Northern California Coast Photographic Wonders Excursion
When is this excursion?
The Northern California Coast Photographic Wonders Excursion is Tue-Thu, July 11-13, 2017 and Tue-Thu, August 22-24, 2017 – two days. The excursion starts in Mendocino, CA around 5:00 AM each day (depending on sunrise and travel that day), and ends in Mendocino, CA around 10:00 PM each day (again, depending on sunset and travel that day); with an extended break each early afternoon. You MUST make your travel plans and proper arrangements so you can be in Mendocino, CA at the meeting/parking spot promptly by the start time both dates. You MUST BOOK and PAY FOR this excursion a MINIMUM of 25 days in advance.
MINIMUM REQUIRED TO CONDUCT THIS TOUR
The Northern California Coast Photographic Wonders Excursion requires a minimum of three (3) participants to be scheduled, and will not schedule more than six (6). If you are interested in this tour with a different number of people involved, either less or more than 3-6, please go to the Custom Tours page and fill out the questionnaire. We would be very happy to accommodate you!
What should I expect?
The Northern California Coast Photographic Wonders Excursion is truly breathtaking. You will finish your time in this amazing beautiful area wishing you had more time to spend here. There is just so much here to photograph! This is a full three-day excursion, and includes some of the most amazing photo opportunities you may ever encounter. The walking is mostly easy-to-medium (except for some off-trail hiking for those wanting certain images), and the pace is mild.
In Mendocino, CA, we have a meeting location where you can park safely and we provide all transportation for our many stops during the excursion. You will be responsible for arranging and paying for all your transportation to Mendocino, CA, your housing near the Meeting Place area (We will make recommendations), and all non-included meals during the entirety of the excursion.
The Northern California Coast Photographic Wonders Excursion departs our Mendocino, CA Parking/Meeting Spot early each morning (promptly at the time indicated in the Information Sheet for that day), and returns to the Meeting Spot in the late evening. If the day (based on time of sunrise and sunset) is long enough, there will be a break of a couple of hours or so in the middle of the day. The Excursion Information Sheet contains all the plans for each day and the exact times.
In addition to hours and hours of some of the most spectacular photography you may ever capture, your guide will go over one of your photos from this tour with you to make recommendations on techniques and approaches which will yield even more exceptional images. Plus, during the mid-day break on one of your days, your guide will also go over a beginning understanding of how to make your images really pop using Adobe Lightroom. There is tremendous value in every tour!
We will provide you with bottled water and snack bars both days.
Each excursion also includes one dinner per paid participant, and any necessary Park Passes/fees per paid participant.
Required: A Digital SLR Camera. We would also recommend a good zoom lens, and a sturdy tripod. You will not need a flash, but you MUST bring all your battery charging equipment, extra batteries (at least 2; I carry 4 for my camera) and whatever kind of memory cards your camera takes (more than you think you will need. You may well be taking over a thousand images in three days!). Please also bring what you need accounting for the possibility of rain, and taking pictures in rain.
Best: For the best pictures possible, the full list of recommended things to bring will be on your Excursion Information Sheet which we will send you soon after you book your trip.
Once you book the Northern California Coast Photographic Wonders Excursion, we will send you an information sheet outlining what specifics you need to know about that particular trip, more of what to expect, specifics on meeting locations, how to handle meals, housing recommendations, and what you need to bring. This trip involves some easy-medium hiking. Bring SOLID footwear, and be prepared to carry with you all the equipment you may need and a proper supply of water while walking or hiking. We use Camelbacks which carry our water supply and some equipment. The possibility of rain and/or dense fog during this excursion is very real. Rainfall and fog in this part of the country is frequent, and sometimes heavy. That is what makes this area so lush. BE PREPARED for hiking in such wet conditions with suitable rain wear which will protect you and your equipment during this excursion. Pay attention to the weather forecasts as your excursion dates approach. Umbrellas do not work in this environment. As with any trip of this nature, please be sure you are prepared physically for the requirements of your particular trip before committing and for seasonal weather. We will also be walking on occasion in water. We therefore strongly recommend you bring Water Shoes (they can be inexpensively purchased at Wal-Mart, on Amazon.Com, and found at major sporting goods stores) (Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/TECS-Womens-Aquasock-Water-Purple/dp/B019II1JAY/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1484084463&sr=8-1&keywords=TECS+Water+Shoes and https://www.amazon.com/TECS-Mens-Aquasock-Water-Black/dp/B019MGGA3S/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1484084463&sr=8-2&keywords=TECS+Water+Shoes). You will thank us for recommending them!
David Westfall is usually your guide, sometimes assisted by his son Dallas. Once on-site, we will assist each participant in seeing photo opportunities, and in setting your camera in such a way as to best capture quality photographs. Our efforts are to assist you to become comfortable enough in finding these photo opps and shooting them that you will ultimately feel confident wherever you may be.
Below are some images from a recent Northern California Coast Photographic Wonders Excursion: