The Legendary California Coast:
from Monterey to Big Sur

September 3 - 8, 2017

A magical place where landscape photography was born






Monterey to Big Sur, California

Class Size
10 participants

Craig Varjabedian


Activity Level - Intermediate
You should be prepared to carry your own gear and be capable of walking and light hiking on sandy beaches and somewhat rocky terrain.

Please telephone 505/983.2934 to register [more]

No-interest payment plans available: Please inquire.




The beautiful California coast is one of the most magical places in the world to make photographs, especially the Central Coast area near Monterey, Carmel-by-the-Sea, Point Lobos, and Big Sur. Here the landscape encompasses dramatic ocean and mountain views, under a magnificent, ever-changing sky. Landscape painter Francis McComas described the area as "the greatest meeting of land and water in the world." This is the place where landscape photography as we know it today was born. Ansel Adams, Edward Weston, Wynn Bullock, Morley Baer, and many other important photographers made their homes here, honed their craft, and created some of their most memorable images.

Join award-winning photographer Craig Varjabedian to explore and photograph hidden beaches and dramatic seascapes in this beautiful area. In addition to making photographs, we plan a studio visit to Wildcat Hill, where we will view the photography of Kim Weston along with the work of his grandfather, Edward Weston. We will also enjoy a private conversation with Barbara Bullock-Wilson and learn more about the photography of her parents, the legendary photographers Wynn and Edna Bullock, whose work we will see as well. And throughout the workshop we will be making photographs—lots of them.

This is a shooting-intensive workshop and tour, with Craig providing hands-on one-on-one guidance in the field as needed. Whether you are pointing your camera at the sunlit arch at Pfeiffer Beach or capturing sea otters at play at Point Lobos, this workshop will provide many opportunities to make great photographs in a spectacular landscape. The workshop will be based in Carmel-by-the-Sea, California.

Whether you are pointing your camera at a magnificent rock formation or capturing the dynamic weather, you'll spend time challenging yourself and improving your image-making abilities. On field shoots, you will receive one-on-one instruction and attention while you work with your camera, with emphasis on encouraging you to think more deeply about how you create photographs.

You should be prepared to carry your own gear and be capable of walking and light hiking on sandy beaches and somewhat rocky terrain. You should have a good understanding of your digital camera in order to get the most out of this workshop. You will need to have Lightroom installed on your laptop computer and have a basic understanding of the software. You need to know how to use auto bracketing on your camera.

Lots of enthusiasm for making pictures. Your digital camera with lenses, a tripod, and filters. Your laptop computer to view images made during the week. (We will provide a detailed list of necessary gear before the workshop begins.)

Our workshops are for photographers in good health. Workshops require that you have the ability to carry your camera gear while hiking and/or walking over different terrains. Please contact our studio if you have any questions/concerns about your capabilities/fitness in regards to the workshop.

Photographic instruction/guidance, location fees, breakfasts, one group dinner and double occupancy lodging. Single supplement available. Please call our studio for further information.



Craig Varjabedian, the founder and main instructor at Eloquent Light, is an award-winning photographer who explores the back roads of the American West, making pictures of the land and the people who live on it, telling stories. . . one photograph at a time.

Tye Hardison has photographed all across New Mexico since 1999. A meticulous craftsman with a native’s sensitive eye, he assists Craig in the field and with Eloquent Light's photography workshops. Tye is Adobe Lightroom Certified. This means that after rigorous testing by Adobe, he is now considered an expert in the joys and pitfalls of Lightroom photo editing software. His expertise in Lightroom will provide new tools for workshop attendees.






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