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Taos, Santa Fe and Northern New Mexico

Sunday through Friday, January 20-25


Join Image Quest on a tour of northern New Mexico. This is a trip you won't want to end, and one you'll never forget. We'll spend leisurely days exploring the visual delights of Santa Fe and Taos, Indian pueblos, Hispanic communities that are centuries old, back roads that wind through deserts and pine-forested mountains, sculpture gardens, graveyards and churches, and landscapes that have inspired artists from Ansel Adams to Georgia O'Keeffe to D. H. Lawrence.

Dates: Sunday through Friday, January 20-25. 

Trip difficulty: none; conducted at a photographer's pace.

Transportation: via 15 passenger van (six participants, two trip leaders).

Weather: Expect cool morning and evening temperatures, and mild days; however, over the course of the trip rain, even snow in some areas, are possible.

Cost: $1350- a $200 deposit will hold your spot.

Trip Leaders: 

- Dave Wyman - his photographs have appeared in Outdoor Photographer, Cross-Country Skier, the California State Parks Guidebook and was the author and photographer of two books, Backroads of Northern California and Backroads of Southern California. Dave has conducted photography tours since 1982, including many tours of northern New Mexico, for both his own company, Image Quest, as well as for the San Diego Natural History Museum, the Sierra Club, the University of Southern California, the Yosemite and Death Valley Natural History Associations, and the Los Angeles Zoo. 

Ted Soqui has worked as a photo journalist for more than two decades. Based in Los Angeles, his photograph of an Occupy Wall Street protester in downtown L.A. was chosen by Time Magazine for it's "Person of the Year" cover image. Ted has an uncanny eye for the exciting, the ironic, the humorous, and at times the provocative image. He knows how to tell a story in a photo or a series of photographs, and he enjoys sharing his knowledge and insights with photographers. He's conducted photography workshops in California, including Route 66, Yosemite and the east side of the Sierra Nevada Mountains, and Utah, including Zion and Bryce National Parks.

We're going to base our trip in Taos at a small motel, just a few blocks off the Taos Plaza, and spend our final night near Albuquerque.

Meals: We'll always try to be near places to purchase food at meal times, and we'll have a couple of groups meals. We'll have snacks and water in our van.


Arrive at your leisure in Albuquerque on Sunday. We'll enjoy a group dinner and introductions, and maybe look for a little neon to photograph before turning in for the night.

On Monday we'll enjoy breakfast in Old Town, where we will also begin to unleash our creative photographic powers on the beautiful San Felipe de Neri Church. We'll take off for the 90 minute drive to Santa Fe by late morning, where we'll spend the next few hours photographing in the vicinity of the town plaza, and we may have a special visit arranged with one of the photography galleries. We'll arrive by early evening in Taos.

On Tuesday, we'll visit the famed Taos Pueblo for the morning. In the afternoon, we'll travel the Enchanted Circle, along roads circling the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, for landscape images and a look at a ghost town, before returning for dinner in Taos.

On Wednesday, we'll travel early to the San Ildefonso Pueblo to watch the ancient feast day ceremonies, a concretion of centuries of religion beliefs. We'll make a drive-by of the location made famous by Ansel Adams's "Moonrise over Hernandez" photograph. Then we'll continue into Georgia O'Keeffe country, and visit the village where the artist had her home. And we'll travel some awesome back roads to reach Taos.


On Thursday, we'll take the "High Road" to Santa Fe, winding through Kit Carson National Forest and stopping along the way to photograph the old church at Chimayo, views of the Truchas Mountains, bare aspens, and an Hispanic graveyard; we'll also stop to explore the shops of some of the artisans along the route, some who specialize in weaving, some in wood-working. We'll arrive in Santa Fe, visit the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum, and wander along Canyon Road, famous for it's shops and galleries and colorful architecture. 

On Friday, our trip will come to an end; we'll be back in Albuquerque by mid-afternoon, in time for our group to say goodbye and begin the journey to our homes.

What you need to Bring:
- A sense of adventure
- Clothes for cool and warm conditions, including rain gear, and a ski cap for cool mornings and evenings
- Comfortable walking shoes
- Money for for meals not provided
- Camera gear (see below)

- Optional: bring along up to 20 digital images, scanned onto a flash drive, CD or in your laptop to share with the group.

What is Provided by Image Quest:
- Trip leaders
- Accommodations three nights in Taos, one night in Santa Fe.
- Picnic Lunch, one other group meal
- Transportation to a fantastic set of locations via comfortable van
- Guided walking tours and/or entrance fees at the Taos Pueblo, O'Keeffe Museum, etc.
- Photographic instruction

- Note: not included - camera fees at the Taos Pueblo (approximately $5 per camera body)

Camera Equipment: a basic camera will work well. Don't feel the need to purchase special equipment. However, for those with more gear, bring it along - this is the time to use it. A good accessory: a tripod (along with a cable release), will allow photography early and late in the day. Good filters would include a polarizer, and an 81B (to warm up images made in the shade, particularly for those with film cameras); a third would be the graduated neutral density filter.

Medium format photographers are welcome, too. The instructors will probably bring along both film and digital cameras; digital images - from the instructor and participants - will be shown during the workshop during the evenings, if time permits. 

Still using film? For print (negative) film, Fuji's Fujicolor films are excellent, as Kodak's Kodacolors. A good ISO/ASA film speed rating for print film is 200 to 400. For transparencies (slides), the instructors prefer Fujichrome's stable of slide films, and the Kodak slide films are excellent, too.

Memory and power: Bring enough CF or SD cards and/or film for the amazing amount of photographs we're going to make. Cameras will be working all day, so sufficient battery power is important - don't forget a battery charger. We'll have at least one device that will allow us to power up two battery chargers in our van.

Camera Problems: What happens if your camera goes down in the middle of the trip? The instructors may have a few extra Nikon digital camera bodies on hand; we'll also have one or two digicams to lend out in an emergency - these cameras are capable of making excellent photographs (and remember, it's the photographer - and not the camera - who creates a beautiful image).

To register: Send payment to Image Quest, 1164 Alvira Street, Los Angeles, California, 90035. We'll send back a receipt and any additional documentation, including directions to our accommodations, that you need. Cancellation: $25 penalty for cancellations more than two weeks prior to the start date of the outing. No refunds after that date unless another participant takes your place.


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