Professional landscape and adventure photographer Bret Edge provides updated, real-time photography conditions in Moab, Utah as of March 3, 2019.Read More
Professional nature and adventure photographer discusses what went into the making of his image of a female hiker jumping from rock to rock at Delicate Arch in Arches National Park near Moab, Utah.Read More
Professional nature and adventure photographer Bret Edge writes about the process involved in creating his image of Landscape Arch framed by a weathered juniper tree in the Devil’s Garden area of Arches National Park in Moab, Utah.Read More
UPDATE, 2/23 @ 11:42 AM: It’s still snowing. The snow showers are coming and going, and each one hasn’t left more than a 1/4” of new snow on the ground but there is some additional accumulation. The parks are still open and photo conditions continue to improve. The forecast for tomorrow and Sunday are sunny and partly sunny, respectively. I predict that winter photography conditions in the Moab area will be at an all-time high this weekend. GET HERE NOW.
UPDATE, 2/22 @ 8:00 AM: Overnight we received some new snowfall amounting to no more than 1” accumulation. There is additional snow predicted today although it isn’t likely it will amount to much. Arches and Canyonlands National Parks are open. Both parks advise that the roads may be icy in areas.
UPDATE, 2/21 @ 4:30 PM: Moab is currently under a winter weather advisory and we are expected to receive 2-6” of new snow out of this storm. It’s snowing lightly now. I will update this post with current conditions and park access information tomorrow morning.
UPDATE: Arches National Park is open as of around 3:00 PM today, Feb. 19. The latest update from Canyonlands - Island in the Sky indicates that the park road is still closed due to snow.
Snowmageddon has hit Moab. We received about 12” of snow in town from yesterday’s storm and we’ve got another 2-6” arriving tomorrow. Folks, this is right up there with the biggest storms to come through Moab in the thirteen years I’ve lived here. What does it all mean to photographers? Read on…
Conditions are generally top notch for landscape photography. Actually, I’d go so far as to say that these are some of the best winter photography conditions I’ve seen in Moab. There’s ample fresh snow on the ground, the sun is out and cotton ball clouds are floating through a brilliantly blue sky. In addition to the snow that is predicted to fall tomorrow, the ten day forecast is calling for very cold temperatures, which means this snow is going to be around for a while. That’s the good news.
The bad news is that Arches and Canyonlands National Parks are currently closed while crews work to clear the park roads. This is as of 1:00 PM today. Both parks are expected to open as soon as the roads have been plowed, though expect snowy and icy conditions on the roads and trails. I’ll do my best to update this post as information about roads, trails, parks and conditions becomes available to me. I also recommend that you check out the following social media accounts as you should expect updates from them as well. The Moab PD is really good about updating road conditions and closures in the Moab area.
If you can’t access the parks, there are several locations worth photographing outside of the park boundaries. Highway 128 offers the Fisher Towers and Castle Valley, as well as several opportunities to photograph the Colorado River and unnamed sandstone features. Highway 128 is notorious for black ice and rockfall, so please use extreme caution. Corona Arch in this much snow will be a real treat. Kane Creek also has many opportunities to photograph the river as well as side canyons with lots of cottonwood trees that make interesting intimate landscapes. I wouldn’t recommend continuing on Kane Creek when the road transitions from pavement to dirt as there is significant exposure, no guardrails and it’ll be super slick.
For tips and other ideas on winter photography in Moab, be sure to check out this blog post: The Photographer’s Guide to Winter in Moab.
Last, but not least, I hope you’ll consider supporting me as I deliver these real time updates and other valuable information by purchasing one of my ebooks. They’re only $15/each and are loaded with high quality content to help you find and photograph the best locations in each park.
Professional nature and adventure photographer Bret Edge writes about the making of his image of mules ear wildflowers blooming below The Organ in the Courthouse Towers area of Arches National Park near Moab, Utah.Read More
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I haven’t heard the term “iconography” in a couple of years, but in the past it was used to describe, in a somewhat derogatory or condescending manner, the practice of seeking out and photographing the icons of landscape photography: Delicate Arch, Snake River Overlook, Zabriskie Point, etc. Used in a sentence, it would be something like this: (Look down nose and speak in an intentionally nasally voice) “Ugh. Can you believe these people sharing photos of Delicate Arch? Don’t they know that there is nothing new to photograph there? Iconography is just sooo lame.”
