Monday April 8: Meet and Greet, Arrive Mission San Antonio between 1:30 and 2 p.m.
Tues April 9: Shooting 8 a.m.- 2 p.m., Editing 5-7 p.m. at the Mission, Night Sky Photography at the Mission
Wed April 10: Editing until 10 a.m. at the Mission, Shooting 11:30 - sunset.
Thurs April 11: (check out), Shooting 6:30-10 a.m., Workshop Close 11 a.m.
Schedule Subject to Change based on weather, ranch activities, and participant preferences
Aspects of your workshop experience include:
Included: Dorm-style Lodging, Meals, "Making Pegasus" Hat
Not Included: Transportation, tips
Closest Commercial Airports are: Monterey, San Jose, San Luis Obispo
Shuttle from/to San Jose airport (SJC) will be available for up to 3 people, Monday and returning on Thursday afternoon for an additional charge
The exciting thing about "Making Pegasus" is the unique horse experience. Nowhere else in the world can you be with the selection of breeds and breed crosses all in one place! If you're fascinated by the land where art and science meet, you'll be in your element at the Davis Ranch. Every single horse is loved and revered for their personality, beauty, and traits. Greg Davis' unique equine genetics research (collaborating with institutions such as U.C. Davis) seeks answers to which genes produce which characteristics, mapping the DNA, and observing the results of new genetic crosses. You will get to photograph these equine wonders, and learn all about the Pegasus Project.
Being with these horses leaves an impression! You will be given the opportunity to:
After adding 23 foals in 2023, Greg has 160 horses, with 41 foals anticipated for 2024. There are several experiences with the horses a this workshop. One is the herd of mares and older foals. If you've only photographed wild horses, or a small group of horses, this is a completely different experience. These horses are curious and bold. They will come right up to you and smell your camera or nibble on your hat or collar. If not paying attention, you could find yourself surrounded by 10-20 horses. Consequently, we set a protocol of pairing people up so that at all times when we are with this herd, you take turns with one of you as the safety spotter, and the other person taking photographs. We talk through how to be with them before we go in. We invite you to spend extra time with the herd with your camera down, and drop into your heart. These horses have a profound presence that is extremely rewarding to fully receive without the distraction of operating a camera.
Another experience will be in the exercise pen, where several horses at a time are let in to exercise at liberty. We will be in the corral with them, standing together in a group, so that we can photograph them as they sprint and kick up their heels. There will be groups of stallions as well as groups of mares and young foals.
We will also go into an enclosure with mares and new foals that are just weeks old and photograph them just chillin'.
Lastly, will be the opportunity to photograph horses in the round pen, where the trainer will be working with the horses. We will be observing from bleachers above the round pen walls.
Note: There are several large dogs on the property. They will approach you, but do not jump up on people.
Lockwood is a remote California Coastal Valley where wild boars and ground squirrels live abundantly and you'll hear the coyotes at night! There is an Army base (Fort Hunter Ligget) in the vicinity, which adds an occasional plane to otherwise very quiet region. Lockwood has one general store, but there are no restaurants. You'll see mostly large ranches, horses, cattle, or crops. The terrain is fairly flat land with surrounding hills. The ranch itself is a large gradually sloping property with fenced sections and a natural spring that feeds two water holes. This region is naturally dry with sage brush and sparse trees being the native landscape. The photos below will give you a sense of what it looks like at the ranch.
We are staying at the Mission San Antonio de Padua, a 20 minute drive from the "Making Pegasus" Ranch in Lockwood. The rooms are very basic, but clean and recently renovated. Each room has two twin beds and a sink and closet. The shower and bathrooms are down the hall and are shared. You have the ability to lock the shower room or bathroom door for privacy while you're using it if you wish. As long as the dorms are not full, you will have your own room unless you request to share a room with a friend or family member. There are 3 suites. Two that have a queen bed in one room, two twin beds in another room and a private bathroom in between. One suite sleeps 2 and has a private bathroom. If you're interested in a suite, let us know and we'll see if it's available. There would be an additional charge for the suite.
Our day time editing time will be in one of the beautiful meeting rooms at the mission. The mission is a very peaceful, beautiful retreat place, so we are fortunate to be able to offer not only an educational photography workshop, but also a retreat aspect to the experience. There is no wi-fi available at the mission. They have good cell reception on site (though some carriers have trouble getting through the thick adobe walls).
Breakfast, lunch and dinner will be available in the shared Refectory at the mission. Meals will be simple to allow everyone to eat when they are hungry. Meals will be either box-style for grab and go convenience or microwavable. For example, if you plan to stay at the ranch past our morning shoot time, you should take your lunch with you when you leave the mission in the morning. For any specific food requests, your meals will be clearly labeled. The Refectory has a refrigerator, a microwave, and tables and chairs where you can sit and eat. There is no sink, so only paper products are used. There is an electric kettle for heating water to make tea, coffee, or hot chocolate.
If you prefer to bring all of your own food, you may. Just talk to us about that option and a discount.
You will leave with hundreds of images that you can play with, post, share, print and hang in your living room, or anything else you can imagine. You will have learned with and from other photographers and will have new friends. As with any educational opportunity, you get out of it what you put in, and what you seek. If you are the spiritual seeker type, you'll walk away with an expanded heart and deeper connection to your own personal journey. If you're a technical geeky type, you'll leave with the satisfaction of having explored some new experiments with your camera and/or editing software, and if you share your knowledge, you'll have helped a fellow photographer in their journey! And so on.
"Greg (Davis) was really welcoming to all of us - made it so easy to be on his ranch and photograph the horses. Even though there were fences to deal with, I really liked photographing the horses in the exercise pen! I look forward to coming back next year!" ~ Lynn Bowers
"It is an almost spiritual experience. The horses are incredibly beautiful and surprisingly gentle! Being out in the field with the herd was absolutely amazing! The feeling was with me for several days afterwards!" ~ Alane Whitmore
Scroll down and click on the Register NOW button. This will take you to a new page which details the registration process and ways to pay. If you have ANY questions, contact Lori.
Lori has been photographing horses full time for years, beginning with observing them in the herd and learning herd behavior. She has been photographing hunter/jumper and dressage professionally as well as polo and is very familiar with how to capture the power of the horse in motion. She produces equine portraits in both natural settings and with black backgrounds and is proficient in background replacement and photo compositing. She uses Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop.
Lori encourages each photographer to develop their own style and to create images that reflect how/what they see and the feeling they want to convey. We each get an idea of what we're wanting to create, and the work we undertake to create that image is very personal and rewarding. Lori will support you in that process.
Copyright ©2023 Essence Captured and Lori Sortino. All rights reserved.