24 Hour Milky Way Clinic at the Great Chamber
Fully Guided Tour
An intensive, small-group Milky Way photography workshop at a singular location, with instruction from the masterful Cody York
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What is included on your tours?
Daytours include pickup and dropoff from local hotels, off-road transportation, natural history narration, guided hiking, photo advice, snacks, water, and lunch on tours of 6 hours or more. Our multi-day tours include all of this plus camping equipment, camp management, three excellent meals, stargazing, sunsets and sunrises for the photographer, and lots more time outside.
How soon should we book?
This depends on several factors, but our best advice is to book as soon as you finalize your plans. We do fill up, and if you have a limited window of opportunity, you may miss out. The smaller your availability window and the tighter your schedule, the earlier you need to book in order to ensure availability. The larger your group, especially if it involves more than one of our trucks (>7 passengers), the earlier you need to book.
How do I reserve my date(s)?
You are able to book online or by contacting us. We do require a 50% deposit to reserve your daytour date(s) and a 1/3 deposit to reserve a multi-day tour. The remaining balance is due the day of your tour at departure. Your guide can take any method of payment.
Can I pay via cash, Paypal, credit card, check?
What is your weather policy? What is your cancellation/reschedule policy?
These policies are all found on our Policies Page. PLEASE NOTE: Because of the constantly changing weather, targets moving over the whole region (our trucks), unpredictability of weather forecasts, the complexities of different road surfaces in different areas, the variable nature of storms as far as coverage and volume in this area, and the fact that some of the best photography weather is often on days with a chance of rain, we do not reflexively cancel tours without solid information. However, as your safety is always paramount in situations where incontrovertible evidence leads us to believe that potentially dangerous situations are probable, we will cancel tours if necessary. We will assume tours will run until departure time. We do not cancel tours until departure time as the most relevant information is at hand. Also if we know of a particular area or time that will be a problem we will often consult with all parties on the tour as to how best to go about re-routing, postponement, or cancellation. Trying to manage this on the phone hours before the tour is nearly impossible. If a party decides to cancel prior to departure time for reasons of weather forecasts, the cancellation will be subject to the standard policy. Cancellations made by us at departure will be accompanied by a full refund if no other solution can be reached. Also the information we have at any given time is often incomplete. For example, we do not know if the Wave is covered in snow or if the route is hikeable, whether roads are impassable in a given location etc….as we do not have a webcam at these remote locations. We do try to network to get better information if we can. Sometimes incontrovertible evidence is only found once the tour has begun. Guessing, followed by reflexive cancellations, we have learned, produces more poor results for everyone involved, than the strategy we take. It is very, very complex making these decisions. We are always monitoring the weather and have many years of experience managing the logistics that are affected by weather in this area. Please trust us to act in both our best interests.
What kind of vehicles do we tour in? Do you offer ATV/Jeep Tours?
All of our tours are run in Chevrolet Suburbans or Crew Cab Silverados for comfort and safety. We do not offer ATV or Jeep Tours.
What do I need to bring on a daytour/overnight?
The biggest things you need to remember on a daytour are a small pack to carry your own water (essential especially on tours with more hiking), jacket for warmth and rain (essential), boots or high top sneakers (optional but optimal in sand), any essential medication, and camera. Other items include extra layers when cold, hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, chapstick, and other typical daytime sundries. For scheduled overnights bring all the same except an extra layer or two. You do not need a change of clothes. For overnights in April or October bring a warm hat and gloves. For custom multi-day trips just add a change of clothes or two. On all tours we provide water and snacks. On daytours of more than 6 hours and multi-days more than 24 hours we provide lunch. On scheduled overnights of 24 hours we do not provide lunch so please eat before you come.
What is the weather like there at various times of year?
We want to do one of your overnight tours, but aren’t able to make any of your scheduled dates. What are our options?
Depending upon our schedule, we may be able to add or shift dates. Please contact us with which tour you are interested in and which dates you are considering. Custom multi-days can be arranged APR-OCT depending on availability.
This intensive, small-group Milky Way workshop with the masterful Cody York includes shooting session with Cody at the Great Chamber, al fresco dinner, Kanab hotel accommodation, Cody’s editing clinic and catered lunch. This workshop is limited to 4 guests to ensure optimal attention to each participant.
About Cody York
Cody York is an accomplished, highly respected professional photographer whose commercial, editorial, advertisement, and action sports work has been featured in dozens of internationally recognized publications and ad campaigns. From ESPN to Red Bull and The New York Times – Cody has done it all. His focus on technical proficiency, creative lighting, and innovative concepts make him the ultimate instructor for a astro photography clinics. You can see more of Cody’s work at www.codyyorkphotography.com.
