|Arrival Date/Time: 2 p.m., Friday, March 2, 2012
End Time: We'll end officially by mid-afternoon on Sunday, March 4.
Trip difficulty: None - the trip will be conducted at a photographer's relaxed pace. Participants do need to be able to walk a mile or so over the course of a day, with their camera gear.
What Will be Provided:
- Guided photography walks at a cornucopia of locations
- Equipment demonstrations and talks
- Help with carpooling where possible
- One group meal
- Any entry/parking fees
What to Bring:
- Camera gear (see below)
- Clothing for warm and cool temperatures; recommended
- Money for meals (other than the two provided)
Photographic Equipment: you don't need to spend any money on equipment you don't already have. A basic digital or 35mm camera will serve you well. Two accessories: a tripod & cable release. These items will allow you to photograph in the early morning hours and into evening, and also allow for creative techniques. Medium format cameras are welcome, too; the only issue is set-up and breakdown time, which will mean less chances to find and make creative photographs (that said, both Ken and Dave may have medium format cameras on the trip).
Ken Rockwell (kenrockwell.com) is a well-known – some might even claim notorius – web presence. Love him or hate him, he is a force to be reckoned with, as his Ken's voluminous website offers a cornucopia of lens tests, camera reviews, and his clear-sighted, if not occasionally contrarian viewpoints, about the meaning of art and photography. He has the training of an engineer and the soul of an artist and Ken is willing to share his encyclopedic knowledge of photography with all-comers. He has conducted numerous workshops in California's mountains, deserts and coastal regions, in the canyon lands of Colorado, New Mexico, and Arizona, and along historic Route 66. Ken lives in the San Diego area.
Dave Wyman brings unbridled passion and commitment to his photography, whether he's peering at a sea anemone in a Oregon tide pool, photographing wildlife in Yellowstone, or summiting a mountain in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. He has conducted photography workshops and tours since 1984, and he originated and directed the travel photography program at the University of Southern California. His articles and photographs have been published in magazines such as Outdoor Photographer, Outside, and Backpacker; his pictorial guidebooks include Backroads of Northern California, Backroads of Southern California, and Yosemite in Photographs.
|Dan Wyman - Yes, he's Dave's brother. Dan is an excellent photographer.
Dan conducts his own business, photographing surfing classes in
Oceanside, which is where he lives, and why he will serve as an
invaluable guide to the areas we will photograph over the course of our
weekend. His photographs have been diplayed in Oceanside area art
galleries (and we may see some of his seabird images on the
Oceanside Pier). Dan also concentrates much of his photography on
nature – from macro images to wildlife and landscapes – as well as
travel. When he's not out photographing, Dan is likely to be pedaling a
bike along the coast or over the backroads of Southern California.
Weather: we can expect mild to warm days, and cool evenings. In the unlikely event of "bad" weather, we'll keep making photographs, because unsettled weather is is sometimes the best weather for photography
- On Friday, we'll gather at the Oceanside La Quinta Inn, to meet each other, enjoy a welcoming presentation by Ken, have an early dinner, and then head to the historic Oceanside Pier for our first photography session. After dinner, we'll spend some time looking at photographs that participants would like to share with the group (for those who do want to share, bring up to 20 images, and put them on a thumb drive or CD, or bring your own laptop).
- On Saturday, we'll start early and spend the day on the go. Depending on weather and group dynamic some of our locations may include the Spanish-era mission (last of it's kind in California) on the Pala Indian Reservation, Anza-Borrego State Park (if the flowers are out), The Palomar Observatory, Julian (an old-west gold mining town), groves of avacads, oranges and cactus, and mountain vistas, not returning to Oceanside until after evening falls.
- On Sunday, after breakfast, we'll have an early morning session at the beautiful San Luis Rey Mission, and have a final session before saying goodbye to each other and to the pleasant confines of Southern California by noon.
Dan Wyman photo
|Cost: $355 - Deposit: $100. Total due: February 15, 2012
Cancellation: $100 cancellation fee. Cancellation less than two weeks before the starting date of the trip may result in no refund. If another participants signs up after cancellation, the full amount will be refunded, minus the deposit.
How to register: Send a check or money order by good old fashioned U.S. snail mail to: Image Quest Tours, 1164 Alvira Street, Los Angeles, California, 90035.
Although we prefer payment via the mail, you can also use your credit card, via paypal.com (check with Dave first).
When you send payment: you'll receive via email a receipt and any additional information, such as maps and a liability form. An instructor will touch base with you by phone and/or e-mail prior to the departure date and, where possible, help arrange for carpooling for participants.
Accommodations: Dave will stay in Oceaside, at the La Quinta Inn; feel free to stay there, too. It's clean, has a meeting area, breakfast is included, it's close to our first field session, and it's where we will meet with Ken Rockwell on Friday afternoon, and each morning (and the Internet price is excellent). There are many other places to stay in the Oceanside area, too, at every price range.