Full Moon Planning & Photography

Eastern Sierra & the Alabama Hills

DATES

Session 1: March 6 - 7, 2023
Session 2: March 7 - 8, 2023

LOCATION

Lone Pine, California

OVERVIEW

The full moon is one of the most breathtaking sights in the sky, and yet capturing interesting photos of it is a surprisingly difficult challenge. In this fun and exciting landscape photography class you will learn how to overcome the major challenges of shooting the moon so that you can create truly stunning and one-of-a-kind photographs.

Join professional landscape photographer Joshua Cripps in the breathtaking Eastern Sierra to photograph the moon alongside the beautiful landscapes of this unique area. Lone Pine will be our stomping grounds for this class, and we will explore the Alabama Hills as well as the surrounding landscapes in search of our moon photos.

CLASS DETAILS

Each session of this class is comprised of two field excursions, a classroom segment, and a processing segment. In the classroom we will learn everything that goes into making beautiful moon photographs, including the required gear, using the PhotoPills App, artistic and technical approaches to shooting the moon, understanding the moon’s motion, planning the shot, problem solving, and best practices. We will work together as a group to plan our shots, then go into the field to bring them to life!

During the class we will have two opportunities to photograph the moon in alignment with the wonderful natural features of the area, such as Mt Whitney, Leconte, and the rock towers of the Alabama Hills. All our shoots will take place around sunrise and sunset, allowing us fantastic opportunities for landscape photography in addition to shooting the moon. 

The classroom and post processing sessions for this class take place at The Whitney Gallery in downtown Lone Pine, California.

UPCOMING SESSIONS

March 6 – 7 Class: this session will involve planning and photographing a moonrise over the Alabama Hills at sunset, and a moonset over a high Sierra peak during morning blue hour.

March 7 – 8 Class: this session will involve planning and photographing a moonrise over the Alabama Hills in evening twilight, and a moonset over a high Sierra peak at sunrise.

TUITION

$295 - Single Session
$495 - Both Sessions

In this class you will gain:

  • – Insight into the 4 main challenges in photographing the full moon, as well as how to overcome them.
  • – A comprehensive understanding of using PhotoPills to plan moon photographs.
  • – Best practices for getting high quality moon photos with sharp details and low noise.
  • – Post-processing techniques to bring out the best in your moon photos.
  • – Instruction on photographing landscapes with a telephoto lens.
  • – Field instruction and guidance on how to execute your planned moon photos.

 

Tuition Includes:

– All classroom instruction
– 2 field shoots (moonrise and moonset)
– Post processing instruction

Session 1: March 6 - 7, 2023

12 Spaces Available

Session 2: March 7 - 8, 2023

11 Spaces Available

Both Sessions: March 6 - 8, 2023

11 Spaces Available

DATES

January 30 - February 6, 2023
8 days / 7 nights

Death Valley and the Alabama Hills are two of California’s best locations for landscape photography. Each offers a wide variety of landscapes, from epic grand vistas to intimate details.

Death Valley is the lowest, driest, and hottest place in North America, which contributes to its unique geology. It’s also the largest national park in the contiguous US, almost as big as the entire state of Hawai’i. Within its borders we will find sand dunes, colorful badlands, mind-bending patterns and textures, and unique plant and animal life. It’s a park that gives more the more time you spend with it. That’s why on this tour we have a full 5 days to explore the park’s nooks and crannies.

The Alabama Hills comprises a collection of decomposing granite boulders splayed across the western rim of Payahuunadu (the Owens Valley). These boulders range from the size of a pumpkin to the size of a school bus, and larger! Within the boulders you will find cacti, willows, lupine, cottonwood trees, and thousands of natural rock arches and tunnels. And towing above the boulders you can’t help but notice the grandiose Sierra Nevada. There are six 14’ers visible from the Alabama Hills: Mt. Whitney (Tumanguya in Paiute), Mt. Langley, Mt. Muir, Mt. Williamson, Mt. Russell, and Mt. Tyndall. And we will have the opportunity to photograph all of them during the time we spend in this magnificent area.

The Full Moon. This trip is timed to coincide with the February Full Moon. Just imagine: moonlit dunes and granite spires, the moon rising behind a stately Joshua Tree, or setting beyond the magnificent Sierra Crest. These are all things you’ll experience on this tour. 

PRICING

Small Group Tour Tuition - $2,995

Tuition includes:

  • – 8 days of guided photography in two of California’s greatest landscape destinations
  • – All guiding and instruction from me, Josh Cripps
  • – Welcome dinner
  • – Breakfast everyday
  • – Unlimited fruit, nuts, snacks, cookies, crackers, and water
  • – Special surprises
  • – A small, intimate group of 5 participants
  • – Memories to last a lifetime

 

Lodging Supplement* – $1,500

This supplement covers lodging for the entire trip, in comfortable, private hotel rooms. There are 5 nights at the Furnace Creek Ranch and the 2 nights at the Lone Pine Best Western.

* The lodging supplement is optional. If you prefer to book your own accommodations you may.

