Sierra Nevada, Eastern Wall



Eastern Sierra Nevada from Inyo Mountain Range           All photos © Bill Ellzey

The Eastern Sierra Wall

Dates: October 23-29

Workshop Fee: $1350

Instructors: Bill Ellzey, Craig Richards, Bruce Barnbaum



Full Workshop Description and Signup here.


The Eastern Sierra Wall, including Mono Lake, Bodie, Bristlecone Pines and Alabama Hills

(Writeup by Bruce Barnbaum)

The eastern escarpment, or “wall”,  of the Sierra Nevada Mountains presents one of the awesome mountain sights in the world. At this workshop we will range from the town of Bridgeport, to the northeast of Yosemite National Park, where the Sierra rises a mile above the surrounding landscape, to the town of Lone Pine, where the rugged escarpment rises more than two miles above the Owens Valley. Few mountain vistas anywhere rival this.

Between these two sites  is an exceptional variety of photographic opportunities. The ghost town of Bodie is near Bridgeport; world famous Mono Lake, with its bizarre tufa formations is even closer. Conway Summit, with its stunning views and extensive aspen groves is also close by, and should be at the height of its brilliant autumn colors coincident with our workshop.


The oldest living things on earth, the Bristlecone Pines, at 10,000 ft altitude in the White Mountains above Bishop, offer exceptional photographic opportunities in both color and black and white. At Lone Pine, the eye-popping fields of immense boulders known as the Alabama Hills form a surreal foreground to towering Mt. Whitney, the highest summit in the US outside of Alaska. Short walks in the Sierra take us to high mountain vistas matched by few places on earth.


The variety of spectacular field locations is equalled by the quality of the three instructors. Craig Richards is considered one of Canada’s premier photographers, with his specialty being the Canadian Rockies, but his talents go far afield to portraits of indigenous Mayan people in Guatemala’s highland mountain regions. Bill Ellzey has morphed from primarily a black and white cowboy photographer, using traditional methods, to color landscape work using digital methods. His range of experience and expertise is astounding. Bruce Barnbaum is known as much for the educational books he has authored (including his recent award-winning “Essence of Photography”) as for his photographs of the natural and man-made environment, in both black and white and color.


Together they will review everyone’s photographic work, with the most supportive, insightful and helpful suggestions you’ll ever hear. They will show their own work, inviting any questions about the thinking, the materials used, and the methods employed in their creation.

We will sleep in comfortable motels in both Bridgeport and Bishop, carpooling to each of our field sessions. For those flying into the workshop, Reno, Nevada is the airport of choice, a scenic two hour drive south to Bridgeport in California.




Bill Ellzey Photographs
PO Box 362
891 Camino Real [shipping]
Crestone, CO 81131,USA
Phone: 719-937-7787