The Eastern Sierra Wall Workshop


The Eastern Sierra Wall Workshop

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Instructors: Bill Ellzey, Craig Richards, and Bruce Barnbaum

October 22 - 28, 2017

Workshop fee: $1,350

Deposit amount: $150

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Top Photograph: Barnbaum -- Bodie Ghost Town: Wood Structures, Metal Roofs

The Eastern Sierra Wall, including Mono Lake, Bodie, Bristlecone Pines and Alabama Hills

The eastern escarpment, or “wall”,  of the Sierra Nevada Mountains presents one of the awesome mountain sights in the world, ranging from more than a mile high wall in the north, at Bridgeport, to more than two miles high in the south, at Lone Pine. But beneath this mountain wall you'll find a variety of photographic opportunities that are remarkable.

The ghost town of Bodie is located near Bridgeport, along with world famous Mono Lake (the oldest lake in North America), with its bizarre tufa formations, which is even closer. Conway Summit, with its extensive aspen groves, undulating meadows and extensive mountain views should be at the height of its brilliant autumn colors coincident with our workshop. Lundy Canyon and perhaps even the eastern entrance to Yosemite National Park via Tioga Pass (depending on road conditions) are possible field session locations

Further to the south, and in the next mountain range to the east, the Bristlecone Pines (the oldest living things on earth),  offer exceptional photographic opportunities in both color and black and white. At Lone Pine, the eye-popping fields of immense boulders known as the Alabama Hills form a surreal foreground to towering Mt. Whitney and its attendant array of sheer granite summits. Short hikes in the Sierra—to the spectacular lake-studded cirque known as the Chickenfoot Lakes Basin at 10,000’ altitude, and other trailhead possibilities—take us to high mountain vistas matched by few places on earth. And if you're into portraits, there are always the other students and the instructors to willingly serve as subject matter, either posed or impromptu doing workshop activities, indoors or outdoors. 

The variety of spectacular field locations is equalled by the quality of the three instructors. Craig Richards is considered one of Canada’s premier photographers, with his specialty being the Canadian Rockies, but his talents go far afield to portraits of indigenous Mayan people in Guatemala’s highland mountain regions, as well as other regions worldwide. Bill Ellzey has morphed from primarily a black and white cowboy photographer, using traditional methods, to color landscape work using digital methods. He's a digital guru, with a range of experience and expertise that is astounding. You can't help learning lot from Bill. Bruce Barnbaum is known as much for the educational books he has authored (including his recent award-winning “Essence of Photography” and the upcoming fully revised second edition of "Art of Photography") as for his photographs of the natural and man-made environment, in both black and white and color.

Together they will review everyone’s photographic work, with the most supportive, insightful and helpful suggestions you’ll ever hear. They will show their own work, inviting any questions about the thinking, the materials used, and the methods employed in their creation.

Accommodations: We will sleep in comfortable motels. In Bridgeport we stay at the Redwood Inn; in Bishop, at the beautifully-appointed Econolodge (which exceeds expectations). We have already reserved blocs of rooms for instructors and participants at both, so after you apply for the workshop, we simply let us know if you prefer and single of double (shared) room. From our base motel, we carpool to each of our field sessions. For those flying into the workshop, Reno, Nevada is the airport of choice, a scenic two hour drive south to Bridgeport in California.     

Bill Ellzey began his photographic life with working cowboys in black and white traditional photography. Over the years his work has transitioned to digital color landscapes. The breadth of his experience is extraordinary, matched only by his easy, quiet, down-home approach to photography, teaching, and life in general.

Craig Richards was born in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada in 1955. In 1980 he moved to the Canadian Rockies where he has photographed those mountains ever since using large format (4x5) and medium format (120mm) film cameras combined with the traditional silver gelatin printing process to.

To register for this workshop via the website, please pay the full amount ($1,350) or the deposit ($150) using your Visa or Mastercard credit card (sorry, no other credit cards). If you register with a deposit, the full payment is due 6 weeks prior to the workshop.

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Photographic Arts Workshops

P.O.Box 1791

Granite Falls, WA 98252