The Eastern Sierra Nevada Mountains
Mono Lake, Bodie, and the Colors of Autumn
Thursday through Sunday, October 19-22, 2013
Join Image Quest on a foray to the east side of the massive Sierra
Nevada Mountains. Turn your creative eye on Bodie, the greatest ghost
town in the
West, with over 500 structures still standing. We'll look for -
even learn how to create - autumn color in the mountains. We will
also visit spectacular vantage points over
eerie Mono Lake. During this pleasant time of year, we can
expect to find our various locations with relatively few other people.
The sun, low in the autumnal heavens, will allow us hours of
good light each day that will give us a sense of texture, shape and
pattern, in one of the most beautiful places on earth.
Thursday through Sunday, October 19-22, 2013.
conducted at a photographer's pace. There will be some walking,
including through the ghost town of Bodie, and at Mono Lake.
Participants should be able to walk at least a mile over the course of
a couple hours (although we will walk less than that distance at any
: Via private vehicle; trip leader will help make
carpooling arrangements between those who need rides and those who can
: We encourage everyone to
carpool when and where possible. We'll send around, with your
permission, a list of participants as the trip date nears, for those
who want to carpool. We also want to carpool once we're in our
accommodations in Bridgeport.
Expect cool morning and evening temperatures, and mild to warm days.
Rain and even snow are possible, but not likely.
Who is this trip for?
We sometimes have people who join us who don't bother bringing
camera, or bring a very basic camera; they might be artists who will
work at home on a canvas, or they know our pace will be leisurely,
unlike more frenetic, non-photography tours. That
said, no matter what level of knowledge we have, all participants
should have a love of photography, and a desire to make photographs
throughout the course of a few days, from dawn to sunset.
Our purpose will be to
visually explore the natural world around us, with an additional
benefit: we will explore who we are, too, in relation to that natural
world, expressed through the creative artistry we will learn to bring
to our photographs. And we'll have a chance to explore the relatively
recent past history, at the ghost town of Bodie, where human events
played out in harsh surroundigs.
Trip leaders have conducted this outing over the course of many years,
and they will do their best to insure that we balance the need to spend
enough time enjoy a location, but not at such length as to bore our
Our group, from participants to instructors, will act as force
multipliers, as we learn from each other, looking through viewfinders
and LCDs, talking about what we're looking at.
What the Trip Isn't:
an out where the instructors will give lectures during the hours we can
be out making photographs; it's isn't a trip that will spend
indoor-time teaching Photoshop.
This will be a hands-on photography tour.
- Dave Wyman
- his photographs of Bodie have appeared Outdoor
Photographer, Cross-Country Skier, the California State Parks
and his book, Backroads
of Northern California
. He is the author and photographer
of two other pictorial guidebooks (Backroads
of Southern California
and Yosemite in Photographs).
Dave has conducted
photography tours since 1982, for the San Diego Natural History
Museum, the Sierra Club, the University of Southern California, the
Yosemite Association, and the
Los Angeles Zoo. His unbridled passion for travel and photography have
led him and the groups he conducts to locations throughout California,
the Southwest, Oregon, and Yellowstone. Dave takes his camera up onto high mountains summits,
down to rugged coastlines, and along remote roads in the western U.S,
both by car and on a bicycle.
known internationally for his website,
kenrockwell.com. He is a walking encyclopedia of knowledge about
photography and cameras. He can answer any question about any
point-and-shoot digicam, film cameras, and the latest digital
cameras. He is particularly well versed in the use of Nikon, Canon and Leica
equipment. His loyal readers - who number in the many thousands each day -
enjoy his often
iconoclastic and sometimes controversial essays, as well as his detailed reviews of
camera gear. A Southern California resident much of his life, Ken has
explored California and the Southwest with his, including
explorations of Death Valley, New Mexico, and stretches of
historic Route 66. Visit Ken
Stay in the little town of Bridgeport, on the east side
of the Sierra Nevada mountains. Trip leaders will stay at the quaint and comfortable Redwood Motel,
as we have for several years past, and participants are invited to stay
too. Limited space is available; however, there are several places to
say in town, all within a stone's throw of each other. For those who
wish to stay with Ken and Dave, it's first come, first served. Mention
to the innkeeper that you're on the photo tour that weekend.
