Winter in the Eastern Sierra

4-Day Workshop with Jim Stimson and Jerry Dodrill

Photograph winter in the Eastern Sierra!

The Sierra's majestic snow-capped mountains, dramatic winter skies and striking sunrises and sunsets make for amazing photographic opportunities. Join master photographers Jim Stimson and Jerry Dodrill for three and a half days of exploring some of the most unique winter landscapes the Eastern Sierra has to offer. The workshop will be based out of our Bishop gallery beneath the dramatic Eastern Sierra Nevada. Jim 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. You will learn techniques for photographing in cold weather conditions and managing exposure for snowy scenes. Lectures and projected group review sessions emphasize refining your creative vision and developing a strategic image processing workflow utilizing Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop.

This well-rounded workshop is appropriate for any level of outdoor photographer. The pace of our schedule allows adequate time to discuss technological developments and current photography topics with peers and our instructors. Mountain Light strives to provide a passionate, upbeat learning environment where participants feel energized and engaged. Participants will hone their photographic vision, compositions and techniques during quality time in the field and in the classroom with Jim and Jerry. Both men possess an intimate knowledge of the area and share a vast wealth of knowledge when it comes to getting the most from ever-changing landscapes.

All Mountain Light workshops require participants to have a working knowledge of their cameras and the basics of exposure. Image processing techniques are demonstrated in the classroom using AdobeĀ® Lightroom and Photoshop, and those who wish to follow along are encouraged to bring laptops equipped with digital imaging software.

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.

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About Instructor Jim Stimson

Photo (c) Jim StimsonJim Stimson's photographs of the western landscape are published in a wide variety of books, magazines and calendars. He has authored a number of articles and his work has appeared in Smithsonian, Orion, Backpacker, Sierra, Earth, Wilderness, Outdoor Photographer, Camera and Darkroom, and View Camera magazines and in Audubon, Sierra Club, Nature Conservancy, Museum of Natural History, Browntrout, and Mono Lake calendars.

Photo (c) Jim StimsonStimson was presented the Ansel Adam's Award for Photography by the Sierra Club and his book, Mono Lake: Explorations and Reflections was chosen Book of the Year by ForeWord magazine. He has also been honored by the Roger Tory Peterson Institute, The Banff Mountain Film Festival, and the Maine Photographic Workshops. His fine-art prints are carried by Mammoth Gallery in Mammoth Lakes, Mountain Light in Bishop, and the G2 Gallery in Venice, California and have been collected and exhibited throughout the United States, Japan and Europe.

An avid backcountry enthusiast, Stimson has made his home in the eastern Sierra of California since 1975. He lives with his wife Suzanne and their two children in Crowley Lake, California.

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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.

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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.

Contact Us

Mountain Light Gallery is open Monday through Saturday 10am to 5pm and Sunday 11am to 4pm (U.S. Pacific).
The Image Licensing Department is open Monday through Friday 10am to 5pm (U.S. Pacific).