Point Lobos and Big Sur California

Tour Intro

Land Cost is Single Accommodation. Discount will be applied $300 if in shared.

Point Lobos and Big Sur have been a mecca for photographers for decades. Think Edward and Brett Weston, Ansel Adams, Wynn Bullock, Minor White, and more. This photography tour will give participants an intimate opportunity to photograph this iconic coastal landscape in all its majesty. Nowhere will you find a more dramatic meeting of land and sea, from quiet, hidden coves to cypress covered thundering headlands. All camera formats are welcome, so if you want to bring your 8x10, this is your chance.

A word about fitness: Although there is no age limit, participants need to be in reasonably fit condition. Most locations require walking and although the trails are not steep, neither are they paved. Participants must feel comfortable navigating tree roots, stepping stones, across streams, and climbing knee high boulders when necessary. A good sense of balance is a must. If you are not realistic about your fitness level, you will be very limited and equally unhappy. It might also be worth noting that although we will often have access to facilities, there is no guarantee that one will be available when you need it. However, rocks and bushes abound!
Join accomplished photographer Frank Lavelle on this amazing photography experience. Frank has done this trip several times to Point Lobos and Big Sur, but always by himself, and he is excited to share it with you. He has specifically designed this program for photographers, with enough time in the natural wonders of this dramatic coastline and historical highlights. You will take time to photograph the varied landscape, and the distinctive architecture. Frank has been a photo educator since 1977, teaching all levels of black & white, color photography, as well as alternative printing and other specialty courses. He has taught at such institutions as Corcoran School of Art, Trinity College, Northern Virginia Community College, and University of Delaware, where he earned an MFA in Photography. Frank was also the Director of Photographic Education for the Smithsonian Associates in Washington, DC, overseeing a program that offers approximately 85 courses per year.

All the while, Frank continues to pursue his own work by photographing here and abroad, exhibiting regularly at the Kathleen Ewing Gallery in Washington, DC. Most recently, Frank has become interested in using Photoshop’s “digital darkroom” as an alternative to the traditional darkroom. As you explore this beautiful area and sense its past, Frank will help you to see and to maximize the photographic possibilities all around you. www.lavellephoto.com

Tour Itinerary

May 17: Home - San Jose, CA
Church

Photo By: Frank Lavelle

Photo Location: California

Everyone will depart from home today and fly to San Jose, California airport. You will need to arrive by 4PM the latest. Your accommodations are in Carmel, which is a two-hour drive from San Jose. Frank will meet everyone by 4PM (actual time to be announced) and drive on to Carmel – By The – Sea. You will stop for dinner en-route or once you arrive in Carmel. All meals will be at own cost during the tour. After checking into the hotel we will go over the itinerary for the week.

May 18-23: Point Lobos and Big Sur
Coastal Landscape

Photo By: Frank Lavelle

Photo Location: California

Each day will feature at least one morning and one afternoon shooting location. We will take our time and explore each location thoroughly. Our home base will be in Carmel, just minutes from Point Lobos and the start of Big Sur. As a result, driving times and distances will be kept to a minimum, allowing more time for photographing. Several of our locations will be visited more than once, allowing us to take advantage of the change in tides and light, and exploring each location in greater depth. For those who bring their laptops and desire greater critical feedback on their images, Frank will conduct individual or group critiques in the mid afternoons or evenings.

In addition to the spectacular coast, we will travel inland one day, visiting two historic 18th century Spanish Missions, the historic town of San Jaun Bautista, and the volcanic wonders of our newest national park, Pinnacles (2013). We will see waterfalls, a hidden valley of Redwood trees, a 19th century lighthouse complex, birds galore, wildflower covered dunes, and wildlife aplenty. It is also birthing season for the seals and sea lions.

May 24: Carmel - San Jose
Bridge CA

Photo By: Frank Lavelle

Photo Location: California

Frank will return you to the San Jose, CA airport today for flights leaving at 1PM or after. Actual time will be announced.

