Eastern Sierra Fall Colors

4-Day Workshop with Elizabeth Carmel and Jerry Dodrill

Photograph the Eastern Sierra at the Peak of Autumn Color!

Mountain Light Photography is pleased to host a 4-Day Workshop in Fall 2017 with Elizabeth Carmel and Jerry Dodrill, who are both intimately familiar with numerous excellent locations in the Eastern Sierra.

Elizabeth Carmel is considered a landscape photography innovator and will ensure participants make the most of their time photographing in the field and learn to improve their photographic vision, composition, and technique.

Jerry Dodrill's technical expertise and intimate knowledge of the Eastern Sierra brings a special facet to this workshop, affording opportunities to experience and photograph this incredible landscape in ways that are often missed by most visitors.

This beyond-the-basics workshop combines six field sessions with two critique sessions along with projected lectures, designed to give photographers a deeper understanding of exposure, composition, how to make the most of natural light, and the tools that professional nature photographers use to create their best work. The class size is limited to ensure that everyone gets the time and attention needed, both in the field and during critiques of images made during the workshop. Support throughout this workshop will be augmented by Mountain Light's knowledgeable staff.

This course is of special value to the serious amateur or professional, though anyone who understands the basics of how to use their camera will advance their skills with this class, which is designed to balance technical issues with compositional aesthetics. Small group size ensures that every participant has ample opportunity to ask questions, photograph alongside the instructors in the field, and discuss the exciting world of nature photography with fellow photo enthusiasts. Group meals courtesy of Mountain Light provide an informal setting to socialize and address specific interests that may not be covered during lectures and classroom discussion.

The workshop will be based at our gallery in Bishop, California beneath the dramatic Eastern Sierra Nevada. Elizabeth and Jerry will lead three sunrise and three sunset field trips to locations in the Owens Valley, Eastern Sierra Nevada and the White Mountains, conditions permitting. Digital capture and projection are fully supported.

With limited enrollment, expect these workshops to fill up quickly. Please contact us promptly to reserve your space. A deposit of 50% is required at time of booking to reserve space, with balance due 60 days prior to workshop start date.

To enroll in this workshop, call us at (760) 873-7700 or click the 'Enroll Now' button at the upper right.



This workshop will be operated under special use permit from the Inyo National Forest.

In accordance with Federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, disability, and reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity. (Not all prohibited bases apply to all programs.)

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.) should contact the responsible State or local Agency that administers the program or USDA's TARGET Center at (202) 720-2600 (voice and TTY) or contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information is also available in languages other than English.

To file a complaint alleging discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, AD-3027, found online at http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, or at any USDA office or write a letter addressed to USDA and provided in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by: (a) mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20250-9410; (b) fax: (202) 690-7442; or (c) email: program.intake@usda.gov.




About Instructor Elizabeth Carmel

Photo (c) Elizabeth CarmelElizabeth Carmel is a California-based photographer specializing in unique, expressive landscapes and waterscapes. Her prints combine dramatic photography, vivid colors, and artistic touches to create new, captivating visions of the natural world. Using an ultra-high resolution Hasselblad H3D, she captures the subtle details of nature and transfers them to large prints with stunning clarity. She does her own printing on fine art paper or canvas with long-life pigmented inks.

Photo (c) Elizabeth CarmelElizabeth has spent years exploring and photographing the diverse landscapes of the world. Her award-winning images are in numerous galleries and private collections throughout the United States, and were recently selected for display at the Nevada Museum of Art. In recognition of her fine photography and expertise, Elizabeth is one of twelve photographers worldwide honored with the Hasselblad Master Photographer award for 2006.

Her book, Brilliant Waters: Portraits of Lake Tahoe, Yosemite and the High Sierra, with a foreword by Robert Redford, is currently in its third printing and was recently featured in People magazine. Elizabeth's second book, The Changing Range of Light, was recently released to much critical acclaim.

Elizabeth lives in Truckee, California with her daughter Abbey, and her Husband, Olof.

For more about Elizabeth Carmel, please visit:    www.ElizabethCarmel.com






About Instructor Jerry Dodrill

Photo (c) Jerry DodrillIt was clear early on that Jerry Dodrill was not cut out for a desk job. His career as an adventure and landscape photographer has fostered a lifestyle that the average person might call unconventional. An avid climber of twenty years, he feels equally at home in a rocky bivouac or a soft bed. In college he dropped pre-med classes in favor of fine art and spent weekends scaling Yosemite's granite walls. Photography was at first a by-product of many adventures, but quickly became a goal of its own as he captured each experience with a concise aesthetic and spiritual light quality that reveals a sense of inspiration and captures the imagination.

Jerry's adventures have led around the globe. He has climbed all the major walls in Yosemite Valley, at crags across the West, close to a hundred summits in the Sierra, and peaks in Bolivia, Argentina and China. Full embrace of the many disciplines of climbing have led to many adventures and tales best told late at night around a raging campfire.

Photo (c) Jerry DodrillIn 1997 Jerry achieved degrees in both fine art and photography at Pacific Union College (Napa Valley) then worked under acclaimed photographer Galen Rowell in Berkeley. He was soon managing Galen's gallery and workshops, an amazing experience (akin to a photographers bootcamp), but spending way too much time in the office. After several years he left to pursue his own projects.

Jerry's dedication has not gone unnoticed. He has won several international awards and has been exhibited in fine galleries such as the Ansel Adams, Mountain Light, Mumm Napa Valley, and Banff Center for Mountain Culture. His clients include The North Face, Vanity Fair, Sunset, Men's Journal, Outside, Alpinist, Rock & Ice, and Climbing magazines. His work has been featured in many ad campaigns, books, and publications and is represented by Aurora Photos. After running a gallery on California's North Coast for the past five years, he now resides in the Sonoma County town of Sebastopol, California.

For more about Jerry Dodrill, please visit:    JerryDodrill.PhotoShelter.com




1. What's included: Mountain Light's internationally renowned workshop program features world-class photographer and instructors with additional support by our knowledgeable staff, a small group size to insure all participants the time and attention needed, and are centered in locations hailed for their pristine beauty and scenic diversity. Most meals are included as an integral part of our workshop experience, as group meals afford you the opportunity learn from fellow participants and the instructor and staff. Transportation to, from and during the workshop is not included. We suggest carpooling to and from field shoots, a great way to get to know fellow students and the instructors! Lodging is not included in the workshop price, though Mountain Light staff can offer suggestions for area lodging ranging from campsites to RV parks, motels and fine hotels.

2. As a gesture of thanks for your participation in our workshop program, Mountain Light is pleased to offer a 10% discount on workshop fees to those who have taken a Mountain Light workshop in the past. New participants who simultaneously enroll in two or more workshops are also eligible for 10% off each session! We also offer a 10% discount to full-time students, full-time art or photography teachers, and members of the North American Nature Photographers' Association (NANPA). Note: These discounts are not cumulative. The maximum available discount on any workshop is 10%. International workshops and certain special sessions may be excluded.

3. A note on camera formats and critiques: Mountain Light instructors are skilled with both digital and film photography, and are happy to work with participants using either medium. However, film will not be processed during the workshop so participants using film exclusively will be unable to have their field work critiqued. That said, we encourage the participation of photographers working with film cameras so long as they are content to accept this limitation. One solution is to shoot some digital alongside the film work, and we welcome film users to bring ten 35mm slides, digital scans or a print portfolio of existing work for critique.

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