Events You Will Want To Plan For!

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Some of our events require advance planning. This is where you will find information on these events. Whether they are overnight PPLAC Safaris, Workshops or Outings that will fill up if we wait too long, you will want to plan for these well in advance!

1. In November, we are planning a multi day PPLAC Safari to Death Valley!

For Lodging -

Alternate Lodging (about 1/2 hour from Stovepipe Wells) - The Ranch At Death Valley - The Oasis at Death Valley

Remember that you will need to plan ahead for these events!

For more details, please scroll down to the flyer and more details below:

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CIPPA / PPLAC Image Safari Information:

This is a PPA Sanctioned Workshop. PPA Members will receive 1 merit for attending.


Death Valley Landscape & Night Sky Workshop


Instructors: John Grusd (M.Photog, M-PPC) + Mike Mercadante

Safari Date: November 2nd, 2022 to Nov 4th, 2022

About: Death Valley National Park

In this below sea-level basin, steady drought and record summer heat make Death Valley a land of extremes. Yet, each extreme has a striking contrast. Towering peaks are frosted with winter snow. Rare rainstorms bring vast fields of wildflowers. Lush oases harbor tiny fish and refuge for wildlife and humans. Despite its morbid name, a great diversity of life thrives in Death Valley.

Join us for an exciting photographic venture into the heart of Death Valley. Our leaders will be John Grusd from PPLAC and Mike Mercadante from CIPPA. Our group will be limited to 12 participants to ensure more one-on-one interaction. We will do sunset and sunrise photography at Mesquite Dunes and on another day sunset photography at Badwater Basin. Night photography is always an option, the timing dictating that it will be of the star trails, light painting and moon variety (not Milky Way). There will be several other optional ventures during this trip. The Safari will conclude after breakfast on Friday morning, November 4th.

We will experience the beauty of nature and the nighttime in the wild. This workshop/safari will be presented in three sessions. First, a Zoom session to discuss the steps of planning and photographing the varied desert landscapes and night sky. Second will be the 2-day Safari where you will practice key techniques for discovering and capturing beautiful images of landscapes, sunrises, and sunsets! Then third, after the Safari, will be a review Zoom meeting to discuss our images and processing.



We will meet at the Stovepipe Wells Village Hotel at noon on Tuesday, November 2nd for lunch. The hotel will be our home base for this safari, so it is recommended that you make reservations immediately before it is booked up. Our group size will be limited so please don’t wait until the last minute. Lodging and meals are the financial responsibilities of each participant. Again, if you are interested in attending, make your hotel reservations now and complete the Zoom and PayPal registration on the CIPPA Website.

Workshop / Safari Registration:

• Book your room at Stovepipe Wells ASAP! This will be our base for the Safari.

​If Stovepipe Wells fills up (it's small) then book at The Ranch at Death Valley. It's abut a half hour from Stovepipe Wells. Don't worry! We will make sure the logistics work for you as well.

• CIPPA / PPLAC Members Workshop Fee - $65.00

• Members of Professional Photographers of California Workshop Fee - $75.00

• Meetup Members Workshop Fee - $90.00

To pay for the event go to the CIPPA Events Webpage

• Step 1 Click on the link to pay using PayPal

• Step 2 Click on the Zoom Registration Link to tell us you are coming.

Please reach out to Mike Mercadante, CIPPA VP programs, for additional information about this event and others!! 408-504-3592