Photographing the Natural Wonders of Point Reyes
Grab your camera and come explore the magnificent natural wonders of Point Reyes National Seashore. This class will turn a photographic eye toward the natural beauty that helps define what people think of when they experience Point Reyes, from steep and rugged coastal cliffs, sandy beaches, coastal lagoons, estuaries, rolling hills, forests, and incredibly scenic vistas. This class will help photographers to hone their vision and photographic techniques while shooting in a wide variety of locations and conditions. Gary will give presentations focused on shooting different types of landscapes and locations under different lighting, as well as discussing things like exposure and composition, as well as on processing images. Gary will spend time in the field demonstrating his own techniques for looking at a scene and selecting ideal compositions, etc. as well as working closely with participants as a group and individually. The workshop concludes with what many photographers consider to be one of the most valuable aspects of the class, which is a review of each participant's images shot over the course of the weekend.
Location: Once you have registered, you will receive a confirmation email with directions to the meeting location!
-Accommodations included at Historic Lifeboat Station at Chimney Rock, more info below.
-If you have any special circumstances or questions, please contact us at email@example.com.
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Class Cancellation 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. In the event that the PRNSA Field Institute cancels a class, participants will receive a full refund of class fee.
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 and commercial range/over
- Two large multi person bath/shower rooms
- Central heat
What to Bring:
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.
- Refillable water bottle
- Warm, variable-weather, layered clothing including: windbreaker, gloves, warm hat
- Hat and sunscreen
- Comfortable walking shoes
- 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.