About the Great Chamber Milky Way Photography Clinic
This small group, intensive astro photography workshop will take you far off the pavement and straight to one of Southern Utah’s top milky way destinations. Join professional landscape photographer Cody York for a 24-hr overnight photo workshop and learn how to capture the Milky Way at one of Utah’s hidden gems, the Great Chamber. Cody will share all his secrets on how to scout, plan and shoot the Milky Way. There will also be an in-depth, private editing session the following morning at the Canyon’s Boutique in Kanab, Utah. The workshop will cover techniques in the field including the proper camera settings and various ways to capture the Milky Way and foreground such as, exposure blending, star stacking, long exposure and light painting. The session includes a catered lunch, and will go over how to put all the pieces together and get results from each method shot in the field. Topics to be demonstrated will be star stacking, exposure blending, color correction, noise reduction, using luminosity masks and other creative techniques to make your photos really stand out.
Mandatory Camera Gear
- DSLR Camera that shoots at ISO 3200 or higher for Milky Way photos
- Photopills App
- Fast, wide angle lenses of at least f2.8 for nighttime photography
- Sturdy Tripod
- Headlamp with red light (for seeing at night time to not disrupt your eyes)
- Shutter release cable/Intervolometer (if not built into camera)
- Lens Dew Heater or hand warmers and rubber band to wrap around lens (for condensation that can build on the lens at night if the temp is close to the dew point)
Mandatory Gear for Editing Session
- Laptop (Mac or PC)
- Memory card reader
- Lightroom CC Classic (Version 8.0 or newer)
- Photoshop (Version CS6 or higher, Creative Cloud version recommended)
- Starry Landscape Stacker (For star stacking, Mac users)
- Sequator (For star stacking, PC users)
Recommended Gear for Editing Session
If you wish to book this tour click here to get started with online booking or give us a call at 435-644-5506.
2022 DATES with Cody York
Fully Guided Tour
The hour-by-hour itinerary of this workshop depends on the timing of the Milky Way. During those months when the Milky Way core is visible early (June, July) we transfer to the Great Chamber in the evening for an al fresco dinner and subsequent Milky Way session prior to returning to town. During the early spring months when the Milky Way core is visible later in the night, we start with a town-based Milky Way primer and team dinner followed by an early night’s sleep, to wake up in the middle of the night and transfer to the Great Chamber where we’ll shoot through sunrise.
3pm – Arrive at Canyons Collection hotel in Kanab
4-5pm – Transfer to the Great Chamber
5-7pm – Dinner al fresco
7pm – Begin scouting
8-11pm – Photographing the Milky Way
12am – Arrive back at Canyons Collection hotel
At your leisure – breakfast at the Canyons Collection
10am-12pm – Editing clinic
12pm-1pm – Lunch
1-3pm – Editing clinic
3pm – Workshop end
Guest Experiences on the White Pocket Tour
Steve was an awesome guide and we had a great time hiking White Pocket (Vermillion Cliffs) with him. He customized our hike and planned a great route for us. Since we liked birds he stopped at the California Condor viewing area for us. We got to see 900 year old drawings and then amazing views of the white pocket are from different angles. Lunch was yummy with fresh veggies, fruit and meat. Fantastic Day, highly recommend.
DABEDB – May 20, 2019
Best tour ever. Such a beautiful natural wonder! The journey there and back was also amazing. Andrea was an excellent guide pointing out all kinds of interesting features of the landscape. Her driving was swift and safe in a well maintained all wheel drive vehicle. I would not want to attempt this trip on my own even with a adequate all wheel drive vehicle. White Pocket itself is simply stunning. I would recommend this tour to anyone who appreciates natural wonders.
I8990KDrobertr – May 16, 2019
Took a tour of White Pocket with Dreamland at the end of April with Andrea as our tour guide. It was a great experience. White pocket is very difficult to get to – both in terms of terrain and directions. Having a guide to get you there safely, as well as give some interesting history and facts on the area was great. Would definitely recommend!
Jamie U – May 12, 2019
Bailey did a great job for our small group. My wife and I enjoyed everyone’s company as well as the good lunch prepared for us. It takes a while to get out to White Pocket, but you will be glad you made the effort to see this fascinating area.
Departure68316626825 – May 10, 2019
Just completed a truly wonderful visit to White Pocket on a photo safari with Dreamland and AZ Highways Photo Tours. Dreamland’s outfitters were outstanding. Food was almost too good and plentiful. Their service and attention to detail is outstanding. Not sure when my next trip is with them but I’m already looking forward to it!
Terry G – May 7, 2019