Date: Friday, February 10, 2017
Time: Friday, February 10, 2017 - 5:30pm to Sunday, February 12, 2017 - 1:00pm
Phone: (415) 663-1200
Instructor: Reid Thaler
Come celebrate the natural world and learn how to photograph close up, where the inside of a tide pool is its own ocean. Carrying on the tradition and spirit of the late photographer Ernest Braun, we'll practice "wet belly" photography - the art of lying down prone, seeing and feeling the magic before you, and letting time drift away as you photograph and push yourself to explore visually in new ways. Emphasis will be on the wildflowers of Pt. Reyes National Seashore.
Students will receive group and individual support, with time split between learning the tools and techniques of macro photography and shooting in the field.
You'll will need a camera that can focus to within a few inches of the lens, hopefully using a macro lens, extension tube, or close up lenses, a tripod, preferably one that can be extended to lay close to the ground, and patience to explore, practice, and play.
Location: Once you have registered, you will receive a confirmation email with directions to the meeting location!
Class Cancellation Policy: If a registered participant wishes to cancel their enrollment and receive a refund, notification must be received at least 14 days in advance of the class date. No refunds will be issued for enrollment cancellations made less than 14 days in advance of the class date. Class enrollment fees are non-transferable. In the event that the PRNSA Field Institute cancels a class, participants will receive a full refund of class fee.
Accommodations: Clem Miller Environmental Education Center
Nestled in a secluded valley two miles from Limantour Beach, the Center is designed as a model of ecological sustainability with composting, recycling, and waste monitoring practices, solar-heated water, and photovoltaic modules providing electricity. Most meals and classroom teachings take place inside the main lodge.
The area was the site of the Laguna Ranch until the late 1930’s when the U.S Army installed roads and barracks during the Cold War. Some of the ranch buildings were kept after purchase by the National Park Service in 1971 and were used by the American Youth Hostel. When the army quonset huts (in use as an environmental education camp since 1972) were torn down in 1986, Point Reyes National Seashore Association raised private funds for the present building and donated it to the National Park Service.