpse before dark settled over the canyon

Day two arrived bright and clear with the expectation of

another great day of picture taking.  We are off to the

Wupatki National Monument. 


The lava flows from the nearby Sunset Crater seemed to

harden the land to a rough surface.  The monument is the home

 to the remains of masonry pueblos.  They were

perfect of picture  taking. 


Snow capped mountains watched over our photo efforts.


The remains of an early Pueblo farm.



Our second stop of the morning was at the Wupatki Ruins. 

This was a more extensive pueblo location with

a larger set of pueblo ruins. 




Ruins of a pueblo  farm.


The sagebrush was in full bloom as it had rained recently!


A last look at the ruins at Wupatki National Monument.

 Starting Wednesday morning, we begin to learn about how to use

Adobe Photoshop software.  I had over 350 pictures to practice on. 

Bring on the computer lab!

 This was a super Elderhostel experience.  Along with enjoying the

company of Dick and Doris Green, also  I made several new friends on

the trip.  It did not hurt any that we had beautiful spots to take pictures

and learn more about how to become a good photographer.