13th ANPAT - Northern Arizona

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Northern Arizona is a photographer's dream location - Join us as we explore Sedona, Flagstaff, Grand Canyon, Petrified Forest, and much more!

Join Nikonians founders Bo Stahlbrandt (bgs) and J. Ramon Palacios (jrp) and Mike Hagen (Mike_Hagen), Nikonians Academy Director, in this 13th edition of the Annual Nikonians Photo Adventure Trip (ANPAT). The ANPAT is the Nikonians field event of year.

Northern Arizona is a photographer's dream location with classic landscapes, painted deserts, sweeping panoramas, and amazing canyons.

Each and every day, our intrepid crew of photographers will explore the high desert of America's Southwest. We put together a detailed daily itinerary that highlights the best the area has to offer and traveling on our own time table gives us the flexibility to stay on location as long as we wish.

Our daily goal is to capture the beautiful golden hours of sunrise and sunset as it washes across the grand landscape. We make every effort to make this trip fun, educational, safe, adventurous, and most of all ... filled with more photography than you can imagine. It isn't uncommon for participants to stay up all night shooting star trails, then spend the entire next day photographing the landscapes at sunrise and sunset. The enthusiasm and camaraderie on the ANPAT is contagious, and is something you truly have to experience to believe. Even though this trip isn't a traditional photography workshop, people who come always are amazed at how much they learned and how many new tips & tricks they take away for their own photography.

We've scheduled up a world-class lineup of photo locations for this trip. Some are the classics, while others are unique and off the beaten path. Even if you've photographed in Northern Arizona before, you'll be happy you came on this journey. We'll be photographing the red rocks of Sedona, beautiful color in Flagstaff, the sweeping panoramas of the Grand Canyon, the giant desert meteor crater, the painted hills of Petrified Forest, Prescott, and much more.

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Saturday October 5th, arrival

Satuday October 12th, departure


Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport (PHX)

PHX Webpage


Single ocuppancy: $3,065 USD per person

Double ocuppancy: $2,655 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 Sedona, Arizona and the surrounding areas, moving out for the last portion of the trip to Williams, Arizona.

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

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

- Sedona

- Flagstaff

- Grand Canyon

- Horseshoe Bend

- Meteor Crater

- Petrified Forest

- Watson Lake

- Desert Canyon Scenic Area

- Tonto National Bridge

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 Arizona'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 11th, 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!


13th ANPAT - Northern Arizona workshops are provided in the following locations:

City Area Date Instructor Price (Member) Price (Non-Member)
Phoenix, AZ - Double Occupancy 05-OCT-2013 Mike Hagen $2655 $2685 Sold out
Phoenix, AZ - Single Occupancy 05-OCT-2013 Mike Hagen $3065 $3095 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.