January 13, 2009 ·

Michael Reichmann


 A 4-Day Landscape Photography Workshop Conducted by Steve Kossack

 October 17 – 21, 2002

 This Workshop isNow Sold Out

Steve Kossack is an experienced photographic guide to the American Southwest. His tours and workshops, operated under the nameF-8 And Be There, allow visitors to this region to discover and explore some of the best photographic locations in the region in the company of a knowledgeable and experienced guide and instructor.

You can view some of Steve’s photographyhereand read more about his tours and workshopshere.

Steve has been co-instructor on severalLuminous Landscapeworkshops and has been highly regarded by participants. Several have subsequently hired him for private tours of the region.

This workshop is not operated by the Luminous Landscape nor associated with it in any way. But I can recommend Steve to you a as fine instructor and guide.


About the Workshop

F-8 And Be Thereworkshops and tours presents a mini-workshop in the spectacular and colorful Eastern Sierra Nevada. From Thursday October 17th thru Monday October 21, 2002 we will be photographing and exploring some of the most exciting terrain in the West. We will be chasing Fall color and light from 11,000 ft. down to the base of Yosemite National Park.

Southwest photographer Steve Kossack will lead this workshop. It’s size and design will lend itself the flexibility to travel and photograph the available Fall color during our 4-day shoot.

Merced River

Merced River & Bridal Veil Falls‚ Yosemite National Park.‚© 1998 Steve

Where is The Eastern Sierra?

California’s Sierra Nevada runs almost the length of the state. It’s southern edge holds Mt. Whitney, the highest peak in the lower 48 states. To the north are Reno, Nevada and the splendor of Lake Tahoe. Across the Owens Valley and paralleling the Eastern Sierra is the White Mountains and Boundary Peak, the highest point in Nevada. Above the tree line is the Bristlecone Pine Forest. High in the Sierra is the old boomtown of Bodie.

Mono Lake

Located directly at the bottom of the Tioga Road that leads to Yosemite’s high country, Mono Lake’s streams have been diverted to the California Aqueduct and to the city of Los Angeles, some 350 miles to the south. Today some of its water has been restored to the lake but this interesting and photographic oasis much resembles the bottom of any empty aquarium. Calcium deposits that once were on the bottom of the lake are called Tufas and will become our photographic destination.


Once, in the 19th century, a thriving boomtown, today it stands as a California State Park. Its official classification is "in a state of arrested decay". The mill is still there, as is its church and gas station. The drive in overlooks Mono Lake. This will be an excellent opportunity for architectural photography as well as landscapes.

Bristlecone Pine Forest

Well above the timberline, this enchanting and desolate place resembles a moonscape. Its thin air is among "bluest" of any place on earth. It will become clear almost immediately that we are just visitors to this wilderness and our shoot will take on the feeling of "being on top of the world".

Who Is This Trip For ?

It’s for you if:

You like working in the field from sunrise to sunset.

You want to  learning about landscape location and light.

You want to learn about equipment and strategies used in landscape photography.

You like traveling, and making images and new friends with like-minded people.

This Workshop

This workshop is small by design. It will allow for ALL levels of photographic experience. There will be no lectures or product endorsements. Personal instruction will be available at all times. The opportunity to photograph and share with the group will always be present. Print discussions can be a part of each day, depending on time available.

Weather, Equipment, Etc.

No one can predict color. It’s dependant on the amount of rain, snow and temperature. The dates of the workshop have been scheduled to coincide with historical best color, so this is our best guess as of now. The choice of location will provide altitudes that should find color (some years are much better than others) somewhere in our region.

The region is a land of changing weather. We may see snow but most likely there will be cold sunrises and sunsets, with wonderful warm days in between.

You can do this trip with any format or type of gear. A tripod is of course a must.

The Schedule

You will need 5 days. 2 of them are weekend days.

Thursday October 17, 2002 ‚ Arrive Reno Nevada by mid afternoon. Transportation to all locations, including the return to Reno on Monday is provided. A sunset shoot if travel times permit at Mono Lake.

Friday, October 18, 2002 ‚ Sunrise and A.M. shoot at Navy Beach, Mono Lake. Mid-day shoot at Bodie State Park (if road is accessible). Sunset in the Tioga Pass area.

Saturday, October 19, 2002 ‚ Sunrise on Conway summit overlooking Mono Lake or from the Mono County Cemetery. Mid-day exploring the Highway 395 corridor. Sunset in the Owens Valley.

Sunday, October 20, 2002 ‚ Sunrise and A.M. shoot in the Bishop Creek Recreation Area. Midday and Sunset in The Bristlecone Pine Forest.We will have a full moon rising at sunset just for us!

Monday, October 21, 2002 ‚ A sunrise shoot of choice depending on departure times and the return drive to Reno.

Please Remember

Mid October in the Sierra is shoulder time. We may be subject to road closures. The area holds many treasures at various altitudes. We will have ample location substitutes if our schedule is disrupted. There will be lots of shooting and field travel. The days will most likely begin well before sunrise and end well after sunset. Lots of film, determination, smiles and stories will be needed (Rock & Roll trivia will be provided) 🙂

The Cost:

The cost of this trip is U.S. $795. This includes all transportation to and from all shooting locations as well as pick up and drop off at Reno. You are responsible for your own travel arrangements to and from Reno. Your motel accommodations are included (2 to a room).

Although we will most likely eat our meals together, sometimes a break is nice. Therefore, you will be responsible for the cost of your own meals.

Bring film & food money and we’ll take care of the rest.

A deposit of $300 will be required when you register. The remaining balance ($495) will be due no later than August 17, 2002; 60 days before the trip. If you need to cancel before August 17, a full refund (less $25) will be available. After August 17, 2002 a full refund (less $100) will be made, but only if a replacement for you can be found in time.

If we have to cancel the trip for any reason you will receive a full refund.

With only 3 places available this workshop is bound to sell out quickly.

To register or to find out more, please e-mailSteve Kossackatf8nbthere@earthlink.netor telephone Steve at 1-928-649-0178.

 This Workshop isNow Sold Out

Michael Reichmann

Michael Reichmann is the founder of the Luminous Landscape. Michael passed away in May 2016. Since its inception in 1999 LuLa has become the world's largest site devoted to the art, craft, and technology of photography. Each month more than one million people from every country on the globe visit LuLa.

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