New Mexico Tour 2018

New Mexico is truly a land of enchantment. The diversity of the State is eye candy for the photographer and a joy to behold.  Join photographers Wayne Bennett and Julie Lee for a tour of New Mexico, based out of Albuquerque and Santa Fe.

You will be introduced to some of the most amazing scenery and cultural areas in the United States. We plan trips to VLA (Very Large Array), west of Socorro with drives through the rugged wilderness to the west of Albuquerque. We will explore the remnants of old Route 66 and some of the diverse Native American areas. Not to forget the influence from the south, we will explore the Salinas Pueblo Missions to the east of Albuquerque. In Albuquerque we will visit Old Town, which is the original site of Albuquerque.  Central Street is old Rte 66 through Albuquerque with many old Rte 66 remnants like the Kimo Theater.

To the north on the way to Santa Fe, we will visit the town of Madrid, a very eclectic artists colony, as well as other photo ops on the way north.

From Santa Fe we will explore Georgia O’Keeffe country at Ghost Ranch near the town of Abiquiu. The scenery in this area is breathtaking. After taking the high road to Taos from Santa Fe we will explore Taos Pueblo and visit San Francisco de Asis church, made famous by Ansel Adams and Georgia O’Keeffe. Morning ventures will yield some of he most dramatic sunrises you can imagine. We will visit Tent Rocks on the Cochiti Reservation, some 9500 feet above sea level, which has some amazing rock formations. We will also explore the historic areas of Santa Fe, New Mexico’s charming capital city.

The tour is limited to 10 participants with a minimum of 4 participants. You will be advised in mid-February if the minimum is not met.

Please join us for an interesting and unforgettable adventure in the enchanted land of New Mexico.

New Mexico Tour

$1095 US

  • Six Days
  • Dates 9 – 14 March 2018
  • Book By 16 Februaray 2018
  • Limit 10 People
  • Hotels at Reduced Rates
  • includes field instruction, image review and critique sessions
  • Meals and Ground Transportation Not Included
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New Mexico Tour 2018

Join Wayne Bennett and Julie Lee for a photographic tour of the Palouse, the wonderfully graphic landscape of Southeastern Washington State.

The topography of the Palouse was formed millions of years ago and is a virtual wonderland of rolling hills, interspersed with picturesque barns and farm buildings. We will explore the back roads of the Palouse, discovering the magic of the terrain.

We will also spend time learning the following: long exposure techniques, time lapse techniques, image stacking, light painting, night photography (depending on the moon phase) and IR photography. We will spend time teaching you how to incorporate “motion” techniques into your photography. This opens up a whole new dimension to your photographic  techniques.

New Mexico Tour

$1095 US

  • Six Days
  • Dates 9 – 14 March 2018
  • Book By 16 Februaray 2018
  • Limit 10 People
  • Hotels at Reduced Rates
  • includes field instruction, image review and critique sessions
  • Meals and Ground Transportation Not Included
Register Now!

Read Important Information About This Tour
Learn About the Tour Leaders




New Mexico-Sunrise Panorama

New Mexico – Rt 66 – Artifact

New Mexico-Ladder and Skull

Tour Leaders


Wayne Bennett

Wayne has been a professional photographer for 25 years, specializing in wildlife and nature photography.

Learn More About Wayne


Julie Lee

Julie Lee is a Central Florida part-time professional photographer.

