Eastern Sierra Aerial Tour

Join Ryan Dyar and Cody Wilson as they explore their favorite locations in the Eastern Sierras.
from/per person 2,995
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SIX DAYS OF GRANITE PEAKS WITH

RYAN DYAR & CODY WILSON

  • Price: $2,995

  • Difficulty: Easy

  • Maximum Guests: 8

  • Location: Eastern Sierras

  • Dates: Feb. 28 to March 6, 2019

ABOUT

Join this 6 day trip in the Eastern Sierras.  Highlights of the trip include dramatic granite peaks, groves of Joshua Trees and post-processing instruction by both guides.  This trip is designed for eager drone enthusiasts looking to explore areas scouted by Ryan and Cody while emphasizing photography and creative processing.

We will discuss optimal drone settings, upgrades and flight paths to ensure maximum photos per battery.  In addition to drone pathfinding and instruction, we will also be guiding participants to locations shootable with DSLRs. Our aim is to capture the best possible images - whether that's from the air or on foot. 

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Instructor

Ryan Dyar

Based in Seattle, Washington, Ryan lives and breathes nature as a professional landscape photographer. Spending both work-time and family-time in the field keeps him engrossed in natural beauty and continues his stride to further advance his art. Ryan focuses primarily on the big, bold, and dramatic scenes that he fell in love with growing up in the foothills of the Cascade Mountains. Be it a majestic mountain rising through the colorful clouds of dawn or the stark desolation of an arid desert, he captures the scene in a style that is immediately recognizable to his audience. His biggest enjoyment in his decade long career is the opportunity to share his knowledge both in the field and in front of the computer with like minded and passionate photographers of all skill levels. 

 

Instructor

Cody Wilson

Cody is a published photographer, travel author and guide for multiple workshop companies.  His love for photography has taken him on journeys across the world. Cody shares a love for the artistic side of photography and isn't afraid to spend hours post-processing to achieve a desired final result.

Cody actively contributes to various photographic communities, makes videos and interacts with anyone willing to inquire on Instagram. Cody purchased his first drone in 2015.

Join Now

SIgn up now to reserve your spot on the tour! Additional information including flight information, airport transportation, clothing recommendations, insurance, etc. will be provided upon signup. Your deposit is 97% refundable until December 31, 2018 at which time full payment is due.

LOGISTICS

The tour will start with airport transportation to the foothills of the largest mountain in the continental United States, Mt. Whitney.  From our hotel in Lone Pine, we will be touring the Southern portion of the Sierras with possible shooting locations including The Alabama Hills, groves of Joshua trees, Mt. Whitney, remote granite pinnacles and abstract riverbeds.

After three days of shooting in Lone Pine, the group will relocate North to Bishop, California.  From Bishop, we will venture into granite hills, hot springs, high-alpine lakes and into beautiful vistas overlooking the mountain range.  

Relax as Ryan and Cody provide transportation to and from daily shooting locations.  Hotel accommodations (double occupancy) are included in the tour price.  

 

Shooting Destinations

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    Mt. Whitney

    Late February will likely mean dramatic atmosphere and snow drifts for more compelling scenes.

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    Color Marshes

    Perfect for abstracts and intimate captures

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    Towering Joshua Trees

    Joshua Trees make wonderful drone subjects

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    Alabama Hills

    Over 150 movies have been filmed here!

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    Secret Hot Springs

    Shoot billowing steam on cold mornings for dramatic atmosphere.

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    Remote Pinnacles

    Sierra Wave Clouds make the perfect backdrop for these vertical spires.

Gear

DRONE

A drone capable of reaching heights of 400 feet

DSLR

DSLR or other Interchangeable Lens Camera (Mirrorless) 

LENSES

As many as you feel comfortable carrying.  We will have potential for wide, mid and telephoto lenses.

TRIPOD

A tall sturdy tripod for low-light photography.

FILTERS

Polarizing and neutral density filters recommended!

LAPTOP

Bring a laptop if you'd like to backup photos and take notes during processing sessions.

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From RAW to print-ready

Observe as we share every aspect of our creative process.

Before After

How much is the trip?

The total cost is $2,995 for double occupancy lodging. For an additional $500, you can reserve a room to yourself.

Is my deposit refundable?

An initial deposit of $750 will reserve your spot for the trip in February. The remaining $2,245 will be collected by the end of December 2018.

If you cancel your reservation before December 31, 2018, we will release 97% of your initial deposit.  We would refund 100% but 3% is lost to credit card processing.

After December 31, 2018, any cancellation will be subject to a 50% cancellation fee.  After January 31, 2019, we cannot offer a refund unless we fill your spot on the tour.

What is included?

  • All photographic instruction, including in-field compositional instruction and post-processing
  • Accommodations
  • All park fees and required permits
  • Transportation to and from one of the closest airports to Lone Pine, CA
  • Transportation to and from daily shooting locations
  • Shared room every night of the tour
  • Terrible jokes
  • Instagram likes

What is not included?

  • While there are some great meals to be had in these small towns, and we’ll be happy to eat together as a group, food is not included in the price of the tour.  You absolutely do not have to feel like you must eat with us. Ryan chews with his mouth open, so I won’t blame you if you prefer to eat away from him.
  • Gear
  • Alcoholic Beverages
  • Flights or transportation to our starting location (Ontario International Airport)

“Cody is a fantastic photographer who is very knowledgeable, easy-going, enthusiastic and lots of fun to be with. I enjoyed my time with him a lot. He knew where to be positioned to get the best shots given the light and he gave me some wonderful advice about creating some interesting compositions.”

Bob Sacramento

“Thanks again for the session. Your work is excellent and your teaching style is awesome as well - usually talented people aren't so humble and laid back - I really learned a lot.”

Richard Taylor

“A workshop of this duration isn’t easy to coordinate, let alone make everyone happy all the time. But, I think they did just that even having a range of skill levels in the group. Each of us came back with new skills, many stories and personal experiences and made new friends in the process. The locations and timing were perfect even accounting for the real-time juggling of the schedule, weather, moonrise, to make parameters the best for optimum shooting conditions. This workshop went non-stop and I feel a very good value and excellent experience.”

Kevin Mitchell

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