Wagon Wheel in Grass, Bodie, CA
2018 Mono Lake/Bodie Workshop

Mono Lake/ Bodie Sep 13-16, 2018


Mono Lake is an iconic Eastern Sierra location that will capture your imagination. Located to the east of the magnificent Sierra Nevada it an almost moon like landscape with towering tufa, colorful reflections and abundant bird life. The Ghost Town in Bodie is a relic of a time gone by. Established in 1861 the town began with about 20 miners and grew to an estimated 10,000 citizens by 1880! What is left has been well maintained by the California State Parks System.

Our eastern sierra photography workshops have two goals: First is to help you capture the best pictures possible in the conditions, second is to help you become a better photographer. We’ll be out in the field and shooting, and there is always time for learning new tips and techniques. Whether its composition, exposure, metering, or digital workflow, we aim to answer all your questions.


Staging out of Lee Vining, Ca Days will typically begin by discussing the locations and subjects before heading out to capture photos. Locations will be determined by the weather and light. After lunch and time permitting in the evenings we will process and share photographs and discuss techniques and digital workflow.

Day one noon: Meet and greet, orientation and photo review followed by an afternoon and sunset in the field.

Day two: In the field for sunrise and early morning shooting, lunch break, photo critiques as time allows followed by another afternoon and sunset in the field.

Day three: In the field for sunrise and early morning shooting, lunch break, photo critiques as time allows followed by another afternoon and sunset in the field.

Day four: In the field for sunrise and early morning shooting, lunch break, photo critiques followed by questions and answers then depart for home.


$795 per person for workshop.A 50% deposit is required to reserve your spot with the balance due 60 days prior to the start of the workshop.

What’s Included

Quality, professional

1-on-1 photography instruction on par with your level as a photographer

8 – 10 hours per day of in-field shooting and instruction

Water and snacks throughout the workshop

A fun, positive, interactive learning environment

Small class size of 8 participants maximum

What’s Not Included


While participants need to provide their own transportation during the workshop we will be carpooling as much as possible

Meals Though the group often eats together throughout the workshop

Cancellation Policy

Please view our cancellation policy here.


Deadline: When workshop fills (minimum of 4 maximum of 10 photographers).

Weather: Lee Vining, CA https://weather.com/weather/tenday/l/USCA0601:1:US

Travel: Spring weather in Owens Valley can be unpredictable. I strongly advise that you check the conditions before you leave. (depending on your route rains can cause flooding). Highway 395 from Los Angeles is a major North/South highway and is kept in good condition. However access to Owens Valley can be challenging if you’re traveling during a heavy rain storm. If you are traveling from central or northern California please check the road conditions. The closest airport is Reno, NV which is 200mi north of Bishop, CA or about 3.5 hours in good weather.

Road Conditions: http://www.dot.ca.gov/hq/roadinfo/mtnhwys.htm

Lodging: You will need to make your own motel reservations in Lee Vining. The Lee Vining Chamber of Commerce Site has all the available options. We’ll try and have a block of rooms reserved at Murphey's Motel in Lee Vining. Check with us for confirmation. 

Meals: are not included in the price of the workshop but generally the group enjoys eating most meals together.

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

Travel and other expenses: I’ve never had to cancel a workshop however for your peace of mind you might consider purchasing travel insurance to cover any losses resulting from a cancelled workshop.

Spousal Policy: Only paid workshop participants are allowed on location due to permit and insurance regulations. Spouses are welcome to join in meetings. Contact me regarding a spouse rate.

Contact us for any questions: rick@ricksaezphotography.com

Cancellation Policy: Please review our Cancelation Policy.


I love to capture great photos. Wide Open Landscapes inspire me to dream. Big Adventures motivate me to play. Exotic travel appeals to the explorer in me. I’d like to help you capture iconic images and achieve your goals as a photographer. I have over 30 years of Outdoor and Adventure experience in photography, specialty retail, product & brand development, and guiding … I’ve been fortunate to photograph on seven continents in a wide variety of conditions. Some of my previous commercial clients are: Mountain Khakis, Eagle Creek Travel Gear, Orvis, Sea to Summit and I have my stock images represented by Aurora Photos. “rick’s lifelong passion for the outdoors & adventure drives his energy and creativity to get outside, have fun and capture great images"

Why take a workshop with us

Iconic Locations

Our workshops take in locations with some of the best scenery in the world. In addition to the best scenery we have been scouting and photographing these areas for years so we know the best locations, times and shots to get. We’re constantly looking for new locations to add too.

Small Group Size

Our workshops are limited to 8 to 10 participants. We aim to maintain a 4-1 participant to instructor ratio. This insures that you get plenty of one-on-one time with the instructors. This also allows us to go places big photography tours can’t.

Fully Insured and Permitted

Workshops are operated under permit of the United States Forest Service and in conjunction with The Bardini Foundation. We make sure all our workshops are insured and permitted and we also maintain our First Aid training and update it annually.

Please Note:

Winter weather in the Eastern Sierra can be unpredictable. It is possible that we will have snow falling and it is also possible that it will be a sunny day. Either way, we will get out to capture some great winter images.

What to Bring:

Digital or film cameras

A wide range of lenses from 14mm to 300mm

Extra batteries, chargers, etc. The cold is hard on batteries

Sturdy tripod

Not required... Laptop loaded with Photoshop, Lightroom and NIK Silver FX (if you do BW)

Weather protection for cameras

Small flashlight or headlamp


Clothing It can get cold in the early morning, Dress in layers and bring plenty of sun protection

1-2 pairs gloves (one fingerless)

1-2 pair shoes

Sun protection hats

rain gear, pants

long underwear


beanies, etc.

Hand warmers

Extra socks

2018 Mono Lake/Bodie Workshop

Rick Saez Photography operates in partnership with The Bardini Foundation and under permit with the Inyo National Forest and other public land agencies as appropriate. Learn more about our community In accordance with Federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, disability, and reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity. (Not all prohibited bases apply to all programs.) Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.) should contact the responsible State or local Agency that administers the program or USDA’s TARGET Center at (202) 720-2600 (voice and TTY) or contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information is also available in languages other than English. To file a complaint alleging discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, AD-3027, found online at http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, or at any USDA office or write a letter addressed to USDA and provided in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632- 9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by: (a) mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20250-9410; (b) fax: (202) 690-7442; or (c) email: program.intake@usda.gov. USDA is an equal opportunity provider, employer, and lender.

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