Wild Horses and Northern Utah Workshop  
— June 3rd to 7th, 2005 —

-- two seats lefts --

An exclusive five day field workshop
in Wild Horses Country and Northern Utah
with Alain and Natalie Briot
This workshop is opened to all photographers regardless of camera format or level of experience

-- Only 4 seats left as of March 29th --

Celestial Sunrise
Linhof Technikardan 4x5, Schneider 75mm, Fuji Provia

"I just wanted to say thank you for a fantastic workshop. 
I admit I was a little hesitant about joining a workshop with someone I have not met before, however, I was pleasantly surprised. 
The quality of the instruction, the handouts, and Alain's keen insights beyond the technical aspects of photography
made this workshop second-to-none and a valuable investment to me. 
Your scheduling and organization of the workshop was flawless. 
In addition, phenomenal locations and a fun and diverse group of participants made this workshop a clear winner.  
It was definitely worth the money and more."

Rene Pirolt, April 2004 Antelope Canyon Workshop participant
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Announcing an exciting, Five-day Eastern Colorado and Northern Utah workshop with Alain Briot and Natalie Briot
Wild Horses, Hyanpa River, Indian Petroglyphs, Dinosaur National Monument, rarely photographed Northern Utah Landscapes & unique rock formations. A Five day photography adventure workshop with Alain and Natalie Briot

Your Workshop Itinerary
The itinerary for this workshop was designed with two goals in mind: convenient travel arrangements and exciting photographic opportunities.We will start this workshop in Craig, Colorado where Natalie and I will welcome you. The exact location and time of our first meeting will be emailed to you after you register. We will end the workshop in Vernal, Utah. Lodging during the workshop will be in Craig and in Vernal.

Friday, June 3rd, 2005
Meeting and orientation followed by a question and answer session.

We will meet in Craig, Colorado.  Orientation by Alain and Natalie Briot.  Participants introduce each other.  Informal discussion of goals for the workshop and of expectations from each participant. 

Lodging: we will spend the night in Craig, Colorado

Saturday, June 4th, 2005
Wild Horses and Landscapes between Craig and Vernal.

Wild Horses shoot.  Breakfast in Craig, early, then departure for Wild Horses area.  We will eat Lunch in the field (participants need to bring a lunch, snacks and something to drink with them).  In the afternoon we will drive from Craig to Vernal, stopping along the way to photograph.  Sunset shoot will be on the way to Vernal.

Lodging: we will spend the night in Vernal, Utah.

Wild Horses 1

Fuji 645zi, Fuji Provia

Sunday, June 5th, 2005
Yampa River in Dinosaur National Monument.

We will drive into Dinosaur National Monument to photograph landscapes featuring the Yampa River, Brown Hole, and other scenic areas in the monument.  If time allows we will also visit the McPhees Spring area of the Monument. Sunset in the monument at a location selected during the day based on possibilities offered by light and composition.

Monday, June 6th, 2005
Petroglyphs and Badlands landscapes.

We will visit an extensive petroglyph site near Vernal, Utah, in fact one of the most exciting sites in the United States with carved figures up to seven feet tall!  We will spend half a day photographing petroglyphs.  After lunch, which will be in Vernal, we will look for interesting formations in the badlands that surround Vernal.  Yes, Badlands do offer exciting and unique photographic possibilities.  I think you will not be disappointed.

Lodging: we will spend the night in Vernal, Utah.

Tuesday, June 7th, 2005
Sunrise near Vernal, either along the Green River or in Dinosaur National Monument depending on participants preference as well as on light and weather.

The workshop ends after breakfast to provide participants with plenty of time to drive back and catch their return flight.

Incoming Storm, Northern Utah
Linhof Master Technica 4x5, Schneider 75mm, Fuji Provia

Important things to keep in mind:

Meeting place:
Craig, Colorado

Closest airport:
The closest airport is Denver, Colorado.  There is no airport in Craig, at least not one that will provide connecting flights with large airports.  You will need to rent a car and drive to Craig from either your home location or the Denver airport. It is approiximately 200 miles from Denver to Craig. Since this a mountaineous region driving time is about 3 to 4 hours.

We will spend the first night in Craig, Colorado and all other nights in Vernal, Utah. A list of accommodations in Craig and Vernal will be emailed to you when you register.

Things to keep in mind:
- Bring clothing suited for a variety of temperatures, from cold mornings to warm afternoons. Also be prepared for potential rain and for active weather. To quote David Muench: "bad weather equals good photographs."

- Park fees are not included in the workshop (applies to Dinosaur National Monument only)

- Food, lodging and transportation are not included. Some of you may want to camp, some stay in a hotel, some may want to eat with the group while other may prefer to be on their own. This arrangement provides for maximum flexibility while keeping the cost of this workshop to a minimum. It will gives you maximum freedom in planning your meals and give you time by yourself if you choose.

