Sierra Fall Color Photography Workshop
Expedition and Workshop
Mono Lake -- Bristlecone Pine Forest-- Yosemite
June and Mammoth Lakes ..and more!
5 days of color and light in the Eastern Sierra!
A 5-Day Landscape field Photography Workshop
A -Door to Door- Experience! Pick up and drop off at the airport.
All accommodations and transportation provided during the workshop!
Conducted by Steve Kossack
Fine art landscape photographer, guide and host of the DVD Every Picture Tells A Story will lead this workshop. It's size and design will lend itself the flexibility to hike and photograph the available light and color of this exciting area during our 5-day expedition and workshop. We'll travel light and happy in this small group!
About the Expedition and Workshop
Our F-8 And Be There, Steve Kossack Photographing the Great American Landscape, October Eastern Sierra Fall color workshop is set for . This workshop is led by Steve Kossack and will highlight some of the great locations for both color and landscape photography.
As is our policy, this workshop is limited to only a small number of participants.
This is an excellent time to come out and join us as we chase light and color!
The eastern Sierra is one of the great locations for Landscape photography in any season. In the fall the leaves turn at all elevations and color can be found in many locations. We will be checking reports and making use of our time to bring back some spectacular images. We will be visiting some of the best known locations for landscape photography as well as some of the lesser known areas. Come join us!
From well over 10,000 feet above sea level to the sage brush setting that is the Owens Valley, we will be on the move looking for both color and drama in a landscape that offers both. The U.S. 395 highway corridor provides a vast and varied landscape of opportunity and adventure. Some of the great artists have worked, and continue to work this area. This is your chance!
|The Yosemite high country|
Tioga Pass is the highest drivable pass in California. At just about 10,000 feet, the scenery is awe inspiring and the opportunities are many. Here is a chance to see Yosemite’s back country—the granite peaks of the Sierra Nevada, shimmering lakes, glacial valleys, and wildflower meadows. Tanaya Lake as well as Tuolumne Meadows are all possibilities as photographic destinations depending on time and conditions.
The Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest
|The Ancient Bristlecone Pine at sunset from over 10,000 feet!|
A photographic wonderland not seen by many awaits us in this extraordinary setting. Found in the White-Inyo mountain range of California, these groves of bristlecone pine feather the earth's oldest living inhabitant named "Methuselah." At 4,767 years old, this tree has lived more than a millennium longer than any other tree. Although this particular tree is not marked for its own safety, you won't be at a loss for composition in this above tree line fantasy land.
Mono Lake is a majestic body of water, with no outlet, covering about 65 square miles. It is an ancient lake, over 1 million years old, and one of the oldest lakes in North America. Photographers come from all over the world to capture the interplay of light, desert, and water. Mono Lake features a "rock in rare form" called Tufa. These towers line parts of the lakes shoreline and were submerged until the steams that feed the lake were diverted for water flow to Los Angeles. Today, while water is now partially flowing back into the lake, these formation make beautiful and majestic compositions. It's an image not to be missed ... and you won't!
This is a FIELD photography workshop. We will be out well before dawn each day and our days will end long after sunset. There will be breaks when possible and meals will certainly happen between locations. These will be long days but highly rewarding! If you like meeting like-minded people and making new friends while sharing landscape photography strategy ... this workshop is for you!
|Fall color in the Sierra|
All transportation to Bishop, as well as all shooting locations and your return to Reno is included!
More About the workshop
Our workshops are different! This is a field workshop. We will be in the field from well before sunrise to past sunset. There is little or no down time on our workshops. We try and put you in as many shooting locations and set ups during the day as possible. Some come back with as many as 2,000 frames! We know your time is limited and we want you to enjoy and experience as much landscape photography as possible on our workshop. Instruction and help is always available. There is always opportunity to work and share with the group. A print discussion of participant images is an event that you'll enjoy. A visit to the Galen Rowell Gallery in Bishop is always part of this workshop. We travel together and stay in the same lodging. Our base is the same for all three nights so there is no packing or moving once we have arrived at our destination. We spend our time and energy in the field DOING landscape photography! This workshop is open to all levels of experience and can be done with film or digital gear. A tripod is a must for landscape photography.