Many years ago I wrote an article for the Nature Photographer’s Network website titled “Iconography: A Fresh Perspective”. It was, essentially, written in defense of those who, like myself, enjoy photographing well known, iconic locations. NPN was and still is the premier website for nature photographers to connect and share their work in a friendly, supportive online environment. In the article, which you will find below, I shared tips on how to create unique images at even the most iconic locations. I still believe that photographing iconic locations can be a powerful learning experience for new photographers and a valid creative exercise for seasoned ones. However, given the overcrowding issues at many of these locations and the unfortunate and sickening incidents of vandalism that are becoming more common, I’ve got mixed emotions about promoting iconography.
That original article was written ten or more years ago. Re-reading it today, the content is just as relevant but I believe there are new considerations to be made in light of the increased visitation and changing visitor demographic. Many of these can be summed up with one simple sentence: Don’t be an asshole. Seriously. I’ve heard photographers scream at families to “get out of the way!” while they’re briefly standing under Delicate Arch for a keepsake photo of their one and only visit to Arches National Park. At Mesa Arch I’ve seen photographers jostle others out of the way, or move a neighboring photographer’s tripod without permission. We’ve all heard of the truly enormous assholes vandalizing rock art and ruins (read my thoughts on this here), stealing the mysterious moving rocks at Death Valley’s Racetrack playa, toppling hoodoos in Goblin Valley…the list goes on and on. Here’s my advice: just don’t. Just don’t be that guy or gal. Be considerate of others. Expect large crowds at most iconic locations and understand that every one of those other folks have as much right to be there as you do. Your big expensive camera doesn’t give you any special privileges not held by all those other tourists. Figure out how to work around the crowds. Don’t climb inside ruins so you can build a fire for more “natural light” in your starry sky photo. Think, “Would my mama approve of my behavior or would I be getting an ass whoopin’ right now?”
Don’t like crowds? Consider an off-season visit, or if a location is normally photographed at sunrise, check it out at sunset. Try to find an alternative location from which to photograph. I’ve shot Delicate Arch at sunrise and Snake River Overlook at sunset, the opposite of what is typically recommended at both and you know what? There were fewer people and I made quality images at both locations. Consider it a challenge to your creativity. Or, if you just can’t play nice at the icons, don’t go. There’s no shortage of truly breathtaking scenery that you can have entirely to yourself.
We photographers shoulder much of the blame for the overcrowding we’re seeing now. We produce gorgeous photos and share them online, where they are viewed by Clark Griswold in Illinois, who decides that this summer he and the family are hoppin’ in the Wagon Queen Family Truckster and driving across the country to see the Grand Canyon for themselves…multiplied by thousands. Given that it’s partially our fault the icons are so busy, shouldn’t we visit them with a measure of grace and humility?
Original NPN Article
The 1.5 mile trail to Delicate Arch, in Arches National Park, is a rite of passage for many nature photographers. We heft our heavy packs and start out across the gentle sandy path, cross the footbridge and are soon standing atop a short series of switchbacks. Squinting into the western sky, we have a raven’s eye view of the small parking lot full of vehicles and buzzing with activity. Continuing up the trail we ascend a wide swath of steep sandstone, using small cairns to guide us to the top of the otherwise near featureless rock. Not long after summitting the big slab of red rock, we walk along a trail literally carved into a wall of sandstone with a precipitous drop to our left. We round a bend and without warning, Delicate Arch makes a grand entrance right smack in front of our disbelieving eyes. Through its massive span are the snowcapped La Sal Mountains, whose prominent peaks contrast sharply against a brilliant blue sky. The scene before us is quite literally postcard perfect. As our initial awe fades, our eyes stray from the beauty of the scene before us to the chorus line of photographers lining the narrow strip of sandstone at our feet. It appears as though every inch of this small parcel of real estate has already been claimed by photographers and tourists who have all come for the same reason; to watch Delicate Arch awash in fiery hues during the final few minutes of the day. So much for solitude!
