Mentor Series: California Coast

The best images from our trek

Alex Sneiders
Alex Sneiders
Alex Sneiders
Alex Sneiders
Alex Sneiders
Alex Sneiders
Alex Sneiders
Debbie Middleton
Debbie Middleton
Debbie Middleton
Debbie Middleton
Debbie Middleton
Marvin McKinley
Marvin McKinley
Marvin McKinley
Ron Cuniff
Sandra Jungling
Sandra Jungling
Tom Stewart
Tom Stewart

California - Here we come.

With great anticipation trekkers arrived in Monterey California from around North America to learn more about this beautiful area and how to photograph it. For one trekker this was his sixth trek, while for others it was their first. Following introductions by coordinator Christine Cast and our mentor David Tejada we headed out to Hurricane Point. We spent over an hour taking pictures of the coast and the sunset. David encouraged us to experiment with our color balance settings and long exposure shots to create dreamy sea scenes or trails of car lights on the coastal highway. We then returned to the hotel for a lesson on using flash to enhance our images.

The next two days ended up being wet and cold and some adjustments to our initial itinerary were taken in stride by organizers and trekkers alike. We managed to stop at almost all of our planned spots - Point Lobos, the Carmel Mission, Garrapata State Beach, Julia Pfieffer State Park, and Bixby Bridge. To get out of the rain for a while we were treated to a visit of the world famous Monterey Bay Aquarium which provided an opportunity to use our cameras without tripods, monopods, or flash. Some of our best pictures came from this location.

The review sessions which were held during the trek provided beginners and advanced photographers with some great insights into improving their craft. David spent as much time as necessary with each trekker to ensure everyone left the sessions with positive feedback and constructive suggestions. We woke Sunday morning to a clear blue sky and we went to the beach by the hotel to capture the soft pink light of the early morning. By 7:00 am we were heading down the famous 17 Mile Drive. We stopped numerous times to take scenic shots, but for the golfers amongst us, a stop at the hallowed ground of the Pebble Beach Golf Club was the icing on the cake. We returned to the hotel for another review session and the final slide show. Once again it was astonishing to see how each photographer was able to capture something unique at every location. It was a great four days and I look forward to future treks with the Mentor Series.