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. I am leading a workshop this May in one of the areas I know best. I have actually lost track of the number of times I have led trips to the Olympic Peninsula.
Mid-May is traditionally the best time of the year for greens in the rainforest and good sunsets on the coast. For this reason, we will spend most of our time 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 Rialto, Ruby and Second Beach, the Hoh Rainforest, Sol Duc Falls, Quinault and Lake Crescent.
Our itinerary will be somewhat weather-dependent. With any luck, we will get a bit of rain so that the rainforest will look like, well… a rainforest. Clouds and unsettled weather can enhance sunsets on the coast, so we will be hoping for a bit of both.
In the field, I will place the 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 push you to look at the world in different ways and try something you have not tried before, like long exposures of surf using ND filters or shooting with a specific purpose or digital darkroom process in mind.
Part of this workshop will be time devoted to critiques and photographic techniques. 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.
Join a small group of photographers (limited to 7) in the magnificent Olympic National Park. Photograph streams lined with mossy rocks, waterfalls, majestic rainforests, stunning beaches and more.