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Special Fall Photography Workshop in Mesa Verde National Park Offered by the Mesa Verde Institute
Contact: Laurel Rematore, 970-529-4642
Every year thousands of visitors snap photos of the spectacular, world-famous Ancestral Puebloan cliff dwellings at Mesa Verde National Park. To help you capture the best light and perspective of these remarkable structures in either digital or film cameras, the nonprofit Mesa Verde Institute is offering a special fall three-day photography workshop led by well known photographer Professor Emeritus Dr. Gene Balzer.
The workshop is scheduled for October 14-16, 2011 and is limited to 13 participants to ensure plenty of personalized coaching. It begins at noon on Friday and ends on Sunday afternoon. Tuition includes three days of instruction, two nights in-park motel lodging at the Far View Lodge, and all meals including two dinners at the famed Metate Room Restaurant. For further information and registration, visit the Mesa Verde Institute website at www.mesaverdeinstitute.org or call 800-305-6053.
Workshop participants will come away with once-in-a-lifetime images of several of Mesa Verde’s stunning cliff dwellings. Participants will visit sites around the park at times designed to capture ideal lighting conditions, and will work on compositional skills for compelling images. The group will visit some archeological sites at hours when they’re closed to the general public, and will also visit Mug House, a beautiful cliff dwelling that is not normally open for visitors. Pacing will be leisurely so everyone gains as much as possible from their experience.
Inaugurated in 2006, the non-profit Mesa Verde Institute was established to offer visitors an expanded and in-depth learning experience in Mesa Verde National Park. Through free and low-cost seminars, workshops, educational hikes, lectures, and special programs, visitors of all ages gain a new, behind-the-scenes understanding of Mesa Verde and the Four Corners region The Institute is administered by the nonprofit Mesa Verde Museum Association. Proceeds from all association programs support Mesa Verde National Park.
For further information including photographic equipment needs and rates, or to register, visit the Mesa Verde Institute website at www.mesaverdeinstitute.org, call 800-305-6053, or email the Institute using this email link.
Did You Know?
A subterranean kiva remained 50 degrees Fahrenheit all year round. So for the Ancestral Puebloans, it stayed cool in the summer, and only a small fire was needed to keep it warm in the winter.