Eastern Sierra

A Land of Contrasts, Land of Extremes

  • day / month / year

  • ... 3 day / 2 night
  • ... 900 miles (from San Diego)

Photo/Video Safari Timeline

This Photo Safari visits some of the most unique and least-visited natural wonders of California and the West — Mono Lake, the Alabama Hills, and the Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest. All the while, the Sierra Nevada — the "Range of Light" of Ansel Adams and John Muir — towers over us. This year we will also photograph at historic Bodie ghost town.

This will be a great opportunity to improve your photography regardless of your skill level. We explore equipment, exposure, films, composition, and the field techniques you can use to produce perfect images. Instruction and discussion takes place in the field as we travel to a variety of great scenic locations.

1 day


  • San Diego, start at 7:00 AM
  • Randsburg city (from 10:00 AM)
  • Dinner in BISHOP
  • Mono Lake (sunset)

2 day


  • Mono Lake (sunrise)
  • Mountain Light Photography (Bishop)
  • CARMA (observatory)
  • Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest

3 day


  • Alabama Hills (sunrise)
  • Lone Pine Film History Museums
  • Alabama Hills (arch trip)
  • Drive to San Diego
Eastern Sierra 2017

We cover subjects and techniques such as:

  • Choosing the right equipment
  • Professional exposure techniques
  • Creative composition—the rules and how to break them
  • Landscape and scenic techniques
  • Lens selection
  • Macro techniques
  • Tripods, heads, and mounts
  • Flash for nature photographers
  • Digital techniques and postprocessing
  • What to carry and how

Our small group size allows personal attention and lets us tailor the PhotoSafari to the interests of the participants. We will help you get the most from your photography, and you will come away with outstanding images. If you'd like to expand your nature photography in a spectacular setting, then join us in the Eastern Sierra. Come learn and photograph in some of the West's best and least-visited photo locations.

* Book the hotel in this places, please: Lee Vining and Big Pine.
** We recomend you to share car to comfortable drive and get amazing adventure! You will save your money and meet new friends.
*** If you start from Los-Andgeles, Meet us in the Ransburg city at 10:00 AM.

Tour includes:

+ Photo guide services
+ Advice in photography
+ Sunsets and Sunrises
+ Amazing landscapes

Eastern Sierra

Tour NOT includes:

- Food and Drink
- Medical insurance
- Hotels
- Car and gas

Time to day


1. Mono Lake

Nestled at the edge of the arid Great Basin and the snowy Sierra Nevada mountains in California, Mono Lake is an ancient saline lake that covers over 70 square miles and supports a unique and productive ecosystem. The lake has no fish; instead it is home to trillions of brine shrimp and alkali flies. Freshwater streams feed Mono Lake, supporting lush riparian forests of cottonwood and willow along their banks. Along the lakeshore, scenic limestone formations known as tufa towers rise from the water's surface. Millions of migratory birds visit the lake each year.
Mono Lake
photo: Igor generalov

2. Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest

The trees of the Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest in the White Mountains an hour’s drive to the east of Bishop are the oldest recorded living thing on earth. A millennium older than the Giant Sequoia trees in the nearby Sierra, many are well over 2,000 years old and the “Methuselah” tree in Schulman Grove is dated at more than 4,773 years old. These trees were young and growing at the time stone axes were being used in Europe, the Great Pyramid of Khufu (Cheops) was being built, and cuneiform clay tablets were being used in northern Syria.
Bristlecone pines (Pinus longaeva & aristata) grow in the White Mountains at elevations 9,000 to over 11,000 feet. The oldest trees grow on outcrops of dolomite, an alkaline calcareous, low nutrient soil. Only on the alkaline dolomite will you find pure, relatively dense stands of Bristlecone pine.
photo: Igor generalov

3. Alabama Hills

The Alabama Hills, a recreation area located in the shadow of Mt Whitney and the high Sierras, was a favorite movie location for old Hollywood and a staple of more cowboy movies then you can count. Throughout the last century, the Alabama Hills have appeared in hundreds of movies with even a recent Quintin Tarantino project being filmed here. When you visit the Alabama Hills though it is easy to see why it has become so popular. The surrounding mountains and sweeping desert give way to this small plot of majestic rocks that can’t cover more than a couple of square miles of the area. Other than this section there is nothing like them to the North or South, and because of that, they make for a unique day of exploration. The park itself has a lot of famous spots, but nothing is marked, and the uniqueness of this makes it feel like you are exploring something new every time you go. The only signs I have seen in the entire area are for the trailhead to Mobius Arch, other than that the Alabama Hills are a collection of dirt roads and rocks, allowing the explorer to craft whatever adventure their mind creates. However, if you are looking for some of the main attractions and movie locations, what follows are some of the most famous spots in this Alabama Hill.
Mono Lake, photo: Gleb Tarro
photo: Gleb Tarro
photo: Igor Generalov

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Igor Generalov

Igor Generalov

Filmmaker, Photographer, Editing Director, Producer and Designer.

Creative producer of international projects «Formula Drift. Russia» and «Eastern European Championship of Stuntriding". I work with commercials and documentaries films - more than 100 as a writer, director, cameraman.

  • Realtime school (MAYA)
  • Apple (Final Cut Pro)
  • British Higher School of Design (Interior Design and the Environment)
  • The Sankt-Petersburg University of Cinematography (cameraman)
Gleb Tarro

Gleb Tarro

Professional photographer, Journalist, Cameraman

Originally from Vladivostok, Russian far East region, Gleb Tarro currently lives in San Diego, CA, USA. Over 25 years of professional experience and classic education in photojournalism gives Gleb freedom to explore natural wonders and express his artistic vision through his photography.

  • Univercity of Dallas (English)
  • Far East State University (Journalism)


Take comfortable shoes with you. For good photos we will walk a lot. In the evenings in the mountains it will be cool, grab a light jacket or sweater. We recommend taking a few bottles with drinking water.

If you share the car for 2 person ($600/1 person):

  • Gas ..... $150
  • Hotels (2 night) ... $200
  • Food and drink ..... $100
  • Photo guide services ($370+$370) ..... $740
2. What equipment should I bring?

Participants should have a working knowledge of their equipment (know which button does what!) before the workshop. Equipment Suggestions:

  • DSLR camera with a wide-angle lens, (17-35mm range)and a zoom or fixed lens, like a 70-200 or 300mm.
  • A sturdy tripod is a necessity for good landscapes.
  • Laptop (if possible). We will review our images during our sessions.

You can shoot even on a smartphone. You can learn to take pictures with any camera. Professional technique requires a thoughtful approach and knowledge of many shooting nuances. The main thing is the ability to see the composition and feel the lighting in the frame.

3. How much camera & processing experience do I need?
No matter what skill level, I try to inspire each to learn new things while working at their own pace. My main approach involves teaching camera basics in manual mode so you, rather than the camera, can control how the final image looks. I will attempt to teach you the art of “learning to see”, by slowing down and looking at things more closely. I will show you the benefits of shooting digital images in the RAW format. You will be amazed at how much better your images will look after a weekend!
4. How big are the workshop sizes?
Class sizes range from 8-16 students so you are guaranteed focused personal attention to meet your interests and learning needs. Should a class size exceeds 10 students a second qualified professional photographer will assist the class. We create a low-stress, fun learning environment with a laid-back teaching approach. No matter what skill level, We try to inspire each student to learn new things while working at their own pace.

Fan photos from Safaris

photo: Gleb Tarro and Igor generalov


logotype Generalov Igor