Experience the awe and allure of the incredible night skies of the southwest. There is something magical about pressing the shutter and seeing the stars and Milky Way light up your camera LCD a few moments later. It’s an incredible genre of photography and on this workshop, we take you to the best location in the US for night photography – the desert southwest & more specifically Joshua Tree National Park!
Joshua Tree not only offers some of the darkest skies in the world, but also some of the most interesting landscapes for night photography. On this unique trip, we take advantage of the Milky Way orientation and moon phase to create fantastic desert Milky Way & Night Sky photos. The spring orientation of the Milky Way allows us to capture the galactic core over some breathtaking landscapes while in the fall it appears just after sunset!
Joshua Tree National Park features one of the most unique trees in the world, well actually, the ‘tree’ is a succulent, but it’s absolutely magnificent – of course, we’re talking about the iconic Joshua Tree.
You can only find Joshua Trees in parts of California, Nevada, Utah, and Arizona. But, by far the most impressive display of Joshua Trees is in Joshua Tree National Park. The park has thousands of Joshua Trees, draped against a background of massive boulders and rock formations. Some might say the boulder fields full of smooth, weathered rock are even more impressive than the groves of trees.
All of these things and more, combine to create one of the top night sky photography destinations in the world.
Late spring and fall are fantastic times for photography in the park. Temperatures are comfortable, the core of the Milky Way is visible, and light is beautiful on the landscape.
This workshop starts and ends in Palm Springs, CA. Palm Springs has a commercial international airport for easy access – Palm Springs International Airport (PSP).
We stay at a unique (and really cool!) boutique hotel during the workshop (included) which features a great restaurant as well. Lodging and meals are important aspects of our workshops, and part of the experience as a whole.
As with every Backcountry Journeys excursion you’ll get ample one on one time with your instructor and improve your astrophotography in one of the most premier destinations on the planet. Aside from the fun you’ll experience with your fellow photographers you’ll leave this trip with a highly expanded portfolio of excellent images and a wealth of memories. Join us today for the trip of a lifetime to photograph the landscape and night sky in one of America’s most unique National Parks – Joshua Tree!