I am partnering with Tours Abroad China to lead a workshop to "Scenic Sichuan" in October of this year. I am really excited about the combination of autumn foliage and the turquoise waters and waterfalls. This is a wonderful opportunity to explore some areas that many westerners have not seen or photographed, and to bring home some truly unique images. Here is some information about the region and about my workshop philosophy.
Sichuan Province is noted for its spicy food and varied landscapes. Eastern Sichuan is home to Chengdu and Chongqing, two great cities of the interior of China. Western Sichuan is ruggedly mountainous, with road access to Tibet. Northern Sichuan, where we will be, is home to two spectacular national parks.
Our first stop enroute to the national parks is Snow Mountain, a ski resort in winter, but snow-covered year round. We will stay on the mountain, and a cable car is available to take us to the top of the mountain.
The first of the national parks is Huanglong, which is noted for its colorful serried limestone pools of green, yellow, and turquoise waters, interspersed with waterfalls. Huanglong is famous for the Five Colored Pool which, true to its name, contains waters of differing colors, and is near Huanglong Temple.
Jiuzhaigou Nature Reserve, which is both a national park and a UN World Biosphere Reserve, is much larger than Huanglong, and we spend the better part of a week here. The park offers many miles of walking trails and autumn is the best time to view the fall foliage which serves as a visual counterpoint to the deeply turquoise waters and the surrounding mountains. For traditional landscape photographers, this is spectacular country indeed.
CHENGDU (1 NIGHT)
XILING SNOW MOUNTAIN (2 NIGHTS)
HUANGLONG NATIONAL PARK (2 NIGHTS)
JIUZHAIGOU NATIONAL PARK (6 NIGHTS)
CHENGDU (1 NIGHT)
For More Information about this wonderful opportunity to photograph landscapes in China please visit the Tours Abroad website. I also have some information on the Elizabeth Carmel Workshops page on my website.
Some Information on my Workshops (written by Elizabeth Carmel)
I consider myself a ”traditional” landscape photographer. I work primarily with the natural, unspoiled landscape when it is illuminated by beautiful light – primarily at dawn and dusk. I use a tripod and ultra-high resolution 40 megapixel digital capture with a Hasselblad H4D. During workshops I help students go through the process of selecting the correct location to get the shot through scouting and pre-visualization of the desired scene. We will review the best ways to compose a dramatic image based on my philosophy about creating depth and drama in the image through composition.
I go through proper tripod technique, proper camera settings, and focus procedures to ensure maximum depth of field and sharp image capture. I often use a split ND Filter, ND filter, and polarizing filters since the effects created by these filters are difficult to duplicate in photoshop. I feel that the best light only happens for a few moments each day, so our primary goal will be to capture the maximum number of exposures in the best locations during the best light. This requires preparation not only of equipment but our physical and mental state so we are alert and inspired at the optimum time for photography. We will not run ourselves ragged all day, capturing mediocre daylight shots, only to arrive at the sunset location exhausted. We will work a location with the urgency of a pro, and not just stay planted in one spot with our tripods. I would rather a student return from one of my workshops with five amazing shots rather than 500 mediocre ones. I will also review my image processing workflow, including my favorite plug-ins and special sauces to make images into stunning prints. Students should have a good tripod, cable release, backpack for all camera gear, and a camera they can use to capture once in a lifetime shots.
I am also leading a workshop in June 2011 at Lake Tahoe in partnership with the Mountain Light Gallery. More info on the Tahoe Workshop is at the Elizabeth Carmel Workshops link on my website.