Cultural Mirages - Make-Up Trip
and the Mojave Desert - A Photography Workshop
Make-up trip: So many people wanted to participate on the
Route 66 photography trip that we've added a second date, which will
begin as the second ends.
The Trip: Yes, yes - stay home. Sit on
your couch, watch your television television. Limp along, during the first days of
2009, in the slow lane of your life. Or grab your photo gear and your
sense of adventure, and travel with us on our
annual visit to a remote stretch of a deserted highway. Yes, come explore
Route 66, and prepare to lose yourself in a land of weathered cultural
icons left behind by those who, once upon a time, had a love affair
with desert highways, a love affair that went unrequited.
Dates: Friday through Sunday, Febdruary 8-10, 2009
Transportation: Private auto - trip
leader will try to arrange carpooling where possible; we'll try to
carpool once we're in Barstow, CA. This will keep down cost of driving
and will make us more mobile.
Accommodations: We will stay Sunday and Monday nights in Kingman, AZ, off of Route 66.
Trip difficulty: None, conducted at a
photographer's pace. While we will have to do a bit of walking, most of
our photography can be accomplished just yards from the car, along
Route 66 and adjacent roads we'll travel over.
Dave Wyman has
conducted photography tours and workshops since 1982. His photographs
and articles have appeared in various publications, including
Backpacker, Cross-Country, Oudoor Photographer, Outside, and
Sierra magazines. Dave, who lives in Los Angeles, is the author and
photographer of two pictorial guidebooks, Backroads of
Southern California and
of Northern California. He's conducted workshops to Route 66 each winter for nine years.
Weather: Should be mild, but be prepared for warm
and cool temperatures, and although we'll be in the desert,
even rain. Dramatic weather, if it comes, can enhance photography,
and if rain comes, we won't cancel the trip.
The desert is littered with the haunting presence of
failed dreams and lives unfulfilled. Our photography field sessions,
centered along old Route 66 east of Barstow, will include the detritus
of human incursions in the harsh, desert environment - sleepy or even
abandoned communities (and their attendant architectural details),
junked cars and tin cans, maybe even a two-legged desert rat, and of
course those sun-blasted highways.
Meanwhile, the natural scene is home to volcanic craters, mountain
vistas, unexpected pools of water, and bizarre salt flats. Over the
course of our weekend, we will explore a landscape that exists as much
in the mind as it does in any physical sense, a landscape that we will
transfer onto film and into digital images. The instructors will
probably haul along their beloved medium format film cameras, as well
as digicams and DSLRs. Participants are invited to bring digital, 35mm
and medium format cameras, and color or black and white film.
Photographers of all levels will benefit from this hands-on learning
experience in travel, nature and documentary photography.
What Image Quest Photography Will Provide:
- Guided field sessions to a variety of public and private locations
- Dinner Sunday evening
- Accommodations for two nights
- Evening slide shows (bring some of your own slides, digital images
- Help with carpooling
Camera Equipment: This is the trip
to bring it all along - super wide angle lenses, telephoto optics,
filters galore, CF or SD cards, three kinds of film and at least two
camera formats. Digital or film cameras (35mm and medium format) are
all welcome. However, if the truth be told, a basic digital or 35mm
camera with one lens will work just fine during most of this
photography workshop.Two filters for aficionados:
the polarizer, and the 81A or 81B warming filter (the latter more for
film photographers) will allow saturation of colors and keep a blue
tone out of photographs made in the shade or under cloudy skies.
Bring enough CF or SD cards for digital
cameras, as well as a battery charger; some cameras
require more than one battery to last through a day, some survive on a
single battery. Make sure you have enough battery power.
Bring Your Own Photographs: If you like,
bring your own photographs for critique, or simply to be enjoyed by the
group. If you have digital images, you
can bring them on a CD and we'll show them on a digital projector or a
computer monitor. Or show them on your own laptop. If you have prints you would like to share,
About our accommodations: Shared accommodations
(single supplement is available, approximately $100, check with Dave)
in a comfortable, modern motel in Barstow, California.
Cost: $385. Deposit: $100
will hold a space. Full payment is due by January 3.
How to register: Send payment to Image
Quest, 1164 Alvira Street, Los Angeles, CA 90035. Or you can use the
services of paypal.com,
should you prefer to register via the Internet (if you need help using
paypal, contact Dave Wyman) - make sure space on the trip is still
available before using paypal.
Contact Dave Wyman with any questions.
appearing on this webpage were made on Image Quest photography
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of Northern and Southern California Pictorial Guidebooks
"Mother Road" Route 66 Museum
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