After our scouting trip this last weekend, we now have a much better idea of the lay of the land. The terrain is just as expected - sandy and rocky with lots of Joshua trees. :LOL: We had the good fortune of having some interesting weather - cloudy and rainy so the lighting literally changed from minute to minute. We are in the process of making campsite reservations, planning food and some workshops. We need to know how many are officially coming and a deposit of $20 via Paypal towards the final cost per person. Deposits should to be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. You can use the link at the bottom of any forum page. Please make sure you put a note in there so we know what its for. If you need to make your deposit another way, please contact Chase via PM. If anyone is still unsure about attending, drop me or Chase a PM and let us know the likelyhood of you making it since once we reserve the spaces, we will be hard pressed to get more room considering that this trip falls during Spring Break. As we get closer to the date, we will be posting sample menus. Let us know if there is anything that you would like us to cover but here are some suggested workshops Night photos - timed exposures and painting with light Portraits - natural lighting - reflectors and diffuser use Portraits - studio lighting 101 Macro Desert landscapes - making harsh lighting & weather work for you. Medium/Large format And of course, some sample photos of the place. Hopefully Chase and Malachite will add some of their own.