Sandra Lee Photography presents … SALTON SEA – A Photographic Workshop

“Salton Sea Storytelling - An Introduction to Conservation Photography”

January 2-3, 2021

Saturday 7:00 AM thru Sunday 3:00 PM

Workshop leader – Sandy Zelasko

Imperial Valley Dec 2014     Salton Sea, California

Salton Sea, Riverside/Imperial County, California


The Salton Sea is in transition. Once, abundant birds visited its shoreline on their migration routes, which, in turn, brought birders and photographers from around the world. Today, species seen, and their numbers, are changing do to environmental and political issues. However, the Salton Sea is not dead! Join Sandy on this eye-opening journey around California’s largest inland lake and experience the cultures, bird life and restoration projects which surround it.

This photo workshop will provide participants an opportunity to understand how conservation photography can motivate and inspire others, all while creating images which tell gripping stories. We will be photographing historic accounts throughout the Salton Sink such as the San Andreas Fault, East Jesus, Sonny Bono Salton Sea NWR and iconic birds the environment is known for.

This workshop welcomes all photography skill levels. Photographic instruction, along with individual attention is included. An understanding of basic photography principles is recommended.

This is YOUR introduction to conservation photography. Learn to tell YOUR story!

Imperial Valley Dec 2014     Salton Sea, Riverside/Imperial County, California



This photography workshop is January 2-3, 2021, from Saturday at 7:00 am thru Sunday at 3:00 pm. Two full days of photography that will keep you engaged and busy learning. Photographers of all levels are encouraged to participate. A low student to instructor ratio affords individual attention and flexibility.

There will be no orientation for this workshop. We will meet at the Arco Station, 90480 66th Ave, Mecca, CA 92254 (CHANGED TO) North Shore Beach and Yacht Club, 99155 Sea View Drive, Mecca, CA 92254 parking lot at 7:00 am and briefly begin with introductions. Make sure to plan your breakfast since we are in the field early and bring water, snacks and a lunch ready for each day. Be courteous to your fellow participants and please be on time. Please have a full tank of fuel to begin the day.

You are responsible for transportation throughout the workshop. Carpooling is NOT recommended as we will be following Covid guidelines. You can reserve and pick up a rental car at the San Diego International Airport (SAN) if you are flying in for the workshop. Or arrange a rental at the nearest airport to the Salton Sea, Palm Springs International (PSP), which is approximately 35 miles away.

You will be responsible for lodging Saturday, January 2nd, at America’s Best Value Inn, 351 West Main Street, Westmoreland, CA 92281. Reserve your room by calling 760-351-7100 or visiting their website at Mention Salton Sea Storytelling for a 10% discount!

Your instructor has an exciting workshop planned for you; however, note that this itinerary will be flexible in response to weather, bird activity, client safety and/or desires of the group. Rain does not cancel.

Sandy Zelasko, DBA Sandra Lee Photography is an authorized permittee with the National Park Service, US Fish & Wildlife and California State Parks and maintains a CUA for the purpose of field guided photography instruction.  

Salton Sea, Riverside/Imperial County, California    

Bombay Beach, Salton Sea, California     Burrowing owl, Salton Sea, California


Your Investment: $295.00 pp. 6 participants maximum/3 participants minimum. Note: In the event there are less than 3 participants, we reserve the right to cancel. You are always welcome to check with us BEFORE making travel reservations if you have a question about attendance.


Payment in full is due on or before Thursday, December 3rd, 2021 to hold your spot in this workshop. Make your check out to Sandra Lee Photography and mail to 15864 Severino Lane, Valley Center, CA 92082 or call 760-749-2174 to process your credit card and reserve your spot. Visa, MasterCard, cash, check, money order, PayPal and Venmo are all acceptable forms of payment.


What is included:

  • Passionate, enthusiastic, professional photography instructor Sandy Zelasko.
  • A two-day field workshop with photo instruction and discussion specific to your needs.
  • Snacks and water during the workshop. (Please bring a reusable water bottle.)
  • 25+ years DBA Sandra Lee Photography.

Not included:

  • Lodging, airfare, transportation and meals. Participants are urged to ride-share to shooting locations.
  • Trip insurance. You are encouraged to purchase trip insurance in case of an unforeseen emergency which requires you to cancel.

Cancellation policy: 

  • Cancellations after 30 days from the start of the workshop are non-refundable.

Workshop date was selected for peak season conditions. Suggested packing list will follow once payment is received.  If you have questions, please feel free call Sandy at 760-749-2174 or drop an email to [email protected]. Thanks for your consideration!


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A sampling of birds of the Salton Sea ...

American Kestrel     Imperial Valley Dec 2014

Salton Sea, California     Imperial Valley Dec 2014

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Past participants enjoying the Salton Sea ...

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Thanks for looking. Hope to SEE you at the SEA!