About this event


Have you ever wanted to get away from it all and discover what the middle of nowhere looks like? Well, if you take Exit 0 in Montana and drive down the dirt road, it will lead you deep into the majestic Centennial Valley.

You might feel like you have traveled back in time, as the hawks and eagles guide you past cows, horses and antelope, and perhaps even you’ll spot a fox or coyote along the way. Once you get settled into your cabin, take in the spectacular views of the Centennial Mountains to the southeast, and the rolling golden hills and Snowcrest Range to the north.

The J Bar L Ranch has been a “get away from it all” retreat for many years. We are very excited to be working with them to offer you a rare experience to relax, unplug and really take in the grandeur from your fully restored homestead cabin.

Feel free to wake up and enjoy the sunrise cut through the morning mist. Each day will be a new adventure to do things as a group, such as horseback riding or hiking, or you can just relax and experience the valley at your own pace. We will have scheduled meet-up times to go over your work, and will take plenty of photographs during the day and night. A certified massage therapist, fly-fishing, and a variety of bird and wildlife viewing are other activities you can enjoy.


This is a very hands-on and small workshop limited to 6-10 people. The emphasis will be on honing your night photography skills and making you more comfortable with creating spectacular night photographs. We will scout on horse, foot or car during the day. You will have the opportunity to improve your landscape, wildlife and portrait photography, as well as to take your night photography to the next level.

Star trails, star points and putting together awe-inspiring Milky Way panoramas are just the starting point. There will be little to no moon during our stay, so we will have plenty of stars and opportunities to paint with light.

Every student will get an hour of one-on-one time with Gabriel to not only discuss their work at the ranch but to get feedback on their portfolio of images. Think full immersion … not only into the spectacular scenery that will surround us, but also eating, drinking and discussing photography all day and night.

Did we mention that there is SOLAR ECLIPSE happening during the workshop? On August 21 from 10:15 a.m. to 11:57 a.m., the moon will start to overshadow the sun. Our location is very close to the totality zone (seeing the full eclipse of the sun). However, if we stay in the valley, with the eclipse happening over the Centennial Mountains, we will not see the totality. The totality is something incredible to witness and we will be waking up early (probably 5 a.m.) to drive 2 to 3 hours to set up as close to the blue line of totality as we can. We definitely are dependent on clear skies to experience this at its fullest, and will do our best to have several location options on our radar.

Start of partial eclipse: August 21, 10:15 a.m.
Maximum eclipse: 11:33 a.m.
End of partial eclipse: 11:57 a.m.


You should be comfortable with the manual exposure operation of your camera.

Please read our FAQs section for more information about skill and gear requirements, and other information that pertains to all our workshops.


Late summer in Centennial Valley will most likely be warm (80s) during the day but will dip down into the 50s at night. Pack layers, along with a comfortable pair of shoes to hike around in. Cowboy hats and boots are not mandatory but highly recommended!