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24th Annual EASTERN SIERRA PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOP with Jack Graham & Guy Tal

Fall Color in the Sierra
When is this Workshop?
Oct 05 - Oct 08, 2017
How much is this Workshop?

Please consider coming to the beautiful Eastern Sierra in October 2017, to experience the majesty of the fall color and the astonishing landscape of the area. We will combine lots of in the field, hands on instruction along with review and photographic development sessions that will you’re your photography to the next level, as well as produce some astounding images.


MEET AND GREET---Dow Villa Motel--Lone Pine CA---6PM October 4, 2017---We will meet at 6PM on October 4th for an hr or so to go over itineraries and workshop goals etc. The workshop will end at noon on Sunday morning(in Lee Vining, CA.)

Once again I’ll be teaming with my good friend and photographer extraordinaire Guy Tal, to bring you the best in workshop experience. Guy’s work and writings are a constant inspiration. We had a great group in the past years (and some great color) and we really worked together to bring new vision to our attendee’s images and knowledge. We both look forward to October 2017!
This will be my 24th year conducting my workshop in this location, at the very same time. Specific locations have been determined by years of experience. We’ll visit some of the well-known, iconic places, as well as many places off the beaten path.
Please contact me at or by phone 503-625-1430 if you have questions. Referrals can be found AT WWW.JACKGRAHAMPHOTO.COM.
Registration forms, Workshop FAQs and discounts are found in the left-hand column.
The Eastern Sierra Photo workshop is certainly my favorite. If I had one place to photograph it would be here. The Eastern Sierra contains some of the most beautiful, unique areas, literally in the world. Because of its remote location, this area is not visited like many of out National Parks, thus offering great photographical experiences
This 3 ½ day workshop will not only get you to one of the greatest scenic locations, but serve as an enjoyable instructional period. Not only will we be photographing the vistas, rock formations of the Alabama Hills, Mono Lake and the White Mountains, we’ll explore the ghost town, Bodied just north of Lee Vining and the oldest living species on the planet, the Ancient Bristlecone Pine’s in the White Mountains east of Bishop. In addition, some special remote locations are on the itinerary featuring some of the beautiful Mt/ Streams and aspen groves, sure to be in full grandeur when we arrive. This time of the year it the prime time for fall color. Glowing aspens reflecting in sub-alpine lakes are plentiful. There’s nothing like fall in the Eastern Sierra!
Mono Lake
Just 15 minutes from Lee Vining is beautiful Mono Lake,  the third oldest lake in the world with its tufa, forming some of the most the surreal landscapes anywhere. You have all see images made at Mono Lake. Yes, it is everything and more. We will spend 2 mornings and a sunset there to insure we get the best sunrise images possible. I’ve been to Mono Lake over 50 times and will get you to the spots for the best images possible, making use of the light and weather conditions.
Lundy Lake/ Lundy Canyon
Just north of Lee Vining is Lundy canyon. Lundy Canyon offers some of the greatest fall color available. There is lots of water back in there as well. Lundy creek flows from Lundy Lake. The creek then flows into a beaver pond lines with aspens and tress harvested by the beavers.
It’s not uncommon to get some snow in these high elevations!
Once again this year, we will visit the Ghost Town, Bodie is located high in the mountains (about 9,000’) north of Mono Lake. Bodie was one a booming mining town that went bust. Today it’s a genuine ghost town that is in very good shape and offers endless photographic possibilities. It is maintained by the State Parks of California. I encourage you to read some of the history of the wild times when Bodie was in its glory (Bodie was once the largest town in California. 
Landscape photography as well as close-up, intimate images of an old mining town, left to decay is everywhere!                                 
We will shoot a sunrise at North Lake, and then explore some pre-scouted locations feathering fall color, and some of the local streams that are at peak color this time of year.
After lunch on Friday, and have a quick visit to the Mountain Light Gallery (featuring images of the late Galen Rowell) we will venture up to over 10,000 feet and photograph the ancient bristle cone pines, some over 4,000 years old. They are THE oldest living species in the world. More information is available at:
Weathered rock formations over 150-200 million years old are the main feature of this area. Potato-shaped large boulders, many of which stand on end make for some of the most interesting photography anywhere.
There are quite a few natural arches which are the main attractions at the Alabama Hills. We will access some of these by short hikes from the Whitney Portal Road, Buttermilk Road, the old Movie Flat Road or the Horseshoe Meadows Road.
The Alabama Hills are a popular location for television and movie productions Since the early 1920s, 150 movies and about a dozen television shows have been filmed here, including: Tom Mix Films, Hop along Cassidy, The Gene Autry Show, The Lone Ranger, Gunga-Din, How the West Was Won, A scene from Gladiator was also filmed here as well as other recent scenes.
Mt Whitney, the tallest mountain in the lower 48 states towers over the Alabama Hills.  Weather permitting we will try & get out for some night photography as well
Skill Level: Attendees should have a good understanding of their equipment. As outlined below, we’ll be working on both the creative aspect of photography as well as the techniques used to create outstanding images. If you have a laptop or iPad by all means bring it along.
We see with our inner emotion as well as our eyes. When we use both we have the potential to make a powerful image.
Every image should tell a story and convey emotion. In the field we stress slowing down, defining the subject and deciding how to tell the story using your camera, and equally important, your eyes and inner vison. We will work on learning to see images that often get overlooked or passed by. We will use the environment to aid us in creating artistic imagery. We will discuss the need for foregrounds, leading lines and/or patterns and how to handle these in different ways. We will stress simplicity and use all aspects, including depth of field, proper exposure, filter usage and more to improve your overall photography. All of this will help you become a better “thinking” photographer, while at the same time making it possible to return home with some wonderful images you took in unforgettable locations.
  1. Improving your technical and visionary photographic skills within these “hands-on” workshops
  2. Developing your skills in finding, seeing and then creating your image
  3. Working the scene and area, not just making a photograph and moving to the next possible location
  4. Composition, exposure and other essential elements needed to make a great photograph and to bring out the story within the image
  5. Other techniques including learning about when or when not to use strong tonalities, negative space, balance, framing, bringing out your personal vision and eliminating any flaws that will negatively affect your images
  6. Choosing the right focal length (lens) to convey your story
  7. Learning to think about how you want your image to look while in the field, not after the fact
  8. How to make panoramas and long exposures and how to use focus stacking (HDR) effectively
  9. Basic processing, workflow, and how to use available programs such as Adobe as well as other software (NIK software etc.)
The majority of instruction and nature photography tips and techniques will take place right there in the field. There’s no need to take notes – a 70+ workshop syllabus will be provided.
We make time to review our images as well as have some informative photographic presentations during our time together. We do this all in an informal classroom setting.
Our workshops are sponsored by Singh-Ray Filters (30 days before or after our workshop you can get a 10% discount by calling Singh-Ray and ordering! Use code JACK 10), the Really Right Stuff, Photograph America Newsletter, Outdoor Photo Gear and  Discounts and some freebies are included in your workshop “packet” that you’ll receive upon arrival.
Evenings will consist of informal sessions to discuss information on photographing in the area, critique sessions of your work shot during the workshop as well as general photography information.

