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Creative Core February 4 - 8, 2019 | View other workshops

Sierra Winter with Jerry Dodrill and Jim Stimson

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The Sierra Nevada's majestic snow-capped mountains, dramatic winter skies and striking sunrises and sunsets make for amazing photographic opportunities. Join master photographers Jim Stimson and Jerry Dodrill for an exploration of the unique winter landscapes of the Eastern Sierra. The workshop will be based at Creekside Inn in Bishop, California, located in America's deepest valley between the dramatic Eastern Sierra Nevada and the White Mountains, both rising to over 14,000 feet.

Jim and Jerry will lead a total of eight early morning and sunset field trips to locations in the Owens Valley, Eastern Sierra Nevada and the White Mountains. Emphasis will be on hands-on instruction, helping participants refine their seeing, improve their landscape compositions and technical skills, and generally empower them to take control of their photography and move to the next level. Participants will learn techniques for photographing in cold weather conditions and managing exposure for snowy scenes ranging from low to high contrast. Lectures and projected constructive group critique sessions emphasize refining your creative vision and developing a strategic image processing workflow utilizing Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop.

This well-rounded workshop is appropriate for any level of outdoor photographer. The pace of our schedule and group mealtimes provide perfect opportunities to casually discuss a wide range of topics of interest to participants. This will be an upbeat learning environment in which we intend to inspire, energize, and engage. Participants will hone their photographic vision, compositions and techniques during quality time in the field and in the classroom with Jim and Jerry. Both instructors possess an intimate knowledge of the area and share a vast wealth of knowledge when it comes to getting the most from dynamic, fast-changing landscape scenarios.

For a detailed itinerary, please click "read more" below right...

ITINERARY: Please note, this schedule may be adapted and modified in response to weather, seasonal conditions, and photo location opportunities during the workshop.

Monday, Feb 4th
1:00pm  Meet for introductory session in our classroom at the Alta One Bank Building in Bishop.
2:30pm  Leave for afternoon field session
5:21pm  Sunset
6:30pm  Dinner at one of Bishop's finer dining establishments

Tuesday, Feb 5th
6:00am  Meet in lobby. Depart for morning field session
6:53am  Sunrise
8:00am  Breakfast
9:30am  Meet in classroom for presentation on composition
1:00pm  Lunch in Bishop
2:00pm  Reconvene in classroom
3:30pm  Depart for evening field session
5:22pm  Sunset, return to hotel
6:30pm  Dinner

Wednesday, Feb 6th
6:00am  Meet in lobby. Depart for sunrise shoot
6:52am  Sunrise
8:30am  Breakfast in Bishop
9:30am  Download and edit images
10:30am  Image critique session
1:00pm  Lunch
2:00pm  Finish critiques
3:00pm  Depart for afternoon field session.
5:23pm  Sunset, Return to hotel
6:30pm  Dinner

Thursday, Feb 7th
5:00am  Meet in lobby to carpool to Mono Lake. Depart for sunrise shoot
6:51am  Sunrise
8:30am  Breakfast, then return to classroom
10:30am  Presentation on image development in Lightroom and Photoshop
1:00pm  Lunch
2:00pm  Complete image processing presentations
3:00pm  Depart for afternoon field session
5:24pm  Sunset, Return to hotel
6:30pm  Dinner

Friday, Feb 8th
6:00am  Meet in lobby. Depart for sunrise shoot
6:50am  Sunrise
8:30am  Breakfast
9:30am  Check out of hotel
10:00am  Begin download and edit of images
11:00am  Final image critique session
2:00pm  Adjourn

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.

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Jerry Dodrill portrait: © Grant Ordelheide.

Jim Stimson

I'm a story teller and photography is a great tool to spin a tale.
Jim Stimson has made the eastern Sierra Nevada of California his home for more than three decades. An active backcountry explorer, skier, and climber, he became a professional landscape photographer in order to share his vision of the wildernesses that he loves. In 1998, Stimson was the recipient of the Ansel Adams Award for Conservation Photography, joining prior honorees such as Galen Rowell, Frans Lanting, and Robert Glenn Ketchum. Stimson's book Mono Lake, Exploration and Reflections captures the fragility of a delicate ecosystem, and was selected by ForeWord magazine as Book of the Year. He has also been honored by the Roger Tory Peterson Institute of Natural History, the Banff Mountain Film Festival, and Maine Photographic Workshops. Stimson's work has been published extensively and has appeared in Smithsonian, Backpacker, Outdoor Photographer, Camera & Darkroom, and View Camera among other magazines. He continues to photograph and exhibit throughout Europe and the United States. A highly respected master printmaker, Stimson's fine prints are represented in California by The G2 Gallery (Venice), Mountain Light Gallery (Bishop), and Mammoth Gallery (Mammoth Lakes).


  • A quiet and little-photographed but beautiful time of year in California's Eastern Sierra Nevada, with snow blanketing the mountains.
  • Both Jim and Jerry are intimately familiar with the Eastern Sierra landscape and the opportunities it offers photographers
  • Eight field photography sessions, morning and evening,
  • Refining 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
  • Constructive group critique sessions
  • Packaged with single-occupancy lodging, all meals and beverages

Accommodations & Travel

As always, this workshop comes packaged as standard with single-occupancy lodging, all meals, all non-alcoholic beverages, and wine or beer with dinner. Prorated fees are available for double occupancy and for those who do not require lodging. The comfortable Best Western Creekside Inn will be our convenient "base camp."

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The closest airport is Mammoth Lakes (MMH) about a half-hour drive from Bishop, CA. Turboprop flights serving Mammoth Lakes in winter arrive from Los Angeles (Alaskan Airlines from LAX) and San Francisco (United Airlines from SFO). Rental cars are available for pickup at Mammoth airport through Enterprise and Hertz. Those who prefer to drive from a major airport in the region have the option of Las Vegas (LAS), Los Angeles (LAX), Reno-Tahoe (RNO). Driving Routes: The two routes from major cities least likely to be significantly affected by winter weather are: Los Angeles via Hwy 395 – approx. 4 hours, 25 minutes; Las Vegas via Death Valley – approx. 4 hours, 35 minutes. Check snow conditions if arriving via the following routes: Las Vegas via Westgard Pass, 7,313ft. – approx. 4 hours, 15 minutes; Reno via Conway Summit, 8,143ft. – approx. 3 hours, 30 minutes; San Francisco via South Lake Tahoe and Luther Pass, 7,740ft. – 6 hours, 15 minutes. During the workshop, the group will carpool to field locations. Our walks at field locations will generally be rather short and not strenuous, but be prepared to walk on uneven terrain, off trails. Winter weather on the east side of the Sierra Nevada can be anything from bluebird skies and sun to windy and snowing, though fair weather is quite common as the Sierra Nevada creates a prominent rain shadow effect. Expect temperatures ranging from highs in the 50s to lows in the 20s Fahrenheit.