The 2011 photography workshop year is off to a great start. Death Valley was a roaring success and we have more extraordinary workshops scheduled for the remainder of the year.
Death Valley Photography Workshop
The 2011 Death Valley photography workshop was full. We all had a great time, laughed a lot and made some good friends.
I love Death Valley in February because the weather and conditions can be truly unique. And this year was no exception.
You don’t often expect to see standing water in the hottest, driest place in all of North America, much less lakes that stretch for literally miles. But for the third year in a row that is what we encountered. We had an absolutely astounding sunrise at Badwater with beautiful pink clouds overhead reflected in the seemingly unending expanse of water. And the fortunate thing is the day after the workshop ended high winds blew all the water away so that by the next weekend it was all gone. We continue to be very lucky that way.
Click here to see what I’m talking about – Badwater Dawn 2011
We’ll be back in Death Valley next year the same time – February 11-14, 2012. You won’t want to miss it.
Eastern Sierra Workshop
We are returning to the Eastern Sierra from June 4th to the 9th. I always get excited returning to the mountains where I spent so much time in my youth. And while we won’t be sleeping under the starts near a lake at 10,000, the thrill is still there just being in the company of these majestic peaks.
Besides such towering peaks as Mt Whitney, Mt Williamson, Mt Tom and on and on, we will explore roaring cascades, the placid and beautiful Owen’s River, sparkling lakes, the always amazing ancient bristlecone pine, the mysterious tufa of Mono Lake and the best preserved ghost town in the country – Bodie. Last year we were even able to get into the high country of Yosemite National Park for a truly amazing experience.
If you love the mountains as I do and want to see them in their spring glory, this is a workshop that is not to be missed. We still have spaces available but hurry. This has proven to be a popular workshop in the past.
For more information on the Eastern Sierra workshop, click here.
Big Sur Workshop
This is a new workshop this year and already proving to be very popular. We will explore the dramatic California coast from Cambria and San Simeon to the south to Carmel and Monterey to the north. The 70 miles in between hold some of the most exciting coastline you will find anywhere as the Santa Lucia mountains plunge into the blue Pacific.
Besides the surf crashing on rocky cliffs, this coastline is home to the southernmost groves of coastal redwoods, beautiful waterfalls and a few scattered sandy beaches. In many places the Cabrillo Highway (also known as Highway 1) clings to the side of the steep slopes with many picturesque bridges spanning the larger streams. The most famous of these is Bixby bridge.
We will be exploring the many gems over a four day period from August 8th to the 11th. The grand finale will be photographing sunset at Point Lobos, Edward Weston’s old haunt.
This workshop is nearly full so if you’re interested I would encourage you to not delay.
For more information on the Big Sur workshop, click here.
Southwest Utah – Zion and Bryce Workshops
You don’t want to miss Zion and Bryce in October. The weather is ideal and the colors of autumn are just starting to appear. And in Bryce, it’s possible an early storm can blow through and leave a dusting of fresh white show on the orange hoodoos.
This is actually two workshops that run back to back but most people sign up for both (at a discounted price). We explore Zion beginning Saturday, October 15th and then move on to Bryce Tuesday, October 18th. The workshop wraps up on Friday, October 21st. It’s
Zion holds a special place in my heart. Zion means ‘place of refuge,’ and that is how I feel about it. It’s grandeur has a special renewing quality about it. And Bryce is always exciting as it is the home to some of the best sunrises on earth. There’s nothing more glorious than watching the sun come up over Thor’s Hammer.
Click here for more information on the Zion workshop.
And here’s the link to the Bryce workshop.
Central California Coast and Napa Valley Workshop
In November we are returning to the Central California Coast, this time above and below San Francisco. We will spend five exciting days working our way from Half Moon Bay south of San Francisco, up the coast to Point Reyes and then inland to Napa Valley.
This workshop includes dramatic shorelines, some of the beautiful locations within San Francisco, the Golden Gate bridge, Point Bonita and Point Reyes, and out of the way gems within Napa Valley.
November is the perfect time of the year to be in this area and I can’t wait to share it with you.
Here’s the link to the Central California Coast and Napa Valley workshop.
So that’s the roundup for the rest of 2011. As you can tell we are holding photography workshops in some very exciting places.
My Photography Workshop Philosophy
I believe photography workshops need to be more than just taking you to beautiful places. So I have developed a three-point philosophy that I see as my obligation to you or anyone who attends one of our workshops.
- First, I am obligated to get you to the right place at the right time. That is, we will visit locations with exciting photographic potential in the best light.
- Second, I want to make sure you return home with technically sound images. So I’ll work closely with you to make sure your images are well composed and you use the best techniques to produce the highest quality captures.
- Third, I will challenge you to expand your vision. We all grow as photographers and artists when we expand the way we see the world. So each of the locations we photograph will have special challenges to help you see them in fresh and exciting new ways.
I also believe our workshops provide a great value – a personal touch at a reasonable price. I invite you to compare what we offer with other workshops and I think you’ll agree.
So check us out and come join the fun.
Here’s a list of all the 2011 photography workshops.
To see more of my photographs click here.