2019 West Coast School of Photography was awesome this year!
Here is a little background; West Coast School of Photography is as one person said, summer camp for photographers. It takes place every June in beautiful San Diego at the University of San Diego - the campus is absolutely stunning! This year it was June 9th - 14th. There are a number of excellent instructors that teach a week long intensive course on their subject. This year we had Tony Corbell, Tim Meyer, Sandra Pearce, Bry Cox, Randy Van Duien and Pete Rezac. You will hear about Pete's class because that is how I assisted this year. If you are interested check out West Coast School's website at www.westcoastschool.com. As new information is available, the website will be updated. If you have any questions, give them a call. If you sign up now, you can get in on a monthly payment plan!!!
West Coast School has something fun planned for every evening, from the opening part to Vendor night and guest speakers, there was dinner out with your class and everything ended with our closing party Thursday night. I love going! This was my 4th year and other than the drive, I loved every minute of it. Strategically trying to figure out how I can fly down there next year!
So, here is a not so quick run down of my week.
I actually left Half Moon Bay, CA at 5:00 am Friday June 8th and drove the wonderfully boring drive over Hwy 92, then south on Hwy 280, which connected with Hwy 85 then on to Hwy 101, down to Hwy 152 East....which took me to I-5 south - which is probably the longest most boring drive EVER!!!! I was headed to Pomona first and then on to Glendora the next morning to teach a 1/2 day workshop on dog Photography for IEPPV. That was huge fun! Thank you so much Rebecca and Nick!
Here are a few images from the workshop!
I left Glendora around 2 in the afternoon and headed south for San Diego. I finally arrived just a few minutes before 5. I was exhausted!!!!
I unloaded my truck and sat back for a while. I had spent a total of about 10 hours on the road over the past two days. You know, it is not a horrible drive when you are with someone, but MAN is it long when you are driving by yourself. I miss Ann on this trip!
Pete Rezac (the instructor that I assisted this year) arrived not too long after I did. He unloaded his car, we set up our processors and all the other stuff that we needed to process and then just sat back and chatted for a bit, went over the game plan for the week. You can check him out here at www.peterezacphotography.com. His black and white film work is amazing and he most of his portraits are photographed with either his 4x5 or his 8x10 film cameras!
I slept in the next morning! I didn't have to be anywhere until 10am - Instructional Assistant's meeting! Things were going to be a bit different this year as there was no first class Sunday evening like there had been in the past. But, there was a class picture and an opening party!
Pete had 6 students and myself. Pete covered using our light meters and setting up our cameras. We had Hasselblads, a Kowa, Mamiya 645 and am Mamiya RZ in the class. Our first day was spent on campus shooting 2 rolls of film each. Everyone was given Kodak Tri-X 400 and we were to make each image count. Everyone had finished shooting there two rolls of film by around 3pm so we headed off to develop this film and see how everyone did. We had a total of 15 rolls of film to process that night. We had two processors and multiple tanks that would hold three rolls at a time. Even though it technically only takes about 35 minutes to process a batch of film, it seemed like the process went on forever. We finally finished all 15 rolls. My main job was to load all of the film onto spools and into light tight tanks. We wanted to make sure that everyone had film to scan the next day and did not want any accidents. WOW!
With multiple rolls of 120 film hanging - I would call our first day a huge success!
I spent all of my morning scanning at least two negatives per student, including myself. It doesn't seem like much, but that is 14 high resolution scans, actually, 16 scans - two for Pete too. In between helping Tim Meyer's class as one of their assistants was down with an injury.
Tuesday was studio day - we had six amazing models in the studio that day and again, everyone had two rolls of film to shoot - use wisely! I wasn't shooting as I was busy getting everyones scans done - until the end and then Pete had me load a roll of Kodak Tmax 400 in my Hasselblad and I had the opportunity to photograph Paul in full Marshall western wear. How fun was that.
We finished up around 3 again and headed to the apartments to get that film processed. This evening we only had 12 rolls to process as Pete did not shoot for the class and I did not process mine.
It had to have been around 10 pm when we finally finished!
Another day of scanning for me, this time longer - as each student had to select one image of each model they photographed and we had a total of 6 that day. I helped set up for Tim Meyer before I even started on the scanning. Pete discussed some issues and what everyone was going to be working on that day. Two more rolls of film. Again Kodak Tri-X 400. Today was environmental portraits - using natural light for the most part. I did as much scanning as I could for the morning and went looking for the class right around lunch. We herded everyone along so that everyone could eat and get back for our next round of models. Everyone headed to the designated location while I stayed back and scanned the remainder of the negatives. When I had finished up, I wandered down to where everyone was with my digital camera to photograph everyone else making portraits.
Everyone finished up around 3 and back to the apartments to process!
Today was the final day for scanning for me - again, each student was to select one image of each model to have scanned. There were 5 models yesterday and 6 students in the class. That kept me pretty busy! Pete covered dust spotting and toning and then eventually scanning. Getting everyone ready for our afternoon guests, Veronica Cotter of Hahnemuhle paper and Eric Joseph from Freestyle photo.
Everyone was able to select two of their images to have 13x19 prints done on the Canon Pr0-1000 printer. Pete really worked to get sponsorship for his class with Kodak supplying both film and chemicals , Hahnemuhle supplied the paper and Eric brought in a printer and his knowledge of printing, profiles, paper etc.
What a fantastic finish for our class and because we had physical prints, we actually hung a "gallery" showing of our work during our farewell party that evening!
Our final day together as Pete answered questions and finally completed the day with our graduation certificates and pictures. What a great end to a wonderful West Coast School!