Rush Ranch Full Moon Night Photography Workshop
Marking our return to the Ranch - benefiting the Rush Ranch Educational Council
with Tim Baskerville

Dates: Thursday September 15, 2016; 3pm until late
Tuition: $100 - complete payment required by September 10, 2016
Instructor: Tim Baskerville
Location: Rush Ranch in Solano County

This unique one-night workshop, photographing out under the Full "Harvest" Moon, is being held at Rush Ranch, on the Suisun Marsh, in Solano County. The Ranch normally closes to the public at 6pm - well before the start of our nocturnal adventures - so, be sure not to miss this exciting event! The evening will start with a docent-guided tour (in daylight!) of the Ranch and the 3 hiking trails surrounding it - the Marsh Trail, Suisun Hill Trail, and the South Pasture trail. All three trails are approximately 2 miles each in length, and only the Suisun Hill trail can be described as moderately difficult - as it climbs to provide scenic vistas of the Marsh, Ranch, and the adjacent hills. To the west of the Ranch, lies The Marsh Trail - it leads down to a freshwater marsh and along the edge of an unaltered salt marsh. The Suisun Hill trail, east of Grizzly Road climbs into grasslands overlooking the Marsh and the the surrounding hills and Vaca mountains. The South Pasture Trail is the third trail, starting at the water tower on the Ranch, and is mostly level.

The Ranch itself provides a wealth of interesting subjects to photograph at night - a number of old buildings (a corral, stable, barn), plenty of old farm equipment (the "Bone Yard"), windmills, weathervanes, a water tower, etc. - all excellent choices for various "Light Painting" techniques.

After our tour, we meet at the new Visitor Center for a brief introduction to Night Photography, followed by plenty of detailed information about the evening's "shoot." This segment of the evening's agenda includes an overview of recently published "night work" which should be of particular interest to participants re: the environment we find ourselves in this night. In addition, there will be a discussion of the long history of Night Photography (with a few classic reference texts to refer to), focusing on famous practitioners, as well as equally important, though lesser-known, pioneers of this exciting genre of photography, as well as a discussion of "Why you photograph at night?" In addition to these areas of general interest, there is also a discussion of technical considerations, and students are encouraged to bring previous work done nocturnally for evaluation.

Finally, several hours (or as late as participants want to stay out photographing!) will be spent shooting this gentle, quiet landscape, rolling hills, and overlooks in the areas around the Ranch.

Emphasis will be on evaluating existing lighting situations and exposing accordingly. Supplemental lighting possibilities will be discussed and demonstrated, with an emphasis on "Light Painting" techniques. Slide, B&W, color negative films, and digital will be discussed and compared. This is an intensive workshop limited to 15 participants, closely supervised on location. Students provide their own equipment and should be familiar with basic photographic techniques. An equipment list will be provided upon receipt of payment. Camping is available ("just out behind the barn") for those who wish to photograph into the "wee small hours of the night" - contact us at the number below.

Partial proceeds from this workshop will benefit the outreach and education programs of the Rush Ranch Educational Council.

Please print all pages of the form BELOW, fill them out and mail or fax to:

Full Moon Night Photography Workshops
The Nocturnes / Paciifc Media Arts
PO Box 291
Napa, CA 94559
Phone: (707) 645-9860
FAX (707) 644-4073

For additional information email us at workshop [at] thenocturnes [dot] com

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