Meals: We'll have two group meals, including a picnic lunch in Bodie. We'll always
be near places to purchase food at other meal times, including the
"gourmet" fast food restaurant, the "Whoa Nellie Deli" in Lee Vining (which is reason enough for coming on he trip).
Participants may bring their own food and there are local markets as
well as a variety of restaurants from which to choose.
Itinerary: on Thursday,
arrive by 3 p.m. on the grounds of the Bridgeport Motel, and we'll head
out on a drive east of town to photograph some of the landscape. We'll
have presentation by Ken,
after our group dinner. On Friday
we'll meet dawn above Mono Lake, photograph
sunrise over the Sierra, and explore groves of aspen along the famed
June Lake Loop and in Lee Vining Canyon. On Saturday,
photograph at the ghost town of Bodie, and in the afternoon drive into
the mountains to photograph the high country and look for more fall
color; we'll finish the day at a hot spring. On Sunday we'll
depart Bridgeport for a final sunrise session near town, and the
workshop will officially end after breakfast.
What you need to Bring:
- A sense of adventure
- Clothes for cool and warm conditions, including rain gear, and a ski
cap for cool mornings and evenings
- Mittens (or gloves - an extra pair of socks will work, too)
- Shoes (tennis shoes or boots or any comfortable walking shoes;
consider bringing along an extra pair of shoes, just in case)
- Money for for meals not provided (there are restaurants and markets
in Bridgeport and nearby Lee Vining) and entry fees (approximately
$7 for the ghost town of Bodie, separate from a special
state parks group fee that's included in the cost of the trip, $5 for
- Camera gear (see below)
: If you would like to share some of your images with the group, bring
along up to a dozen digital images,
scanned onto a CD, on a thumb drive, or in your laptop; and/or bring up to a
What is Provided by Image Quest:
- Trip leaders
- Group dinner, group lunch
- Guided walking tours
- Photographic instruction
- Help with accommodations in Bridgeport, CA (participants are invited
to stay with the instructors, see above)
basic digital or 35mm camera
will work well. Don't feel the need to purchase special equipment.
However, for those with more gear, bring it along - this is the time to
use it. A good accessory: a tripod (along with a remote or wired
shutter release) will
allow photography early and late in the day. Good filters, particularly
for those with film, would include an 81B (to warm up
images made in the shade) and a graduated neutral
density filter. All photographers might want to bring along a polarizing
Medium format photographers are welcome, too. The instructors will
probably bring along both film and digital cameras; digital images -
from the instructor and participants - will be shown during the
workshop during the evenings, if time and stamina permits.
For print (negative) film, Fuji's basic Fujicolor films are
excellent. A good ISO/ASA film speed rating for print film is 200 to
400. For transparencies (slides), the instructors prefer Fujichrome's
stable of slide films, and the
Kodak Ektachromes work well, too.
Memory and power:
Bring enough CF or SD cards to contain several
hundred photographs. Cameras will be working all day, so sufficient
battery power is important. Don't forget a battery charger. Consider an extra battery if you bring a film camera.
: Send payment to
Image Quest, 1164 Alvira Street, Los
Angeles, California, 90035. Or use paypal.com and a credit card
(check with Dave first, and let him know if you would like help using
We'll send back a receipt and any
additional documentation, including directions to our accommodations,
that you need. Cancellation fee: $100. No refund for
cancellations less than
two weeks prior to the start date of the outing unless another
particpant takes your place. Remember, if you do join us, and you want to stay with Dave and Ken, make a reservation at the Redwood Motel
, in Bridgeport, California.