The Per Volquartz Eastern Sierra Workshop was a
rousing success!  I had the privilege of attending it
as a professional development exercise.  There is
much cross-over in the things learned there and in
what I do day to day at my employment.

I thought I would take the time to post some of
the photographs for those interested by way of a
workshop report.

We met Monday AM at Virginia Creek Settlement
and after some time looking at gear and asking
questions we headed on up to Bodie Ghost Town.
 


Bodie Kitchen
Pinkham & Smith Visual Quality Series IV
Kodak 2D 8X10
 
 


Ghost
as above
 
 


Vines Front Porch, Bodie
as above
 
 


Chest Through Window, Bodie
as above

Working in the thin dry air at 8500 feet elevation in
Bodie has an amazing effect on ones appetites.  After
a fine meal in Bridgeport we had a group session of
question / answer and a critique on work brought.

Tuesday found us in the Mono Lake / Lee Vining
Canyon region.  After shots around Mono Lake at
Conway Ranch and the Sand Tufa's at Navy Beach,
I wandered up Lee Vining Canyon to photograph
a small falls just below the Edison Power plant.
 


Glorious Tree, Conway Ranch
10 3/4" American Optical Co. Dagor
 
 


Sand Tufa #1
14 1/2" Hermagis Eidoscop
 
 


Sand Tufa #2
225mm Schneider G-Claron

I photographed the falls in 2 different formats, 8X10
and 6.5 X 8.5.  I used a gamut of lenses from very
sharp wides, to a soft focus normal.


 Lee Vining Falls #1
225mm Schneider G-Claron, Kodak 2D 8X10
 
 


Lee Vining Falls #2
162mm Cooke Series VIIb wide angle, Kodak 2D 8X10
 
 


Lee Vining Falls #3
135mm f12.5 Wollensak EWA, Kodak 2D 6.5 X 8.5
 
 


Lee Vining Falls #4
Cooke 10 1/2" Portrait Series IIb, Kodak 2D 6.5 X 8.5
 
 


Lee Vining Falls #5
Cooke 10 1/2" Portrait Series IIb, Kodak 2D 6.5 X 8.5

Wednesday AM found us working in the Mono /
Lee Vining environs again with a plan to move south
during the day towards Convict lake, our target for a
Wednesday evening session in a beautiful rented cabin.

I wandered up into Horse Meadow and feeling
un-inspired, I wandered up to the top of the moraine
that is the southern boundary of Lee Vining canyon.
Here I found a burn area with some striking Mountain
Mahogany trees that having been killed in the fire had
shed their bark and were snowy white.  I concentrated
on pure form and texture with these.


White Mahogany Trunk #1
10" Conley Anastigmat, Kodak 2D 6.5 X 8.5"
 
 


White Mahogany Trunk #2
10" Conley Anastigmat, Kodak 2D 6.5 X 8.5"
 
 


Shadow on Granite
10" Conley Anastigmat, Kodak 2D 6.5 X 8.5"

By the time I reached Convict Lake it was late afternoon
and I was nearly the last to arrive.  Most participants were
in the relax mode and as extreme good luck would have
it, Wilbur Wong relaxes best while he is cooking!  He
was preparing a gourmet 7 course meal!  WOW!

I seized the opportunity to make an "environmental
portrait" of Wilbur working at the Kitchen counter.


Wilbur Wong
Cooke 10 1/2" Portrait Series IIb, Kodak 2D 6.5 X 8.5
shot at f4.5 diffusion "3"

On Thursday AM it was time to point
the truck towards Tonopah while the rest
of the group headed towards Bristlecones
and ultimately, Lone Pine.  My plan was
to photograph in the mountains east of
Owens Gorge or perhaps even old Benton
and I spent time hiking and looking but
as it turned out, the portraits of Wilbur
were the final photographs of a very
successful trip.