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Limit 10 spaces | $3,250* Closed
Creative Core December 1 - 5, 2014 | View other workshops

Moab with Jeff Foott and Jerry Dodrill

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A Special Last-Minute Addition To Our 2014 Program

We have added a workshop based in Moab, Utah, December 1-5, 2014, with Jeff Foott and Jerry Dodrill. The group size is limited to ten participants, and the package includes the workshop itself from 1pm on December 1st, to 3pm on December 5th, four nights accommodations in a king-bed guest room at Gonzo Inn (arguably the nicest place to stay in Moab), and all meals including wine/beer with dinners. Jeff and Jerry will lead early morning and afternoon photo excursions each day to Arches and Canyonlands National Parks, and mid-day hours will be used for presentations and constructive image critique at our meeting room at Gonzo Inn. The rate for single-occupancy is $3250; double-occupancy is $3000 per-participant; for those who will make their own lodging arrangements in Moab, the rate is $2750.

 All participants in this workshop will be entitled to have two exhibition-quality fine prints, up to 20"x30" in size, made of their work, by our friends at West Coast Imaging.

Jeff Foott

Having had the good fortune to work and play in nature most of my early life, it became obvious to me I had to spend my life outside. After working as a National Park Ranger, a mountain climbing guide, ski patrolman and a few other lesser jobs, I went back to school in marine biology – doing research on sea otters – which at the time were in trouble.

I had come to love these creatures and set out naively thinking that if I could only portray to the public how they survived the ocean storms, raised their young and the danger of extinction they faced, then the otters would be saved. This was my entry into photography.

I first took still pictures for lectures and magazine articles, and then started a film about this unique creature. The film was eventually shown in over 100 countries to an estimated 100 million people. I had found a platform to speak from. Forty-five films later, for National Geographic, Discovery, PBS, BBC, etc., I am still working to portray what we have in the natural world and its importance to our spiritual direction in a time where the calm of nature is less reflected in our beings than at any other time in the history of man.

Along the way, I added art to the biology. My last film for The Living Eden series, Patagonia, was a finalist for an Emmy for cinematography. I have continued to shoot still pictures, now often focusing on the simple beauty and design of nature. I have changed mediums from large format 4x5 to shooting digital. I have never lost touch with the original motivation of using the photography medium to show people the wonder and beauty of nature, and making a plea for sanity in dealing with our natural environment. Pristine natural environments provide optimum opportunity for each of us to experience the calm and wholeness of our being, which is really our natural state. While searching for photographs, I rely on what touches my center, and then with logic and camera I make the effort to pass on to the viewer the original feeling that drew me to the scene. – Jeff Foott

 

Jeff has been widely published in the U.S. and internationally.  National Geographic magazine, National Geographic Traveler, Audubon, National Wildlife magazine, Nature's Best, Outdoor Photographer, Sierra Club calendars, Audubon calendars are a few of the publications that use his work. He is an Associate of the International League of Conservation Photographers and has donated his time and photographic talent to the ILCP Borderlands and Patagonia Rapid Assessment Visual Expeditions (RAVEs).

Video: Jeff's project to fight the pine bark beetle invasion

Video: Jeff gets an amusing endorsement deal! (circa 1982)

Jerry Dodrill

Jerry Dodrill is an award-winning landscape and adventure photographer who in the early years of his career was a protégé of the legendary Galen Rowell. An unrelenting passion for photography and outdoor adventures made it clear that Jerry was not destined for a desk job. An avid climber for twenty years, he feels equally at home in a rocky bivouac or a soft bed. In college, pre-med classes gave way to studies in fine art and weekends spent scaling Yosemite's granite walls. Photography was at first a byproduct of his adventures but quickly became his artistic medium of choice as he captured each experience with a concise aesthetic and quality of light revealing his inspiration.

Jerry's adventures have led him around the globe. He has climbed all the major walls in Yosemite Valley, at crags across the West, close to a hundred summits in the Sierra, and peaks in Bolivia, Argentina, Kyrgyzstan, and China. His full embrace of the many disciplines of climbing have led to many adventures and tales best told late at night around a raging campfire.

Jerry holds degrees in fine art and photography, which in 1997 led him to work for acclaimed photographer Galen Rowell at Mountain Light in Berkeley. There, he managed Galen's gallery space and workshops, an amazing experience (akin to a photographer's bootcamp).

Since 2000, he has been pursuing his own adventures and photography career. Jerry's immense talent and creative eye have been well recognized through international awards and exhibition in fine galleries, such as the Ansel Adams in Yosemite, Mountain Light, Mumm Napa Valley, and the Banff Center for Mountain Culture. Through his numerous workshops for Mountain Light Gallery, Visionary Wild, and Sierra Nevada College, and college-level teaching at Pacific Union College in Napa Valley, he has proven himself as a highly engaging and effective photography teacher and workshops leader.

After running his own gallery on California's North Coast for five years, he now resides in the Sonoma County town of Sebastopol, California, focusing on commercial and editorial assignment photography, exhibitions of his work, and sharing his vision and expertise with others. Jerry's work has been featured in many ad campaigns, books, and publications and is represented by Aurora Photos. Editorial and commercial clients include The North Face, Vanity Fair, Sunset, Men's Journal, Outside, Alpinist, Rock & Ice, and Climbing magazines. Expert in Photoshop and digital color management, Jerry is regularly sought out as a color pre-press manager for high-end photo books, and as a fine digital printmaker. He was also recently recruited as a design consultant for the exciting new outdoors-oriented photo pack company MindShift Gear, a spin-off from Think Tank Photo.

Visit Jerry's website

Visit Jerry's blog

Jerry Dodrill portrait: © Grant Ordelheide.

Highlights

  • Two of the Southwest's most visually spectacular parks: Arches and Canyonlands, at a quiet time of the year.
  • Eight field photography sessions, morning and evening
  • Composition
  • Working the scene to capture its essence
  • Using various qualities of light to best effect
  • Exposure and tonal control
  • Essentials of digital workflow
  • Optimizing images in post-processing
  • Three constructive group critique sessions
  • Packaged with single-occupancy lodging, all meals and beverages

Accommodations & Travel

 

Gonzo Inn in Moab, Utah – a very comfortable boutique hotel with excellent amenities – will be our basecamp and indoor classroom.  This workshop is packaged inclusive of single-occupancy accommodation, with prorated options for double-occupancy or without lodging if you live nearby or prefer to make your own arrangements. All meals are included, and dinners will be served at the best restaurants in the area.

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Canyonlands Field (CNY) is the local airport in Moab, with daily commuter flights from Salt Lake City. Grand Junction, Colorado (GJT) is another regional airport option. We will carpool to field locations, with drive times ranging from a few minutes to an hour. Locations will be accessed on foot via easy walks ranging from a few feet to a 1/2-mile on good trails. Weather at this time of year is typically fair, with a small chance of precipition. Temperature range at this time is typically from 48ºF in the afternoon to 24ºF first thing in the morning.

Expectations

Participants in this workshop should expect effective, enthusiastic, generous instruction from Jerry and Jeff, both in the classroom and hands-on in the field. Early morning and afternoon/evening field sessions will make the most of our familiarity with the phenomenal locations available in the area. Three constructive group critique sessions will do wonders to refine your composition and techniques in the field, while allowing you to learn from the unique eye of each of your fellow participants. Most of all, this will be a fun and inspiring workshop that will exceed your expectations, provide new understanding and the keys to continue your development, and will stoke your creative passion.