SUNDANCE, Utah, August 28, 2007—It’s 7am, the temperature is a crisp 57F and steadily warming. The sun is rising over the mountains and the mist still hangs in the air as the dawn turns into day. In this early morning “magic hour” of natural light, a group of photographers from The Sundance Photographic Workshop have trekked through winding trails and woodlands to reach their first location shoot. Alongside is the group instructor, outdoor and nature master photographer Brenda Tharp.
Camera gear in hand, they are greeted by local “Cowboy Poet” Lannie Scopes, who introduces the area while fellow wrangler JP Carson prepares a hearty, old west-style breakfast. After chow, Lannie will mount his horse and gallop through the streams and fields as the photographers follow with their lenses. For now, they’re content to take in the breathtaking view of the mountains at sunrise. As they eat, Lannie regales his guests by pointing out remnants of the “ole West” that dot the nearby landscape. It quickly dawns on the group as they begin to shoot that they are witnessing and capturing a unique and magical moment. They are reliving the West as it was in the glory days.
This is the third day of the Workshop, a session in which each experience has introduced new and amazing opportunities for creating images. Workshop General Manager Hilary Cole produced today’s excursion. “Here we are, removed from our typical day to day lives and venturing into a large, glorious land brimming with glowing early light, bird song, trickling streams and immense mountain ranges,” says Hilary. “Lannie and JP are true legends of the West who have welcomed us to their world, and shared with us their colorful stores and the history of the area.”
How many people can say they were served breakfast by an authentic Western wrangler on a Utah mountainside, and have the photographs to prove it? This is one of many experiences exclusive to the Sundance Photographic Workshop—the chance to learn from internationally recognized master photographers while soaking in the stunning beauty of a once in a lifetime photo fieldtrip.
About Brenda Tharp
In order to get her photographs, Ms. Tharp has llama-trekked, sea-kayaked, flown in helicopters and hot-air balloons, cycled, and hiked. Her images have appeared on the pages of Adventure West, Alaska Airlines, Audubon, Discovery, Forbes, Navigator, Sierra, Sunset and Travel Holiday magazines, along with many others. Chronicle, Michelin, National Geographic, Sierra Club, and others have published her images in numerous books.
Ms. Tharp photographed the award-winning books, “Muir Woods: Redwood Refuge” and “Marin Headlands: Portals of Time” (GGNPA). She wrote and photographed the book “Creative Nature and Outdoor Photography” (Amphoto 2003). Her work is represented by Jupiter Images and Photo Researchers.
About the Sundance Photographic Workshop
The Sundance Photographic Workshops are conducted at the Sundance Resort, the artistic, cultural and recreational community founded in 1969 by actor Robert Redford. The resort was recently voted #6 among U.S. resorts by Condé Nast Traveler — and #1 among mountain resorts. It also served as the original home for the renowned Sundance Film Festival before its growing fame dictated its relocation to nearby Park City.
Nestled discreetly in the foothills of Mt. Timpanogos, the Sundance Resort is crafted to preserve the area’s breathtaking, rich environment, while providing world-class accommodations for workshop participants.
The resort’s relaxing, picturesque setting offers the ideal—as well as inspirational—backdrop for the Sundance Photographic Workshops. Classes are held in Sundance’s spacious function suites, as well as in field excursions to capture outdoor, nature and wildlife photographs. Small class sizes enable numerous opportunities for one-on-one instruction and daily courses are complemented with after-dinner presentations of instructor and student photo portfolios.
The all-inclusive fee includes comfortable lodging in private mountainside cottages, as well as a complete meal plan that includes gourmet dining in The Tree Room, recipient of the prestigious AAA Four-Diamond award and the Wine Spectator award.
Complete course descriptions and registration information for the November 8 –12 workshops are available at www.sundanceworkshop.com. For more information, contact Hilary Cole at 978-468-1141, 800-287-1977, or firstname.lastname@example.org.