"They are driven by a strange desire
The Carnival is Over
Unseen by the human eye. The carnival is over.
. . . We sat and watched
As the moon rose again
For the very first time."
by Dead Can Dance
"I see skies of blue
What a Wonderful World
and clouds of white
The bright blessed day,
the dark sacred night
And I think to myself
what a wonderful world."
(George Weiss/Bob Thiele), first recorded by Louis Armstrong
Group shot, from a previous PhotoTour of Ireland!
Photographers in their element; and check out those "Wellingtons!"
Mono Lake NPy Conference, Photo: Copyright
Joe Reifer, 2003 Alum
Our comprehensive workshops, tutoring sessions, and semester-long
courses at local colleges, etc. run in length from specialized.
as-needed. one-on-one instruction to one-night Introductions to
NPy; two, or three-night workshops; and on to a semester in length
- involving field work, great locations, follow-up critiques, planned
visits from special guest lecturers, and a few surprises! Newly
created, our advanced NPy Workshop, The Advanced Digital Nocturne
explores the nocturne, as captured exclusively with digital media.
See examples of work
created by alumni in our workshops, and read comments
by some of the participants in our various programs.
You will learn to evaluate existing lighting situations and compose/expose
accordingly. Most workshops are limited to 10-12 participants (semester-length
courses, sometimes more) who will be closely supervised on location
by one to two instructors, depending on final number of registrants.
Students will provide their own equipment and are expected to be
familiar with basic photographic techniques. Many of our semester-length
courses deal with portfolio development during the second part of
the course(s). The links at the top of this page will take you to
a detailed description of the individual workshops and a link to
download a registration form.
Our instructors are accomplished photographers who take "night
work" very seriously - and have fun doing it! Founder/Director
Baskerville is no stranger to the nocturne having worked
in this area of photography for more than 25 years. Mark
Jaremko is a photographer and Senior Program Manager at
Microsoft in the SF Bay Area, whose award-winning series, Nightscapes
is really starting to pick up traction. Tom
Paiva, an industrial photographer from Los Angeles, somehow
is able to convince his clients that night imagery is "the
way to go." Adam
Moore, a digital wizard with a soft spot for traditional
black and white night photography, is part time faculty at Academy
of Art University in San Francisco. Dan
Heller is a Northern California photographer specializing
in adventure travel who brings digital expertise and a vast knowledge
of exotic locations to The Nocturnes. Lance
Keimig is a self-described 'reformed Nocturne' living in
the Boston area, who, along with Tim Baskerville, actually helped
found The Nocturnes Workshop Series in 1998 - together, we cooperatively
offered two programs in 2006 - one, to the West of Ireland, and
the other in the Eastern Sierra, as part of festivities celebrating
the 15th Anniversary of The Nocturnes. Please click on any
one of the instructors' names above for a biograph / CV for each
instructor - and be sure to visit our Gallery
pages to learn even more about these artists and their work, with
links to their Web sites.