Night Photography in Big Sur, Carmel and Monterey

Bixby Bridge Big Sur
Night falls on Bixby Bridge along US 1 on the Big Sur coast – © Harold Davis
Please consider joining me Friday, September 25 – Sunday, September 27, 2009 for a Night Photography Weekend Workshop at the Center for Photographic Art in Carmel, California.
This is an outstanding opportunity for night photography for a number of reasons. It’s hard to imagine an area with more variety or more attractive night photo subjects than Monterey Bay, Carmel and the Big Sur coastline.
Our locations for shooting will depend upon the weather and group inclinations. Some great possibilities include:
  • The bridges along US1 and the Big Sur coastline
  • Garrapata State Park
  • The charming village of Carmel-by-the-Sea
  • Asilomar State Beach
  • Cannery Row in Monterey
  • Historic downtown Monterey (California’s capital before it was a state)
  • Monterey’s commercial fishing pier
  • The vast abandoned structures surrounding Fort Ord
  • Moss Landing, with its working harbor and perpetually lit power plant
As you can see, there’s no shortage of great night photography subjects in the area. Exploring them as a group helps insure everyone’s safety. We’ll learn night photo techniques, and how to post-process our night photos. By the end of the weekend, you’ll have some great night images and met new night photo buddies!
The Center for Photograph Art continues the rich and storied tradition of Friends of Photography in Carmel, founded in 1967 in Carmel, California by Ansel Adams, Morley Baer, Beaumont and Nancy Newhall, Brett Weston, and other prominent artists and historians. 
What this means to you as a workshop participant is that you can expect to be joined by other photographers steeped in that tradition. The Carmel-Monterey area continues its support for photograhy and the visual arts into the present day.
There’s more information (and a registration link) on the Center for Photographic Art website; or you can sign up by calling the Center at 831.625.5181. Please feel free to drop me a line if you have any questions.
I’ve been asked about the schedule for the weekend. Here’s what I’m planning:
Late Friday afternoon orientation (starting at about 6PM) followed by shooting Friday night until whenever…weather permitting Big Sur coast and Asilomar

Slow start Saturday, convene at about 10AM, look at work, discuss previous night shoot, digital darkroom, break for lunch, daytime shooting, dinner. Shoot Saturday night until whenever. Big Sur, Monterey, points north.

Sunday start at about 11:00 AM for review and wrap-up. Some participants will likely stay to shoot Sunday night as well.

Hope to see you there!
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