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PHOTO 73 — Nature Photography at Jasper Ridge: A Field Workshop

Quarter: Fall
Day(s): Mondays
Course Format: On-campus
Duration: 4 weeks
Date(s): Oct 7—Oct 28
Time: 7:00—9:00 pm
Drop Deadline: Oct 18
Units: 2
Tuition: $525
Instructor(s): Joel Simon
Limit: 20
Status: Open
Please Note: Full schedule: Class sessions: 4 Mondays, October 7, October 14, October 21, and October 28, 7:00 – 9:00 pm; Jasper Ridge Field Trips: Saturday and Sunday, October 19 and October 20, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Fall
On-campus
Mondays
7:00—9:00 pm
Date(s)
Oct 7—Oct 28
4 weeks
Drop By
Oct 18
2 Units
Fees
$525
Instructor(s):
Joel Simon
Limit
20
Open
Please Note: Full schedule: Class sessions: 4 Mondays, October 7, October 14, October 21, and October 28, 7:00 – 9:00 pm; Jasper Ridge Field Trips: Saturday and Sunday, October 19 and October 20, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
In collaboration with Executive Director Anthony Barnosky and his colleagues, join us for a hands-on field photography workshop at Jasper Ridge Biological Preserve this Fall. Located near the Stanford campus in the eastern foothills of the Santa Cruz Mountains, this remarkable refuge is known by researchers from all over the world for its geologic, topographic, and biotic diversity. This setting is also an ideal location to photographically explore a wide range of natural features from vast landscapes to macro views that give tribute to the beauty of our planet.

We will begin with two on-campus meetings to cover the basics of nature photography. Using iconic examples from respected artists and photographers such as Ansel Adams, Eliot Porter, and Galen Rowell, we will discuss the compelling use of natural and adjusted light, focal length lenses, macro photography, and the daytime use of long shutter speeds using neutral density filters. While exploring Jasper Ridge’s serpentine foothills with our cameras, we will experiment with a variety of techniques to help evolve our personal vision. Two more classroom meetings will follow the field workshop to review and discuss our work.

This workshop is for students of all levels who wish to expand their shooting skills and develop their sense of photographic vision. Some prior experience with photography and computers is expected. A digital camera, preferably a DSLR, is required. Field trip transportation will be the responsibility of the student.

Joel Simon, Documentary and Fine Art Photographer

Joel Simon studied with Leo Holub and has worked as an editorial and fine art photographer for four decades with documentary assignments taking him to nearly every country around the globe. His work has been published in Vanity Fair, Time, GEO, Condé Nast Traveler, the Chicago Tribune, and Sunset. His photographs can be viewed at joelsimonimages.com.

Textbooks for this course:

There are no required textbooks; however, some fee-based online readings may be assigned.
DOWNLOAD THE PRELIMINARY SYLLABUS » (subject to change)