Eastern Sierra Overnight 2019

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The cost is $350 includes transportation to ride with us.

We head out to photograph a real ghost town at night, with our vanpool to Bodie, spend the night in Lee Vining and catch the sunrise at Mono Lake the following morning.

First, ten people to reserve a spot with a registration fee will be officially registered to join us. The registration fee is $350. Here is the Paypal Deposit link for deposit ( https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=KYGZET23GRCGJ).

Get your payment in soon and make your hotel reservation before the hotels are full. Lee Vining has a limited amount of rooms, don’t wait too long.

Why are you charging, you ask?

Because we enjoy doing workshops but it does take us away from paying gigs and there's no way we can do this without compensation so I hope you think this is fair, we think it is.

You can look at any other workshops. You may notice a whole host of offerings from free to many many thousands of dollars. We did this to be out in the field and enjoy the thrill and discovery of being able to take beautiful pictures at the right time and location.

This is our 8th year in a row that we have done an Eastern Sierras Photography Workshop. Before that, we have explored and photographed the area many times in the past 30 years.

Both Javier and I absolutely love being out on the field and seeing the sights, smelling the smells and hearing sounds. But more importantly, we enjoyed capturing the scenes and visions in our mind's eye with a camera. We do this workshop to share our fun with other passionate photographers. Anyone who has joined us on our free workshops probably has seen this passion in action.

The excitement of getting a good picture propels us to keep going.

Here is our itinerary.

We are planning to leave the San Jose area and travel east over Tioga Pass on highway 120. We will photograph along the way but our goal is to get to Lee Vining and to Bodie by Saturday afternoon. We will photograph Bodie in late afternoon light through sunset and into the night. We will stay at Bodie until 10 pm when we will be asked to leave by the rangers. We will have the Milky Way in the sky and of course all the historic buildings to photograph.

Once we are done with Bodie that evening, we will head back to our Hotel at Lee Vining.

On Sunday morning we will get up nice and early for a Sunrise at Mono Lake South Tufa formations.

After Mono Lake, we will have breakfast at the Whoa Nellie Deli. We will drive home through Yosemite and take pictures along the way.

Javier and I are really looking forward to this trip!

I've been planning out a nice trip for us all. Hope you can make it, I think it'll be a lot of fun.

So that's the trip in a nutshell. Please message us with your email address and we will be more than happy to send you our trip info including our deposit link ( https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=KYGZET23GRCGJ ).

Mono Lake Info:

Mono Lake (/ˈmoʊnoʊ/ moh-noh) is a large, shallow saline soda lake in Mono County, California, formed at least 760,000 years ago as a terminal lake in an endorheic basin. The lack of an outlet causes high levels of salts to accumulate in the lake. These salts also make the lake water alkaline. Wikipedia ( https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mono_Lake )

Eastern Sierra Info:

The Eastern Sierra is the remote east side of the Sierra Nevada region of California. The desert-like yearly rainfalls compete with small streams draining down from the snow-covered mountains to create a barren land with regions of verdant green. The Fall colors of the changing Aspens, make this area one of the top locations in the United States for fall photography.

The largest industry in the Eastern Sierra is tourism. Lodging and campsites are plentiful. Activities that appeal to the traveler are various and plentiful. Wikitravel ( http://wikitravel.org/en/Eastern_Sierra )

Hope you can check out our pictures from past trips.


• Tripod. It is important for most landscape shooters to use a tripod. This is a key tool. You will need a tripod to shoot night photography. This location will help us learn how to deal with low light and focusing on areas of minimal lights. Make sure the tripod you use is sturdy too. Set it up and watch to see if it moves. Some lightweight tripods and hooks on them to hang some weight on, like your camera bag or a sandbag. Test your gear before the trip by going out and photographing at night.

• Camera and manual, plus Extra Batteries. Bring your manual, we don’t know where all the setting might be if we are looking to change something. You will also want a couple of extra batteries. We want you to be able to photograph at all times. Trust me, it’s a bummer having no juice. Please know how to put your camera in manual mode, and manual focus, know how to change ISO, shutter, and aperture.

• Lenses. Capture big areas with a wide angle lens. Most landscape photographers use wide angle lenses (11- 35mm) and we will definitely use them for night star photography. Bring a 35mm for cropped sensors or 50mm for full sensors. This “standard” lens better captures the perspective that matches what your eye sees. Others like to zoom into small areas, a telephoto or zoom lens will serve this shooter. All lens sizes will serve you well on this trip.

• Filters. Bring your neutral density filters, both graduated and fixed ND. In addition, graduated colored filters could make some dramatic shots. Also, bring your circular polarizer. As you never know when glare might be a problem.

• Cable Release. (highly suggested) They allow for long exposures without camera shake, beyond the 30-second maximum most cameras have for shots taken by a timer. Do yourself a favor and get a cable release for your camera body. Test it out before the workshop as well.


Bring a flash on this workshop. We can use flash on doing some light painting at night or if you choose, light up a subject that is backlit.


How much does it cost?

The trip cost $350 to ride with us. Here is the $350 Payment link ( https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=KYGZET23GRCGJ ) .

The workshop price does not include your lodging, meals, or entry fees.

Book These Hotels after you get your deposit in.

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Lee Vining, CA 93541
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What about refunds?

Full refunds are offered if the workshop is canceled or rescheduled for any reason including not having the minimum amount of photographers. If you cancel prior to 60 days before the workshop, we will refund in full minus a service fee of $50. If you cancel within 30 days you forfeit the full amount.

Do I tip my workshop guide?

Tipping is customary in the U.S. service industry and is an important component of guides’ compensation. The tip amount is at your discretion, but as a rough guide, consider giving 5 to 10 percent.

What camera gear do I bring?

Please bring your manual and both wide and telephoto lenses. See our camera gear recommendations list above.

Can I still come if I am just learning my camera settings and photography?

Yes!! New photographers are welcome to come and pick our brains. That said, please let us know what level you are at. Most photographers should have a basic understanding of their camera equipment. They will post-process their images using software such as Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom. Photographers who know a little about this will get more out of the workshop. Please be familiar with putting the camera in manual mode, know how to change ISO, Shutter, and aperture. Know how to focus manually.

What should I wear?

Please wear comfortable, warm clothing and shoes at the workshop, we’ll be on our feet for many hours. Wear clothes that you can get a little bit dirty as we may kneel, lay down, or track mud on our shoes. Bring a hat and gloves, no need to be uncomfortable. The nights will be cold and the days average 60 degrees. Bring sunscreen and comfortable clothes for both hot and cold weather.

Should I bring water or snacks?

This is your outing. Yes, bring snacks that you like. We will have some snacks and water as well.

What happens if the weather is poor, like raining, do you cancel?

We will not cancel the trip and we will work with whatever weather Mother Nature gives us.

That said we have gotten the best pictures on days with clouds in the sky. I hope we have clouds but if we don’t we will bring you to places that create the best images for whatever weather we run across

Some of the best pictures are shot on days that it rains, and clouds make for dramatic skies. Bring an umbrella!

OUR GOAL: Have a great time taking photographs of Bodie at night and Mono Lake in the morning. Learn tips and tricks to create better compositions, night photographs and better landscape photographs in general. Meet fellow photo enthusiast, share our passion with each other and come away with amazing images that you share with friends and family!