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 co-lead trips with me.
Several Image Quest Photo trips include meals, some prepared by trip leaders (under the direction of the official Image Quest chef, Irene Shibata). Van transportation is offered on trips outside of California, while most trips in the Golden State involve carpooling.
Our 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're 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.
Mirages: Route 66 and the Mojave Desert - Friday-Sunday, February 6-8,
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.
|- Noir You See It, Noir You Don't -
Sunday, February 15. 2014
In the 1940s Hollywood invented an at first unnamed genre that examined the criminal, cynical, cruel, nightmarish, and erotic realms of the human psyche. The films, often made in black and white, were eventually dubbed "film noir." Heroes, villains and femme fatales could be anyone. While locations could anywhere, the black heart and soul of these dark movies took place in graphically stark, urban settings.
|Beginning at mid-day with lunch at Dave's home, our photo tour of
Hollywood itself, where myth and reality meet, will take us to
locations depicted in several noir films, like the classic "Double
Indemnity," the teen-noir "Rebel without a Cause," and the neo-noir
"Blade Runner." And we'll explore places in Hollywood where noir's dark
themes were expressed, not in films, but in true crimes. Before we're
done, we'll photograph kitchy Hollywood Blvd. after dark and under its
Our outing will conclude with dinner at an iconic Hollywood Blvd. restaurant. An optional follow-up evening session at Dave's home, about two weeks later, will give us a chance to share and discuss our photos. Cost: $100. (More details to come.)
|- Yosemite: Vernal Light - Thursday through Sunday, May 14-17, 2015
We're off to a great start with some serious storms that have dropped significant amounts of rain and snow over the High Sierra Mountains. That means we're already see some spectacular waterworks in Yosemite Valley this year. Expect to see some little-known but beautiful and predictable optical phenomena. Be prepared to photograph some of the park's best known locations – Half Dome, El Capitan, Yosemite and Bridalveil Falls – and places not well known, yet achingly beautiful. This trip is sponsored by the Yosemite Conservancy. For details and to sign-up, visit Yosemite.org.
|- Yosemite in Autumn Light - Thursday through Sunday, October 15-18, 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. This trip is sponsored by the Yosemite Conservancy. For details and to join the trip, visit Yosemite.org.
|Autumn in Yellowstone Country - Sunday through Sunday, October 3-10, 2015
As it has been for Image Quest each year for most of more than two decades, our autumn subjects in Yellowstone Country will include geysers, the rugged Wyoming landscape, bison and elk and moose, with chances to see and photograph bears, beaver, deer, coyotes, bighorn sheep and a variety of birds.
We'll explore Grand Teton National Park, Yellowstone National Park, and locations in parts of Utah, Montana and Idaho.
More information coming, so check back. Cost will be about $1750, which will include seven nights' accommodations, travel by comfortable van (with a window seat for all), some meals, and a plethora of field locations. A $100 deposit will hold your place.
The Sierra Nevada East Side: Bodie, Mono Lake and the Colors of Autumn - Sunday through Wednesday, October 18-21, 2015
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, up Lee Vining Canyon and along the famed June Lake Loop for insane colors, 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 a group dinner, entry fees, and a wide variety of field locations. Cost: $375. Click here for photographs made on a prior trip. Co-instructor: Ken Rockwell (kenrockwell.com). A $100 deposit will hold your place.
Dave's Current Photographs
How to Register
1164 Alvira Street
Los Angeles, CA, 90035
Or use a credit card by visiting paypal.com, after contacting Dave Wyman by email or phone (323 377-7565) to make sure the trip still has space.
Call for private lessons or tours, available anytime Dave isn't going to be out somewhere else with his camera.
Galleries of photographs made on previous Image Quest tours can be viewed by clicking here.
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, invarious places in cyberspace, and in private, public and corporate collections. If he's not conducting a photo trip, you're apt find him on his bike or with his ice axe or weeding his garden, or spending time with friends and the people he loves.
Questions or comments and/or requests for information about specific trips? E-mail to Dave Wyman