- We will email you directions to Craig as well as a list of hotels in Craig and Vernal when you register. You will then receive an email with the Friday evening meeting place and a detailed workshop schedule approximately 2 weeks before the workshop.

- We will be photographing from 4000 to 6000 feet elevation on average. Normally the only problem you can expect is a slight shortness of breath. However the higher elevation is something to keep in mind if you live at sea level or you are prone to encountering physical difficulties at higher elevations.

- A passenger car is suitable for this workshop since we will not drive on 4 wheel drive roads during the workshop. However, if you rent a car, we recommend you rent an SUV as it is more suited to this kind of activity. We will be driving on unpaved roads.

-We have a no tag-along policy. Spouses, friends, significant others and non-photographers need to be registered as full-time participants to join any aspect of this workshop. This includes meetings, print reviews, lectures, meals and all other aspects of this workshop. No exceptions. For further details read our Workshop FAQ.

- We do not carry cell phones. We will use walkie-talkies to communicate with each other during the workshop, when we are on location and when we are driving. If you become separated from the group we will call you on your walkie-talkie to find out where you are (provided you are within a 2 or 3 mile range). For these reasons we ask that you bring a walkie-talkie, such as a Motorola Talkabout or equivalent, to the workshop. Please set your walkie-talkie to channel 4-5.

Aspen and Conifer Forest, Northern Utah
Linhof Master Technica 4x5, Schneider 400mm, Fuji Provia

Cost and registration:
The cost of this once in a lifetime workshop is only $1245.

To reserve your seat in this workshop:

1- Download your emailable Workshop Registration Form, in pdf format, by clicking here
2- Email us at alain@beautiful-landscape.com
3- Call us toll free at 800-949-7983 (or 928-252-2466 )

We accept Visa, Mastercard and American Express. A receipt will be mailed to you the day after your registration has been processed. As you can imagine seats in this unique workshop are going to be in high demand so to be fair with everyone reservations will be made on a first come first served basis. If this workshop is for you, if you have been thinking about building up your portfolio, becoming more serious about your photography, or if want to visit very rarely photographed locations which offer exciting photographic possibilities: sign up now.

If you have any questions before registering, click here to send us an email inquiry or call us at 800-949-7983 or 928-252-2466 . We look forward to assist you with your questions.

About Alain and Natalie Briot
Alain Briot specializes in creating large format, fine art landscape photographs for display in home, offices and public spaces. His work is part of thousands of private and public collections in 138 countries worldwide and in all 50 states. Alain has been photographing since 1980 in Europe and since 1983 in the United States. Alain has 6 years of experience teaching photography and communication courses at the graduate and undergraduate level at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, Arizona and at Michigan Technological University in Houghton, Michigan. He has 20 years of experience photographing the Southwest and Utah's Canyon Country, the fascinating region we will explore during this river rafting workshop.

Natalie Briot is a certified Art Teacher. She has been teaching since 1992, first in Houghton, Michigan, then in Chinle, in the heart of NavajoLand, starting in 1995. Natalie loves teaching and specializes in helping her students fulfill their vision through visual exercises. Natalie is extremely patient and attentive to her students' needs.

We will take you to each of the locations shown in the photographs on this page so you can bring back your own photographs from these amazing places! The detailed itinerary on this page lists the specific locations we will visit during this workshop.

Celestial Pedestal
Linhof Master Technica 4x5, Schneider 75mm, Fuji Provia

The four unique and exciting aspects of this workshop:
1- You will be working under the guidance of not one but two instructors: Alain, professional large format photographer and Natalie, painter and Certified Art Teacher.
You will be working with two professional instructors who both have intimate knowledge of the locations where we will be taking you. Having two instructors for a small group is a huge benefit. It means that you will literally get one-on-one attention. This will result in much faster skill improvements than if you were working either on your own or as part of a large group.

Natalie and I also have a widely different teaching style. I focus upon taking photographs, finding the best light and the best composition possible and then framing the scene, calculating the exposure and so on. Natalie, on the other hand, takes a more relaxed and l
ess driven approach, focusing on helping you build visual skills one at a time and completing your Photographic Skills Enhancement Exercises in a constructive manner. As I said before (and I cannot say it enough) Natalie is very patient and very dedicated.

Working with both of us, and being exposed to our two teaching approaches, will be a pleasurable and effective experience for you. While I will focus on technical photographic aspects as well as on composition and finding the best photograph, Natalie will focus on helping you with your exercises, with answering questions and with providing additional information on a variety of topics.

2-We will take you to some lesser known locations which we discovered after years of exploration.
We personally scout the locations where we conduct each workshop ahead of time. That way we know for sure which location offers the best photographic opportunity. We also know the best time to be there as well as the exact route. Of course, knowing me and my work you know that I will choose locations that offer the most exciting photographic opportunities! Visiting these locations is dependent on the weather and on road conditions so we may have to adjust our itinerary depending on nature's unpredictable variables.

