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Lighthouses of the Bay Area

Lighthouses of the Bay Area

May 18-19, 2019 


Enrollment is limited. 

Pigeon Point, Montara, Ft. Point and Point Bonita

Bay Area Lighthouse Views and Vistas

Through fog, wind and treacherous waves, when trade and travel depended on ships and these guiding lights that navigated them through mighty seas, these vital lights were a beacon of safety. We'll focus on creating images of these stoic lights and their dramatic settings.

Compositional opportunities await you, and Steve will be there to help with personalized instruction on technical challenges and composition suggestions . There is great beauty in the architectural strength of the light towers rising from rock into ocean and sky.

"The Lady of The Light” guest-instructor Fiona McDonnell, is featured on this class with her unique stories and Lighthouse history from her 29 years as a resident Lighthouse Museum Curator.

A two and a half day photography workshop exploring San Francisco Bay Area Lighthouses and the vistas surrounding them. We'll spend time at Pigeon Point Light on the San Mateo coast, the Montara Lighthouse and Hostel, Fort Point with its spectacular views of the Golden Gate Bridge and the Point Bonita Lighthouse on the  Marin Headlands.

We begin Saturday morning ay our studio exploring landscape and architectural photography and the processing opportunities in finishing the photographs. After lunch we will head to the Montana Lighthouse and then Pigeon Point Light its. massive rainbowed fresnel lens. . After a dinner break at the Cascade Restaurant at the Costanoa Resort, we’ll return to the lighthouse to explore its great views and sunset. Sunday will start at Ft. Point under the Golden Gate Bridge and the day finish at Point Bonita Light on the Marin Headlands.

At all stops, views of the Lighthouse will only be part of the experience, as it is these places themselves that lend so much fascination to Lighthouses. Much time will be spent walking and looking, knowing we will be in the area for awhile, giving you the freedom to explore, with great on-site help from Steve.

Our concentration will be on understanding your goals and inspiring broadened perspectives. We will work on controlling your camera's operation to achieve your desired technical results, while building composition and visual skills to make the photograph what you want it to be.

The workshop will run from 9am to 5pm. Lunch stops will also be pre-arranged but are not included in the fee. Participants are responsible for their own transportation.

With Lighthouse Museum Curator Fiona McDonnell

Fiona was nationally recognized for her work as the Museum Director/Curator of a prominent lighthouse in Michigan. She lived in the building for over 20 years, while engaged in restoration, preservation, artifact collecting, exhibit creation and the development of educational programs. Fiona is credited with transforming the (1875) historic lighthouse, into a first class museum, which was annually visited by lighthouse enthusiasts from all over the world. 

She also taught environmental education, natural history and art, inspiring young people and adults with her classes, interpretative tours and lectures. Her love of the natural world and art led to a degree in Environmental Science and a job at a Nature Center where she worked as a naturalist / educator. There, she conducted many diverse programs including work with disabled and handicap individuals. She also rehabilitated injured wild life, painted educational murals, and created interactive exhibits.

Pigeon Point Lighthouse


For thousands of years, Lighthouses have been beacons of safety. On the edge of land and sea, they are both of real and symbolic benefit. Functionally placed at dramatic sites, Lighthouses offer views that often define our sense of place.

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Registration fee must be paid in full to secure a spot in the class. Additional information will be sent upon registration.