You may have recently heard some scuttlebutt about big changes being made by the National Park Service (NPS) in the Arches/Canyonlands of Utah. As a night sky photography workshop instructor who’s been legally operating in these parts since 2011, I’ll admit I was taken aback by some recent decisions made by NPS management regarding our current permit applications for 2017. Unfortunately, our national treasures and those put in place to manage and protect it are under enormous strains from overcrowding, visitor abuse, lack of funding, and staff reductions for proper patrolling of violators. The Arches/Canyonlands NPS issued a statement that the costs for permits were going to skyrocket, light painting was now prohibited, and that NO nighttime workshop instruction would be permitted effective immediately. Fortunately, the photography community rallied together and after engaging in constructive dialogue with managing officials, we are still permitted to conduct our night sky workshops in 2017. However, it looks like this may be the last year any commercial instruction will be allowed in the future.
What does this mean for you?
It means that it is highly likely that 2017 is your last opportunity to take an Arches and/or Canyonlands night photography workshop with Goldpaint Photography, LLC, or any other commercial photographer.
We plan to make the most out of our access this year, so if you have a desire to learn how to capture photos like the examples above, this year is probably your LAST opportunity to do so. We still have a few openings left and we’d like to invite you to join us. For more information about how to secure your spot, visit goldpaintphotography.com/workshops.
In closing, we pride ourselves in that we have always dedicated ourselves to the preservation of our dark skies. This also means that we strive to be good stewards of our pristine and protected lands by following the rules, obtaining the proper permits and licensures, and educating our students about Leave no Trace Principals. Educating and protecting our wilderness areas has always been and will always be our number one priority. It is also extremely important for us to maintain our excellent working relationships with the various agencies who manage these valuable areas. Join us this year to be expertly guided in capturing the Milky Way over these iconic national treasures before it’s too late!
I’ll see you under the stars!