Chances are this scenario is precisely what comes to mind when you think of Delicate Arch. There are tripod legs crossing tripod legs, random banter about photography gear and, during the last few minutes of golden light, the cacophony of a dozen shutters whirring in unison. Wouldn’t it be nice to have the arch all to yourself and go home with a unique photograph of one of the most popular destinations in any National Park? Well, you can. Keep reading and I’ll tell you how.
Icons have reached “icon” status for good reason. They are jaw dropping, heart thumping, grab you by the throat and slap you around gorgeous. In most cases they have become natural ambassadors, welcoming the throngs of tourists who infuse the local economies with a steady cash flow. Therein lays the “problem”. All those tourists have come to see with their own eyes the icon they have seen in countless magazines and postcards. They all hike the same 1.5 mile trail and take a seat on the sandstone next to their fellow tourists, some of whom have come armed with tripods and cameras. Ninety nine percent of them return home with the standard “La Sal Mountains framed by Delicate Arch” photo that has graced many a postcard. They are oblivious to the fact that maybe, just maybe, there is a unique composition just around the corner, or down in the sandy bowl or across the way on that imposing bluff. Along with that unique composition often comes something that so many photographers rightfully seek: solitude!
I’ve learned that there are two simple rules to finding a new angle of an icon in peace and quiet, away from the crush of the crowds.
1) Visit in the off-season
Most iconic locations have an “off-season”, or a time when visitation shrinks to a mere fraction of the hustle and bustle experienced during the prime time. During the winter months you will most likely find yourself among only a few other hikers who have come to watch sunset at Delicate Arch. On my last visit, in January, a whopping five people had gathered for the day’s curtain call. During spring and fall, it is not uncommon for over 100 hikers to be in attendance here.
The off-season also has other wonderful benefits. Hotels in Moab can be had for $50/night…including breakfast! The Arches campground is nearly a ghost town during the winter, offering solitude and a place to pitch your tent that you won’t find in the summer.
2) Scout it out!
Whether you choose to visit during prime time or the off-season, scouting the area can and usually will reveal a number of unique compositions away from the crowds. Arrive at the trailhead a few hours early and use the extra time to explore the area around the icon. At Delicate Arch, there are a number of wonderful photographs to be had from inside the large bowl just below the arch. Or, scramble up to the bluff behind the arch for uncommon views of its backside which, in winter, receives most of the warm sunset light.
If you are pressed for time or simply too lazy to explore, bring along a model. Including a person in your photo can lend scale to the scene and create a very different perspective, even if the overall composition is a fairly common one.
Whether photographing an icon or an unknown spectacle of nature, photographers take pride in creating images that move the viewer. But, there is a certain degree of satisfaction that comes from putting your own individual twist on an iconic scene and coming away with an extraordinary photo.
I have been told that there isn’t a single scene at Delicate Arch that hasn’t already been photographed. I have no doubt that many would say the same about the Maroon Bells in fall, Death Valley’s Zabriskie Point or the mighty Tetons from Schwabacher Landing. I only hope that those who hold such a narrow-minded view won’t discourage others from experiencing the fulfillment that comes from challenge of discovering a new perspective on an old favorite. To me, that is what iconography is all about.
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Old Man Winter strikes Moab again! Yesterday the weather forecast called for a 30% chance of snow which of course ended up being 3” of snow in town, likely more in the parks. Unfortunately, both Arches and Canyonlands National Parks are closed to all vehicle traffic so bring warm clothing and a desire to posthole or snowshoe for several miles to access any of the winter wonderlands inside either park. No dout, you will be rewarded with solitude and so much beauty it almost hurts. Or maybe that’s your frozen fingers?
Dead Horse Point State Park should be open but call first to verify that the roads are plowed. Other areas in BLM control are open but again, the road maintenance workers have their hands full so it’s hard to say when the lesser traveled roads will be relatively safe to travel. Big thank you to all the men & women running plows today!
