Point Reyes: Intimate Details and Personal Vision
Once you have registered, you will receive a confirmation email with directions to the meeting location!
Photo by Gary Crabbe
This special class is for those photographers who want to leave the grand landscapes behind, and train their eyes and cameras on the smaller, more intimate details of the world around us. This class uses both field and classroom presentations designed to hone and refine how to shoot evocative and compelling photos that highlight our personal connection to a subject, whether it’s something natural or man-made. Intimate and detailed doesn’t just mean small, tiny, or close-up macro photos. We will also explore how we use our vision to recognize and isolate important aspects of scenes and locations. Focus on the field sessions will be on taking a visual assessment of subjects and lighting conditions, looking for subtle subjects, and how best to photographically capture those scenes through composition, use of camera settings, and lens selection. Class presentations will cover topics like developing strong personal vision and incorporating detailed subject matter into a visual repertoire. We will also spend time learning how to work on images after-capture, including editing and post-processing using programs like Lightroom and Photoshop. The workshop concludes with a photo critique and review of the work that was created over the weekend.
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
What to Bring:
Warm, variable-weather, layered clothing (waterproof windbreaker or rain jacket, hat, gloves)
Hat and sunscreen
Comfortable walking shoes
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.)
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.