La Jolla Cove Half Day Photography Workshop January 26, 2013

December 31, 2012  •  Leave a Comment

Award winning photographer and author Lee Kirchhevel will be leading a special half-day guided photography workshop, along with myself, at La Jolla Cove Saturday, January 26 from 8:00am to noon. We'll be focusing (pun intended) on the Brown Pelicans nesting along the rocky California shoreline.

This is the best time of year to capture stunning images of these large marine birds as they will be in full display of colorful breeding plumage.  Of course, there will also be other creatures to photograph like seals, as well as the spectacular shoreline and backdrop of La Jolla cove.

The cost is just $50.00 per person and will be limited to a total of 12 participants. You'll be sure to get plenty of hands on instruction as there will be two of us teaching the workshop.  

We suggest brining a DSLR with burst mode capability and a reasonably fast telephoto lens.  There will be panoramic landscape photography opportunities as well, so be sure to bring a wide angle lens if you have one.  It likely be chilly so you'll want to bring a jacket and sturdy walking or hiking shoes.  A tripod is good to bring if you have one.  You may wish to arrive early to ensure a parking space nearby. Additional information and suggestions will be provided to participants prior to meeting at the cove.

For more information or to sign up, please contact me at or Lee Kirchhevel at


Update 01/19/2013:


Hi Everyone,


We still have a few spots open for the La Jolla Cove photography workshop on Saturday January 26th.  If you’re interested, please call or email Lee Kirchhevel or David Lenhert at the one of the contact numbers below.


For those attending, here is how you can prepare.


First, plan on meeting at Children’s Pool near La Jolla Cove by 8:00am.  Parking is usually not a problem at this hour, but the earlier the better.  Be sure to park north of Jenner street to ensure longest parking times (note parking signs).  We’ll be walking a little more than 1 mile round trip.


Plan on staying until 12:00pm. You’re welcome to join us afterwards for some lunch and perhaps a tour of one or two nearby photography galleries.


Things to consider bringing with you (if you have them).


  1. Your DSLR Camera with a fully charged battery and freshly formatted memory cards (extras if you have them).
  2. A Telephoto lens. 200-400mm focal length is desirable (35mm effective*).
  3. A Wide angle lens optional for some panoramic landscape shots. Under 24mm is desirable (35mm effective*).
  4. Your camera’s User Guide, so we can help you with certain settings on cameras we’re not completely familiar with.
  5. A Tripod, if you have one, can be very helpful.  A monopod will work nearly as well.
  6. A speedlight flash if you’d like to try some fill lighting.
  7. Consider bringing a Polarizing filter and/or Graduated Neutral Density filter, if you have one.
  8. Lens cloth, microfiber cloth to keep equipment clean and dry.
  9. Bring a light jacket, comfortable shoes with good traction, and perhaps thin gloves in case its chilly in the morning.
  10. Water, hat, and sunscreen incase it gets hot & sunny. Snacks or a sack lunch if you like.  You can also join us for lunch at a nearby restaurant. 


Feel free to contact us if you have any questions.  We look forward to seeing you at La Jolla Cove.  I know you’ll come away with some great pictures and have a good time learning how to get the most out of your digital camera.


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