Springtime in Big Sur and the Monterey Peninsula
7th Annual Wildflowers, Full Moon, Misty Fog and Headland Color Photo Workshop
April 14-17, 2014
Springtime in Big Sur means green rolling hills, lush spring flowers, vivid yellow flowering coastal scrub, a hidden calla liliy grove, enticing sunsets, and misty sunrises. Join me as I will guide you through this coastal paradise. Journey through a land of towering redwoods, fresh water waterfalls, hidden coves and arches and miles of the most dramatic shoreline you'll ever have the pleasure of photographing. Beauty is everywhere and you will experience Big Sur the way it was meant to be seen, uncrowded and dotted with enticing pockets of Pacific fog. We will begin this workshop on a Monday afternoon and end with a sunset shoot on Thursday evening. These dates will allow us to photograph without the weekend tourist crowds.
I have also placed this workshop to take advantage of peak season for wildflowers along the coast as well as the having an opportunity to photograph the flowering ice plant, sea daisies and chapparal that carpets the bluffs with vivid color! Moreover, we will have three mornings to photograph a ful moonset (assuming the fog is minimal).
My workshops place a heavy emphasis on the visual side of photography with location photography being the number one priority. I limit my groups to no more than (12) students and always have a qualified second instructor with us at all times. We spend our late mornings and afternoons concentrating on various software training (Lightroom/Photoshop and related plug-in filters) from workflow to specialized techniques geared towards optimizing your landscape images along with (2) image review sessions. The Photoshop training will include: basic workflow, Curves, color correction, sharpening, adjusment layers, masks, burning and dodging techniques and RAW conversion. We will also look at software from Nik and HDR processing with Photomatix Pro. I will also be teaching the basics of luminosity masking.
We will also be adding a night of photography taking advantage of this misty fog.
Places we plan to visit include:
- Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park
- Point Lobos
- Sobranes Point
- Hurricane Point
- Bixby Bridge
- Pfeiffer Beach
- Rocky Point
- Garrapata State Park
- Garrapata Beach
- Calla Lilies
- Lover's Point
- Monterey Wharf and Harbor
Spring Color, Sobranes Arch, Garrapata State Park Copyright Don Smith 2012
(Price includes 3 nights lodging at the beautiful Carmel Mission Inn, three breakfasts and passes into both Point Lobos State Reserve for one day along with pass for Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park for one day)
Deadline: When workshop fills (limited to 12 participants).
Frequently Asked Questions: Spring Big Sur FAQ's
Lodging/Meals: The workshop will be headquartered at the www.carmelmissioninn.com/ (next to the Barnyard and Crossroads Shopping Centers) Lunch and dinner are extra. Breakfast is included.
Transportation: We will carpool to shooting locations. Participants are required to have transportation to and from the workshop.
To view my cancellation policy, please click here: Cancellation Policy
All Workshop Participants will also receive a digital copy of my latest book: Refined Vision - 50 Lessons Designed to Improve Your Digital Landscape Photography
E-mail me for more information or optional payment methods at firstname.lastname@example.org
If you like my style of photography, that would be one reason to take a workshop with me. If you want to take your photography to the next level, that would be another reason. I run my workshops in a positive environment and give you ideas and techniques to move you forward. To learn more about me, click on the link.