Death Valley & the Eastern Sierra Photography Workshop - February 6-11, 2023

Rugged landscapes of exceptional beauty!

Above the Valley of Death

Dates: February 6 – 11, 2023
Death Valley NP & Lone Pine, CA
Joseph Rossbach & Kurt Budliger


Death Valley is a landscape of extremes. From the highest point in the lower 48 states, Mount Whitney to the lowest, driest and hottest place in North America, Badwater Basin, this workshop will visit some of California’s most spectacular scenery from massive sand dunes, alien like playa's, granite arches, multi-colored badlands and rugged mountain ranges reaching towards the heavens.

We will be staying at Stovepipe Wells, located in the center of Death Valley and will have easy access to the parks most stunning landscapes. After we finish up in Death Valley, we will head west over to the small town of Lone Pine situated directly below the towering heights of the Eastern Sierra Mountains. Joe will be there every step of the way to help you get the very best images!


Day 1: Meet and greet starting at 2pm at the Stove pipe Wells hotel followed by an afternoon/sunset field session.

Day 2: Sunrise field session (3-4 hours), sunset field session ( approximately 3-4 hours)

Day 3: Sunrise field session (3-4 hours), sunset field session ( approximately 3-4 hours)

Day 4: Sunrise field session (3-4 hours), sunset field session ( approximately 3-4 hours)

Day 5: Sunrise field session (3-4 hours), after checkout at the hotel participants will drive over to Lone Pine to check into hotel. Sunset field session (approximately 2 hours)

Day 6: Sunrise field session (2-3 hours), afternoon post processing class, sunset field session ( approximately 2 hours). Farewell dinner in Lone Pine.

Physical Difficulty:

There will be no strenuous hiking involved during the workshop and most locations will be close to the road. Some locations, however may involve a short hike of approximately a mile each way with no serious elevation gains. However, we will be walking in sand dunes which is more strenuous due to lack of firm ground. Participants should be able to carry all their camera equipment comfortably for 3-4 miles. We will be spending a lot of time outdoors shooting in late winter conditions. Daytime temperatures in the desert during winter can vary quite widely. It’s imperative that participants be prepared for outdoor winter recreation, lots of warm layers, hats, mittens, good outerwear and warm boots are a must. A modest level of health and fitness will greatly enhance your experience.

Accommodations & Travel:

The nearest airport is Las Vegas International Airport. The drive from Las Vegas Airport to Stovepipe Wells, CA is approximately 2.5-3 hours and from Lone Pine, CA (our ending location) back to Las Vegas is approximately 4 hours.

A high clearance with all wheel drive is recommended, but not required, for this workshop due to possible winter road conditions and some off road driving to locations.

Clients will need to make reservations at these hotels on these nights.

Stovepipe Wells Resort (2/6 – 2/10), Best Western Inn Lone Pine (2/10 & 2/11)


A non-refundable deposit of 500.00 USD is required to secure a space on this workshop. Final payment is due 60 days prior to the start of this workshop. There is no refund after the final payment has been made (unless we can fill your spot).

Images from Past Workshops in Death Valley & the Eastern Sierra

Sierra Winter Sunrise
The Shape of Light
Bare and Beautiful
Zabriske Layers