The Players Involved
Fundamentals of Exposure, Composition, and Story Telling
Gary Sharlow, photographer for EcoSee Photography, designs and leads photography workshops crafted to explore the concept of photography as a tool for conservation. He created and launched the conservation photography program at the California Academy of Sciences. He sits on the environment committee for the North American Nature Photography association, has previously worked for the NPS in the area of population biology and has an educational background in conservation biology. He is a manager in the education division at the California Academy of Sciences and he can frequently be found hiking and photographing on the trails of the San Francisco Bay Area, thoughout California and he even gets out into other parts of the Western United States when he's lucky. On a rare occasion, he even escapes the continent as a whole!
The Range of Light and the Valley of Water
Geoff Willard, Manager of Public Programming at the California Academy of Sciences, will lead the group through investigations of the natural and conservation history of the eastern Sierra region. At the Academy, he has channeled his passion for engaging minds into the design of the museum's many live interpretive programs. He brings his years of experience in outdoor youth & adult education to this field excursion, as well as his memories of a summer spent as a photographer in Sequoia National Park.
Suggested Field Gear
The word of choice is "layers". You should be prepared for all kinds of weather and expect conditions to change rapidly while you are in the field. Among the things you should have in your pack: water, layered clothing, comfortable trail shoes, sunscreen, a hat, extra socks sunglasses, a rain jacket (rain not likely but possible), your camera and a tripod. This is not an all inclusive list and it is up to you to be prepared to go into the field where we may hike as many as five miles over the course of the day. Please check the weather the night before and plan accordingly. We will travel rain or shine!
We will be meeting each morning at 5:00am and finishing each day at about 8:00pm. You are responsible for your own food and drinks each day. There will be free time in the middle of each day and some people will want to take advantage of that time to stop and have lunch at local restaurants while others will decide to hike and eat on the trails. Whatever you decide is up to you. Just keep in mind that if you are camping you are required to either use bear containers at campgrounds or being your own bear proof container for your food. Please be responsible as a “fed bear is a dead bear”.
As our participants will be coming from various parts of California and beyond, we will leave it to you to decide how to get to the region. We will provide you with a set of meeting points in the email when you purchase your tickets. You can also use this itinerary to plan your lodging.
We asked, you answered, we listened. Based on surveys, we found that the lodging preferences of our workshop attendees fill a rather large range. Some people like to rough it and camp the whole time they are out in nature while other like to take a break at night and enjoy the local hotels, and home rentals available in the area. Check back here soon for some links that to lodging options in the area. If you wish to have one central place to stay for the whole trip, the Mammoth Lakes regions is probably the most central and your best option. We will likely be camping and will post our planned stops soon.
Park Use Fees
Keep in mind that some of the areas we are visiting have day use and entry fees. Consider buying a parks pass as you will get good use out of it and the money helps to support that state and national parks will be visiting on this trip. Whatever you decide, the choice is yours and keep in mind that there aren’t too many ATMs in the wild!
Due to the field component of this program, your ticket is nonrefundable and not transferable. This program is being offered as a two day program and we will not be offering any discounted rates for attending one of the two days. We will have one day programs in the future so check back for more opportunities. This particular program is limited to participants that are 18 and over in age. Space is limited for a better experience.
Overview ~ July 15th to 17th ~ Big Picture ~ More Information
Early Bird Reservations: Members: $400, Adults: $450 Ages 18 and over only with limited space available. Reserve online or call 415-379-8000. This is a non-refundable event. (Note: Food, lodging, park entrance fees and transportation not included.)