2018 Mono Lake Winter Workshop

Mono Lake Winter- January 19-21 2018


Poconip fog in the morning, tufa towers blanketed in snow and reflections in the lake’s surface help make Winter in the Mono Basin special. Photographing winter landscapes can be one of the most challenging, yet rewarding experiences for any photographer. Shooting wide landscapes or tight aspen leaves on snow in cold conditions can test even the most experienced photographer. The flipside is Wintry conditions often times lead to great photos. Our 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.


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: Will begin at noon with a 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 followed by questions and answers then depart for home.


$495 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

Transportation. 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:      http://www.monolake.org/today/weather

Travel: Winter weather in the Eastern Sierra can be unpredictable. I strongly advise that you have an all wheel drive vehicle and carry tire chains (they might be required). Highway 395 from Los Angeles is a major North/South highway and its kept in good condition. However, Conway Summit (north of Lee Vining - 8,143 feet), Deadman Summit (south of June Lake - 8,047), and Sherwin Grade (north of Bishop - 6,427 feet) are potential trouble spots if you’re traveling during a storm. If you are traveling from central California please check the road conditions for those mountain passes. The closest airport is Reno NV which is 140mi north of Lee Vining or about 2.5 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. We’ll be staying at Murphey’s and have a block of rooms reserved. You can contact Murphey’s and mention this workshop and they’ll be happy to accommodate you if there is space. The other options are: Lake View Lodge http://www.lakeviewlodgeyosemite.com Yosemite Gateway Motel http://www.yosemitegatewaymotel.com

Meals: 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 click on link to read my 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 FoundationWe 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- Dress in layers

2-3 pairs gloves (one fingerless)

2-3 pair shoes including snow boots

Winter hats

rain gear

Insulated and Rain pants

long underwear

Insulated and Rain jackets

Hand warmers

Extra socks

2018 Mono Lake Winter 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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