This is a two day workshop to America’s biggest and best preserved ghost town where we will study the use of bracketing shots to preserve a larger dynamic range for post processing while keeping a good compositional arrangement. Filters will also be a good thing to have on hand. As for lenses, Bodie is a great place to shoot with anything from super wide to telephoto. Even though we will be studying subject and composition for scenic photography, macro will also be an abundant opportunity at Bodie.
We will also cover shot bracketing which can benefit you greatly when you’re looking for detail that typically gets lost in the dark shadows or bright highlights of a scene. Cloud cover can be a blessing by reducing the overall number of bracketed shots that you will need to take. Subtle HDR imagery will be another goal of this workshop.
- There is a maximum occupancy of 8 people for this workshop.
Bodie State Historic Park is a larger and well preserved gold mining ghost town. The terrain is mostly hard compacted dirt and shrubs with grass lingering around the buildings and equipment that have been left in a state of arrested decay. The winter can often times provide a beautiful snow covered scene if the timing is just right upon visitation.
The average elevation is approximately 8,379 ft (2554 m) so if you are prone to altitude sickness, this may be something to take into consideration. The walkways and trails around the park are level for the most part, but can slope up near the edges of town. Considering the elevation, a casual walk around with a bag of camera gear can make you feel a bit winded so it is important to pace yourself.
In regards to temperature, the park can reach summer averages of 77.6ºF(25.3ºC) and during the winter, the temperatures can reach an average low of 4.7ºF(-15.2ºC). Even though it is relatively cool most of the year, the UV factor can still be a cause for use of sunscreen.