Photo Leader

Frank Lavelle
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Frank Lavelle

Frank Lavelle, has been a photographer most of his adult life and a photo educator for the past 38 years.  He has taught all levels of black & white and color photography as well as alternative printing and other specialty courses.  He has taught at colleges and art schools (Corcoran School of Art; University of Delaware, where he earned an MFA in Photography; Trinity College; and Northern Virginia Community College – many of them simultaneously!), nationally recognized photo workshops (The Maine Photographic Workshops, 1996 to 2010, Palm Beach Photo Workshops, 1989-2002, The Lepp Institute of Digital Imaging, 2007, and Santa Fe Photographic Workshops, 2007 to 2010), high schools, and adult ed programs.  He leads travel photography workshops to Ireland, Venice, Tuscany, Turkey, Cuba, and Morocco.   For 25 years he was Director of Photographic Education for the Smithsonian Associates in Washington, DC, overseeing a program that offered approximately 85 courses per year, programmed on a quarterly basis. He produced the curriculum, interviewed instructors, and managed a core group of ten faculty members, as well as the facility in general. Currently, he teaches photography at Newspace and Oregon College of Art and Craft, both in Portland, Oregon. Frank will help you to see and to maximize the photographic possibilities all around you.

The trip was a '10' in every way. Frank and your guides were the best in every way. Frank gave me a lot of attention, everyone was very helpful along the way. Your arrangements were excellent and I will do othe trips with Strabo again.

D. Martell

Pricing and Details

US Dollars based upon minimum of 3 paying participants. All our program prices are based on double occupancy unless noted in exceptions.

Single rooms are subject to availability. We try to accommodate travelers who request single accommodations, as well as travelers who are looking for a roommate. If a single room is requested, or if we are unable to find a suitable roommate, you will be required to pay the supplement.

Testimonials

Frank is able to explain and teach how to use camera, features, or concept in easy to understand explanations.

W. Heiss

Frank Lavelle was completely selfless and was always available to answer questions and give help whenever needed, day or night. It was quite evident that he was totally devoted to insuring that participants benefited as much as possible from their photography experience in Turkey. He obviously has a great sense of humor, is an excellent teacher and is fun to be with. Of the many workshop and photo leaders I have had contact with, he is the best I have ever encountered!

T.Cassen - Lavelle

Would consider another trip with Frank.

P. Richmond

Additional Notes

Frank Lavelle, has been a photographer most of his adult life and a photo educator for the past 38 years.  He has taught all levels of black & white and color photography as well as alternative printing and other specialty courses.  He has taught at colleges and art schools (Corcoran School of Art; University of Delaware, where he earned an MFA in Photography; Trinity College; and Northern Virginia Community College – many of them simultaneously!), nationally recognized photo workshops (The Maine Photographic Workshops, 1996 to 2010, Palm Beach Photo Workshops, 1989-2002, The Lepp Institute of Digital Imaging, 2007, and Santa Fe Photographic Workshops, 2007 to 2010), high schools, and adult ed programs.  He leads travel photography workshops to Ireland, Venice, Tuscany, Turkey, Cuba, and Morocco.   For 25 years he was Director of Photographic Education for the Smithsonian Associates in Washington, DC, overseeing a program that offered approximately 85 courses per year, programmed on a quarterly basis. He produced the curriculum, interviewed instructors, and managed a core group of ten faculty members, as well as the facility in general. Currently, he teaches photography at Newspace and Oregon College of Art and Craft, both in Portland, Oregon.

As you explore this beautiful area and sense its past, Frank will help you to see and to maximize the photographic possibilities all around you.

Terms and Conditions

Unless otherwise noted, this information applies to all tours.

Airfare

Contact Strabo Tours if you would like rates on International Airfare. Please note on your trip application form if you would like us to assist you with your airfare needs, a charge is added for this service. If making your own arrangements, it is important to discuss flight times with Strabo Tours before booking any airline tickets. This will avoid you having to pay airline cancellation penalties. Please contact Strabo Tours for destination airfare estimates, specific flight time arrivals, and departures.

The land cost includes:
  • Group transportation for tour events in the tour van.
  • Accommodations based on two people sharing a room, singles are assigned on a first come, first served basis.
  • Services of driver, English speaking cultural guide (if applicable) and photographic leader, during the tour.
  • Meals as listed in itinerary (B=breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner).
  • Park entrance fees, day tours and excursions as shown in the itinerary.
  • Extensive pre-departure information and services.
The land cost does not include:

Domestic or International air fare; other airfare if noted in exceptions; air fare tax; airport departure tax; airport transfers; additional transfers or accommodations that may be required by those not traveling with the group; excess baggage charges; meals not included in itinerary; activities taken on your own; passport/visa expenses; personal medical or travel insurance; any expenses of a personal nature, such as room service, laundry, beverages not included with meals, medical expenses, photographic equipment, any activities not specified in tour itinerary or listed as optional, or any items not listed in what is included; fuel surcharges; exchange rate surcharges; upon the completion of your trip, modest gratuities to the local guides and the drivers are customary; tips for meals not included in itinerary.

