Photographing the Bisti Badlands
March 26 - 29, 2017





Bisti Badlands, New Mexico

Class Size
7 participants

Tye Hardison


Activity Level - Intermediate
You should be prepared to carry your own gear and be capable of walking and hiking for several miles on rugged terrain.

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Hidden away in the Four Corners region of New Mexico lie the Bisti Badlands and the De-Na-Zin Wilderness.  For three days we will explore this 45,000 acre desert wilderness area that contains the eroded remains of an ancient inland sea with photographer Tye Hardison.

The Bisti/De-Na-Zin Wilderness is a rolling landscape of badlands with some of the most unusual scenery in the Four Corners Region.  Time and natural elements have etched a fantastic world of strange rock formations made of interbedded sandstone, shale, mudstone, coal, and silt.  The weathering of the sandstone forms hoodoos—weathered rock in shapes of pinnacles, spires, cap rocks, and other unusual forms.

With very little vegetation, the color is from soils of reds, yellows, and blue-grey clay set against deep blue skies.  Our challenge: the area is large, but the subjects are small, and you will learn to find their intimate relationship. Photographing the Bisti Badlands will require the ability to hike carrying your own gear for several miles over rugged terrain to explore the many unique formations within the wilderness. Weather permitting, we hope for one or two nights photographing the night sky!

The workshop and tour will based out of Farmington, New Mexico and we'll spend three days exploring the Bisti and other unique formations in the area. The group will meet up in Santa Fe at noon on March 26 to carpool to Farmington and wrap up at noon on March 29.

Join us for the White Sands Landscape workshop (right before Bisti Badlands) and explore its vivid terrain with your camera—from the rhythm of the rolling sand dunes to the stark beauty of its unique landscape.


Whether you are pointing your camera at unique rock formations or capturing the dynamic weather, you'll spend time challenging yourself and honing your image-making skills. During the workshop, we will be out photographing in both morning and evening light. As we have time, during midday hours we will be looking at images on your laptop computer to provide feedback and further your progress.

You should be prepared to carry your own gear and be capable of walking/hiking for several miles on rugged terrain. This workshop is terrific for all digital photographers who have a good understanding of their camera and are able to edit images and use image manipulation software on a laptop computer. You will need to have Lightroom installed on your laptop computer and have a basic understanding of the software. You need to know how to use auto bracketing on your camera.

Lots of enthusiasm for making pictures. Your digital camera with lenses, a tripod and filters. A laptop computer with image-editing and manipulation software. (We will provide a complete list of necessary gear before the workshop begins.)


Tye Hardison has photographed all across New Mexico since 1999. A meticulous craftsman with a native’s sensitive eye, he assists Craig in the field and with Eloquent Light's photography workshops. Tye is Adobe Lightroom Certified. This means that after rigorous testing by Adobe, he is now considered an expert in the joys and pitfalls of Lightroom photo editing software. His expertise in Lightroom will provide new tools for workshop attendees.


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