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Death Valley and the Eastern Sierras

  • Mammoth Lakes, CA USA (map)

COST: $695.00

This is the largest national park outside Alaska. This tour will be as efficient as possible in minimizing driving and maximizing shooting. We will later work our way up Highway 395 and photograph the Alabama Hills near Lone Pine, other photographic destinations include Mono Lake and the June Lake Loop. On our last day we may photograph around Lake Tahoe on our way back home. The timing, and whether we make it to all the destinations will be dependent upon weather conditions. The itinerary can change at any time due to weather. We will pursue the best photographic opportunities at any particular time, while keeping as safe (and warm) as possible.

In addition to sand dunes at sunrise and sunset, we will try to visit Artist's Palette, Zabriskie Point, Dante's View, and Mosaic Canyon, as well as the ghost town of Rhyolite, the Ubehebe Crater and Scotty's Castle. There will be a variety of subjects, topography, and weather.

The weather will be pleasant the first few days, but then it will be very cold once we go along the Sierras. We will discuss ways to keep your gear operating smoothly in harsh winter conditions.

Our Focus
Using histograms, the workshop will focus on how to photograph in harsh light, capturing detail in both the light and dark areas of a scene. If it is overcast, we will go over the settings needed to get vibrant pictures. 

General Topics Covered
We will build up your technical foundation no matter your current level, including:

  • Focusing, depth of field, and image sharpness
  • Getting the ideal exposure for each situation
  • Proper camera settings to get high quality images
  • When, how, and what filters to use to improve images
  • Evoking a sense of place and emotion in your imagery
  • How to spot new ways of identifying strong compositions
  • The exact locations of beautiful places to photograph
  • Capturing the "spirit of your subjects", and not just their surfaces

Workshop Summary 

WHERE: Death Valley and Sierras, California (and vicinity)

DATE: Saturday, January 5th to Friday, January 11th

TIME: Sunrise to Sunset

CLASS SIZE: Limited to 6 participants 

We will make a big circle in our travels, going directly to Ridgecrest in the south over the Tehachapi Mountains, spending several days in Death Valley, and working our way north to the Lake Tahoe area before heading directly back to the Bay Area. Our travels will take us well over 1000 miles, carpooling is strongly encouraged. Many days we will get up at dawn and shoot again at sunset, a couple of days we will sleep in and during the trip there can be a critique of some of the images you shot in the workshop, if you want. There will also be an optional post-workshop critique of your images a few weeks after the workshop has ended. A map of our itinerary will be supplied to participants after the workshop, so that you can re-visit any of the places we photographed.

The fee of $695.00 is for tuition only. It does not include transportation, lodging, any park entrance fees, or meals.

Earlier Event: December 31
Weekend Workshop Gift Certificate