Bosque & White Sands Travel & Lodging
Participants are responsible for their own transportation to and during this workshop. For those flying in, the Albuquerque International Airport on the southern edge of Albuquerque just off Interstate 25 is less than an hour's drive to Socorro, where the workshop begins and ends. Rentals are available at the airport and regular highway cars are suitable for the entire trip. For those interested in sharing vehicle rental costs, a list of others with the same interest will be sent upon receiving your registration information.Sometimes arrangments can be made if participants are arriving at the airport close to the same time to share a rental for the entire week beginning and ending at the airport. Carpooling arrangements are also often made after arriving in Socorro.
Particiipants are responsible for their own lodging during the workshop. However, reservations will be made for you after receiving your application and you can cover the lodging fee after arriving in Socorro. We will plan on staying at the Socorro Holiday Inn Express, 1040 North California (Main) St., (575) 838-4600. .We will be in Socorro for four nights---Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, and Friday January 6, 7, 8, and 11th, and the discounted fee for workshop participants will be $94/night. plus tax.
We will be in Alamogordo to photograph in White Sands the nights of Wednesday and Thursday, January 9th and 10th. Here we will be staying in the Desert Aire Best Western. It is conveniently located and there are a variety of restaurants in easy walking distance. Reservations will also be made for you here at a discounted rate of $75/night which can be paid when we arrive in Alamogardo.Please contact me if you are interested in shared lodging and you will be given contact information for others wishing to share lodging expenses.
Why the trip is brokenup the way it is
First, photographing birds, especially in flight, is difficult and takes practice. You will improve your techniques for shooting flying birds a lot from Sunday evening through Wednesday morning at the Bosque before we head to White Sands. While there and shooting scenics, some of the insights gained at the Bosque have time to "sink in", and there are always those thoughts of "I wish I had tried this", etc. This way you will have another afternoon and morning shoot there to try a few new things.As the workshop begins and ends in Socorro, which is an easy drive to the Albuquerque airport, this is the best way to incorporate a very different type of shooting in the White Sands with the bird photgraphy at the Bosque.