A Natural Eye: Our Urban Parks

San Diego's Balboa Park
February 3-5, 2012
with Eddie Soloway

I am taking "A Natural Eye" on the road to our urban parks, and the first stop is San Diego’s Balboa Park. With land set aside in 1868, and now encompassing 1200 acres, Balboa Park is home to over a dozen museums, world-famous San Diego Zoo, and almost twenty distinctly different gardens. From the Japanese Friendship Garden to Palm Canyon, from the Lily Pond to the Botanical Building, there is a breathtaking diversity of animals and plants. Many of the original buildings represent Spanish-Renaissance style architecture, and were constructed for the 1915 Panama-California Exposition.

This photographic paradise is a perfect place to shake off the chill of winter, and immerse yourself in my core workshop "A Natural Eye". Outdoor experiences take you through key steps to enriching your photographs of the natural world as you find yourself focused less on objects and things, and more on the magic of moments and the essence of places. You stop chasing the light and learn to enjoy the fine art of wandering. You learn that if you hear more and touch more, you will photograph with more sensitivity. You are rewarded by the skills of patience, solitude and emptying. This workshop weaves together eye-opening outdoor experiences, technical lessons, and for those people prepared for the digital workflow, there will be one image review of work made during the workshop. This weekend's sessions strive to develop your eye first, and then bring the technical skills of photography to it. You will spend as much time changing your perspective, sharpening your senses, and immersing yourself in nature as you will on developing new photographic skills.

Our base for the workshop will be the San Diego Museum of Photographic Arts. Our first session will start at 7:30pm, Friday February 3rd, in the Museum's theatre where we will join an evening celebration presented by the Santa Fe Photographic Workshops. I will be presenting "Memories, Moons, and Imagination", an inspirational session designed to set the tone for our weekend. On Saturday we will meet in the Museum and Balboa Park from 9am to 4pm, and on Sunday from 8am to 3pm.

WORKSHOP FEE: $645.00. Lodging, transportation, and meals are not included.

PREREQUISITE: This workshop is open to all photographers with a working knowledge of their cameras. On Sunday there will be a chance to review images made during the workshop. If you wish to participate in this review you will need to bring a laptop, editing software, card reader, jump drive, and above all, a working knowledge of the digital workflow. This would include the ability to download your images to your laptop on Saturday night, make selections, re-name and re-size the selections, move them to a folder, and put them on a jump drive to move to the class laptop for projection. There will be no digital workflow instruction during the workshop. For those participants choosing to pass on the image review, a lot will be gained from listening to the feedback given to others.

To hold a place in the workshop, 1.) Send me an e-mail and request that I hold a space for you in the workshop and that I send you a registration form. 2.) The registration form will be sent via e-mail, and your space will be held for one week while waiting for your registration form to arrive in the mail or by e-mail.

PAYMENT: A $100.00 nonrefundable deposit will hold your reservation and may be made by check, or by Visa, MasterCard, or American Express. Final payment is due January 1.

CONFIRMATION DATE: You will receive an e-mail notice by December 30 giving the workshop a final confirmation that it will run. You are welcome to check in before to learn how enrollment is proceeding.

CANCELLATION POLICY: In the event you must cancel your participation, fees will be returned as follows: If notification is received before January 1, all fees less the $100.00 nonrefundable deposit will be returned. If notification is received after January 1, no money will be returned. I strongly suggest that participants take out travel insurance to protect themselves against unseen circumstances that may arise. In the event that I have to cancel the workshop for any reason, all fees will be returned or you may choose to receive credit to a future session.

Upon payment of your deposit you will be sent information which will include a request form that will gather information about any medical concerns and emergency contacts. You will also receive a letter with directions, and recommendations about what to bring.


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