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1164 Alvira Street
Los Angeles, California 90035
323 377-7565
davewyman@imountainman.com

"Gold Rush County"
Exploring the Legendary Backroads of Northern California



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Gold is where you find it: water rushes over golden leaves

Dates: Friday through Wednesday, April 16-21, 2010

Transportation: Comfortable passenger van (group size will be 5-10 people, including the trip leaders)

Accommodations: Comfortable rooms in various locations for each night, including the town of Chico, and Nevada City.

Trip difficulty: None - we'll enjoy easy-paced walking to view the sights, or photograph right from the van. Most walks will be less than 1/4 mile.

Weather: We should find ourselves in pleasant conditions, with mild to warm days and cool evenings. 

Cost: $1100 (note new price)   


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The Trip: Over the course of five full days, explore the spectacular and historic lands of California's Sierra Nevada Mountains. A cornucopia of visual possiblities will open for us over the course of our journey into these more rural and remote realms of California. We will view historic towns, the "diggin's," craggy peaks, mountain meadows and farmscapes, rivers, and colorful wildflowers, and serendipitous moments, the nature of which we can only guess.

Trip Leader: Dave Wyman's photographs have appeared in various magazines and books, and he has conducted photo tours since 1982. His first book, Backroads of Northern California, covers many of the areas we will visit. Dave has conducted photography tours and workshops for the Los Angeles Zoo, the Death Valley and Yosemite natural history associations, the Los Angeles and San Diego Natural History Museums and UCLA, and he created and directed the travel and nature photography program for the University of Southern California. 





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Co-Leader: Ken Rockwell (kenrockwell.com): Ken Rockwell is a well-known - some would say nortorius - web presence. He's known for his sometimes contrarian views. Love him or hate him, Ken's voluminous website offers a cornucopia of lens tests, camera reviews, articles about art and photography, etc. He has the training of an engineer and the soul of an artist. He has conducted numerous workshops, several with Dave, to Yosemite, New Mexico and along historic Route 66, as well as in Europe. 


Camera Equipment: For those who have a keen interest in photography, this is the trip to bring it all along - wide angle lenses, telephotos, and filters. Digitial, 35mm and medium format cameras will all work well. If you have questions about which lenses to bring, feel free to contact Dave Wyman.

The trip leader will bring along a laptop and participants with digital cameras may wish to bring along their own computers. If we're still awake at the end of the day, we'll try to look at photographs made during the trip on our computers.

Backup media for digital photographs: Consider bringing along some CDs (Dave can transfer files and burn photos, time permitting), so that you have a backup of your digital photos. Feel free to bring a laptop (but you'll have to carry it), digital wallet, etc.

CF and SD Cards: Have enough space to store at least a day's worth of photographs (which could run into the hundreds).

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Old Building at the community of Pulga,  in the Feather River Canyon

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Malakoff Diggin's - 1870s

Batteries: Participants need enough battery power to make it through a day. Consider bringing an extra battery; don't forget the charger. Plan to recharge batteries at night. While we'll have the ability to charge a few batteries at a time in our vehicles, this should not be the favored method.

Additional: Two filters for aficionados: the polarizer and a graduated graduated neutral density filter (digital and film cameras); an 81A or 81B warming filter will allow you to keep a blue tone out of your photographs made in the shade or under cloudy skies (for film cameras). Tripod: for early morning and early evening photography, or for the sharpest possible photographs.

Film Considerations:
- Both Fuji and Kodak have excellent print films, such as Fujicolor and Kodacolor. A good, all-around choice of print film speed for this trip would be ISO 200-400.
- Slide films: Currently, Fujichrome films offer excellent color saturation combined with very fine grain. Kodak also makes excellent amateur and pro films.

Basic Itinerary:

Arrival day on Friday anytime in Sacramento. Note: Particpants may stay wherever they wish, but the must be in town by Friday evening so we can have an early start when we officially begin our photography expedition the next morning. (We will make reservations for those particpants who wish to stay with Ken and Dave; we'll choose a comfortable motel. Participants and the instructors are invited to meet for dinner, too.) In addition, we will probably head out for some night shots. 

On Saturday, we need to gather for an early morning departure to photograph the American River; then we'll head into the mountains for to explore places like Mokelumne Hill and Volcano,  Gold Rush era towns that have kept their quaint sense of the past.

On Sunday we'll photograph Nevada City, one of the best preserved Gold Rush town, as well as the former mining community Bloomfield and the amazing Malkoff Diggin's State Park, 7,000 feet long, 3,000 feet  wide, and almost 600 feet deep, the legacy of hydraulic mining that would shape the creation environmental law in California and the U.S. 

On Monday we'll make a leisurely drive through the mountains to reach the picturesque town of Chico, at the far northern end of gold country, where the Sierra Nevada Mountains meet the Cascade Range. 

On Tuesday we will travel to Downieville, deep in the Sierra Nevada Mountains.

On Wednesday, our final day, we'll explore some of the Great Central Valley, and then make the trip back to Sacramento by early afternoon, early enough for a flight out of town; or participants may stay the night and begin the return trip to their homes the following day. Those staying the night can photograph night scenes in Sacramento with Dave and Ken (Old Town, the capitol building, etc).

What Will be Provided:

- Ground transportation by comfortable passenger van
- Accommodations in a variety of locations
- Entrance fees
- Guided photo walks
- Two group meals
- Misc. group gear

What You Need To Bring:
- Clothes for warm and cool conditions, including comfortable walking shoes
- Money for meals
- Small to medium sized suitcase, camera bag and/or purse
- Tripod (optional, recommended)


 

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CF and SD Cards: Have enough space to store at least a day's worth of photographs (which could run into the hundreds).

Batteries: Participants need enough battery power to make it through a day. Consider bringing an extra battery; don't forget the charger for digital cameras. Plan to recharge batteries at night. We'll have the ability to charge a few batteries at a time in our vehicles too.

Two filters for aficionados: the polarizer and a graduated graduated neutral density filter (digital and film cameras); an 81A or 81B warming filter that will allow you to keep a blue tone out of your photographs made in the shade or under cloudy skies (for film cameras).

Film Considerations:
- Both Fuji and Kodak have excellent print films, such as Fujicolor and Kodacolor. A good, all-around choice of print film speed for this trip would be ISO 200-400.
- Slide films: Currently, Fuji films offer excellent color saturation combined with very fine grain. Kodak also makes excellent amateur and pro films.

Meals: We'll have at least a couple of group meals and always be near places to purchase food at meal times, restaurants at breakfast and dinner, and we may utilize picnic lunches and/or markets for lunches, depending on where we find ourselves each day. 

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Honeyrun Road Covered Bridge in Reflection
 



When you send payment:
 We'll send back a receipt and any additional information about the trip.

Cancellations: $200 cancellation penalty, unless another participant takes your place, in which case there will be a $25 processing fee. 


If you have more questions, call Dave at 323 377-7565, or send him e-mail at 
davewyman@imountainman.com.

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