Forecast for the rest of the week is looking pretty darn spiffy. Mostly sunny or partly cloudy with high temperatures in the 30’s. This snow isn’t going anywhere for a few days and I suspect even next weekend will provide opportunities for winter photography.
Headed this way to take advantage of the snowy conditions? Be sure to check out The Photographers’s Guide to Winter in Moab on my blog. Totally free resource with lots of great information on how, when and where to shoot wintery scenes around Moab.
Learn Moab winter photography tips and a few fantastic locations to shoot snowy scenes from local professional photographer Bret Edge.Read More
Hello…is anyone still there? Anyone? Well, after a much needed break from photography, social media and blogging I’ve got an itch that needs to be scratched. Wait, that sounds bad. What I mean to say is that lately I’ve been kinda missing the whole writing thing and with 2019 right around the corner it seems like a good time to reinvigorate the MPW blog.
What can you expect? Truthfully, I don’t yet know. I’ve got a few ideas churning in my head, a few of which I’ll rattle off below, but I’m also very interested to hear what you, my readers, would like to see me write about. Got ideas? I know you do and I’d love to hear them! Send me an email or better yet, leave a comment on this post. Interested in writing a guest post? Get in touch; I’d love to hear your suggestions.
Here are a few of the things you can expect to see popping up here on the blog this year:
Landscape, nature and adventure photography tips, tricks and techniques. I’m working on an article now in which I will discuss the various types of light available to outdoor photographers and how to use each one effectively. Also look for wildflower and fall color photo tips.
A pretty comprehensive look at the various resources available to help photographers plan productive photography trips.
eFotoGuide is awesome, but there are so many stellar locations around Moab located outside the National Parks that I’ve decided to write a blog post or two to help photographers find some of my favorite off-the-beaten-path spots.
Behind the Image features, wherein I will post an image and write about the backstory of that image - how it came to be, anecdotes, etc. Less focus on the technical aspects and more focus on the emotional side.
Gear reviews because, well, I’m a gearhead and I think people enjoy them.
Current Moab photography conditions, especially frequent updates during wildflower and fall color seasons. I’ll also post when the snow flies or potholes are filled with rain after a sweet thunderstorm.
So, there you have it. I’m excited to be back and look forward to interacting with y’all again. Keep your eyes on this space because there’s lots of great stuff to come. Oh, and be sure to check out my all new photography website featuring several never before seen images. The site won’t officially launch until mid-January but you can grab a sneak peek right now at www.bretedge.com.
UPDATE 10:40 AM: The snow is still coming down and we have about 2” accumulation in town, likely a little more in Arches and Canyonlands. I have been told that the roads in both parks will not be plowed as a result of the shutdown, so travel at your own risk. There is some fog in the area that will make for interesting, moody images.
Looks like on the last day of 2018 the weather Gods have decided to gift photographers with a blanket of snow here in Canyon Country. The white stuff started falling around 6:00 AM and it is predicted to continue snowing through noon today. This typically results in outstanding winter photography for a day or two, petering off to good winter photography as the snow melts and is tracked over by humans and wildlife.
The big variable right now is the federal government shut down. I don’t know when the roads in Arches and Canyonlands National Parks Will be plowed, if at all. This could make for very difficult or even dangerous access at the parks. I will update this post if I learn more. However, Dead Horse Point State Park and all of the surrounding 2,000,000 acres of BLM land are still open. The same considerations should be given to travel in these areas.
Not sure where to photograph in Arches? Pick up a copy of eFotoGuide: The Ultimate Guide to Photographing Arches NP for only $15 and you’ll discover all the details on where, when and how to photograph over 20 stunning locations in the park. Your purchase helps me to maintain this website and continue to provide real-time photo conditions.
Now get out there and create some beautiful winter photos in the Moab desert!
