Sandra Lee Photography presents … SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA – A Photographic Workshop


“San Diego Birds, Beaches and Beautiful Vistas”


January  15 – 19, 2024


This workshop is hosted by Arizona Highways PhotoScapes 


Registration is open! Click HERE for more details.



Workshop leader – Sandy Zelasko


La Jolla, CA


Join us in San Diego for some of the best birding and photography locations anywhere! Over 500 species of birds can be found year-round with many of them wintering in the mild climate San Diego County is known for. We will be visiting the most popular birding habitats for great opportunities to capture species like the colorful Wood Duck, elegant California Brown Pelican, nesting Brandt's Cormorants, dancing Western and Clark's Grebes and so much more. We'll have a chance to photograph raptors up close and personal, fishing Great Blue Herons, Lewis' Woodpeckers at work, the occasional eagle if we are lucky, gulls, turnstones and an extended variety of seabirds.

But that is not all! There is no end to capturing the gorgeous coastline with its picturesque waves crashing upon the rugged rocks at sunset or the fog over a tranquil lake at sunrise. We'll photograph at the historic Balboa Park. Constructed in 1915 with a mix of Mediterranean and Spanish Colonial Revival style architecture, Balboa Park hosted the Panama-California Exposition from 1915-1917. The beautiful Botanic Building is one of the largest wood lath structures in the world and has just been refurbished.

In addition, we'll photograph at the prominent, towering Pt Loma Lighthouse, visit the Birch Aquarium at Scripps with its 60+ aquarium habitats, view the current gallery showing at the Museum of Photographic Arts and hike along the cliffs of Torrey Pines State Natural Preserve. There is no end to great photography in San Diego County!

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

You'll get ...

  • Trip leader/instructor, Sandy Zelasko, who will work to get you in the right place at the right time for stunning imagery.
  • 25+ years of instructional experience, insured, licensed, CPR/AED/First Aid certified and permit holder.
  • An enthusiastic, passionate and experienced nature photographer pro at your side!

San Diego Skyline

Thank you for considering "San Diego Birds, Beaches and Beautiful Vistas" for your next photo adventure!


Please enjoy the IMAGE GALLERY below ... a colorful sampling of what is possible!



       Daley Ranch, Abe's choices

             Brown pelican, La Jolla, San Diego, CA   

  Santee Lakes, Califronia   La Jolla, CA   Santee Lakes, Califronia



    Heron on Madison_9926Heron on Madison_992610th Annual Fall Photo Festival with the NPS, West Yellowstone, MT, 9-26-2012.  

  Grebes, Lake Hodges, California

  Brown pelican, La Jolla, CA  

  Dragonfly shoot with Steve Cirone Aug 20, 2016.

Thanks for visiting. Hope to see you in San Diego!