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Mono Lake: Morning Light at South Tufa Beach

$500.00 $360.00

Friday, November 3rd – 5th 2017

Lets set off to the realm of a very popular and ancient lake in the Eastern Sierra Nevada where we will arrive in the dark and set up our cameras for the break of dawn to capture the beautiful and alien scenery of South Tufa Beach. This workshop has a current schedule available, check here for more details…

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This is a three day venture to the strange and alien landscape of Mono Lake. This lake is over 700,000 years old and is host to hundreds of solidified tufa towers. Our study will cover the best methods to capture the morning light over the course of two very early mornings at the shores of Mono Lake.

Wide to medium range lenses will be the most beneficial to establishing a compositional arrangement that covers the most of the subject matter. Graduated and circular polarized filters will also help control the available dynamic range of the morning light. We will cover how to use the filters and include a brief cover of the lens aperture and where you can locate the “sweet spot” for sharper imagery.

Available Slots:

  • There is a maximum occupancy of 10 people for this workshop.
About the terrain:

Mono lake is located at the east entrance to Yosemite along Eastern Sierra Nevada highway 395. The lake is a large, shallow saline soda lake. In other words it is extremely salty and home to brine shrimp and brine flies which attract many species of bird. The walkway from the parking lot to the shore at South Tufa Beach is part compact dirt and part wooden boardwalk. The shore is more a mixture of hard and moist dirt and the shoreline is muddy in some areas and hard as stone in others because of the tufa. The surface elevation of Mono Lake is 6,378 ft (1,944 m).

The footing around the tufa can be tricky to navigate so it is imperative that you watch where you step and should you fall, you will find that the tufa can be very sharp on the skin. Gloves are highly advised for this reason alone to avoid cuts and scrapes.

In regards to temperature, the park can reach summer averages of 83.9 ºF (28.8 ºC) and during the winter, the temperatures can reach an average low of 19.7 ºF (-6.8 ºC).


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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.