Desert Institute at Joshua Tree National Park

Photographing Joshua Tree by Moonlight

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PHOTOGRAPHING JOSHUA TREE BY MOONLIGHT w/ Desert Institute at Joshua Tree National Park
Seeing the desert illuminated by moonlight is an experience not to be missed.

It’s a chance to encounter a peaceful world of deep shadows and pale highlights, perceived by the eye as a soft-edged, nearly black and white landscape, where a familiar scene in the daytime can start to look mysterious. Absent all but the brightest stars and planets; the sky attains steely darkness. Yet as our eyes adapt to the dim light, we can notice the subtle beauty of the desert under the moonlight.

In this evening field class, you’ll learn helpful photographic techniques such as camera placement, focusing, exposure, lens settings, and photo composition. Craig Fucile, photography instructor at the University of California Riverside Extension, will guide and assist participants in taking moonlight photographs at two locations in the Park, away from city lights. Participants should bring a tripod and remote (or wireless) switch for their camera. Don’t miss this opportunity to find new ways to focus on Joshua Tree National Park.

About the Instructor: Craig Fucile, B.A., Physical Geography, currently teaches photography for the University of California, Riverside Extension. He has also taught for UC Irvine Extension, UC Santa Cruz Extension, the University of La Verne, the Sierra Club, and Friends of Photography. A long-time instructor, Fucile has taught numerous photography workshops on western landscapes he enjoys photographing, including Joshua Tree, Death Valley, Eastern Mojave, Owens Valley, Grand Canyon, Bryce Canyon, Anza-Borrego, Kings Canyon, and Sequoia. During Fall 2017, he was an artist in residence for Angeles National Forest/ San Gabriel Mountains National Monument. He received the Fall 2010 Instructor Excellence Award from UC Riverside Extension and the 2007 Distinguished Instructor Award from UC Irvine Extension.


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November 5, 2022 @ 05:30 PM to
09:30 PM

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