The Mother Road - Route 66 Photography #2
Route 66 From Santa Monica to the Mojave Desert - A Photography Workshop
The Trip: Yes, yes - stay home. Sit on
your couch, watch your television television. Limp along, during the first days of
2011, in the slow lane of your life. Or grab your photo gear and your
sense of adventure, and travel with us on our
annual visit to a remote stretch of a deserted highway. Yes, come explore
Route 66, and prepare to lose yourself in a land of weathered cultural
icons left behind by those who, once upon a time, had a love affair
with desert highways, a love affair that went unrequited.
Dates: Friday afternoon through Sunday afternoon, February 11-13, 2011
Transportation: Comfortable passenger van.
Accommodations: We will stay in a clean and comfortable motel in the San Bernardino area on Friday and Saturday nights.
Trip difficulty: None, conducted at a
photographer's pace. While we will have to do a bit of walking, most of
our photography can be accomplished just yards from the car, along
Route 66 and adjacent roads we'll travel over.
Weather: Should be mild, but be prepared for warm
and cool temperatures, and although we'll be in the desert,
even rain. Dramatic weather, if it comes, can enhance photography,
and if rain comes, we won't cancel the trip.
The desert is littered with the haunting presence of
failed dreams and lives unfulfilled. Cities still have remnants of the
old route.Our photography field sessions,
centered along portions of Route 66 from Lo Angeles, east to Barstow,
will include both the detritus
of human incursions into the desert, as well as modern attempts to keep
the spirit of Route 66 alive in urban settngs, with restored hotels,
neon signs, old diners, et
What Image Quest Photography Will Provide:
- Guided field sessions to a variety of public and private locations
- Dinner Friday evening
- Lunch Saturday afternoon
- Accommodations for two nights
- Evening slide shows (bring some of your own digital images
- Help with carpooling
Camera Equipment: This is the trip
to bring it all along - super wide angle lenses, telephoto optics,
filters galore, CF or SD cards, three kinds of film and at least two
camera formats. Digital or film cameras (35mm and medium format) are
all welcome. However, if the truth be told, a basic digital or 35mm
camera with one lens will work just fine during most of this
photography workshop. Three filters for aficionados:
the polarizer, and the 81A or 81B warming filter (the latter for
film photographers) and a graduated neutral density filter.
Bring enough CF or SD cards for digital
cameras, as well as a battery charger; some cameras
require more than one battery to last through a day, some survive on a
single battery. Make sure you have enough battery power.
Bring Your Own Photographs: If you like,
bring your own photographs for critique, or simply to be enjoyed by the
group. If you have digital images, you
can bring them on a CD, or memory stick, and we'll show them on a digital projector or a
computer monitor. Or show them on your own laptop. If you have prints you would like to share,
About our accommodations: Shared accommodations
(single supplement is available, approximately $100, check with Dave)
in a comfortable motel.
Meals: We'll enjoy a couple of meals in some enjoyable and memorable locations.
Cost: $550. Deposit: $100
will hold a space. Full payment is due by January 6.
How to register: Send payment to Image
Quest, 1164 Alvira Street, Los Angeles, CA 90035. Or you can use the
services of paypal.com,
should you prefer to register via the Internet (if you need help using
paypal, contact Dave Wyman) - make sure space on the trip is still
available before using paypal.
Contact Dave Wyman with any questions.
appearing on this webpage were made on Image Quest photography
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of Northern and Southern California Pictorial Guidebooks
"Mother Road" Route 66 Museum
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