Categories: California, Coast, Photo Workshops and Tours, Photos, Point Reyes, Workshops
Picture: Photographers at the Point Reyes Headlands, Point Reyes National Seashore, Marin County, California
I’m delighted to present a selection of images taken by the participants of my recent “Photographing the Natural Wonders of Point Reyes” photo workshop which took place over the weekend of November 6-8, 2015.
I’ve been hugely fortunate with the groups I’ve had the privilege of teaching at Point Reyes, and again it was truly a great group of people. As always, I hope the takeaway was a weekend experience filled with fun and learning. This was a smaller, more intimate group, which from my own instructor’s point of view can be quite beneficial since it allows me to actually spend more time working with each person while out in the field.
Unlike the Photographing the Beaches of Point Reyes (link to class photos) I taught in early October, we had very conducive weather and no huge wind storms. Although rain was predicted through the area, we only got rain on Sunday morning. After what proved to be a very intense Friday and Saturday start to the weekend, I think actually welcomed the break on Sunday morning to catch up on a little bit of needed rest. Our class began a bit late due to some late arriving participants due to Bay Area traffic, and after a slide presentation, we drove out to shoot the night sky over the breaking waves at South Beach. Early the next morning we shot the sunrise at Drakes Beach. In the afternoon we shot from the overlook at the Great Beach before driving to the top of Mount Vision where we photographed over Tomales Bay, then hiked to a beautiful location overlooking the Drakes Estero and headlands. The light wasn’t great during this time of day, but I tried to keep focus on how to work or compose in situations when the light wasn’t at it’s best, or to pre-visualize what a given scene might look like during a different time of day or a different season. Returning to the Lifeboat Station, we had only a few minutes to rest, eat, and grab gear for hiking up into the headlands for catching the sunset. I figured that we’d have much more clouds than we did due to the forecast of an incoming storm, but instead we were treated to an almost picture perfect sunset with a nice mix of sun and clouds. As my three-day course always fo, we concluded the workshop with a photo review and critique. The value of this part of the course cannot be understated, as one of the best learning experiences is the chance to see how others viewed and recorded the same scene(s). Here now I am pleased to share a selection of images taken by the participants.
Please feel free to leave a comment if you feel so inclined. I’m sure the students would love to hear any thoughts you’d care to share.