- Dave Wyman - his photographs of have appeared in Outdoor Photographer, Cross-Country Skier, the California State Parks Guidebook and in his books, Backroads of Northern California, 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 Conservancy, the Los Angeles Museum of Natural History, 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. He enjoys photographing landscapes and wildlife, and he likes to establish a report with his human subjects. Dave takes his camera onto high mountains summits, along rugged coastlines, into the deserts, and along remote roads throughout the western U.S.
- Ken Rockwell is 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, all film cameras, and the latest digital cameras. He is particularly well versed in the use of Nikon and Canon equipment. His loyal readers - who number in the many thousands each day - enjoy his often iconoclastic and sometimes controversial essays about photography and art, and his detailed reviews of camera gear, both new and old. A Southern California resident much of his life, Ken has explored vast regions of California and the Southwest, including places like Yosemite, Death Valley, the central and souther coasts of California, northern New Mexico, and stretches of historic Route 66. Ken is conversant with a wide variety of camera equipment; he works with both with film and digital images. Visit Ken at kenrockwell.com.
|Accommodations: There are many
places to stay in and around the beautiful town of Monterey. Dave and
Ken will stay a few minutes away from downtown, in a basic, but
comfortable and reasonably-priced motel. If you wish, call and we will
arrange a room for you at the same motel (we've set a few aside) at
which Ken and Dave are staying; let us know if you'd like to share a
room, which will of course cut the cost of a room in half - we'll work
on matching up participants. If you need help finding accommodations in
other locations in Monterey, contact us.
We'll send a list of participants around to help match up potential roommates who decide not to stay with Ken and Dave.
Meals: There will be a picnic dinner for the group the first evening, poolside at Dave and Ken's motel. We'll always be near places to purchase food at other meal times. Participants may bring their own food and there are local markets as well as a variety of restaurants from which to choose. Just in case: bring snacks and water with you; days are long, and given the sometimes serendipitous nature of this trip, meal times may be postponed. Our plan to to eat a late breakfast and an early dinner, and squeeze a somewhat elastic lunch time inbetween.
Itinerary: Meet on Friday by mid-afternoon at the National Steinbeck Center, where we'll learn about the autho and also photograph a couple of locations in town associated with Steinbeck. Then we'll continue into the town of Monterey, and re-group for a final field session on the northern edge of Big Sur. On Saturday, we'll meet for an early morning session in Monterey, photographing at two of the picturesque piers in town, before breakfast. Then we'll travel to the Carmel Mission, before heading up the almost achingly beautiful Carmel Valley. We'll stop for lunch as we cross the mountains back into the Salinas Valley, and then finish the day with a sunset session in Pacific Grove. On Sunday, we'll photograph at the Monterey Aquariu,m and then say goodbye.
|What you need to Bring:
- A sense of adventure
- Clothes for cool and warm conditions
- 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 (except our first dinner) and entry fees (Carmel Mission: $6.50, adults, $4 for seniors; Aquarium: $30 for adults, $28, seniors)
- Camera gear (see below)
- Optional: bring along up to a dozen slides and/or digital images, scanned onto a CD, on a thumb drive, or in your laptop, and/or up to a dozen prints, to share with the group
What is Provided by Image Quest:
- Trip leaders
- Group dinner
- A variety of field sessions
- Photographic instruction
- Presentations by the instructors
- Help with accommodations (participants are invited to stay at the same motel as the instructors, contact Dave)
- Entry to the Steinbeck Center