Butano State Park. 2011. Email to order a print. See the California's Highway One: San Francisco South May 19-20, 2012
Welcome to the May 2012 Edition of the Stephen Johnson Photography Newsletter.
I've been teaching a lot lately, and the pleasure of connecting with people and working to make a real difference for them has a terrific and life enrichining effect on me too...
This month's Newsletter's View From Here column walks through some of the places Steve loves along California's Highway One coast south of our studio here in Pacifica, California. We hope you enjoy reading it and perhaps will send us some comments. Our Tutorial this month discusses Adobe's new RAW Processor capabilities in Photoshop CS6 and Lightroom 4.
LATEST NEWS: We've also just added a new class to the summer schedule: Photoshop CS6 and Photographers July 28-31, 2012.
For those of you in the Rochester New York area, Steve will be lecturing at the George Eastman House on Thursday June 14 at 7pm.
We have a great coastal workshop coming up this spring. A roving workshop, in and out of our Pacifica studio and along the beautiful San Mateo Coast as the setting for our California's Highway One San Francisco South. Check it out!
As part of our ongoing commitment to photographic education, there is one student scholarship spot in many of our classes. Please pass the word along.
Our annual sojourn to Maine and the Maine Media workshops is coming up in Rockport for those of you who can join us on the east coast. Our Vision & Craft: Perfecting the Photograph landscape class runs June 18-22, 2012, and the Printing Photographic Beauty course runs June 24-30, 2012.
The Summer Digital Bootcamp, From RAW to Print is now on the schedule for July 16-21, 2012 with an early enrollment $200 discount for the first 4 students.
The individual opportunity to study printing with Steve this summer has been added with our very intensive The Fine Print: A Week of Advanced Hands-on Printing Work with Steve July 23-27, 2012.
For discounted time studying with Steve, keep in mind our Mentoring Program announced last fall.
Our busy schedules and limited budgets often keep us from destination workshops or classes, but many of you still have questions you need answered, or need feedback on some new work. We want to remind you of our Virtual Online Consulting Program. This service allows all of you out there around the globe to consult online live with Steve on technical, aesthetic and workflow issues using Skype and your webcam.
Our Essays and Tutorials from the past couple of years can now be found on Google Blogger with thanks to the work of Alex Dziesinski and Sara Johnson.
We hope you can come by the gallery and see the Exquisite Earth exhibition, its accompanying very special Exquisite Earth Portfolio 1, join us on a workshop, rent lab space, or just say hello and let us know what you are up to photographically and what you might like to see us offer.
FEATURED PRINT May 2012Rocks Pebble Beach 1994.
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my first trip out on the coast with Michael Collette and his prototype4x5 Betterlight Scanning back in 1994. It was a remarkable and historic day for me.
cameras should always be ready, as visual wonders come in all forms
THE VIEW FROM HERE
Highway One Coastal Gems
Thinking about the Highway One San Francisco South workshop coming up, naturally made me think about times along the coast and some of places I return to again and again. There are so many gems along the way, but a few do stick out, and we will be spending time in some of those during the workshop.
For those of you in the Bay Area, or visitors to California, take these places in when you can.
Fitzgerald Marine Reserve
One of my favorite places along the coast is the Fitzgerald Marine Reserve in
Moss Beach. Named for the former county supervisor who helped create its
protected status, James Fitzgerald, the reserve is mostly known for its great tide pools
and wide variety of species.
However, as a photographer, it is the scenic qualities of the place that keep me coming back. The forest on the cliffs above the tide-pools are what stay in my mind. A beautiful long stand of cypress trees lines the east side
of the rise running roughly north and south. Most of the cliff top is covered in a
forest of straight and tall Monterey pines, contrasting beautifully with the reach of
Crossing San Vicente Creek SW of the parking lot leads to trails extending
through a maze of trees, some fallen, and vines, including such diverse oddities
as palms, german ivy and pampas grass. The trail can be looped south down to
the beach, past the old foundation of the Smith-Doelger homesite from the early
1900s. It is a short 1.2 mile walk along the cliffside, down the beach and circling
back to the parking lot via a walkway along the creek.