3-You will be practicing Photographic Skills Enhancement Exercises daily
In my 9-part article series on Aesthetics in Photography I introduce my Photographic Skills Enhancement Exercises. This concept is based on approaching photography as an activity in which visual training is necessary. This approach is based on conducting specific exercises designed to allow you to practice your photographic skills.

While my articles describe these exercises and provide you with the theory behind them, my workshops are designed to go much farther by providing an environment where you can apply the skills you learned in my articles under the guidance of Natalie and I. Natalie is very personable, very patient and very attentive to everyone needs. I know you will love working with her.

Of course, you can get as little or as much instruction and input as you want. If you prefer to focus on your own work you will have all the time needed to create your images. Just let us know and we will work with you to provide a learning environment tailored to your needs.

Wild Horses 2

Hasselblad 503CW, Zeiss 250mm, Fuji Provia

4-You will enjoy a visit led by instructors intimately familiar with Northern Utah's Canyon Country and with wild horses
I have photographed Northern Utah since 1983 and wild horses since 1995. Photographing horses is not easy unless you know a lot about their behavior, where to find them, and what to expect. Similarly, many of the locations we will visit and photograph during this workshop are very little known and hard to find. Finding the right road, and not getting lost, is certainly a large part of getting a good photograph. Natalie and I know each of the roads we will take you on personally, guaranteeing you will discover more photogenic areas in five days than you might find in months on your own.

Our intimate knowledge means that we will be able to provide you with a unique introduction to the area and to historic and prehistoric Indian cultures, including the Anasazi, whose rock art offer a photography subject sought after by photographers world wide. It also means that we will make your trip as enjoyable as it can be.

5-You will enjoy a visit led by instructors intimately familiar with Northern Utah's Canyon Country and with wild horses
You will have the opportunity to have your work reviewed during the workshop by Alain & Natalie. Make sure to bring 6 prints of your work, size 8x10 or larger, to the workshop. Having your work matted is a plus as presentation is important.

Instructor Availability
We will be helping you and photographing with you from sunrise to sunset, with a break for breakfast and lunch, during the entire duration of the workshop.

Cancellation policy:
All monies are non-refundable. If you cancel participation in this workshop your registration fees may be transferred towards registration in another Beaux Arts Photography workshop under certain conditions. Transfer of fees to another workshop is not automatic and is decided solely by Beaux Arts Photography as a courtesy. We reserve the right to decide whether to transfer your fees to another workshop or not. You must register for another workshop within one year from the starting date of the workshop you originally registered for. You can only transfer from one workshop to another one time per calendar year. Participants transferring from another workshop will be registered for this other workshop in excess of the regular number of participants. If you decide to attend a higher priced workshop the difference in cost between the two workshops will be charged to your credit card when you notify us that you want to sign up for this other workshop. Your registration is guaranteed only when we have payment in full. If this workshop (i.e. Antelope Canyon) is cancelled by us you will receive a full refund. Students can attend this workshop only once.

Liability Limitation
Beaux Arts Photography, Beautiful-Landscape.com, Alain Briot, Natalie Briot, guides, and cooperating agents aim to provide every participant a safe, educational, and enjoyable experience. We act solely as agents for you regarding accommodations, special activities, and travel, by any means, and assume no liability for any act, error, omission, injury, loss, delay, mishap, or damage to persons or property arising from any cause during the course of the workshop or in transit thereto. We can accept no responsibility for losses or additional expenses due to delay or changes in the services to be provided. We reserve the right to change our arrangements should conditions necessitate, or to cancel any aspect of the workshop due to exceptional circumstances. In the event that we deem it necessary to cancel the workshop we will provide a full refund which the participant(s) acknowledges as full and final settlement. In the event of a workshop cancellation airline tickets, car rentals and hotel reservations associated with participation in this workshop will not be refunded. We recommend you purchase refundable airline tickets and make refundable car and hotel reservations. We also recommend you carry travel and camera equipment insurance.

As there is always an element of risk in any adventure associated with the outdoors, participants must read this form carefully. This liability release will certify that the participant is physically fit and capable of participating in outdoor photography exercises in field locations, and is fully and completely aware of any associated risks created by field locations and weather.

Meeting times, meeting places and itinerary are subject to changes dictated by the weather, the road conditions and other imponderable variables that are part of doing landscape photography. We do not carry cell phones. You are responsible for being at the meeting place at the designated time and have your photographic equipment with you.

By joining this workshop I acknowledge that I have read the above information concerning responsibility and release Beaux Arts Photography, Alain Briot, Natalie Briot, their guides, instructors and any cooperating agent from any liability. Beaux Arts Photography, Alain Briot, and Natalie Briot will assume no liability for injury, illness, or loss of personal property or expenses thereof associated with workshop participation. I also acknowledge that Alain and Natalie Briot have the right to refuse service to anyone at anytime and that workshop policies are subject to change at any time .

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