How time flies. The spring Texas Landscape Safari starts in just one week on Monday, April 25th at 4:00 PM in the lobby of the Holiday Inn Express in Lampasas, Texas. Here are just a few reminders along with the current schedule for our shoots. As with all landscape and nature photography outings in Texas, plans may change as we know more about the weather conditions we’ll be facing. Right now the weather pattern looks almost perfect with mostly sunny skies and temperatures in the 70’s & 80’s. A few clouds would be nice in the evenings, so if you know any rain dances, have at it.
3:00 PM — Check-In at the Holiday Inn – Lampasas, Texas
4:00 PM — Meet & Greet / Pizza / Classroom Work
10:30 PM — Dead Asleep
5:30 AM — Drive to Colorado Bend SP & Hike to Gorman Falls for Morning Shoot
12:00 PM — Drive to Llano for Lunch (Crab Cakes) / Play Tourist / Wildflower Hunting
3:00 PM — Check-In at Best Western – Llano, Tx
4:00 PM — Drive to Enchanted Rock SP for Sunset Shoot
11:00 PM — Dead Asleep
6:00 AM — Drive to Enchanted Rock SP for Sunrise Shoot
11:30 AM — Drive to Willow City Loop for Wildflower Hunt
1:00 PM — Drive to Fredricksburg for Lunch / Play Tourist
3:00 PM — Check-In at Best Western – Johnson City
5:00 PM — Drive to Pedernales Falls SP for Sunset Shoot
11:00 PM — Dead Asleep
5:30 AM — Drive to Guadalupe River SP for Morning Shoot
2:00 PM — Workshop Ends
STATE PARK PASS
I strongly recommend buying a Texas State Parks Annual Pass before the workshop. It will make getting to our locations much easier first thing in the mornings.
FOOD & WATER
Landscape photography is generally done during the early morning and late evening hours. The hotels we are staying at offer a continental breakfast but we’ll generally be on the road well before 7:00 AM each morning. I recommend bringing something to eat for breakfast each morning. I usually bring a cooler with lots of water, granola, apples, peanut butter and crackers and you may want to do the same. Food is NOT a high priority on this workshop but we will stop for lunch somewhere each day (since noon is a terrible time to shoot landscape images) to refuel and discuss the day’s shoots.
BRING PLENTY OF WATER!
I can’t stress this enough. You’ll need at least 2 liters of water for each hike unless the weather is below 85F and then 1 liter will suffice. Water may seem like a lot of weight to carry in addition to your photo gear but dehydration is the surest way to waste your photographic opportunities during the workshop. I will always have an emergency supply of water back in my vehicle and you should too. It doesn’t have to be cold. It just has to be wet.
BRING SOME TRAIL SNACKS!
We’ll be hiking to each shoot and walking around to find the best angles, lighting, etc. You’d be surprised just how fast you get hungry and start thinking about lunch rather than photography. I generally bring some trail mix with nuts, granola, dried fruit and M&Ms. You can buy this mix at almost any grocery store.
SUNSCREEN & HAT
Please, please, PLEASE bring sunscreen and a hat for our hikes. This is Texas folks and the sun can be fierce. Sunburn is very real threat and can ruin your plans.
Each photographer will be issued a two-way radio for communications while driving and hiking. DON’T LOSE YOUR RADIO, it could save your life. If you become lost while driving, CALL. If you become lost while hiking, CALL.
FIRST AID KIT & SAFETY
I’ll have an emergency first aid kit in my backpack and in my vehicle but I am NOT a trained paramedic. If you have medical conditions that limits your outdoor activity please let me know as soon as possible. Please be extremely careful when hiking or climbing to reach a good spot to shoot from. YOU are responsible for your own safety during the Texas Landscape Safari. The rocky areas we’ll be visiting can be steep and slippery so be mindful of your surroundings at all times.
IF YOU NEED ASSISTANCE AT ANY TIME, ASK FOR IT.
BRING A FLASHLIGHT
We will be doing some very late night shoots and hikes back to our vehicles so bring a flashlight and carry it with you on each hike.
ANY FINAL QUESTIONS?
I look forward to meeting each one of you next Monday afternoon. Drive safe!