Expedition: Eastern Sierra Night Photography Event

  • July 31, 2013 · 7:00 PM
  • Whoa Nellie Deli



We will meet for an (optional) dinner in Lee Vining at the famous "Whoa Nellie Deli" aka the Mobil station at Tioga Road and 395. Dinner will be from 6:30 on.  We will leave the restaurant at around 7:20 PM.

Over dinner we'll talk about where we'll be headed, then catch sunset on Mono lake followed by two planned (and possibly more unplanned locations).  We know, for example, where we can find some less well known formations around Mono Lake.

We recommend that you have a high clearance vehicle. 4WD or AWD is recommended, however the area is passable with most passenger vehicles - this is just not the place or event to bring your low-slung Lamborghini, but if you do, don't give Eric the keys :-)  We can arrange carpools at Whoa Nellie if needed.

Sunset is at about 8:03 PM
Moonrise is 1:56 AM the following day (28% illumination)

One location will require about a one mile round trip hike from the parking area over mostly level ground.  The other location is a much shorter hike.

Steven and Eric will be bringing lighting equipment to do some light painting.  Weather permitting we'll have views to the north, and the Milky Way to the south.  Please be sure to check the weather for Lee Vining and be prepared with appropriate dress. It can be very chilly with wind at night even when it is as much as 100 degrees during the day.

Minimum attendance is 4 - including two instructors.


We won't be going here, but to an even more interesting area...

Mono Lake South Tufas before Dawn [4776] *Explored*

NOTE: We expect this will be most appealing to Bristlecone Pine Workshop participants.

Cancellation Policy

Cancellations less than 7 days from the event are non-refundable.

Cancellations more than one week before the event are refundable up to 50%.

If you cancel and a replacement takes your spot, we will refund up to 50%.  If you arrange the replacement yourself (and notify us) you may have the replacement pay you directly and there is no cancellation fee.


About Weather

Weather is unpredictable. We feel confident that we can show you compelling photography opportunities in all but the worst weather.  Since we cannot control the weather, however, we cannot be responsible for the result.



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  • Mark Robert M.

    The only drawback was forest fire smoke that made the early evening hazy along the horizon. But cleared up later on for fun, unique, natural scenery.

    August 1, 2013

  • Mark Robert M.

    delayed enroute may miss you at restaraunt please leave directions to first location at restersunt or to me on meetup or email : [masked]


    July 31, 2013

    • Steven C.

      Mark... I will try to send directions via meetup email but I don't know how familiar you are with the area.

      July 31, 2013

    • Walker

      At lee Vining please call me[masked]

      July 31, 2013

  • Gail Miller B.

    Hi Steven, I just registered and paid. I am really excited and truly looking forward to it. See you at Mobile Station - my favorite place to eat in Lee Vining.

    July 12, 2013

    • Steven C.

      walker... free if you have purchased a one-time senior pass. I think you must be 65 and it's $10 or so.

      July 28, 2013

    • Walker

      Im 70 and you show your ID and the give you a lifetime pass for free. I would rathere have 35 year old knees and have to pay.

      July 28, 2013

  • Walker

    do you all have reservations to stay someplace between this and Dark of the Moom?

    July 25, 2013

    • Sergey K.

      I've reserved a room in Bridgeport for two nights thinking of revisiting the lake spots before heading to the crooked place

      July 25, 2013

  • Bob F.

    Sorry, a work conflict has emerged.... Happy shooting!

    July 24, 2013

  • Gail Miller B.

    Also, Steven, if I could car pool with someone that would be great as I know have a high clearance vehicle.

    July 12, 2013

    • Steven C.

      I'm sure we can work something out. The current plan has Eric and me driving separately so we should have extra room.

      July 12, 2013

    • Steven C.

      Scratch that. Eric and I are now carpooling... sorry.

      July 24, 2013

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