Death Valley Full Moon Night Photography Workshop

Days/Times: Friday, Saturday, Sunday - November 11-13, 2016; 2pm until late
Tuition: $950 - with registration no later than October 1, 2016
Location: Furnace Creek Ranch, Zabriskie Point, etc., other points in Death Valley National Park

This exciting 3-night course is being held in Death Valley National Park. The first meeting is on Friday November 11 at the luxurious Furnace Creek Inn, and includes an overview of some recently published night work, as well as classic reference texts, and some hard to find out-of-print monographs. This session also features a PowerPoint presentation outlining the long history of Night Photography, focusing on famous practitioners, as well as equally important, though lesser-known, pioneers of this exciting genre of photography, and a discussion of "Why you photograph at night?" In addition to these areas of general interest, there is a discussion of technical considerations, and students are encouraged to bring previous work attempted nocturnally for evaluation.

Tim Baskerville will discuss in depth some of his images - many done on-site in Death Valley - to aid participants in their immediate 'foray' into the dark, with emphasis on the "mixed" lighting situations that one finds while working at night in developed areas, as well as tips to "mixing" your own varied light sources, and the in-camera "dodging" technique of controlling the overall contrast of a night scene on film. Finally, several hours (or as late as participants want to stay out photographing!) will be spent shooting the architectural and landscape features of Furnace Creek Ranch and the nearby groves of date palms.

The following night (Saturday, November 12) we meet again at 2pm for another PowerPoint presentation (contemporary practitioners of the craft of NPy) and a discussion of technical material. The rest of the night will be spent shooting around the Ranch again, and will emphasize "venturing a little further out" into the darkness (longer exposures), depending on class interest. Some of this work can be done on foot - within short distances from the Ranch. Other locations might include the Harmony Borax Works, or a short trek down to Badwater Basin (lowest point in North America - 282 feet below Sea Level!

The third night will be spent photographing on location at spectacular Zabriskie Point and other locations, under the illumination of the waxing Full "Frost" Moon. There is even the possibility of a Guest Lecturer for this special Workshop - if we can work out some of the logistics! There are also plenty of daytime activities that Workshop attendees can participate in, surveying the various historical, cultural, and geological attractions the Park has to offer. The newly renovated Visitor Center (located near the Ranch) is a good starting point. You might even venture away from "the dark side" and bring your camera along to do some "daylight photography!"

Emphasis will be on evaluating existing lighting situations and exposing accordingly. Supplemental lighting possibilities will be discussed and demonstrated. Digital, transparency, b/w, and color negative films, will be discussed and compared. This is an intensive workshop limited to 12 participants who will be closely supervised by the instructor, on location.

Students will provide their own equipment and are expected to be familiar with basic photographic techniques. An Suggested Equipment list will be provided upon receipt of full payment, along with a detailed time schedule and itinerary.

Lodging and Meals
Participants are responsible for their own transportation, lodging and meals - though we have reserved a block of rooms, for your convenience at a DISCOUNTED at the Furnace Creek Ranch, an oasis in the heart of Death Valley - call 760-786-2345 to make individual reservations, and be sure to mention The Nocturnes Photographic Group (booking # 745723) for your student discount! Check-in should be any time after 12:00 NOON on Friday, the 11th - but check with the Ranch when making your reservation. Also, call the Ranch if you plan to be arriving a day or two earlier, or staying later. Lastly, note that camping is available at Furnace Creek Ranch also, but you will need to reserve early.

Please print form BELOW, fill it out (keeping a copy for your records)
and fax or mail in with appropriate fee (to be RECEIVED by October 1) to:

Full Moon Night Photography Workshops
The Nocturnes / Pacific Media Arts
PO Box 291
Napa CA 94559
Phone: (707) 645-9860
Fax: (707) 644-4073

For additional information email us at workshop [at] thenocturnes [dot] com

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Pacific Media Arts and The Nocturnes reserve the right to change faculty or cancel courses as necessary. Each tuition includes a 10% non-refundable registration processing fee. Returned checks are subject to a $25 service charge. The balance of the tuition is refundable (2 weeks before start of the event) only by written request to Pacific Media Arts (snail-mail) AND The Nocturnes Web site (workshop [at] thenocturnes [dot] com). There will be NO REFUNDS AFTER THAT TIME.

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