The eastern Sierras is one of the most visually dramatic and diverse places in the country. On this trip we'll explore many of the areas greatest visual wonders including: Lake Tahoe; Yosemite National Park; Eureka Sand Dunes (the tallest dunes in the country in the north corner of Death Valley Nat'l Park); Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest (world's oldest living things); Bodie Ghost Town (perhaps the finest ghost town in the country), Mono Lake (home to the unique Tufa Towers and volcanic craters); Virginia City (campy Wild West town) and the architecture and night lights of Reno, NV (our embarcation point). Of course we'll also photograph people, flaura and fauna that catch our eye. We are always open to serendipitous discoveries along our route, so some items on our list may be dropped and others added. Note: Based on historical records, there is a 10% chance that late, heavy spring snow will block our access to Yosemite. In that event, our planned 1 1/2 days in Yosemite would be replace by other worthwhile locations.

This is an ideal time of year: no summer crowds, limited precipitation and comfortable temperatures (45°—85°). We shoot from early morning until early evening and drive an average of 150 miles/day. The pace is not particularly strenuous, but bear in mind that some days we are at high elevations. There is group and one-on-one instruction. Among other things, Steve demonstrates the use of flash in different situations and basic Photoshop and Lightroom processing. Three detailed critiques will help take your photos to the next level. [For images produced during last year's trip, click the Workshop Photos PDF Book link at right of Gottlieb headshot.]

NON-PHOTOGRAPHER COMPANIONS: Companions who would like to join their partners for non-photographic activities—touring, hiking, shopping, meeting locals, etc.—are most welcome. Tuition is 20% off the regular rate...and you are eligible for the early registration discount. To register a companion, please call us.

Location: Eastern Sierras, California
Deposit: $700.00
Deposit Due Date: March 15, 2015
Total Cost: $2250.00 (Discounts: 1. $150 discount if deposit received by Mar 1; 2. $100 for Horizon Alumni.)
Single Supplement: $275.00

We stay in four different locations during our seven nights, including one night inside Yosemite, where we'll stay in Yosemite Valley's popular Curry Village "tent cabins" with shared bath. The first and last nights are in Reno, NV.

Experience: Basic understanding of camera functions.
Equipment: Any digital camera; laptop (or other device) for downloading/editing images.
Optional Equipment: Tripod (the lighter, the better) and hot shoe flash.
Minimum Class Size: 7
Maximum Class Size: 10
Schedule: Sunday 5:00 PM through Sunday 11:00 AM


Tuition includes 7 days/7 nights (double occupancy), all meals from Sunday dinner to Sunday breakfast (alcohol not included), all park entry and other fees, and transportation starting from our Reno hotel.

Reservations & Cancellations: To reserve your space and receive the early registration discount requires a deposit of $700 by March 15; full payment is due by April 15. If you cancel before April 15, you will be charged $400. If you cancel after April 15, no refunds will be made for any reason unless we fill the class, in which case we will refund all amounts paid minus a $400 handling fee. If Horizon Photography Workshops cancels for any reason, our sole obligation is to return all payments received. We cannot be responsible for any losses due to cancellation, such as non-refundable travel expenses.

Insurance & Liability: Every possible care is taken to safeguard you and your property, but we accept no liability for any accidents, injuries, illness, or losses that may occur. By making a payment, you are deemed to have understood and accepted these conditions.

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