April 26th to May 1st
The Alabama Hills in the Eastern High Sierra Foothills are an amazing place for the landscape photographer. These granite rock formations were made famous by the late landscape photographer, Galen Rowell. The area is also well-known for all the Western movies shot there. The granite shapes are made even more spectacular because we can include the snow-covered Sierra Peaks in the backgrounds of many of our shots. The area experts say there are over four hundred natural rock arches and windows in the Alabama Hills. We can't take you to all of them, but we will guide you to the most photogenic arches and show you how to get the very best composition possible.
Most of the arches we will photograph are a short hike from parking areas. The Whitney Portal Arch is a 1 1/4-mile round-trip cross-country hike and we will do that in the dark to get you up to the arch before the sun comes up for a possible spectacular sunrise.
The granite that makes up the Alabama Hills is actually the same composition and age as makes up the mighty High Sierra range to the west. However, the weathering of the Alabama Hills is quite different. Where the Sierra peaks are sharp and jagged, the granite rocks of the Alabama Hills are rounded and sculpted. With a bit of imagination, one can find all kinds of animal shapes in the rocks.
Our Instructors are not only world-class landscape photographers, they are excellent teachers and are ready to share their techniques and expertise with you. Their approach to photography is as different as their backgrounds. What makes our workshops unique, is that you will go out each day and study with a different instructor. Our low student-to-instructor ratio insures that you will get a lot of one-on-one time.
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