I'm pissed. Over the past couple of years, I've read news story after news story about dumbasses doing stupid shit in our national parks and other wilderness areas, and I've just sort of stewed over it. There was the Boy Scout leader who knocked over a hoodoo in Goblin Valley State Park, a drone pilot who flew his quadcopter into Grand Prismatic Spring, the "artist" who left her "art" painted all over rocks in national parks throughout the West, souvenir hunters stealing the mysterious moving rocks at the Racetrack in Death Valley, the total dope who got out of his car to harass a bison in Yellowstone (and somehow escaped being gored) and a real genius who thought it would be cute to wade into Brooks Falls for a selfie with feeding grizzly bears. On a recent trip to Glacier NP we witnessed a small group of foreigners attempting to feed rocks to mountain goats. Then, today, I hear that the National Park Service has issued a closure at False Kiva in Canyonlands because some jackass felt the need to light a fire in the middle of this ancient structure, and then use the ashes to leave handprints all over the cave walls.
Maybe it's because Moab is my home and Canyonlands is my backyard, or maybe I've just reached my limit of jackassery, but I can no longer remain silent. I fully realize that venting here on my blog will have precisely zero impact on the reduction of this ridiculousness, but perhaps sharing my thoughts will provide me with some sense of relief. You know, like a blowoff valve. So, here goes.
When we moved to Moab in 2006, Arches National Park averaged about 600,000 visitors each year. This year, the park is on track to see 1.8 million visitors. Park administrators are struggling with how to manage the massive influx of people. Various ideas have been discussed, including a shuttle system and mandatory reservations during peak season. That's right. Reservations. Not that the shuttle would work any better, as we discovered on our recent trip to Glacier, where we spent a total of six hours either waiting for or riding shuttles to do a 4 hour hike with hundreds of other sheep, er...visitors. But, I digress. The reservation system is not a popular idea and has received significant pushback but all indications are that it will proceed in 2019. Fine, maybe with fewer people in the park it'll restore a tiny little bit of the peace that was once so common amongst the majestic towers and arches, and maybe it'll keep KW from proclaiming his undying love for JA with a carved inscription in the soft red sandstone, but probably not.
Where did we go wrong? When did people suddenly become so disrespectful toward Mother Nature and one another that "take only photographs, leave only footprints" is nothing more than meaningless words on a trailhead sign? Why are so damn many people doing so many straight up moronic, selfish, thoughtless, stupid things in the wilderness? I don't have the answer. I don't know that anyone does. Could it be that answering this question may help to guide us toward some sort of resolution, or are we past the point of no return? Will there always be tourons (tourist-morons) who try to ride bison in Yellowstone and carve their stupid initials into aspen trees?
Two decades ago, I was living in Phoenix and spent countless weekends hiking and backpacking throughout the Grand Canyon. It was common to find tourists wearing slacks and penny loafers, or skirts and platform shoes, at Indian Gardens, 4 1/2 miles below the South Rim, in temperatures approaching or over 100 degrees and carrying only a small bottle of water. I always carried extra water and food and frequently handed it out to these ill-prepared folks. I also always carried a garbage bag that I filled with trash I found along the trail as I hiked out of the canyon. I'd see people feeding potato chips to the squirrels, or sometimes deer, and I'd shrug it off. Occasionally, I'd interject and remind them that the animals are wild and shouldn't be fed human food. But it didn't animate me like the antics we're seeing today. I almost wish we could go back to those times, when a tourist being bitten by a rabid squirrel was kind of the big news when it came to national park tomfoolery.
Coming back to False Kiva, my wife and I were planning to visit it this fall with our son. We've been a few times but this would have been his first. If nothing else, maybe this should serve as a reminder that one should never put off visiting a specific location, because it's entirely possible that if you wait too long, you might not get the chance.
I don't really know where I'm going with this or why. I guess I truly am just venting, which isn't going to re-open False Kiva or solve any of the other myriad issues I've mentioned, but I think I do feel a little bit better, so I've got that going for me...which is nice. Perhaps if you've made it this far, you too are feeling some small sense of relief, or maybe you're more pissed off now than you were when you started reading this post. Who knows, but if you've got any thoughts to share, I'd love to hear them. Feel free to leave a comment. Who knows, maybe we, as individuals, can do something to turn this train around, and it could start with one simple idea.
