Last week, I had the opportunity to attend Frans Lanting's spring advanced workshop from his studio in Santa Cruz, on the Central California coast. The workshop began on Wednesday evening with an introduction and participant image review. From Thursday to Sunday, we got up early around 4:30am and be at the studio around 5 for morning sunrise photo shoots along the coast. Around 10am or so we went back to the studio for lectures, image editing and reviews. At noon the group had sandwich for lunch inside the studio. Around 3, 4pm, we went out again for more photography. The group typically got together around 7pm for dinner, and most of us stayed at the Mission Inn, which is just a block away from the studio. Nevertheless, we had four busy days and it was somewhat tiring. The theme for Lanting's workshop is story telling. In other words, it is more than just nature photography. In fact, Lanting emphasis adding the human element into the images and string a sequence of 4 to 6 images with a story for a final presentation on Sunday noon. I think the most fascinating part of the workshop is to whitness other people's creativity under exactly the same location and shooting conditions. I saw a lot of beautiful images that I couldn't think of even though I was right there at the same place. The Outdoor Photographer magazine sent a photographer/writer there to the workshop. It looks like his story will be published in the fall this years. The Lanting studio also had two viceographers (one being Lanting's wife Christine Eckstrom) recording the entire workshop, and that will be available as a DVD.