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YOUR TEACHER

Joshua Cripps – Professional Photographer, Guide, and Chief Moon Nut

Josh is an acclaimed landscape photographer and educator from California. He gives presentations for companies like Nikon and leads exciting photo tours around the world. Josh has been obsessed with photographing the full moon since 2017 and is becoming known as “that crazy moon guy.” His photo of the 2019 annular solar eclipse earned worldwide attention and was published by NASA, CNN, and dozens of other media outlets.

Josh runs the Mount Whitney Gallery in Lone Pine, California.

ITINERARY AND LOGISTICS

Getting to the class

This full moon photography class meets in Lone Pine, California, 3-4 hours north of Los Angeles, 4 hours west of Las Vegas, or 1 hour south of Bishop. The class location is:

The Mount Whitney Gallery

126 N Main Street

Lone Pine, CA 93545

 

Transportation during the class

You are responsible for your own transportation during this class, but we will organize carpools for the excursions.

Lodging and Meals

Lodging and meals are up to you. Lone Pine has a wide array of dining and lodging options, from inexpensive to high end.

Itinerary*

Day 1

Arrive at the Whitney Gallery around lunch (the exact time will be sent to you in advance of the class).

Noon – 3 pm: Classroom sessions on moon photography, PhotoPills planning, and telephoto landscapes.

3 pm – 4 pm: break.

4 pm – 6 pm: sunset / moonrise photography excursion.

Day 2

5:30 am – 7 am: sunrise / moonset photography excursion.

7 am – 9 am: break for breakfast.

9 am – 11 am: moon post processing techniques.

11 am: class ends.

* times are approximate and will be specified in advance of the class

Weather

The weather in the Eastern Sierra is unpredictable. We make no guarantees regarding clouds, clear skies, rain, sun, or moon visibility. No refunds will be giving in the event the weather prevents us from photographing the moon.

EQUIPMENT AND CLOTHING

Camera Gear You Should Bring

  • – Digital SLR or Mirrorless Camera
  • – Lenses. We highly recommend you have the following four lenses (or equivalent) to take advantage of the wide variety of scenes you will experience:
    • – Ultra-wide, such as a 14-24mm or 16-35mm
    • – Midrange, 24-70mm
    • – Short telephoto, 70-200mm
    • – Long telephoto, 100-400mm or 200-500mm (essential for moon photography)
  • – A sturdy tripod
  • – Comfortable camera backpack you can hike up to 1 mile with
  • – Filters (10-stop ND, 6-stop ND, Polarizer recommended)
  • – Remote shutter release
  • – Rocket blower and shammy cloth, lens/sensor cleaning fluid, lens wipes, sensor swabs
  • – Extra batteries, charger, and memory cards

Recommended Clothing and Items

Due to variable conditions, we recommend bringing multiple layers of non-cotton clothing, like Merino wool, fleece, or synthetic fibers. Specifically you should bring: 

  • – Base layers for top and bottom
  • – A warm jacket and pants
  • – A windproof rain jacket
  • – A warm hat and gloves
  • – Lighter layers for warm days, like a sun hoodie or long-sleeved sun shirt
  • – A wide-brim hat and sunglasses
  • – Wool or synthetic socks
  • – Sturdy footwear that you don’t mind getting dirty or muddy. Lightweight hiking boots or hiking shoes are recommended for most outings. 
  • – A large water bottle and sunscreen
  • – Flashlight or headlamp
  • – Trekking poles

COST - $295

This Class Will Cover:

  • – Insight into the 4 main challenges in photographing the full moon, as well as how to overcome them.
  • – A comprehensive understanding of using PhotoPills to plan moon photographs.
  • – Best practices for getting high quality moon photos with sharp details and low noise.
  • – Instruction on photographing landscapes with a telephoto lens.
  • – Field instruction and guidance on how to execute your planned moon photos.
  • – Post processing your moon photos for low noise and maximum detail.
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Tuition Includes:

– All classroom instruction
– 2 field shoots (moonrise and moonset)
– Post processing instruction
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Not Included:

  • – Airfare / transportation to Lone Pine
  • – Transportation during the class
  • – Personal items, souvenirs, passport/visa fees as applicable
  • – Optional activities
  • – Trip insurance 

HELPING MOTHER NATURE THROUGH PHOTOGRAPHY

Fully Insured and Permitted, Leave-No-Trace Advocates 

We take pains to ensure our activities are 100% above board. We obtain all the necessary permissions, certifications, and insurance required in order conduct our tours.

We are also strong advocates of Leave No Trace (LNT) wilderness ethics. We teach responsible photography practices and never sacrifice the environment for the sake of a photo. Our goal is to leave our tour locations in better shape than the way we found them.

Carbon Offset and Planting Trees

We partner with the Give Back to Nature Project to plant trees to offset the carbon emissions generated by this class. 

CLASS POLICIES

Cancellation and Refund Policy

Payments are refundable up to one week before the class.

If we cancel this class due to unforeseen circumstances, we will refund your tuition or transfer it to another class.

Weather Policy

We make no guarantees regarding clouds, clear skies, rain, sun, or moon visibility. No refunds will be giving in the event weather prevents us from photographing the moon.

COVID-19 Policy

We do not currently have any COVID-19 requirements. That being said, if you feel sick before the class, please stay home and let us know. We will transfer your registration to another class of your choosing.

This policy will be updated as CDC, WHO, Federal, and state guidelines change.

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