Springtime in Big Sur and the Monterey Peninsula

8th Annual Wildflowers, Full Moon, Misty Fog and Headland Color Photo Workshop

          April 3-6, 2015        


Springtime in Big Sur means green rolling hills, lush spring flowers, vivid yellow flowering coastal scrub, a hidden calla liliy grove, enticing sunsets, and misty sunrises. Join me as I will guide you through this coastal paradise. Journey through a land of towering redwoods, fresh water waterfalls, hidden coves and arches and miles of the most dramatic shoreline you'll ever have the pleasure of photographing. Beauty is everywhere and you will experience Big Sur the way it was meant to be seen, uncrowded and dotted with enticing pockets of Pacific fog. We will begin this workshop on a Monday afternoon and end with a sunset shoot on Thursday evening. These dates will allow us to photograph without the weekend tourist crowds.

I have also placed this workshop to take advantage of peak season for wildflowers along the coast as well as the having an opportunity to photograph the flowering ice plant, sea daisies and chapparal that carpets the bluffs with vivid color! Moreover, we will have three mornings to photograph a ful moonset (assuming the fog is minimal).

This workshop will have an emphasis on field location shooting. It will also include two sessions of Photoshop training and a minimum of two image review sessions. Workflow training will include: RAW processing in using the latest version of Lightroom and complete workflow training in the latest version of Photoshop. Workflow topics will include: preparing an image for both print and web presentation, proper methods of setting white and black points, how to "properly massage the middle tones," color balance, localized tonal and color adjustments via luminosity masking, 32-bit blending techniques, blending multiple exposures via layers and masks, freehand masking techniques, seection of masks based on both tones and colors, proper sharpening and noise reduction techniques, etc.

We will also be adding a night of photography taking advantage of this misty fog.


Places we plan to visit include:

    • Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park                
    • Point Lobos
    • Sobranes Point
    • Hurricane Point
    • Bixby Bridge
    • Pfeiffer Beach
    • Rocky Point
    • Garrapata State Park
    • Garrapata Beach
    • Calla Lilies
Alternate Locations
  • Lover's Point
  • Monterey Wharf and Harbor


 Spring Color, Sobranes Arch, Garrapata State Park               Copyright Don Smith 2012

Cost: TBA 

(Price includes 3 nights lodging at the beautiful Carmel Mission Inn, three breakfasts and passes into both Point Lobos State Reserve for one day along with pass for Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park for one day)

Deadline: (limited to 12 students - when workshop fills)

Frequently Asked Questions: Spring Big Sur FAQ's

Lodging/Meals: The workshop will be headquartered at the www.carmelmissioninn.com/  (next to the Barnyard and Crossroads Shopping Centers) Lunch and dinner are extra. Breakfast is included.

Transportation:  We will carpool to shooting locations. Participants are required to have transportation to and from the workshop.   

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E-mail me for more information or optional payment methods at don@donsmithphotography.com



My Qualifications

 If you like my style of photography, that would be one reason to take a workshop with me. If you want to take your photography to the next level, that would be another reason.  I run my workshops in a positive environment and give you ideas and techniques to move you forward. To learn more about me, click on the link.

My Qualifications