The Olympic Peninsula is the jewel of Northwestern Washington State and home to a vibrant and diverse ecosystem. It includes some of the only temperate rain forests in the world, and beaches that are famous worldwide for their immense, wild and natural beauty. Photographer Suzanne Mathia looks forward to taking you on an unforgettable exploration of the amazing landscapes and fabulous beaches, focusing on the timing and techniques required to make spectacular images in these incredible locations.
We will start our trip in Seattle with a morning shoot at the famous Fish Market before catching our ferry to the Olympic Peninsula. As we head north we will make our first stop on the peninsula at Port Townsend for some great photos of the picturesque Point Wilson Lighthouse. From Port Angeles we will head up the road to Hurricane Ridge to photograph the rising sun over the Park’s tallest peaks, deep valleys and alpine meadows. We will capture the amazing vistas as the sky transforms from soft pink hues to amber gold and if the weather is right, we will catch sun illuminating the fog as it rolls up the ridge from the valley floor. As our day breaks into dawn we will find various vantage points to capture other stunning views, wildflowers and an abundance of deer.
Continuing our adventure southwest we will make stops at Sol Duc Falls, Marymere Falls, Lake Crescent, the Elwha Valley and Madison Falls before proceeding on to photograph the rugged beaches, sea stacks, tide pools and rocky shorelines along with areas amassed in huge driftwood logs for great foregrounds. From our two-day base in the town of Forks we will explore Ruby, Rialto, First and Second Beaches.
While in Forks we will venture to the Hoh Rain Forest, a World Heritage Site and a Biosphere Reserve designated by UNESCO. Here we will walk the paths surrounded by dense foliage and mosses that cling to – and drape from – the branches of ancient trees. Its unique ecosystem has remained unchanged for thousands of years and it is now the most carefully preserved rain forest in the northern hemisphere. The most common types of trees that grow in the Hoh Rain Forest are Sitka Spruce and Western Hemlock, which can reach over 300 feet high and seven feet in diameter, many of which are covered with huge clumps of hanging moss and ferns. We will work on macro compositions as well as creative landscapes.
As we wind down our journey, we will make our way to the Quinault Rain Forest – a truly enchanted valley. Like the Hoh Rain Forest, Quinault’s lush density, countless species of wildflowers, area wildlife, waterfalls and beautiful views will fill your lenses and your memory cards.
Join us for this tremendous opportunity to explore the photographic possibilities of this ancient and primeval land. Infield guidance, classroom presentations and image critiques for each student will emphasize creating those one-of-a-kind images.
• Field and classroom instruction
• Four nights lodging based on single occupancy
• Round trip transportation from Seattle
• Water, snacks, one field lunch and a group dinner
• Permits and entrance fees
• Pre-workshop webinar
• Post-workshop critiques
Picture ©Suzanne Mathia
13 June 2022