Desert Landscape and Night Sky Photography Workshop

Saturday, August 15, 2015 - 5:00pm


Aug. 15-16, 2015 

Cost: $115

Experience the glory of a desert sunset and sunrise, and spend a night photographing the incredible beauty of the dark summer sky in this special workshop in Borrego Springs. 

Participants will meet in Borrego Springs at 5 p.m. in front of the Anza-Borrego Foundation store, 587 Palm Canyon Drive. From there we will travel to a remote location in Anza-Borrego Desert State Park for sunset photography. After sunset we will return to town for dinner and naps until meeting again at 1 a.m. when we travel to another loation for night sky photography and the Perseid Meteor Shower. As dawn approaches, you will find yourself at one of the state park's most spectacular places for sunrise images overlooking the curdled landscape of the Borrego Badlands. 

Borrego Springs is one of only two places in America designated as a dark sky community by the International Dark Sky Association. This means the night sky is inky black and the Milky Way hangs brilliantly over this fascinating landscape. 

In addition to breathtaking sunset and sunrise images, you will learn techniques for night sky and meteor shower photography. Participants will get best results with fast, wide angle lenses, solid tripods and a remote shutter release. There will be an optional pre-trip workshop at George's Camera on Clairemont Mesa at 10 a.m., Aug. 8 to discuss equipment and techniques.

Since this is an overnight trip, we suggest you consider lodging in Borrego Springs. Most participants elect to return to Borrego for a few hours of sleep after the dawn shoot before returning home, and after our sunset shoot you will also have time to get a few hours sleep before our night shoot. Most hotels have a late check-out provision upon request. 

There will be an optional pre-meeting for participants at 10 a.m. Aug. 8 at George's Camera on Clairemont Mesa to discuss what equipment you will need, techniques and our schedule. 

Register at George's Camera

This exciting tour is a partnership program with the Anza-Borrego Foundation and George’s Camera of San Diego

About the Instructors:

Ernie Cowan is a noted photographer, lecturer, instructor and author. He began his photography career as a journalist, operated a photography studio, was a photography instructor at Palomar College and has led tours to Alaska, the Caribbean, Hawaii, Japan and Hong Kong in addition to many other tours in the Southwest. His intimate knowledge of the Anza-Borrego Desert makes him a recognized authority on that region. He brings an astounding depth of technical knowledge along with the keen eye of a veteran outdoor photographer. 

Kati Cowan is a photographic artist, who has mastered the art of seeing, use of color, macro photography and the application of critical vision techniques. She began her exploration of nature photography in the scenic wilds of British Columbia and has explored the California High Sierra Mountains as well as Europe and the desert Southwest, and recently had a featured exhibit at the Escondido Arts Partnership Municipal Gallery in Escondido. Sharing her knowledge and working with students to create WOW images is a passion for her.

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Questions: Contact Ernie at, or 760-518-8050.