|Color ...||Snow ....||Anything is possible in the fall!|
Included in your workshop fee are all transportation from Reno, Nevada and return. Your workshop fee also includes your room. Rooms are shared 2 participants to a room. Our time will be spent mostly in the field and sharing not only the room but your images, thoughts and time with another member of the group is very rewarding and part of the experience. If you feel the need for a private room they can be reserved at an additional cost when you register for the workshop. Rooms are very limited so be sure to sure to add one if needed.
|Mono Lake ...||to alpine lakes ..||and|
We plan to work hard and come away with hundreds, if not thousands of frames. We will be traveling continuously through out the day. We will go where the light and/or the color is. We will cover just as much of this vast area as possible. These will be long,
long days. Again, there should be little, if no, down time! Our plan is to make the most of everything available. We will travel light and a lot of territory! There is some walking and a little hiking in some areas. No special skills or conditioning are needed.
I know you will enjoy our Sierra Fall color workshop. Please come and be a part of our small group and experience the photographic wonders of The Eastern Sierra for yourself!
Climate and Conditions
A reminder ... Weather is unpredictable. We will do what is possible, no matter the conditions. We could have 5 days of tee-shirt weather or 5 days of fall storms. Or, something or everything in between! Don't forget that what we photograph is light, and weather makes that light! October is a great time to experience this wonderful wonderland. We hope to witness and photograph beautiful fall color, however as always, our discipline is Landscape photography and we will be doing a lot of it! Once again, come join us!
The workshop fee of $ will be required when you register. If you need to cancel, a full refund (less $200) will be available, but only if a replacement for you can be found in time.
Door -to -Door
Transportation from the airport in Reno Nevada and back is included, as is all transport to shooting locations. Also included is your accommodation (2 participants to a room) Private room available for an additional $595. You will be responsible for your own transportation to and from Reno NV.
We will most likely have our meals together but you are not obligated to join us. Sometimes a break is nice, so your meals are not included in the workshop fee. Bring your gear and food money. We take care of the rest from airport to airport!
If we have to cancel the trip for any reason you will receive a full refund. With very limited availability, this workshop is bound to fill quickly.
This workshop has very limited availability. Do it now!
For more info please e-mail Steve Kossack or telephone Steve at 702-489-2415.
© copyright 2004- Steve Kossack
"I want to thank you for encouraging me to come on the Yosemite High Country Expedition. I’ve looked admiringly at the photos from your past High Country workshops and wasn’t sure I had it in me. Thanks for the advice on training and equipment. I think the camera I brought was a good balance between weight and performance. I didn’t feel hampered by the lack of equipment I left at home. It’s been 39 years since I backpacked in the Park. Things like the mountains and lakes don’t change much, but my appreciation for them certainly has. In large part, I think, because of the time I have spent out in the wilds with you photographing the special places we have been. I would not have been ready for this trip either physically, or equipment wise without your expert help. I appreciate your attention to making the trip the best possible for all involved. Once again, I have been able to enjoy the wide vistas and intimate landscapes you expose us to. The other participants were key to this being a great trip also. As usual I learned from all and greatly enjoyed sharing my knowledge and experience. It was great to spend time in the wilderness with good friends and make new ones as well. I felt fortunate to see such beautiful and awe inspiring places and to share the experience with all. As you told us this was primarily a hiking expedition with the opportunity to do some photography. I enjoyed the hiking part and the photography and am pleased with the images I brought home both in the camera and in my mind and heart. Thanks again for a fantastic experience".
"I need to thank you and everyone for making this Yosemite backpack and expedition a blast. I had so much fun, without laughing, in the real world it would be classified as being "Illegal!" Please pass on my thanks and gratitude for making this the best trip ever for me. Steve you did a great job of keeping us all on track without getting too technical, a fine balancing act if I may say so. This trip was not just a job for you, it is a deep passion. I wait until the next one!"
All I can say is 'THANKS' and it was my honor and pleasure to be part of Team Kossack through the Yosemite High Country. I had a fantastic time and the memories are still vivid."