Image Quest offers inexpensive photography tours and workshops with deluxe features, in California and beyond. Each trip offers the opportunity to join with people interested in travel and nature photography. The current calendar offers a variety of locations and themes, and each trip is conducted by me, Dave Wyman; I've conducted photography workshops since 1982. I've got good friends and photographers who often help me out on trips.
Several Image Quest Photo trips include meals, some prepared by trip leaders. Van transportation is offered on trips outside of California, while most trips in the Golden State involve carpooling.
Photography outings are hands-on experiences. There aren't any classroom sessions. Participants and instructors, however, spend some significant time together, and we all learn from each other. When we are indoors, usually at the end of a day, we'll often pull out the laptops, a tablet, or an external monitor or digital projector, and look and talk about photographs. Above all, the emphasis is on making artistic, meaningful and contemplative photographs in beautiful and intriguing locations.Some favorite outings are back for another run, some are new, and all of them will take you to creative places you've never been to with your photography.
- New York, New York: Mid-Town! - Thursday, January 23, 2014
Join Dave and Ted Soqui for a winter's day in the heart of the Big Apple. We'll meet at famed Grand Central Station and then walk out to photograph iconic locations like the Public Library, the Chrysler Building, Times Square, and more. We'll discover stunning new ways to make stunning images of both the architecture and the people in The Big Apple. Cost: $115, which will include admission to the Rockefeller Building observation decks. There will be about 3 mles of walking over the course of the day. Note: Join us for both trips (see below) and save $15.
- New York, New York: Lower Manhattan! - Friday, January 24, 2014
Join Dave and Ted Soquifor a second winter's day in the Big Apple. Meeting at the F-Train stop in Chinatown, we'll make a photo walk to the Brooklyn Bridge, Wall Street, and Battery Park, with plenty of sights in between. As per the Thursday trip we'll work on making creative pictures of iconic architecture as well as learn how to approach and photograph people we meet along the way. Cost: $100. Note: Join us for both trips (see above) and save $15.
A Day in L.A. – Saturday, February 1, 2014
It's onto the west coast! Dave and Ted will team up again to explore the confines of L.A. River Channel the Arts District, as well as the sites and people in downtown L.A. At the end of the day, you'll have new skills for photographing urban architecture and the citizens of the city with whom we will connect. Click here for photos from past trips. Cost: $100, which includes a farewell dinner. Details coming.
Mirages: Route 66 and the Mojave Desert - Friday-Sunday, February 7-9,
Co-instructor: Ken Rockwell (kenrockwell.com). Explore the cultural icons left behind by those who had a love affair with desert highways. Field sessions, centered along old Route 66 east of Barstow, will include the detritus of failed human incursions in the harsh desert environment. We'll gather Friday evening in Barstow. Our base of operations will move Saturday to remote Amboy, to photograph famous Roy's Cafe and Motel, a classic roadhouse straight out of the middle of the last century and undergoing a leisurely restoration. And we'll finish up on Sunday with a cornucopia of locations out from Barstow, traveling west to along a remote, seldom-driven section of the old highway, before finishing up ending the trip at the folk art Bottle Farm.
Click here for images from a prior trip. Co-instructor Ken's photographs from a prior trip are here. Astronomer and night sky photographer Richard Nolthenius will, weather permitting, teach our group the methods for photographing the night sky with normal camera equipment and Ken and Dave will take the group out for a neon photography session. Includes a group meal, and a cornucopia of unique photography field sessions ferreted out through years of prior explorations. Cost: $350.
- Thursday through Sunday, February 21-24, 2014
Our group will stay in El Portal, just outside the park, giving us easy access to Yosemite Valley. Will we need snow shoes or skis? No. For this trip we will rely on private autos for transportation and our forays out of the car will be easy-paced strolls; just bring your camera gear and warm clothing. We may find ourselves in the middle of a soft Sierra Nevada snowfall at the base of El Capitan, or in full sunlight at ice-rimmed Bridalveil Fall. Whatever the weather, the low-angled light and winter conditions will reveal shapes, shadows and textures otherwise unseen during other seasons.
If conditions are good, we will photograph the magical Horsetail waterfall, known as Yosemite's "natural firefall," which turns to fire at the end of each clear day during the last two weeks of February.
This trip includes a meal and many beautiful locations of iconic landmarks, as well as intimate landscapes. Cost: $300. A $100 deposit will hold your place. Photographs from a previous trip are here.
Contact Dave about accommodations in El Portal. More details coming.
