Winter Waves


13th Annual Wildflowers, Full Moon, Misty Fog and Headland Color Photo Workshop :: March 28-31, 2022

Springtime in Big Sur means green rolling hills, lush spring flowers, vivid yellow flowering coastal scrub, a hidden calla lily 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.

I have timed this workshop to take advantage of peak season for calla lilies and certain wildflowers along the coast as well as the having an opportunity to photograph the flowering ice plant, sea daisies and chaparral that carpets the bluffs with vivid color!

This workshop will have an emphasis on field location shooting. It will also include two sessions of the latest advances in workflow training (utilizing the latest versions of Lightroom and Photoshop CC) and a minimum of two image review sessions. Workflow training will include: RAW processing. Workflow topics will include: preparing an image for both print and web presentation, proper methods of setting white and black points, how to "properly massage the middle tones," color balance, localized tonal and color adjustments via luminosity masking, 32-bit blending techniques, blending multiple exposures via layers and masks, freehand masking techniques, section of masks based on both tones and colors, proper sharpening and noise reduction techniques, etc. We'll also take a look at some of my favorite third-party plugin filters.

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

Alternate Locations

Lover's Point
Monterey Wharf and Harbor

Price: $1825.00 (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 and Pfeiffer Beach for one day)

Crashing Wave

Crashing Wave

Crashing Wave, Garrapata State Beach, Big Sur Coast, California, USA

Deadline: (limited to 12 students - when workshop fills)

Frequently Asked Questions: Spring Big Sur FAQ's

Lodging/Meals: The workshop will be headquartered at the (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.

Travel and other expenses: Under no circumstances will I refund any charge not paid to me, such as (but not limited to) airfare, lodging, car rental, or meals. Though I’ve never had to cancel a workshop, and consider the possibility extremely remote, for your peace of mind I strongly encourage you to purchase travel insurance to cover any losses resulting from a cancelled workshop.Spousal Policy - Only paid workshop participants are allowed on location due to permit and insurance regulations.

Permits and Insurances: Don Smith Photography LLC is fully permitted for all location shoots and carries full-coverage insurance for all workshops.

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Don Smith Photography LLC cannot be held liable for any Park closures or weather-related closures.

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My Qualifications

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 here.

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