Point Reyes: A Chimney Rock - Headlands Photo Retreat
Once you have registered, you will receive a confirmation email with directions to the meeting location!
Winter and spring are wonderful and popular seasons at Point Reyes. Migrating whales, Elephant Seals, and wildflowers combine to act like a magnet for visitors. During the busy weekends from December through March or mid-April, the roads between South Beach and the headlands, Chimney Rock, and the Lighthouse are closed to public traffic and are accessible only by shuttle bus. Because of the road closure, we’ll have the pleasure of spending the entire weekend on the headlands. (If ever there was a place to be so joyfully trapped)
This location-centric weekend photo retreat will focus on the area of the Point Reyes Headlands, Chimney Rock, the Lighthouse, and the Historic Lifeboat Station. The class incorporates guided shoots in the field and classroom presentations. The field sessions will focus on taking a visual assessment of subject and lighting conditions, or looking for the more subtle subject matter, and how best to photographically capture subjects through composition, use of camera settings, and lens selection. We will also spend time learning how to work on images after-capture, including editing and post-processing using programs like Lightroom and Photoshop. Class presentations will cover topics like developing strong personal vision and digital imaging. The workshop concludes with a photo critique and review of the work that was created over the weekend. The class will involve some short-distance light hiking over slightly uneven terrain.
-Participants should ideally also bring a laptop computer and USB Flash Drive for editing images for class photo -review and critique. FYI there is no Wifi or a phone at the Chief's House.
-Warm, variable-weather, layered clothing (waterproof windbreaker or rain jacket, hat, gloves)
-Hat and sunscreen
-Comfortable walking shoes
-Linens are provided. You may bring an extra sleeping pad for comfort, but the matresses are fairly comfortable.
-Ear plugs (in case of snorers)
-Personal toiletries (shampoo, soap, bath towel, etc.) There is only 1 shower at the Chief's House. Please be prepaired to share the space with others. Insect repellant
-Flashlight or headlamp
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.