Fitness and Health

The majority of trips are not strenuous (see exceptions below for particular destinations) and anyone who is reasonably fit should be able to take part in most of the activities. You may experience general fatigue due to the long flights and the change in time zones. You will need to be sufficiently agile to climb in and out of the tour van and be able to carry and manage your own equipment. We will frequently hike trails ranging from easy to moderate. Some hotels do not have elevators or air conditioners.

If you have any special needs or any physical condition that you feel might prevent you from fully participating, please contact Strabo Tours with your concerns (607-756-8676).

You should also be aware that medical services or facilities might not be readily available during all or part of your trip. This could include emergency medical care, presence of physicians, or adequate medication.

Exceptions:

The following destinations require more physical activity. Bhutan, China, Patagonia, Peru, Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands, New Zealand, Scotland, Domestic tours. On the African Safari you will spend many hours in a vehicle on game drives, land travel will sometimes be over very bumpy and dusty roads. Galapagos Cruise accommodations are in upper and lower berths (bunk beds) only.

The following destinations require more physical activity. Bhutan, China, Patagonia, Peru, Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands, New Zealand, Scotland, Domestic tours. On the African Safari you will spend many hours in a vehicle on game drives, land travel will sometimes be over very bumpy and dusty roads. Galapagos Cruise accommodations are in upper and lower berths (bunk beds) only.

Deposits, Cancellations AND Refunds

A deposit of $750 ($500 on domestic tours) per person is required. Specific tours may require an additional deposit due to accommodation bookings or transportation requirements. If applicable these will be noted on your invoice. Payment in full is required when bookings are made less than 120 days before the departure date. Space is subject to cancellation by Strabo if payment is not received when due.

If a passenger wishes to cancel they must send notification in writing to: Strabo International Tour, Co., P.O. Box 580, Dryden, NY 13053; fax 208-545-4119. At the time we receive your notification, the following per person charges apply:

  • 91 days or more before departure: $300 cancellation fee ($150 fee on domestic tours), plus Strabo’ costs, as well as fees that are charged by the suppliers providing the services included in your tour, and/or the airlines providing the air transportation.
  • 61-90 days before departure: $500 ($250 on domestic tours) minimum cancellation fee, plus Strabo’ costs, as well as fees that are charged by the suppliers providing the services included in your tour, and/or the airlines providing the air transportation. Fees may range from 25% to 100% of tour costs.
  • 60 days or less before departure or anytime after departure: NO REFUND.

Refunds for services that are voluntarily not used by you cannot be made.

Insurance

Each participant must be covered by medical insurance that is valid overseas.

We strongly urge you to evaluate your risk and to take out insurance on your trip. It is vital for you to realize that if you experience a delay or find it necessary to cancel or cut short your trip for any reason, you will lose part or the entire sum you’ve invested in it (see the section “Deposits, Cancellations and Refunds” in the trip brochure).

Travel insurance helps to minimize the risk of monetary losses you would incur in the event of a delay of your departure due to weather, airline strike, missed connection, etc., your inability to travel for reasons such as illness, injury, unforeseen financial complications and other personal circumstances, or if you were required to cut your trip short for medical or any other reasons.

There are restrictions and limitations on any insurance program. For this reason, please read carefully the enclosed pamphlet, which outlines their program of trip cancellation, baggage, and medical insurance. Trained agents are available to answer your questions, so don’t hesitate to call the toll free number in their brochure. It is to your advantage to apply for insurance at the earliest possible time, so don’t delay in making a decision.

Subject to Change

Itineraries have been carefully constructed to assure participants the best each destination has to offer; however, should events arise that are beyond our control, activities and hotel arrangements are subject to change without notice. The itineraries summarize typical areas you will explore. Since there is no possible way to visit all of them, your guides will plan each day considering the interests of the group and the weather at hand. Be assured that we will make substitutions that are as similar in quality and interest as possible.

Photo Release

Strabo International Tour Company, Inc. reserves the right and permission to use photographs of individuals on tour for use in promotional and publicity purposes. We also reserve the right to use clients photographs for promotional and publicity purposes, when submitted to Strabo International Tour Company, Inc.

Accommodations

Single room accommodations are included in the land cost. If you would like to share a room a discount will be provided. Rooms can be upgraded for additional cost, contact Strabo Tours for details.

Food & Drink

All meals will be at clients cost. Frank will determine locations for meals and some may be picnic lunches to make the most of your photographic locations.

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