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Join Sigma Pro Dave FitzSimmons for the second annual Point Reyes National Seashore photo workshop, March 12 and 13, 2011. Assisting Dave in the two-day event will be legendary Bay-area seascape photographer, Patrick Smith.

McClures Beach Sunset, Point Reyes National Seashore. This image, taken during the 2010 PRNS workshop, was featured on the inside cover of Outdoor Photographer (June 2010). Photo by Dave FitzSimmons.

Point Reyes National Seashore is one of the premier seascape locations in all of North America, with rocky coastlines, sandy beaches, diverse wildlife, and a picturesque lighthouse. Huge waves and rocky cliffs create the ideal conditions for dramatic photography throughout the National Seashore. And sunrises and sunset in March can be a photographer’s dream.

Herds of Tule Elk roam Point Reyes National Seashore. Tomales Bay provides the dramatic background in this late afternoon shot taken near McClures Beach. Photo by Dave FitzSimmons.

Amid the incredible landscapes are herds of Tule Elk, deer, coyote, and a whole host of birds. And Point Reyes Lighthouse, built in 1870, is an incredible sight!

What fun! Painting the Point Reyes beaches with waves of light, using long exposures and late-day lighting. Photo by Dave FitzSimmons.

Dave and Patrick will teach basic landscape and seascape photography techniques, demonstrate creating painterly effects of waves along the beaches, and lead the group to the top spots for wildlife and landscape photography, including prime sunrise and sunset locations.

Legendary seascape photographer Patrick Smith, known for his magical exposures of West Coast beaches, assists Dave at Point Reyes. In this photo, taken of Patrick at last year’s event, Patrick explains landscape techniques along Drakes Beach. Photo by Dave FitzSimmons.

Last year’s one day workshop was such a success that we’ve expanded the event to two days.

Read Dave’s blog on last year’s workshop!

This year’s workshop will include classrooms sessions, field expeditions, Sigma loaner lenses, and hundreds of dollars in door prizes. The workshop features the instruction of two pros: Dave FitzSimmons and Patrick Smith. To see more of Patrick’s work, including his incredible San Fran gigapan, visit:

Late afternoon sun and surf, Point Reyes National Seashore. Photo by Dave FitzSimmons.

Additional partners for Point Reyes and the other 2011 Dave FitzSimmons photo workshops include Lowepro, Red River Paper, and NEC.

Wildflowers are in-bloom during March at Point Reyes National Seashore. Photos by Dave FitzSimmons.

For more details and to register for the March 12 & 13, 2011 Point Reyes event, visit and click on Workshops.

Sunrise, Drakes Beach, Point Reyes National Seashore. Photo by Dave FitzSimmons.

Can’t make it to Point Reyes, check out Dave’s other upcoming events:

Dave FitzSimmons 2011 SIGMA Photography Workshops
2/26 Goose Pond, IN w/ Robert’s Imaging
3/12-13 Point Reyes, CA w/ Patrick Smith
4/7 & 4/8 Smoky Mountains, TN w/ Discover Life in America/ATBI
4/30-5/1 Ithaca, NY w/ Cornell Outdoor Education
5/20-22 Kelley’s Island, OH w/ Art Weber
8/2-4 Telluride, CO w/ Telluride Outside Outfitters & Ah Haa School for the Arts
10/15-16 Ithaca, NY w/ Cornell Outdoor Education

For a printable version of Dave’s 2011 photo workshop schedule, click here for the pdf.

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  1. Point Reyes is one of my favorite places on the planet. These images are stunning! LOVE the McClure’s Beach shot.