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Night Photography at Historic Bodie State Park


Milky Way over the Bodie Firehouse, by former student Marcy Pinetti

Milky Way over the Bodie Firehouse, by former student Marcy Pinetti

Hone your craft in Night Photography with me this summer at the incredible Bodie State Historic Park in eastern California.

In this special small-group workshop, the size is limited to 10 students, and we have the ENTIRE park to ourselves from 6PM to 1am. This means we will also get to shoot the sunset before night falls, AFTER the park is closed to the public. 

We have the park to ourselves, and we can shoot Bodie's incredible building exteriors juxtaposed against the gorgeous dark, starry skies of the Eastern Sierra. I will lead the group past many of Bodie's incredible landmarks, while providing instruction on the basics of landscape astrophotography. A guide from the Bodie Foundation will accompany our group to interpret the history of the park and its landmarks.

The fee for the Bodie workshop is $795/person.

This year, the class also includes Sunday night lodging (double occupancy) at the Bridgeport Inn in Bridgeport, as well as a 2-hour post processing session Monday morning.

The workshop is team-taught by me and Mike Okimoto, a Reno-based commercial and landscape photographer , a colleague and frequent teaching partner of mine. 

The class is limited to 10 students, so there is a 5/1 instructor-student ratio if the class fills up. The fee includes light snacks and drinks between sunset and nightfall, and portions of the fee go directly to Bodie Foundation for permits.

As you know, the park normally closes at sunset, so my workshops are operating under a special permit from the Bodie Foundation and CA State Parks, which includes a chaperone park ranger who will be with our group to interpret any questions anyone may have about the site.  It really is quite a special experience to be in the park at night!

Please email me or call 530-386-6492 ASAP about this if you are interested and I will add your name to the roster, these classes will fill up quickly due to the small group size. 

What is included:

  • Entry fee and permit fee to Bodie State Park

  • Teaching and Instruction

  • Snacks and drinks while in Bodie

  • Lodging at the Bridgeport Inn (Double Occupancy, Q/Q)

  • 2-Hour Post-Processing Session Monday Morning 6/24

What is Not Included:

  • Travel to/from Bodie and Bridgeport

  • Food at the Bridgeport Inn

  • Tips for your Bodie park ranger proctor / instructors

Note: You will be required to fill out and return a liability waiver for this workshop. We will be walking over uneven ground at night.