Sierra Nevada Mountains Fall Colors
California’s Eastern Sierra region offers a wealth of dramatic landscapes—it is a land of rugged steep escarpments, and rolling, sage-covered hills, otherworldly limestone formations risen from an alkaline lake, and deserted ghost towns crumbling back to the earth. Some of the oldest trees in the world still cling to the region’s mountain ridges, standing sentry over the plains below. From Mount Whitney—the highest mountain in the lower 48 states—to the Eastern entrance of Yosemite National Park, the Eastern Sierras provide endless opportunities for exploration.
We’ve planned our Eastern Sierra Workshop for autumn, when the Owens Valley reaches peak color. Join Muench Workshops pros Greg Vaughn and Lisa LaPointe on a journey to photograph the yellow aspens of June Lake, the tufa columns in Mono Lake, the rounded granite forms of the Alabama Hills, and much more. With a 1:4 instructor-to-guest ratio, there will be plenty of individual attention and opportunities for image reviews. Expect to learn about composition, the art of seeing, timed exposures, focus stacking, and post-processing in Lightroom and Photoshop.
We’ll be staying at comfortable hotels in both Lee Vining and Bishop; all provide ready access to our intended locations. Muench Workshops holds all necessary permits for this workshop from the Inyo County Forest Service.
October 1–5, 2020
Itinerary and General Information
October 1, 2020: Meet us by midday today in Mammoth Lakes, California. We’ll pick you up at the Mammoth Lakes airport if you fly, or we’ll meet you at a prearranged point in town if you drive. We’ll then make our way together to the town of Lee Vining for our first sunset shoot at Mono Lake.
October 2, 2020: We’ll plan to shoot sunrise at Mono Lake, followed by breakfast and our first image review. We’ll then visit locations along the June Lake loop road for the afternoon and sunset. This is a great location in the fall for aspens in golden light. Afterwards, we’ll return to our hotel in Lee Vining for a late dinner.
October 3, 2020: We’ll select a sunrise shoot location based on weather, followed by breakfast. We’ll then drive south to Bishop, at the bottom of Owens Valley, where we’ll explore the Owens River. We’ll photograph petroglyphs, willows and cottonwoods until sunset. Afterwards, dinner and an image review.
October 4, 2020: Today we’ll drive south to the Alabama hills, staying for sunrise through to sunset. We’ll have breakfast and lunch in the town of Lone Pine, close to our shooting locations. After nightfall, we’ll head back to Bishop for dinner and much-deserved rest after a long day.
October 5, 2020: On our final morning, we’ll photograph the Owens River valley, flanked by the towering Sierra Nevada Mountains. Then, following breakfast, we’ll drive back to Mammoth where the workshop concludes.
What To Bring
Please see our What to Bring page now for guidelines on packing. Approximately 90 days before your workshop, you will be sent a PDF with more specific instructions.
Double occupancy lodging (single available, just ask)
All meals during the workshop
All transportation during the workshop
Guiding and instruction from Greg Vaughn and Lisa LaPointe
Image critiques and post-processing
Fun, inspiration and a great time!