I've spent the last eight years building a viable nature photography business. And now I'm walking away from it.
Why? It's rather simple, really. My family is more important than owning a gallery, producing calendars, seeing my photos in magazines and hawking fine art prints. My son, Jackson, is almost seven. He still thinks Mom and Dad are cool and he wants to hang out with us. He wants to wrestle with me, color with me and go mountain biking with me. He wants to read to me and have me help him with his math homework. He wants me to cheer him on at soccer and football games. He wants to play at the park and then eat oversized cups of frozen yogurt together. I want to do all those things with him, and more. But all too often, I can't. There's always an inbox full of emails awaiting a response, prints to make for eager clients, accounting and marketing and photo processing to do, blog posts and articles to write...the to-do list never ends.
A few months ago Jackson asked me to wrestle with him. "Sorry buddy, Daddy's got too much work to do." He hung his head and said, "It's okay, Dad. I just hope I don't have to work as much as you do when I grow up." That was a hard punch to the gut. That night, after he fell asleep, I sat in my office and cried. I completely lost it. How much time had I already lost with him because I was too goddamn busy building a business? Too much, and it hasn't been worth it. I can't get back the time lost but I most certainly can make changes that will allow me to spend more time with him going forward.
If I only had the photography business to run I'd have more time to spend with my family but the truth is, I've got a full-time (and then some) job. I'm a cop, a patrol sergeant. I work rotating shifts, go to court and training on my days off and pick up overtime shifts when someone on my crew calls in sick or is injured. And when I wasn't pulling a shift or in training or court, I was swamped with all it takes to keep a business afloat. It was just too much. My days off were consumed with it when they should have been spent making memories with my family.
There are other, tertiary reasons for shuttering the photography business. I've packed on 35 pounds since we opened the gallery. With the exception of the last couple of months, I can't tell you when I last made the time to take care of myself. As a cop and business owner in a small town, it wears on you when people threaten to blow up your business and/or kill or kidnap your family, which are threats I've received more times than I can count. Whatever creative drive I once had is gone. My new Sony A7RII has been sitting on the office shelf for several months. I forced myself to use it once, just to see if the damn thing actually worked. Spectacular sunsets have come and gone, and I haven't given two shits that I wasn't somewhere to photograph them. Hell, for the first time in nine years I didn't even make an effort to drive thirty minutes into the La Sal Mountains to see the autumn aspens.
So, what happens now? The Edge Gallery is closed. We sold off almost all of our inventory in the last couple of months we were open and just handed over the keys to the landlord at the end of January. (I do still have a handful of canvas prints in various sizes I'm looking to offload at 60% off retail. Contact me if interested.) I'll post images from time to time on my Facebook and Instagram pages and I'll continue to interact with all of the fantastic people I've met on Twitter. I took the winter off from leading workshops but this spring, I'll be back at it. The one aspect of the business I still thoroughly enjoy is working with other photographers but if it ever starts to feel like work I'll abandon it, too. Though I'm not interested in nature photography at the moment I'm thrilled to start shooting more mountain biking. I'll continue to work on eFotoGuide, a series of ebooks I'm co-developing with Aaron Bates.
Most of all, I look forward to spending real quality time with my family. In December we finally took a trip to Durango to ride the Polar Express. We started eating homemade dinners together again. We've gone for bike rides, had epic snowball fights, played countless board games, built and re-built Lego sets, snuggled on the couch while watching movies and wrestled until we're out of breath. I've lost 15 pounds already and have more energy and enthusiasm than I've had in years.
To those who have supported us over the years, we extend a heartfelt "thank you!" You have no idea how much we appreciate it. Melissa, Jackson and I are thankful for the friends we've made along the way and we look forward to staying in touch with you all.
I've got some photography gear to clear out of the closet as it's no longer in use. Quoted prices do not include shipping unless otherwise specified. See below for details:
Studio Lights & Equipment
$700.00 (sold as package only)
(2) (2) Paul C. Buff White Lightning X800 Studio Lights
(2) Paul C. Buff White Lightning X1600 Studio Lights
All four units are in perfect working condition and include all standard accessories including reflector, protective shipping cover, carrying bag, sync and power cords, etc.
