Dark of the Moon Night Photography in the Eastern Sierras

Photography with Harold Davis
Photography with Harold Davis
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Three nights; arriving Friday, September 7, 2018 and departing Monday, September 10, 2018

***Some participants may choose to arrive late and/or depart early, if necessary for work-related reasons.

Where: Locations in and around Lone Pine, CA (details provided to registrants closer to the date of the workshop). Classroom sessions will be held at the Dow Villa Hotel & Motel in Lone Pine, where rooms are available at a discounted rate to workshop participants (details will be sent following registration).

Group size: Limited to 12 participants.

Tuition: $725

Registration: Opens January 1, 2018 on a first-come-first served basis

Join award-winning photographer Harold Davis, author of the bestselling Creative Night: Digital Photography Tips & Techniques (http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ISBN=0470527099/bearhomecom/) (Wiley), and distinguished night photographer Steven Christenson of Star Circle Academy (http://starcircleacademy.com/) for a once in a lifetime adventure practicing night photography in the rugged and beautiful Eastern Sierra Nevada Mountains of California.

The workshop is timed to coincide with the low-light phases of the moon to maximize the possibilities of combining star circle photography with imagery of the incredible landscape. Harold and his associates will help with the technical aspects of field night photography, and post-production of night imagery.

The workshop will be based in Lone Pine, California (please contact us for a recommended list of hotels in Lone Pine). Our primary field location will be the fantastic Alabama Hills (https://www.blm.gov/wo/st/en/res/Education_in_BLM/Learning_Landscapes/For_Travelers/go/adventures/alabama_hills.html), located only a few miles from Lone Pine. Note that lodging, meals, and transportation are not included in the workshop tuition.

During the day, we will take advantage of the unique workshop location for photography. Several photographic field sessions will explore the waterfalls below Mount Whitney and the rugged country to the east of Lone Pine. Side trips to Manzanar and the Bristlecone Pines in the White Mountains are also a possibility, depending on group inclinations and weather conditions. Sunrise photography on Saturday and Sunday is also a possibility, depending on conditions and group desires.

Classroom demonstrations will cover use of an intervalometer (interval timer), minimizing noise in long exposures, safety at night, post-processing night photos, and much more.


Friday, September 7, 2018:

3PM Meet in Lone Pine
4-5PM Orientation, night safety, night photography overview
6PM Carpool to locations in Alabama Hills, Sunset & night photography

Saturday, September 8, 2018

possible early morning shoot

9-10AM Breakfast

10-12:00 Classroom: Night Photo presentation, previous night's shoot, interval shooting
12:00-12:45PM Lunch
1PM-3:00PM Field session (Whitney Portal, or to be determined)
3:00-5:00PM Free time
5PM Early dinner
6:00 PM Night photography.

Sunday, September 9, 2018

possible early morning shoot

9-10AM Breakfast
10-12:00 Image review, night planning tools
12:00-12:45PM Lunch
1:00-5:00 Field session, location tbd
5:30-6:30PM Dinner
7PM - 11PM Night photography, stars and light painting

Monday, September 10, 2018

possible early morning shoot

8:00-9:00AM Breakfast
9:00-10:30AM Image review and Workshop wrap-up