The Eastern Sierra, Mono Lake, Bodie, Bristlecone Pines, Alabama Hills Workshop


The Eastern Sierra, Mono Lake, Bodie, Bristlecone Pines, Alabama Hills Workshop

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Instructors: Craig Richards, Bill Ellzey and Bruce Barnbaum

October 22 - 28, 2017

Workshop Fee: $1350

Deposit amount: $150

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Top Photograph: Bodie Ghost Town Buildings

There are too many exceptional photographic options here to visit them all. The eastern escarpment—or mountain wall—of the Sierra Nevada Mountains is an awesome sight replicated nowhere else, rising abruptly a full mile in the north and more than two miles in the south. Topping it all is the highest summit in the contiguous United States: Mt. Whitney, at 14,495 feet. From the summits, it drops down into the Owens Valley, the deepest valley in North America, then back up to the summits of the Inyo and White Mountains to the east. Within this awesome landscape is an incomparable variety of sights, including Mono Lake with its remarkable tufa formations, the extraordinary ghost town of Bodie, the astounding boulder fields of the Alabama Hills (directly below Mt. Whitney), and in the White Mountains to the east of the Sierra and Owens Valley, you'll find the oldest living things on earth: the ancient, gnarled bristlecone pine trees. All offer superb photographic opportunities.

Further options include the brilliant yellow aspen groves of ConwaySummit, Tioga Pass, the eastern entrance to Yosemite National Park, and farther south the stunning mountain cirque of Chickenfoot Lakes Basin, with its many clear-blue lakes ringed by peaks nearly 14,000 feet high. It doesn't get much better than this.

Basin Mountain, Approaching Storm (photographed from Bishop)

You'll be guided through these natural and man-made wonders by three of the finest photographers, and photography instructors: Craig Richards, Bill Ellzey and Bruce Barnbaum, who have all been teaching workshops for more than 30 years. They know how to help you improve your technical skills, your seeing, and your thinking about photography with insights and suggestions that will will encourage and motivate you to higher levels. They will turn this week of exploration and photography of spectacular locations into an enjoyable and intimate learning experience. Throughout the week they'll also be monitoring changing weather conditions to give us the best possible options for photography. Hence we avoid pre-setting a fixed schedule; instead we look for the best moments to be indoors and outdoors. 

The workshop begins in the town of Bridgeport, beneath the eastern border of Yosemite National Park. Halfway through the week we travel south, stopping to hike and photograph in the Chickenfoot Lake Basin on our way to the town of Bishop, where we're based for the last half of the workshop. We have reserved pleasant, comfortable motel rooms in both towns for the entire group; you tell us the type of room you want (single or shared), and we reserve it for you. You pay for the room when you arrive at the motel. Both towns offer excellent restaurants, as well.

We have also reserved excellent indoor facilities in both locations for the instructors to show and discuss their own work, including the thinking, photo equipment and materials used to produce them. All questions to the instructors are valid and will be answered. There are no secrets. Additionally, we will thoroughly and thoughtfully review all student work, making suggestions that will help you leap from one level to a high level of quality. Whether you engage in digital or traditional photography, these three are experts, and they'll give you all the information you need to achieve your photographic goals.

The magnificent landscape, the many surprises within it, the sight of Bodie with its long, rowdy history, and the possibility of exciting weather weather conditions that can make for exceptional photographic opportunities adds up to an incomparable experience. Doing all this with three seasoned photographers who are deeply interested in helping you improve your work makes this a week not to be missed.  

If you have further questions, please contact Bruce through his personal email address of or phone him directly at (360) 691-4105.