Photographing the Beaches of Point Reyes
Once you have registered, you will receive a confirmation email with directions to the meeting location!
Grab your camera and let’s go explore the beaches of Point Reyes National Seashore in this great photo workshop. Along the way, you’ll learn many tips and tricks aimed at helping you improve your photographic vision. If you have a passion for the ocean, beaches, rocks, waves, and dunes, and you love capturing them through the lens of your camera, you’ll love this class. From dawn to dusk and beyond, from low tides to high tides, from sandy shorelines and rocky coves, we’ll pack plenty of variety into our field excursions. In addition, there will be both in-field photo demonstrations and classroom presentations designed to help you create those stunning images of a wonderfully special place. This workshop is set to coincide with both minus tides and a full moon, which should make for some exceptional photographic opportunities. Photographers of all skill levels from amateur to experienced are welcome, but will especially well-suited to those seeking a better understanding of using their equipment or refining skills to help you see a better photo while in the field. The workshop will conclude with a group photo review and critique.
Schedule for the weekend
Friday Evening: Welcome, Introductions, Class Presentation. Photography TBD.
Saturday: Sunrise / Morning photography shoot. Break / Editing. Afternoon / Sunset shoot, Potluck Dinner. (Presentation TBD),
Sunday: Sunrise / Morning Shoot, Breakfast / Editing. Class Image Review and Critique, Clean up.
-Accommodations included at Historic Lifeboat Station at Chimney Rock, more info below.
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Class Cancelation Policy
If a registered participant wishes to cancel their enrollment and receive a refund, notification must be received at least 14 days in advance of the class date. No refunds will be issued for enrollment cancellations made less than 14 days in advance of the class date. Class enrollment fees are non-transferable. PNRSA Field Institute classes are generally run rain or shine, though will follow National Park Service weather and road advisories to ensure that classes only run in safe conditions. In the event that the PRNSA Field Institute cancels a class for any reason, participants will receive a full refund of class fees.
Historic Lifeboat Station at Chimney Rock
The Point Reyes Lifeboat Station is a National Historic Landmark overlooking beautiful Drakes Bay. It is the last remaining example of a rail-launched lifeboat station that was common on the Pacific coast. Located at Chimney Rock, the Lifeboat Station was built in 1927 by the U.S. Coast Guard and contains the crew’s quarters, a large boat bay, and a marine railway system for launching a 36-foot life boat.
The ground floor houses the boat bay museum where a renovated motor boat is located.
The area around the Lifeboat Station is used by the Marine Mammal Center as a release site for rehabilitated wildlife. While staying here some classes are unexpectedly treated to the release of an otter or harbor seal.
- Ample working / studio space
- Large second floor reading / meeting room overlooking Drakes Bay
- Seven bedrooms accommodating 24 individuals, bunk style sleeping
- Fully-equipped kitchen with large fridge, large freezer, and commercial range/over
- Two large multi person bath/shower rooms
- Central heat
What to Bring:
- Warm, variable-weather, layered clothing (waterproof windbreaker or rain jacket, hat, gloves)
- Hat and sunscreen
- Comfortable walking shoes
- Binoculars (optional)
- Camera (optional)
- Refillable water bottle
- WARM sleeping bag and pillow (linens not provided for bunkbeds, camp-style mattress only)
- Extra sleeping pad for comfort (optional, but the provided mattress is fairly thin)
- Ear plugs (to avoid distraction while writing and in case of snorers/elephant seals)
- Personal toiletries (shampoo, soap, bath towel, etc.)
- Insect repellant
- Headlamp or flashlight
A full service kitchen is provided. Please bring all meals and snacks. The nearest stores and restaurants are 20 miles away over country roads, so you will need to be self-sufficient. By tradition, Saturday night is pot-luck with everyone sharing food. So be sure to bring a dish to share for Saturday dinner, as well as food for yourself.
*Participants should bring a camera (or cell phone), a tripod (if they have one), appropriate outdoor clothing and footwear suitable for a couple miles of walking along coastal trails in varied weather conditions or temperatures, including long-sleeves or pants in case of possible exposure to poison oak or ticks. Participants should ideally also bring a laptop computer and USB Flash Drive for editing images for class photo review and critique.