Hollywood: Noir You See It, Noir You Don't –
Saturday, March 15, 2014
|A Day in L.A. – Saturday, April 5, 2014
Dave and Ted will team up again to explore the confines of L.A. This time the itinerary will take us to, but limited to, the fern grotto and giant sequoias of Griffith Park, film noir architecture, and a beautiful lake hidden in a quiet, forgotten canyon above the city. We will finish at funky Venice Beach. At the end of the day, you'll have aquired a set of new photographic skills for photographing urban architecture and the citizens of the city whom we will connect with. Click here for photos from past trips. Cost: $100, which includes a farewell dinner. More details coming.
|Going for Baroque: Italinate Landscape Photography and Tuscan Cuisine Along the Central Coast of California
- Saturday through Tuesday, March 29 - April 1, 2014
Note: there has been a date change; the trip will run two weeks earlier than originally scheduled.
A long time ago the ornate, almost over-the-top Baroque style of art originated in Italy. From there, Baroque art traveled to the Netherlands, where Dutch artists became adept at painting more realistic Italian-inspired landscapes.
Did it matter that many
of these artists never traveled to Italy? It did not. Does it matter if
our group will be in California? It does not. Because whether we're in
Italy or not, our photography group will follow in the
metaphorical footsteps of the Dutch, creating our own beautiful images
of golden light, pastoral scenes, vineyards, rolling hills and
mountains found along the central Coast of California. We'll turn what
we see into views as fine as any ever made under the Tuscan or
Californian – sun.
The trip will include a variety of photographic locations, from Montana de Oro State Park on the south, to the edge of Big Sur, on the north, and will also include Irene's meals. We'll base ourselves at night near the wonderful towns of San Luis Obispo and Pismo Beach. Co-instructor: Ken Rockwell. Cost: $550.
|- Yosemite in Autumn Light - Thursday through Sunday, October 16-19, 2014
This is one of the classic times of year to be in the park, with maximum texture on the famous cliffs from the low light, with crisp autumn air, with fall colors, and with relatively few people. As usual, we'll add locations that include both intimate landscapes and iconic landmarks, exploring fresh ways to see the crown jewel of the national park system in the U.S.
We'll also have one or two evening sessions, learning to how to combine the night sky and the landscape below, and we'll look for unusual optical phenomena. We'll also explore locations outside the valley, including Glacier Point and the Mariposa grove of giant sequoias. Co-leader: the iconic Ken Rockwell. Details coming (or visit Yosemite.org).
Nevada East Side: Bodie,
Mono Lake and the Colors of Autumn - Sunday through Wednesday, October 19-22, 2014
We can expect, as we have the past many years, to enjoy the colorful autumn that will turn groves of aspens into flaming torches of yellow and gold. Bodie, the best preserved ghost town in the old west, lies east of Yosemite, as do the strange wonders of Mono Lake. Our travels will take us into the eastern Sierra Nevada Mountains, including Lundy Canyon with its aspens and beaver dams, and we'll make at least one stop at the famous Whoa Nellie Deli in Lee Vining. We'll stay in the little town of Bridgeport, far from the madding crowd. Trip includes two meals, entry fees, and a wild variety of field locations. Cost: TBA. Click here for photographs made on a prior trip. Co-instructor: Ken Rockwell (kenrockwell.com). A $100 deposit will hold your place. More details coming.
|Indian Coutry: Monument Valley and Canyon de Chelly - Sunday through Saturday, November 9-15, 2014
Our final outing for the year will take us to some the most spectacular landscapes of Utah and Arizona. We'll meet in Phoenix, and then travel together by van to Monument Valley and the Navajo Nation. Then we'll journey through a stark landscape to the deep cleft in the earth that is Canyon de Chelly. We'll make a trip along a stretch of Route 66 to the historic town of Flagstaff before returning to Phoenix. The trip includes some meals, van transportation, accommodations each night, various entry fees, and Navajo-guided tours of Canyon de Chelly and Monument Valley. Details coming.
Questions or comments and/or requests for information about specific trips? E-mail to Dave Wyman
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Note: Full details on trips will be available over the course of the next few weeks. Email Dave about specific trips if you would like a few advance details, beyond what's listed here.
The Image Quest Director - Dave Wyman brings a high level passion to his photography and shares an unmatched level of enthusiasm with participants on each trip he leads. Dave created Image Quest in 1982, while serving as the Adventure Travel coordinator at the University of Southern California. He has conducted photography programs for natural history associations in Yosemite and Death Valley, for UCLA, and the San Diego, Santa Barbara and Los Angeles Natural History Museums. His published pictorial guidebooks include Backroads of Northern California, Backroads of Southern California and Yosemite in Photographs. Dave's photographs and articles have appeared in Backpacker, Outdoor Photographer, Cross-Country Ski, Outside, and several other magazines. His work has also appeared in the Sierra Club Guidebook to National Parks of California, the California State Parks Guidebook, in various places in cyberspace, and in private, public and corporate collections.
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