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Bodie State Historic Park: Ghost Town and More


Friday, Sept. 30th – Oct. 2nd 2016

Spend a couple of amazing days shooting with us in the beautiful Eastern Sierra Nevada where we will travel to America’s biggest and best preserved ghost town. This workshop has a current schedule available, check here for more details…

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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.

Available Slots:

  • There is a maximum occupancy of 8 people for this workshop.
About the terrain:

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.


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Meet up location:

We will be meeting up at the Whoa Nelly Deli in Lee Vining, CA at 6:00pm for a group check in, dinner, and a brief orientation/ meet and greet. Please be on time, we will be covering our agenda for the following morning at South Tufa Beach. We will need to get to the shore at least 1 hour before dawn and we will go over the details in full when you arrive at the restaurant.


Other Info:

Equipment (required):

  • Camera and lenses with any range from 14mm up to 200mm.
  • Plenty of “charged” batteries for your camera.
  • Tripod, remote release, lens cloth, and plenty of memory cards.
  • Day-pack with plenty of snacks and extras.
  • WATER!, bring enough, Hydration is number one!

Recommended (optional):

  • Sunscreen, sunglasses, and bug repellent depending on the season.
  • A hat, gloves and a light/medium jacket depending on the weather.
  • A headlamp or flashlight will always be very handy.
  • Boots, sneakers or any shoes with a good gripping tread.( ankle support is ideal)
  • Filters such as circular polarized and graduated filters are great!
  • A back up camera or point and shoot just in case.

If you have any questions about this workshop please visit the contact page on the site or email us at stpworkshop@gmail.com

*By purchasing or registering for this workshop, you agree to the Shoot The Planet Terms and Conditions. Our refund and cancelation policy can also be found here. Participants must be 18 years of age to attend courses and events. Minors under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.