— In Search of the Expressive Image —
Photographing the UCSC Arboretum,
Bean Hollow State Park
and Big Basin Redwoods State Park



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In Search of the Expressive Image:
A Photographic Field Workshop at UCSC Arboretum, Bean Hollow State Park and Big Basin Redwoods State Park

ucsc arboretum photography workshops_california coastal photography workshopsThis workshop is dedicated to further developing students' technical and aesthetic skills in landscape and close-up photography. Through hands-on work in the field, the instructor will help students gain a greater appreciation for using natural light as a tool for finding inspired subject matter to create an expressive image. Other topics that will be explored include understanding the digital sensor and how to expose for it, designing a composition, choosing lenses, and using polarizing, and graduated neutral density filters. In Big Basin, time will also be devoted to taking more impressionistic photographs; learning how to softly blur our images.

Over the weekend, we will explore three unique habitats that are situated
veryCalifornia photography workshops_bean hollow state park  close to Santa Cruz: The UCSC Arboretum, Bean Hollow State Park, and
Big Basin Redwoods State Parks, all of which provide unrivaled eco-diversity. The UCSC Arboretum is known for a remarkable array of plants collected from around the world. Spring is the best time of the year for South African pincushions (Leucospermum) and for the Australia and New Zealand Gardens. Bean Hollow State Park has unusual sandstone geology and landforms. Big Basin is California's oldest State Park and is home to the largest continuous stand of ancient coast redwoods south of San Francisco. The park has numerous trails, waterfalls, a wide variety of environments from lush canyon bottoms to sparse chaparral-covered

Students should have a solid working knowledge of their camera (especially on all-manual) so that group and individual energy can be focused on the joys of discovery and the refinement of personal expression through aesthetic choices.

Saturday morning to mid-afternoon we’ll explore, with camera in hand, the exotic gardens of UCSC Arboretum. In the late afternoon, we'll drive up to Bean Hollow State Park to make images of sensual sandstone patterns. Sunday will be spent in Big Basin State Park exploring the redwood groves and streambeds.

Sharing our work and getting feedback is an essential part of learning and of opening our doors of perception. Students are encouraged to bring prints to the workshop.

Photographers working in any format are welcome and should be prepared for gentle walks of up to 1/2 mile on saturday and 2-3 miles on Sunday. Participants are responsible for their own transportation, lodging and meals.

big basin photography workshops_california_redwoods_photography
: 1 weekend; April 29-30

10:30 am-7:30 pm (field); UCSC Arboretum and Bean Hollow State Park

Sunday, 9:30 am-5:30 pm (field); Big Basin

UCSC Arb and Big Basin: Directions and workshop details will be sent to enrollees.

Meeting place is UCSC Arboretum on Saturday and Big Basin State Park on Sunday.

Course Fee:$140 for either day or $260 for 2 days. Enrollment limited. No accommodations are included in this fee. Parking fees at UCSC Arboretum and Big Basin are not included.

To enroll in the class, call (415) 868-0585, Mon-Fri, 10 am-4 pm. You may also e-mail or mail in the Registration From with payment in full. Our Photography Reservation Form is available on ou website.

If you have any questions, please feel free to call me at 415-868-0585 or email at


Images of UCSC Arboretum and Big Basin: UCSC Arboretum and Big Basin/Wilder Ranch Gallery.

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