Mono Lake by Moonlight
- Location: Mono Lake Committee Information Center & Bookstore
- Dates: January 18, 2019 - January 19, 2019
- Recurrence: Recurring daily
- Address: Corner of Hwy 395 & 3rd Street, Po Box 29, Lee Vining, CA 93541
Winter in the Mono Basin offers a “visual quiet” that complements the silence of the coldest season in a most remarkable place. Poconip ice fog, ice‐covered tufa towers, winter storms, and bright but low sunlight are all possible, combined with the towering Sierra Nevada backdrop, most likely blanketed in snow. Add the rising full moon and opportunities to photograph a snowy landscape by moonlight, and the photographic possibilities are endless.
This photography field seminar will be based in Lee Vining, near the shores of Mono Lake. Though primarily a field seminar, we will discuss composition and methods of proper exposure under the diverse variety of lighting conditions encountered during winter in the Eastern Sierra—including nighttime and moonlit photography—visualization, filtration, and developing a personal vision.
All ability levels are welcome. A fully adjustable SLR camera (not a point‐and‐shoot camera) is strongly suggested but not required, along with an extra battery or two and enough memory for 1,000+ images at your selected resolution. A tripod will be a necessity for our nighttime work. A working knowledge of your camera’s controls and functions is very important: DO NOT BRING A CAMERA YOU DON’T KNOW!
Instructor Joe Decker is a longtime Mono Lake Committee supporter and photographer whose work has been widely exhibited across the United States, from the San Diego Museum of Natural History to the Smithsonian, as well as having been recognized with residencies as diverse as Arizona, Iceland and Antarctica. Joe’s award‐winning book on photographic composition, The Tuesday Composition, is published by Flatbooks Publishing. Joe has led numerous workshops in the western US, and has studied with master nature photographers Galen Rowell and Frans Lanting.