I live on the Olympic Peninsula. I love it here. Some of my best memories come from backpacking, exploring and photographing in Olympic National Park. This May I am leading a photo workshop to one of the areas I know best. I have actually lost track of the number of times I have led trips to Olympic.
Mid-May is traditionally the best time of year for greens in the rain forest as well as good sunsets on the coast. For this reason we will spend the bulk of our time based out of Forks and visiting the rain forests, coastal beaches, Lake Crescent and the Sol Duc area. It can also be a time of rain, so be prepared!
Beginning in Forks, we will visit beaches such as Rialto, Ruby and Second, the Hoh rain forest, Sol Duc Falls, Quinault and Lake Crescent.
Our last night will be spent in Port Angeles. From there it is much easier to visit Hurricane Ridge. Spring is usually too early for any wildflowers, but the view from Hurricane Ridge can still be spectacular. And if there is any fog in the morning, scenes along the road and near the parking lot can be magical.
Our itinerary will be somewhat weather dependent. With any luck we will get a bit of rain so that the rain forest will look like, well… a rain forest. Sunsets on the coast can be enhanced by clouds and unsettled weather, so we will be hoping for a bit of both.
In the field I will place emphasis on using proper technique and craftsmanship behind the camera. We will work on getting better close ups and improving your landscape photography, including choosing foregrounds, using hyperfocal focusing and digital focus stacking, and knowing when to use graduated neutral density filters or digital techniques to capture the entire range of light in a scene.
I will be pushing you to look at the world in different ways, try things you have not tried before such as long exposures using ND filters or shooting with a specific purpose or digital darkroom process in mind.
Part of this photo workshop will be time devoted to critiques and photographic technique. I will also offer demonstrations in Photoshop and Lightroom and cover High Dynamic Range (HDR) photography, stitched panoramas and focus blending as part of learning to see the possibilities the world of digital photography offers.
This workshop is limited to only six participants.