The Players Involved
Fundamentals of Exposure, Composition, and Story Telling
Photographer Gary Sharlow 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 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!
In Partnership with Calumet Photographic
Christy Carr, Techinal Expert at Calumet Photographic, will lend her technical expertise (along with sensitivity to the environment) as a field advisor for the workshop. She has advance knowledge of DSLR photo equipment and the many lens options available to us. Christy will bring along some high end lenses for Nikon and Canon users to try out in the field while they put their training to the test. She will help all participants enhance the quality of their images, while still maintaining their own distinct points of view with a deeper investigation of how equipment choice plays a role in the final image.
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!
You are responsible for your own food and drinks each day. We will arrange for family style breakfast and dinners but lunch and daily water is your responsibility throughout the trip. Please consider packing some light snacks such as granola bars to keep in your packs during the day. Carrying water during the day trips is absolutely required.
We recoginzed that our participants may be coming from various parts of California and beyond. We will provide round trip transportation from San Francisco and anyone who wishes to ride in the van will be set for the trip. Those coming from outside the bay area may meet us at the first loacation and then leave their cars at the rental house for the duration of the field excursion. We will be able to all board the van and spend our days getting to know each other while exploring the region.
We will be renting a house for the 2 nights spent up in the Eastern Sierras. There will be enough beds for everyone on the trip and couples may have their own rooms but it is not guaranteed as the final house rental will be determined by the number of people who sign up for the trip. Either way, you can rest assured that we will be staying in a nice private home in the Mammoth Lakes region and the cost of lodging is included in your workshop price.
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!
There will be a lot of walking around for all three days druing this field excursion. The hiking will mostly consist of short hikes of less than a mile over flat terrain. We will have one hike in the Ancient Bristlecone Pines that is 4.5 miles long and has some change in elevation (200 feet) but is not considered to be a strenuous hike.
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.
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Reservations: Sign up deadline is September 1st. Members: $400, General $450. Space is limited and advanced ticketing is required. Final day to buy tickets will be September 1st To reserve a place today, buy a Member or Non-Member ticket online or over the phone at 1-877-227-1831 (Note: Food, park entrance fees not included.)