Learn More About Julie

Important Information

When you register for this Tour, you will receive all of the pertinent information concerning meeting locations, hotel discount codes, a detailed itinerary of the Tour and other details. You can register by clicking one of the registration buttons on this page or clicking here.
Payment is due in full 30 days prior to the beginning of the tour.  Payment includes a $250.00 deposit, which is non-refundable if cancellation is less than six months before the beginning of the tour. Expenses, including transportation, accommodations and meals are the responsibility of the participant. Click in the Payment Registration area for detailed information about payments.
A $250.00 deposit is included in the total payment . All payments including the deposit are refundable if cancellation is made more than six months before the beginning of the tour. If cancellation is between six months and 30 days you will be reimbursed 75% of the total. Between 30 days and 7 days, you will be reimbursed 50% of the total and there is no reimbursement within 7 days of the Tour commencement. To be fair, if your spot can be filled, you will receive a full refund. Trip insurance is advisable.
There are certain risks associated with going on a tour of this nature.  This tour is designed to be enjoyed by healthy people in average physical condition.  Prior to taking part in this tour, you will be required to sign a Tour Waiver.  You must acknowledge that you accept the terms of the Tour Waiver when registering.  You will sign a copy before we start the tour.  It can be read here.
Here’s a suggestion list of what you might bring to the Palouse. We will do our best to help you with your gear in the field, however you should be familiar with your gear and accessories. If you’re using something for the first time, practice using it and make sure you have the user manual/batteries on hand.


  • DSLR Body or mirrorless camera
  • Optional: Back-up camera body
  • Optional: Infrared camera body


  • lenses ranging from 24mm to 300mm, prime or zoom. I have never found the need for anything longer than 300mm.
  • If you have wider lenses, like a fish eye, do bring it.
  • Macro lenses are a possibility depending on the amount of wildflowers around. If you don’t have  a macro lens, extension tubes will work or the Canon 500D filter for macro will work.


We recommend Singh-Ray filters, but any filters of your choice will suffice.

  • Polarizer
  • Solid Neutral Density Filters (Optional; for long exposures)
  • Graduated Neutral Density filters, such as the 2 stop reverse graduated ND
  • Variable neutral density filter
  • For long exposures (5 stop and 10 stop, or 15 stop suggested)


Tripod & Head

Make sure you have a tripod that is sturdy but light enough to carry with you. We recommend an L-bracket for you camera. When using the L-bracket you can easily switch from horizontal to vertical orientation and the center point of the lens will remain unchanged.

Camera/Lens Mounting Accessories

Remember to bring the tools needed for for your tripod and tripod head. If your tripod head has a specific mount, please make sure to bring these with you.

Cable (remote) release 

This will let you trigger the shutter without touching it, preventing camera shake. The lock function allows you to use Bulb mode for exposures longer than 30 seconds.


If you use a Nikon camera, most of the newer models have a built-in intervalometer. Other brand users may need to purchase an intervalometer separately. (For time-lapse, and image sequences).

Blower bulb

Microfiber cloths for cleaning lenses and cameras

Sensor cleaning kit (optional)

Memory Cards

Bring enough memory cards so that you don’t need to erase/reuse cards during the trip. If you reuse cards, and back up incorrectly, you risk losing images.

Laptop Computer

We suggest bringing your laptop and a card reader for image review sessions.

Editing Software

Make sure your laptop computer is updated with the latest versions of any editing software (Lightroom/Photoshop, etc) and any plug-ins that you use.

We may be teaching more advanced techniques such as High Dynamic Range Photography, Panoramic Photography, Time-Lapse Photography and Long Exposure Techniques during the tour.  Some of the shoots will be during sunrise and sunset where it is important to know how to operate your equipment.  To this end, you should have a working knowledge of how your camera and other equipment functions (bring a manual if necessary).  You should have an understanding of exposure.
The part of New Mexico we will be visiting does not require a great deal of walking or hiking, however there will be some walking involved. Most of what we will be shooting will be near our vehicles.

Hyatt Place Albuquerque Airport:
$89.00/night plus taxes
Hotel contact- Chris McCormack

To get this special rate (before 2/21/2018) go to the Hyatt Site, and in the group code use code G-BENT.

Or they can call the toll free reservation number which is 888-492-8847 and state that they are with the Bennett-Lee Photo group block.

Hyatt Place Santa Fe:
$104.00/night plus taxes
Hotel Contact- Carmen Marsh

For call in reservations 1-888-492-8847 the group
Bennett / Lee Photo code is G- BTLP.

For online reservations The Booking Link @ is here.

Guest have until February 20, 2018 to make the reservations under this great rate.

All participants will be asked to read and approve the tour waiver and sign the waiver before commencement of the tour.