- May 3, 2019 - May 5, 2019
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Hidden in the heart of North Texas, Caprock Canyon is a hidden gym of our state park system. It lies across the transition from the panhandle plains to the Llano Estacado. As the land falls away, dramatic red sandstone cliffs are formed under a harder sandstone cap rock.
Thanks to its remote location, Caprock Canyon is one of the best undiscovered places for night sky photography. The air quality is generally excellent and light pollution is minimal. During the day, numerous hikes into the canyons and on to the top of the ridges offer great views and numerous photographic opportunities. Wildlife is plentiful including prairie dogs, porcupines, birds of prey, road runners, deer, coyotes, bobcats and other native creatures as well as the Texas state bison herd. The region also exhibits dramatic spring skies with occasional thunderstorms.
This is a laid back workshop. We will hike and make photos, and Andrew will be available to answer questions or to provide 1:1 help. Andrew will lead group hikes each day and lead a night photography session each night. Some of the hikes will be easy and other strenuous.
Attendees will have the opportunity to photography bison and prairie dogs at their leisure. There are ample landscape photo opportunities for those who wish to take advantage of them.
There will be a group campfire each evening (burn ban allowing) for everyone to enjoy while sharing their photos and stories from the day (and night).
Pre-Workshop Facebook Live
Andrew will conduct a pre-workshop facebook live two weeks prior to the workshop to help everyone prep for the trip. He will answer questions and discuss what to expect. Participants will receive an invite via email with instructions.
We have reserved a block of campsites. Once you sign up for the class, we will contact you to determine if you need a your own site or are sharing it with another attendee.
All sites are suitable for RVs with 30 or 50 amp hookups and water. Pets ARE allowed in the campground as well if you want to bring your favorite 4 legged photo friends! If you have specific RV site needs, please email Andrew (Andrew@AzulOx.com) to verify what you need. He can set aside a specific site for you on a first-come-first-serve basis.
Getting There and Around
Participants are responsible for their own transportation to, from and around the park. Caprock is not a huge park, but we will be driving to trailheads. Participants are welcome to carpool for convenience.
Caprock Canyon is located near Quitaque, Tx. It is approximately 6.5 hours drive from Austin. Groceries, “restaurants” and gas are available just outside the park in Quitaque.
What to Bring
• Camera & Lenses
• Tripod & Cable Release (for Night Photography)
• Battery Chargers
• Laptop for Downloading (optional)
• Camera Backpack with Hip Strap (optional but recommended for hiking)
• Filters (Graduated ND, Polarizer, etc – optional)
• Hiking Boots or other sturdy walking shoes.
• Hiking Pole or Walking Staff
• Sunscreen and Sun Protection (hat, sun shirt, etc)
• Lawn Chair
• Camping Supplies
• A strategy to take 2 liters (minimum) along on each hike (camelbak, water bottles, etc) if you plan on strenuous hikes.
• Snacks/Trail Food
This class is taught by Photography Instructor Andrew Fritz.
He is a self taught experiential learner who is addicted to the possibilities that new (to him) gear open up. He loves to share the things he has worked out. Andrew started with a passion for landscape and night photography and quickly branched out to work in just about every form of photography. He is an ex-software developer with extensive experience in the IT realm.
Venue: Caprock Canyon State Park
Venue Website: https://tpwd.texas.gov/state-parks/caprock-canyonsAddress: