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The mustangs of Montgomery Pass with John Goldberg

Join us for the presentation with John L. Goldberg of John Goldberg Photography for an inspiring talk and slide show about photographing one of the last herds of wild mustangs in California, the mustangs of Montgomery Pass.

For many of us, the wild mustangs represent freedom and the Old West. Imagine seeing them run like the wind in the open range. Imagine watching the newborn foals stand for the first time and following their mothers as the herd roams. Imagine witnessing the stallions defending their herds.  Imagine being able to capture all of this in your own images.

This will be a rare opportunity to learn how to photograph wild prey animals in their natural environment.  You will learn some of John’s techniques for finding these animals, approaching them, setting up your image and creating it.  We will also discuss lighting, weather and working on both private and public property


About John L. Golberg:

John Goldberg has captured the incredible beauty of our environment in his images for more than thirty years. His photographs showcase our deserts, mountains, forests and coastlines along with the plants, insects and animals that inhabit them. In recent years, he has included the California coastal urban environment in his work.

John has a deep love of the outdoors that he expresses in his imagery. His favorite areas to photograph are in the backcountry of the west and southwest, particularly the Mono Lake region of eastern California, the Sierra Nevada and the deserts of the Great Basin and the American southwest.

John’s objective is to provide people with a different view of the world around them. He hopes his photographs will influence people to gain a better appreciation and understanding of their natural environment by seeing it through his camera.

John was formerly a long-time volunteer with the California State Parks in Santa Cruz, CA, an instructor for the California State Parks PORTS distance learning program and currently leads workshops on a variety of topics. Additionally, he recently completed a three-year project photographing wild mustangs in eastern California and western Nevada.

Newspapers, magazines, non-profit organizations and corporations have published John's imagery. His work has also been exhibited in multiple galleries and shows. John’s photographs of monarch butterflies have been used as the basis of a television show about the monarchs and he has donated many images of them to Natural Bridges State Beach for use in interpretive talks for visitors.

For more information visit his website


Attention participants: We are meeting at the Sports Basement - Bryant Street store in San Francisco. Our meeting will be conducted in "The Grotto" area, which is a private meeting space located on the first floor near the Ski & Bike shops. Snacks and drinks will be served.

This event is sponsored by Sports Basement and is an online photo hosting and sharing service. Click here to sign up for a free service!

In addition, all Sports Basement store purchases will be 10% off for this event, so come early to take advantage of this deal.

Event schedule:
6 p.m. - 7 p.m. – Socialize, network, refreshments.
This is a perfect networking opportunity in a friendly atmosphere. Bring your portfolio, photos, books or new photo gadgets to share with the group.
7 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. – Presentation

8 p.m. - 8:30 p.m  - Q&A

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  • Simone

    I enjoyed a lot the presentation and the energy of John Goldberg. I film and make photos of artists (musicians, theatre comedians : rehearsals, on stage). Anyway, the way of John was interesting... there was something familiar in his way of approaching Mustangs. I loved the emotion that flowed from his stories, his love for photography and his subjects is no doubt. The questions were relevant. I have not understood all (I'm French), but I am grateful to John for having share a bit of his experience, his enthusiasm and humor. Thank you, Sam, to have introduced John to us. :D

    January 23, 2013

  • Fabián

    I really enjoyed the photo slide but most of all I enjoyed the passion and the way John ex[pressed towards the Mustangs. i really admire his work and passion for these animals. I would like to join John on one of his trips if possible. thank you for taking the time to share your experiences with us.

    January 23, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    The meetup was a lot of fun. John is a very entertaining speaker. He makes the photography look easy - all it takes is years of study and dedication to the art, and years of visiting Montgomery Pass year-around to make it happen.

    January 23, 2013

  • Tom T.

    An Excellent presentation and slide show. It sparked my interest to learn more about California's Mustangs and to try my hand at photographing them> Thanks to Sam for putting together another fine event for the Explorers.

    January 22, 2013

  • Marilyn M.

    John was very cordial and interesting. Good professional tips.

    January 22, 2013

  • Ken M.

    Outstanding event. I liked John very much. Really down to earth

    January 22, 2013

  • marla d.

    Really great....I learned a great deal...Especially important to wear clothing that blends into the scenery...Johns was a wonderful speaker and really has great challenges to get the pictures...What a pro!!

    January 22, 2013

  • Cathy G.

    Dang! If it were some other night but Tuesday! I have class that night that I cannot afford to miss. :(

    January 16, 2013

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