Eagle Field Night Photography Workshop

 A row of trucks under the moonlight at Eagle Field - by Joe Reifer

A row of trucks under the moonlight at Eagle Field - by Joe Reifer

This morning Troy Paiva and I announced a new night photography workshop to our email list. We’ll be at Eagle Field for the full moon this November – it’s a historic WWII air training base with a cool collection of cars, planes, and old buildings. As of this afternoon, the workshop is full. Contact me to get on the waiting list, or to get on the notification list for next time.

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Paul's Junkyard Night Photography Workshop

Dinosaur of destruction -- by Joe Reifer
Dinosaur of destruction -- by Joe Reifer

Registration is open for the fall 2011 night photography workshop at Paul's Junkyard! The workshop runs September 10-12, 2011, and includes 3 afternoons of technique discussions, critiques, and post-processing demos. After the classroom sessions it's off to the junkyard for 3 nights of shooting and hands-on instruction with Joe Reifer and Troy Paiva. Workshop tuition is $900.

Paul's is a Mojave Desert junkyard with hundreds of vehicles, including a wide array of tv and movie prop cars. There are police cars, ambulances, fire trucks, buses, limousines, taxis, armored cars, garbage trucks, RVs, heavy equipment, a jet, and 2 helicopters! The site also contains a crushed cars, farm equipment, collapsing garage buildings, and piles of metal waiting to be recycled. This amazing mix of vehicles and debris is a night photography paradise.

Photos of Paul's Junkyard by: Joe Reifer | Troy Paiva | and previous workshop participants

Ready to shoot under the full moon at an amazing desert junkyard this Fall? Just send me an email to sign up or if you have questions.

And don't park too close to the dinosaur:

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Paul's Junkyard photo workshop: Cutting cars in half at sunset

The first Paul's Junkyard night photography workshop was a blast. At sunset on the second night, the owner cut a car in half, and then lifted another one in the air for us to photograph. I was tempted to dub dinosaur sounds over the video. Troy Paiva and I saw some amazing work during the critique sessions, and we're looking forward to seeing more photos online soon. I'll be featuring some photos right here on my blog, and also keep an eye on the Flickr group.

We're planning to do another workshop at Paul's in the fall. The April workshop sold out in less than a day. The best way to grab a spot is to get on our email notification list. We promise not to use your car to demonstrate how the giant metal cutter works.

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Night photography: Farewell, Pearsonville Junkyard

Our one night Farewell, Pearsonville Junkyard Workshop was a lot of fun. The strange weather patterns of 2011 brought intense rushing storm clouds over the Sierra, with a full moon high above -- perfect conditions for night photography. Some amazing images from the photographers who attended the workshop are starting to appear in the Pearsonville Workshop Flickr Group. Thanks to everyone who attended -- were those some awesome clouds or what?

After our ceremonial midnight toast, a light rain started blowing. There was still some blue sky and moonlight, so we kept on shooting. Sometimes bad weather can make for some good photographs.

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Bodie Night Photography: Mono Lake Festival 2011

Bodie house with bicycle and sawhorse -- by Joe Reifer
Bodie house with bicycle and sawhorse -- by Joe Reifer

The Bodie night photograph above is one of the few keepers from a 2006 workshop. Plagued with focus problems on a pesky Canon 17-40mm lens, I ended up with a 2-3 digital shots and a couple of good film shots. A question that comes up from time-to-time is how can you shoot Bodie ghost town at night? Bodie is open 8a.m. to 6 p.m. in the summer, until 5 p.m. in October, and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the winter if you're willing to ski, snowshoe, or snowmobile in. Lance Keimig is typically one of the only people who gets the permit to be there after dark, and this June is your big chance.

The Mono Lake Night Photography Festival runs June 12-15th, 2011. The Festival is $395 and includes one night of shooting at Bodie, as well as the South Tufa area of Mono Lake, and the weird rocks of Olmstead Point in Yosemite. For an additional fee you can opt to take a beginner's workshop with Tim Baskerville of the Nocturnes, an advanced workshop with Lance Keimig and Scott Martin, or both. Workshop attendees get two nights of shooting at Bodie.

The Festival includes afternoon lectures from 3-5:30 p.m. each day with night photography luminaries including: Troy Paiva, Tom Paiva, Susanne Friedrich, Stu Jenks, Joe Reifer, Gabriel Biderman, Andy Frazer, Dan Squires and Al Hiltz. Word on the street is that there will be a extra special guest presenter from Adobe, too. Here's an outline of my presentation:

23 Epiphanies: Take a rollicking ride through the work of 23 visual artists with Joe Reifer as he discusses the value of cultivating a wide range of artistic influences. Zig-zag through time and across genres with examples of vernacular photography, conceptual art, painting, and cinema that have something to teach us about night photography.

Photographers in Bay Area night photography circles including myself still speak fondly of the 2006 Festival. I'm sure the 2011 event will be just as legendary. For more details see Lance Keimig's Night Skye website. See you at Mono Lake!

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Farewell to Pearsonville Night Photography Workshop on March 18th

Farewell to Pearsonville -- by Joe Reifer
Farewell to Pearsonville -- by Joe Reifer

Since I posted the Pearsonville trip report and night photography galleries, Troy Paiva and I have had requests from workshop alumni for a last chance to shoot the yard. About 65% of the junkyard has been cleared out, leaving about 300 vehicles and a lot of space. Still plenty to shoot.

Due to our workshop and travel schedules this spring, the upcoming March moon is the only time we can make this happen. We floated the idea to our email list, and have the minimum number of folks to make this event a go -- but there's still room for a few more! To keep things economical, we're offering one last night at Pearsonville on Friday, March 18th. Tuition is $250, and includes access to the yard from 5pm-2:30 a.m. -- this shoot-only workshop includes 2 hours of daytime scouting, and 7.5 hours of night shooting. Limited to 10 people.

Yes, it's only two weeks away, and we do apologize for the last minute notice, but we'd like to see if you'd like one last night to get that perfect shot, see some old friends, and document the remaining cream of the crop at Pearsonville. Email me or use the contact form to sign up!

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Paul's Junkyard Night Photography Workshop with Troy Paiva and Joe Reifer

Armored car I -- by Joe Reifer
Armored car I -- by Joe Reifer

Registration for the first night photography workshop at our new location opened this morning via email list, and filled by early afternoon. The Paul's Junkyard Night Photography Workshop runs April 15-17, with headquarters in Lancaster. Contact me if you'd like to get on the waiting list, or to get on the email list for priority notification on future workshops.

Here's a gallery of 18 new night images from Paul's Junkyard: a Mojave Desert location with hundreds of vehicles, many used as props in the television and film industry. There are police cars, ambulances, fire trucks, buses, limousines, taxis, armored cars, garbage trucks, travel trailers/RVs, semi-trucks, heavy equipment, a jet, and 2 helicopters. The site also contains a crushed cars, farm equipment, collapsing garage buildings, and piles of metal waiting to be recycled. This amazing mix of vehicles and debris is a night photography paradise. Enjoy the photos, and hope to see you at a future workshop!

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