Abandoned America Presents: Bodie Night Photography Workshop

Abandoned America Presents: Bodie Night Photography Workshop

This Deadline Expired: Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Workshop Instructor: Matthew Christopher, Founder of Abandoned America

Stay at: Bridgeport, CA; Workshop held in Bodie and other locations in the area

Schedule: Friday, August 17 to Sunday, August 19

– Thursday, August 16: Arrive in Bridgeport, optional evening meet-and-greet with workshop participants
– Friday, August 17: Breakfast with workshop participants, optional visit to Yosemite National Park during the day and Mono Lake in evening/night with Matthew Christopher, Founder of Abandoned America.
– Saturday, August 18: Informal visit to Bodie during the day, 6 hours of night photos after park closes
– Sunday, August 19: Optional visit to a local abandoned above ground mining operation, 6 hours of night photos after the park closes

The Site: Founded in 1859 as a small camp after the discovery of gold in the hills east of the Sierra Nevada mountains, Bodie never really found prominence until 1876. A larger deposit of gold ore drew more settlers and by 1879 the town had grown to 5,000-7,000. Other strikes drew miners away and by 1910 the number of inhabitants had dropped below 700 and it was called a ‘ghost town’ as early as 1915. A few residents remained into the 1940s, and the property was made into a state park in 1962. Visitors can tour the site most days now and see a rare and precious example of what life was like there over 150 years ago. It is a rural area. There is no public transportation anywhere near it. You will need to drive there.

The Workshop: This three-day workshop takes place at one of the best-preserved ghost towns in the United States. We will have exclusive access to the park for six hours after it normally closes during which we will be able to get amazing night photographs of the structures plus the Milky Way overhead. The public is not allowed in the park during these hours. Matthew Christopher will be on hand to help and work with you, and park representatives will accompany us also. You are also free to visit the park during normal hours of operation, during which time Matthew will be there in a less formal capacity, and the group can also get meals and socialize together during non-workshop hours based on attendee interest.

Important Information:
– Workshop maximum attendance: 10-12
– Formal workshop assistance during night photo sessions plus additional informal group photo opportunities based on attendee interest (see schedule)
– Full cooperation and support from state park personnel familiar with Bodie’s history and secrets
– Participants will arrange their own lodging nearby in Bridgeport, CA. Having your own transportation is necessary although we may carpool from Bridgeport to Bodie.
– Upon sign up, Matthew will work with attendees to help plan additional details.
– Bodie is an enormous site with dozens of buildings to photograph, more than enough to spend an entire weekend on.
– Light pollution is minimal and we should be able to get some stunning shots of the Milky Way overhead!
– Please note that the relatively high event cost is due to hefty fees for holding off-hours events at the park.
– A minimum of 5 attendees is required to hold this event; if this number is not met fees will be refunded.
– Night photography can be demanding, both technically and in terms of the knowldge required. A dSLR or mirrorless camera is strongly encouraged, and attendees will get best results if they have a basic familiarity with their camera. Reading material will be sent/recommended beforehand, and this will make a big difference in your results also. I am here to help you during the workshop, but some preparation and the right equipment go a long way. Email me if you have questions about it at admin@abandonedamerica.org
– We may be able to access interiors during the day. This will be an additional fee and will be based on park fees/attendee interest.

For more information and to apply: http://www.dismantlingthedream.com/product-page/bodie-night-photography-workshop

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