Great 2008! What’s New for 2009?

2008 was a great year for Moab Photo Tours. We added many new clients this year, got to work with many returning clients again, and helped lots of people get some really great images of this area. Feedback from a number of this year’s clients indicated that they had won various photo competitions with images made on our tours. We were also able to help a number of people advance their photo skills to the next level as well. I personally had a full-page image published in the Showcase section of the May issue of Outdoor Photographer magazine, in addition to other publication credits through the year.

Chris Conrad, who was originally on the website as a guide, has moved on to other things, and we wish Chris well in his new endeavors. Replacing him is Dan Norris, a long-time Moab photographer and owner of Canyon Color Graphics. Dan has been published extensively and is a great instructor and guide. Dan functions primarily as my back-up when I am unable to do a tour, or on those occasions when we have more than one group wanting tours the same day. Dan also assisted me for our Moab Photo Tours Needles Back-country Photo Workshop in May 2008. Dan has been a good friend for the 16 years I’ve lived in Moab, and we’ve shot together a lot over the years. he is an outstanding photographer.

Moab Photo Tours is also expanding its reach outside the Moab area. I was able to take some tours down to the Cedar Mesa area, south of Moab, to photograph some very photogenic ancient native American ruins. You can see images of some of these ruins in the Cedar Mesa Album in the Gallery on the website. In November, I traveled to Panama and Costa Rica for a 3-week photo scouting trip to explore the possibility of taking photo tours to these two countries. Since I once lived in Panama for 3 years, I was already quite familiar with the area. I have done quite a bit of travel and photography throughout Latin America over the years, and love the photo opportunities to be had south of our borders. I had a great trip, coming home with 3200+ images to edit, and making some good contacts in the travel industry in both places. Panama and Costa Rica, while being neighbors, are quite different photographically. Costa Rica is primarily spectacular nature photography, while Panama has not only great rain forest photography similar to Costa Rica’s, but also old Spanish ruins, very photogenic indigenous tribes, French colonial architecture, and the Panama Canal itself. Keep an eye on future blog entries for details on these trips. I will be adding Albums in the Gallery for both these locations in the (near?) future.

Also upcoming for 2009 will be the addition of a Shopping Cart on the website. This will allow anyone to order a print of any image of mine that they see on the website. This applies only to my images, and not images in the Clients Gallery. (The images in the Clients Gallery do not belong to me, and I do not physically possess file sizes large enough to make prints even for the photographers who do own these images.)

We will be repeating the Needles/Canyonlands Back-country Workshop in May this year, expanding it to 4 days instead of three. We will have a surprise announcement concerning that workshop soon, so stay tuned. More on this upcoming workshop in a future blog. If you are interested in this workshop, please email me at info@moabphototours.com as soon as possible and I’ll send you more information. We actually only have two spaces still available, and the advertising in Outdoor Photographer has not even come out yet.

Stay tuned for more information. Best wishes for 2009, and Happy Shooting!