Views to the south include the well known Moss Beach Distillery and Seal Cove, to the north the mountains and cliffs of Montara mountain, Devil's Slide and on a clear day even Pt. Reyes stretching out to sea from Marin county.
The reserve exists because of tide-pools and marine life. The sea life drew
people here longer than recorded history. What is believed to be a stone tool
dating back 5,700 years was discovered here in 1994. People gathering seafood,
researchers amazed at the biological diversity, and visitors simply fascinated by
the unique glimpse into tidal life have been coming here for the last hundred
years. I certainly came to know the place much better by bringing my children
here many times.
Marine life is the heart of the reserve, including anemones, and sea urchins. Over
25 new marine species have been observed at the reserve, several of which are only
found at Fitzgerald. Wildlife flying and swimming through the area include California sea lions, harbor
seals, and many birds including Great Blue Herons, egrets, terns, and
In the late 19th century by German immigrant Juergen Wienke built The Moss Beach Hotel here. He built a successful business, drawing tourists to the area, and planted the many cypress trees seen there today. The Ocean Shore Railroad brought more people after it reached the area in 1908. The Hotel flourished until burning down in 1911. The Reefs restaurant was built before World War I by Charley Nye who also made a successful business here. The Reefs was destroyed by storms in 1931, then later rebuilt further up the hill as Reefs II.
In response to increasing damage to the area from visitation, motorcycles on the cliffs, cars on the beach and other high impact issues, the county created the reserve in 1969. Naturalist Bob Breen was hired and made a huge difference in the preservation, and understanding of the reserve.
Today the reserve is blessed with and endures 130,000 visitors annually and in
the classic challenge of public conservation projects, is being loved to death by
such high visitation.
Good resources on the reserve can be found on the web at:
Brush and Hillside, Stage Road. 2008
Stage Road and Pescadero
The hills and farms along the old Stage Road leading into Pescadero is one of my country road retreats. I love the wander, the hills, the views, all so close to the coast, leading to an entirely different view of the Bay Area.
The San Gregorio Store is a must stop along the way, as well Duarte's in Pescadero.
The Redwood forests of 2800 acre Butano Redwood State Park keep drawing me back, into another world of a coastal rainforest with towering trees, banana slugs, creeks and ferns. The trails take you into a forest of redwoods on the hills, with fern lined creeks cutting through the lowlands.
Although most of the park is second growth redwoods, some huge old growth trees remain. The park is drained by Butano creek, a name apparently derived from local native American stories as “a gathering place for friendly visits.”
It is a magical place, where light is constantly scattering through the trees which sway in the wind and make their own creeky stand up sound. It smells like a forest, where life and decay are in a constant dance of renewal.
Pebble Beach (Bean Hollow State Reserve)
One of my favorite places anywhere is Pebble State Beach on Highway One near Pescadero. The tide pools, pebble beach and small bay are great. But the unearthly landscape of rocks is almost beyond belief in their abstraction and sensuality. Among the formations, a unique erosion pattern called tafoni is scattered about the the more sensual sandstone forms.
The beach is a great place to watch wildlife as well, from harbor seals, pelicans and the life-filled tide pools. On a field trip many years ago, one of my photo classes was blessed with a breaching whale, just offshore. Whether or not on the workshop, it is a place one must go!
A few things I would like you to keep in mind...
Our One on One Program links you up with Steve at his bay area studio, or when he is on the road near you. Keep and eye on when Steve will be near your town.
Catch Steve Live: Steve will be speaking here and there around the country over the next few months, June in NY, late June in Maine, early August in MI.
Photoshop CS6 and RAW
(excerpt from the book Stephen Johnson on Digital Photography unreleased revised electronic version)
Mosaic Canyon, Death Valley
Beautiful posters from Steve's National Parks work.
National Park Color Notecard Set
From "With a New Eye" Beautiful 300 line screen offset reproductions with envelopes in clear box. A great gift.
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