12th ANPAT - New Mexico

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New Mexico is a photographer's paradise - Join us as we explore White Sands National Monument, Taos, Sante Fe, and the famous Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta.

New Mexico is a photographer's paradise with crystal clear skies, dramatic landscapes, and amazing cultural heritage. Join us as we explore this beautiful state and follow in the footsteps of renowned artists such as Ansel Adams and Georgia O'Keeffe.

We'll put our camera gear to the test while photographing some of the most austere landscapes in the USA. Our intrepid group will shoot sunrises on the incredible white sand dunes of White Sands National Monument, as well as Bandelier National Monument, Tent Rocks National Monument, and the stunning Rio Grande Gorge Bridge.

Our ANPAT will also include photographing cultural icons in Sante Fe, Taos, and Albuquerque. We'll shoot the famous San Francisco de Asis Church and other adobe missions and pueblos.

One of the highlights of this trip will be an optional hot air balloon ride over Albuquerque. We'll depart at sunrise with our cameras, then float through the air while snapping images of the landscape and the other balloons in our private group. After our flight, we'll land for a champaigne toast and a light continental breakfast. Added cost for optional flight is $165 to $175 depending on the number of seats bought, so we are pricing it at $175 to avoid last minute cash shortages.

Get your kicks on Route 66 as we photograph this American classic highway's eclectic mix of old diners, hotels, and wide-open vistas as far as the eye can see. Route 66 is one of America's classic highways and has been photographed by the masters.

Join Nikonians founders Bo Stahlbrandt (bgs) and J. Ramon Palacios (jrp) and Mike Hagen (Mike_Hagen), Nikonians Academy Director, in this 12th edition of the Annual Nikonians Photo Adventure Trip (ANPAT). The ANPAT is the Nikonians field event of year.

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Saturday October 13th, arrival

Satuday October 20th, departure


Albuquerque International Sunport Airport (ABQ)

ABQ Webpage


Single ocuppancy: $2,930 USD per person

Double ocuppancy: $2,485 USD per person


All Gold and Platinum Nikonians members

If you are not a Nikonians member yet, the system will guide you through enrollment at checkout when paying your cost contribution. If you are a Basic or Silver member simply upgrade here before booking your seat


For your comfort, we will be driving in 15-seat passenger vans, occupied by a maximum of 8 Nikonians each. We will all stay the first part of our trip in Santa Fe and the surrounding areas, moving out for the last portion of the trip to southern New Mexico in the Alamogordo area.

New Mexico has an amazing variety of photography opportunities and is one of the USA's great travel destinations.

Our plan is to photograph the following areas and events as possible (locations and activities may vary due to weather and access):

- White Sands National Monument

- Sante Fe

- Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta

- Bandelier National Monument

- Very Large Space Antenna Array

- Old Town Albuquerque

- Taos

- Tent Rocks National Monument

- Classic Route 66

- Chaco Canyon National Historic Park

- Bosque del Apache NWR

- Ghost Ranch

- Lots more

We'll be photographing sunrises and sunsets every day, as well as mid-day photo destinations that will present us with myriad of stunning challenges and opportunities.

Make sure to bring your tripods for phenomenal astro photography under New Mexico's starry skies. There will be ample opportunity to shoot star trails during our adventure. The American SW is a region with limited population, so it offers a very dark and pollution-free sky to further challenge us with night astro photography.

Friday October 19th, will culminate with our group dinner and photo presentation, showcasing the best of everyone's photographs during the week.

  • You will learn

    • About the spirit of Nikonians
    • The fun of Group Shooting
    • Tips and tricks from fellow Nikonians
    • How to make better pictures!
  • What to bring

  • Required

    • Enthusiasm
    • Bring two bags only. One bag for camera gear and the other for clothing. Plan to wear layered clothing since early mornings and nights can be cold. Daytime will generally be mild though. No extreme weather is expected but it could get windy.
    • A good pair of non-slip hiking shoes or hiking boots.
    • Tripod
    • At least one camera with a lens for landscapes (12mm - 24mm) and another moderate telephoto lens (70-200, 300mm)
    • Cable shutter release
    • Filters (polarizer, graduated ND)
    • Batteries for cameras and flash
  • Optional

    • A backup camera body
    • A macro lens
    • A speedlight
    • A flashlight or headlight (for dawn/dusk photo shoots)
    • A laptop for downloading and reviewing photographs
  • What is provided

    • This an all-included field trip:
    • Accommodations for 7 nights
    • Meals and water from the arrival dinner to the farewell dinner
    • Transportation from the airport to all planned shooting destinations
    • Transportation for 7 days within the National Parks, National Monuments and reserves.
    • Transportation back to the Airport on the day of departure.
    • Park fees are included
    • Cancellation: An advance notice of at least 45 days before the event is required to consider a possible refund. The cancellation fee is $350.
  • Venue Information

      Please check your venue by specific city area location.


If you are an ANPAT Veteran, you well know why you should not miss it. If you are new to our Annual Nikonians Photo Adventure Trips you must come to learn why Nikonians is not just "a site" but a full rewarding community experience. Don't miss it!


12th ANPAT - New Mexico workshops are provided in the following locations:

City Area Date Instructor Price (Member) Price (Non-Member)
Albuquerque, NM - Double Occupancy 13-OCT-2012 Mike Hagen $2485 $2515 Sold out
Albuquerque, NM - Single Occupancy 13-OCT-2012 Mike Hagen $2930 $2960 Sold out
Albuquerque, NM - Ballon Flight 15-OCT-2012 Mike Hagen $175 $205 Sold out

Member prices are only applicable to Nikonians Silver, Gold and Platinum Members. Non-members can register as Nikonians members here. Nikonians Basic members can upgrade the membership level here. Membership payments help sustain the growth of the Nikonians community and its services such as the Nikonians Academy.