As with all our workshops, this is primarily a field workshop. We do not sit in a classroom during the daytime. We are out shooting & learning about photography in the field, not behind a desk. However, it is critical as well as being very informative, to take time to review your work, and discuss important aspects of making quality photography.

(Specific locations TBD by weather prior to workshop)
Daily itineraries will be sent 1 week before the workshop, after registration.
Wednesday, Oct 4:  (evening). We will meet the evening (about 4 PM) introduce ourselves, define our goals for the workshop and go over itineraries   EVENING: Lone Pine, CA
Thursday, Oct 5:  Sunrise –Alabama Hills, locations between Lone Pine and Bishop CA.   EVENING: Bishop, CA
Friday & Oct 6th- :  Sunrise, near North Lake, Mountain Light Gallery, Afternoon-Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest…  Evening in Lee Vining, CA. Many extras TBD
Saturday October 7:  Sunrise, Mono Lake. Lundy Canyon, Bodie Ghost Town...more Evening--Lee Vining, CA
Sunday October 8:  Sunrise—Mono Lake, AM locations in the area. Workshop ends approx. Noon.  
Evenings will consist of informal sessions to discuss information on photographing in the area, critique sessions of your work shot during the workshop as well as general photography information.

As with all our workshops, this is primarily a field workshop. We do not sit in a classroom during the daytime. We are outshooting & learning about photography in the field, not behind a desk. However, it is critical as well as being very informative, to take time to review your work, and discuss important aspects of making quality photographs
Lodging is not included in the workshop cost. However,
I have already blocked off rooms, with special group discounted rates at the following locations. You need to make your own room reservations!
WEDNESDAY NIGHT      9/28  Dow Villa Motel;  Lone Pine Ca.  (about $125)
THURSDAY NIGHT    9/29  Best Western Bishop Holiday Spa Lodge;  1025 N. Main St, Bishop CA 760-873-3543  (about $125)
FRIDAY NIGHT  9/30   MURPHEY'S MOTEL, LEE VINING CA 800-334-6316;                      (around $85)
SATURDAY NIGHT 10/1  MURPHEY’S MOTEL, LEE VINING CA 800-334-6316                     (around $85) 
Since the workshop will be ending around noon to on Sunday (10/2), I have not booked lodging for anyone that evening 10/2.
Couples will have single rooms with King Beds….Single persons will have single rooms with at least a queen bed…All rooms are non-smoking unless requested.
Transportation is not included in the workshop cost. We will car pool as much as possible during the workshop. Quite frequently, there are folks who do drive here and have room, so before you rent a car please call or email me.
If you are flying, I suggest flying into Reno, Nevada (RNO).
Driving Distances (Airports) to Lee Vining
From Reno (RNO)—140 miles 3 hrs
From Los Angeles (LAX) ---550 miles 6.5 hrs
From San Francisco (SFO) ---550 miles 6.5 hrs
From Sacramento (SAC) ---225 miles 4hrs 45 min
As in any area, there are some decent places to eat. We will make sure we eat properly and stay hydrated through out the workshop. We’ll carry snacks and water with us at all times. Please note your dietary concerns, if any, on the registration form.
However, we are here to photograph and often the best light is at breakfast and dinner. Please know this in advance.
ESSENTIAL PHOTOGRAPHIC EQUIPMENT: Besides camera gear (Having an extra camera body…just in case might be something to think about) I carry lenses from 24-300mm plus a 1.4 teleconverter
  1. Extra camera body if you have one
  2. Lenses ranging from 24-200mm (if you have wider, bring it.)
  3. Tripod
  4. Polarizing Filter
  5. Graduated Neutral Density Filters. I carry a 2 and a 3 stop “soft” Galen Rowell graduated filters (in X-Pro Size) by Singh Ray (If you order from them tell them you are doing my workshop and they will give you a 10% discount!)
  6. Back up Batteries & Chargers
  7. Lens shades & Cable release
  8. Non Abrasive cloth
  9. Clothing: Be prepared to keep the sun off your head. Be sure to bring proper outerwear for the weather/temperature. Good hiking boots are helpful, though any hiking will be very moderate at most. Most of the areas we go to are very close to the roads.
As we get closer to the workshop date, more detailed information regarding weather, clothing needs, etc. will be provided
Registration forms, Workshop FAQs and discounts are found in the left-hand column.


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