Eastern Sierra & Death Valley - December 2-8, 2022 - Sold Out

Workshop Details

Variety and epic scenery the name of the game on this 7-day photo workshop. We'll explore many of the best locations along the Eastern Sierras and DV such as the Alabama Hills, the Bristlecone Pines, Mono Lake, Mesquite Sand Dunes, Mud Cracks, Badlands, arches and so much more. You'll photograph have a chance to photograph arches, hot springs, jagged mountain peaks, sand dunes, ancient bristlecone pine's and many other amazing subjects. The sand dunes will be the most physically taxing part and participants will need to be able to walk 1-2 miles in the sand with their camera gear for the best photos. We will also be doing some short hikes at elevations at and around 10,000 feet in the White Mountains.

Dates: December 2-8, 2022
Joseph Rossbach
2695.00 (300.00 non refundable deposit due at registration)
Group Size: Limited to 6 participants

Workshop Itinerary

Day One: Meet at 1pm for opening orientation at Stovepipe Wells Resort and Hotel in the center of Death Valley National Park followed by a sunset shoot in the Mesquite Sand Dunes.

Day Two: Sunrise/morning photo session in Death Valley National Park followed by an afternoon break and photo editing session as a group. Late afternoon/sunset photo session.

Day Three: Sunrise/morning photo session in Death Valley National Park. Checkout of hotel in Death Valley by 11am and drive (1.5 hours) to Lone Pine at the foot of the might Sierra Mountains. Afternoon class session in Lone Pine followed by a sunset shoot in the Alabama Hills.

Day Four: Sunrise/morning photo shoot in the Alabama Hills. Check out of hotel at 11am. Drive 1 hour north to Big Pine. Lunch as a group and then we head to the White Mountains to photograph the ancient Bristle Cone Pines in the afternoon until after sunset. Drive back to Big Pine and check into hotel rooms.

Day Five: Sunrise morning shoot at the Owens River to catch the light and the majestic views of the eastern Sierra reflected in its snaking waters. Check out of hotel by 11am and head north to Bishop. Check into hotel and then off for a late afternoon/ sunset photoshoot.

Day Six: We will need to check out before leaving for sunrise as we will not be returning to our rooms after sunrise session. We will leave the hotel and arrive at Hot Creek Geological area in time to photograph twilight into sunrise of the massive mountains rising over the small stream and canyon with mist rising from it's hot springs. After we finish up we will stop in mammoth Lakes for breakfast as a group and then head north to Mono Lake. Check into our hotel and have a final afternoon class session before heading out to shoot sunset at Mono Lake.

Day Seven: Sunrise shoot at Mono Lake. Workshop will end no later than 9am.

Recommended Camera Gear

  • Sturdy tripod and ballhead
  • Digital SLR or Mirrorless Camera Body.
  • Wide angle lens in the 14-30mm range.
  • Mid-range zoom lens in the range of 24-100mm.
  • Long telephoto lenss for landscape compression and wildlife encounters. We recommend something in the 100-400mm range.
  • Circular polarizer filters for your lenses. If you like shooting with grads, bring them along.
  • Extra batteries, memory cards, and cleaning supplies.
  • Remote cord for your camera.
  • Cover for your camera/lens to protect against weather and high winds.
  • Laptop if you wish to backup your photos or follow along during the post-processing instruction.

Personal Gear List

  • Sturdy hiking footwear, hiking socks, and hiking pants.
  • A rain jacket and several warm layers (upper and lower body) as it can get very cold in the high country.
  • Headlamp
  • Sunscreen, Sunglasses, Sun Hat, Warm Hat, and Gloves
  • Water bottle or hydration bladder.
  • Hiking poles if you like having them.

Getting to the Workshop/Planning Your Trip

The closest major airport to Death Valley is Las Vegas International. The drive time to Stovepipe Wells is 2.5 hours. Plan on renting a small SUV as we will be traveling on some bumpy gravel and dirt roads over the workshop (4x4 is not needed). The drive to Las Vegas from Mono Lake at the conclusion of the workshop is 5.5 hours. So plan on either flying out late that evening or the next day.