Buyer will also receive light stands for three lights, fabric background with stand, miscellaneous reflectors/umbrellas and a few small accessories if picked up in Moab.
Not willing to sell individually and would prefer pick up in Moab but will consider shipping if buyer pays shipping expenses.
Acratech GP Ballhead w/ Lever Clamp & Level
This is a new-in-box, never used Acratech GP Ballhead w/ lever clamp & level. It's the same model I've been using for years and can be used as a leveling head for panoramas or as a standard ballhead.
Acratech Ultimate Ballhead w/ Knob Clamp, Detent Pin & Level
$200.00 (Retails for $320)
This is a new-in-box, never used Acratech Ultimate Ballhead with a left side main control knob.
Black Rapid RS-Sport Sling Camera Strap
This is a new-in-box, never used Black Rapid RS-Sport Sling Camera Strap.
Black Rapid RS DR-1 Sling Camera Strap
$50.00 (Retails for $135.00)
This is a new-in-box, never used Black Rapid DR-1 Sling Camera Strap designed to allow the user to comfortably carry two cameras, one on each side of the body. The model name is now "Double" but it is the same product.
Fotopro M-5 Mini Tripod
$50.00 (Retails for $115.00)
This is a new-in-box, never used Fotopro M-5 Mini Tripod. I won it in a contest but don't have any use for it. It's a very compact but sturdy tripod ideal for travelers who don't have much room in luggage.
Black Rapid SnapR 35 Camera Case
This is a used but in great condition Black Rapid SnapR 35 Camera Case. Fits many small, mirrorless cameras and point and shoots. Includes shoulder strap with quick release buckles.
Clik Elite ProBody SLR Chest Pack
$40.00 (Retails for $90, if you can find it)
This is a used but in great condition Clik Elite ProBody SLR Chest Pack with harness. I carried a Canon 5D MKIII w/ battery grip and an attached 24-105mm lens with this pack and it fit perfectly. It was also quite comfortable. I've switched to a smaller chest pack since my new Sony gear is considerably more compact. It looks like Clik Elite has discontinued this product so it will be difficult to find.
Please contact me via email if you're interested in any of these items. My email is bret (at) bretedge (dot) com.
Last year I ran my first official Undiscovered Moab Photo Tour and it was a huge success. So, this year I decided to offer it again. Join me in Moab May 13-15, 2016 for two solid days of adventure and photography as we explore some of the most spectacular off-the-beaten path locations in Canyon Country.
During our time together we'll photograph varied scenery that may include arches framing snowcapped mountains, jaw-dropping canyon views, a wilderness of sandstone fins, colorful wildflowers in a sand dune below an imposing tower and a waterfall in a remote desert slot canyon. The exact itinerary will be determined by the weather and conditions at the time of the tour but rest assured, your camera will get a workout and your memory cards will be full.
The Undiscovered Moab Photo Tour is only open to three physically fit photographers. We'll access each location via rough four wheel drive roads and/or strenuous hikes. Participants must be able to carry all their equipment in a backpack over difficult terrain and should have some experience in the backcountry. Most meals will be consumed in the field and are not provided. Self-sufficiency is a requirement for participation in this photography tour.
"Toured the backcountry of Moab with Bret and two other photographers this past weekend. As promised we hiked through desert creeks to slot canyon waterfalls, traversed gnarly four-wheel drive roads to dramatic canyon views and discovered hidden arches while scrambling over sandstone boulders. Bret was great about helping us set up our shots and give us his professional advise to get the best shot. The weather was a challenge on Saturday, but Bret always had backup plans so we were never without options should Plan A not be viable. This was a great trip and I highly recommend a tour with Bret. He's easy going and genuinely interested in helping you improve your photography."
To learn more about or register for the Undiscovered Moab Photo Tour please click here. You'll also find a slideshow of gorgeous images from some of the locations we may visit.