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

Quarter: Summer
Day(s): Thur/Sat/Sun
Course Format: On-campus (About Formats)
Duration: 6 sessions
Date(s): Jul 7—Jul 28
Refund Deadline: Jul 9
Units: 2
Tuition: $525
Instructor(s): Joel Simon
Limit: 20
Class Recording Available: No
Status: Open
Please Note: Class Sessions: 4 Thursdays, July 7, July 14, July 21, and July 28, 7:00 – 9:00 pm (PT); Jasper Ridge Field Trips: Saturday and Sunday, July 16 and July 17, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm (PT)
Summer
On-campus
Thur/Sat/Sun
Date(s)
Jul 7—Jul 28
6 sessions
Refund Date
Jul 9
2 Units
Fees
$525
Instructor(s):
Joel Simon
Limit
20
Recording
No
Open
Please Note: Class Sessions: 4 Thursdays, July 7, July 14, July 21, and July 28, 7:00 – 9:00 pm (PT); Jasper Ridge Field Trips: Saturday and Sunday, July 16 and July 17, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm (PT)
In collaboration with Executive Director Anthony Barnosky and his colleagues, join us for a hands-on field photography workshop at Jasper Ridge Biological Preserve. 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 offers us an ideal location to photographically explore a wide range of natural features, from open landscapes, redwood groves, aquatic shorelines and the historic step dam to macro views of local fauna.

We will begin with two on-campus meetings to cover the basics of nature photography. Using iconic examples from respected landscape artists and photographers, we will discuss the compelling use of natural and adjusted light, focal length lenses, macro photography, the daytime use of long shutter speeds using neutral density filters, and other useful hints for our workshop. As we explore 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 course 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 may be helpful but is not required. All cameras, including mobile devices, are welcome, although a DSLR-type camera may be more versatile. 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. He has contributed to over sixty-five trips with Stanford’s Travel/Study program. His work has been published in Vanity Fair, Time, GEO, Condé Nast Traveler, STANFORD magazine, and Sunset. His work can be viewed at joelsimonimages.com.