Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest Workshop, July 2019

July 29, 30, and 31     3 nights   

Cost $999.00     8 photographers   Full

Instructors:  Josh Merrill and Wayne Pinkston

  Announcing a new workshop in the Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest in the White Mountains of eastern California. This will be a 3 night workshop starting July 29, 2019. This is a spectacular location in the daytime and even more awe inspiring at night. The trees only grow at high altitudes, and the workshop will be in the Schulman and Patriarch Groves at around 10,000 - 11, 000 feet, 3,000 - 3,400 meters elevation. The trees are some of the oldest living structures on earth and some have been measured at ages up to and over 5,000 years. The trees are not tall but many have a twisted gnarly appearance and are very photogenic. 

Bristlecone Pine
Bristlecone Pine

Workshop includes:

-  Formal lectures and discussions each afternoon, with discussions of:

-  Preparation before going out at night

-  What you need to know in the field at night

-  Discussions of technique at night

-  Low Level Lighting

-  Stacking images

-  Long Exposure Foregrounds

-  Panoramas

- Processing in Lightroom and Photoshop

-  Also, one on one processing if desired

-  Hands on teaching and assistance in the field

Workshop does not include:

-  Food and Lodging

-  Transportation to and from the Workshop

--Participants can Carpool

-  Equipment


We plan to have a group dinner at 5:00 - 5:30 pm the first night to get acquainted. We will pay for the group dinner. We will have lectures each day from 3:00 to 5:00 pm at the hotel. We will break for dinner around 5:00 - 5:30 pm and then meet around 7:30 pm to drive to the site. The drive will be around 1 - 1.6 hours depending on which grove we go to that night. We will want to be in place and ready to shoot by around  9:45 pm when Astronomical Twilight ends. Weather permitting we will shoot until at 2:30 am when the Milky Way core sets below the horizon. There may still be some good shots and we may shoot a little later if the group desires. We will leave the sites by 3:00 -4:00 am and be back to the hotel by 4:30 - 5:30 am. We should be back to the hotel bu 5:30 am on August 1, the morning of our last shooting last night (July 31).


We will be staying at the Best Western in Bishop, California. (760-873-3543)  There is a block of rooms reserved for the group. Ask for the Pinkston Group rate. You need to make a reservation by the end of April or the rooms will be released for general use.

Fitness Level:

You will need a moderate level of fitness. The hikes are modest, in the range of 1/2 - 1 mile one way. The elevation is around 11,000 feet, or 3350 meters, so it is easy to get more winded than at sea level. It can get chilly at that altitude at night, even in July. Be prepared for temperatures that may get down into the 40's F.


We will need a deposit of $250 to reserve your place in the workshop. The remainder of the fee will be due 60 days before the first day of the workshop. Payments can be made by PayPal or personal check. To pay by PayPal contact me using the "Contact Me" tab at the top of this page and send me an email. I will send you the email address to use while using PayPal.

Bristlecone Pine
Bristlecone Pine

Cancellation Schedule:

-  90 days or prior to day 1 of tour = Refund of all registration fees and deposits

-  60-89 days prior to day 1 of tour = your workshop deposit will be retained

-  59 days or less prior to day 1 of tour = the full workshop tuition will be retained 

-  We strongly recommend that you purchase trip insurance if you need to cancel
   your tour and are unable to complete the tour for any reason

-  We reserve the right to cancel the photo tour for any reason including low
   enrollment in the tour. We also reserve the right to operate the workshop with one
   instructor if enrollment is lower than 6 participants.

Ancient Bristlecone Pine Panorama
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