Location: Olympic National Park, Washington
Dates: May 18-20, 2013
Instructors: Joseph Rossbach & Alex Mody
Size: Limit of 10 Participants
Recommended Lodging: Forks Motel
Overview: Referred to by many as being three parks in one, Olympic National Park is an incredible and diverse place. 95 percent of the park is designated wilderness. In this wilderness, one can find three drastically different ecosystems which exist in perfect harmony: thousands of acres of lush temperate rainforests – complete with massive old growth forests, over 60 miles of rugged coastline, featuring sea stacks and picturesque rocky beaches, and layers of jagged, glaciated mountain peaks that stretch as far as the eye can see. There is nowhere else in the contiguous US where all of these ecosystems may be found so close to one another, and it makes Olympic National Park a dream destination for a nature photographer of any skill level.
Throughout this workshop, we will photograph as much of what Olympic National Park has to offer as we can in three full days. We will have sunrise and sunset shoots along the coast, including but not limited to locations such as Second Beach, Rialto Beach, and Ruby Beach. We will venture up to Hurricane Ridge at least one afternoon, in search of wildlife and scenic alpine vistas, and during the day, when the light is soft, we will photograph lush, jurassic-esque scenes of mossy trees and gigantic ferns deep in the rain forests.
Joseph and Alex will teach a variety of techniques—both in the field and in the classroom—that will allow you to advance both your technical skills and artistic vision. We focus on a number of professional field techniques to help you create dramatic and powerful nature images, including:
• Working with dramatic light, including sunrise and sunset
• Using less-than-dramatic light to your advantage
• The fundamentals of powerful compositions
• Abstract techniques for creating artistic photographs
We’ll also teach you a number of professional “digital darkroom” secrets as well. Our hands-on intensive seminars – held during the middle of the day when the light is not conducive to successful photography – will teach you the fundamentals of image processing, and allow you to master important techniques including:
• Working with adjustment layers
• Layer masking and image blending techniques
• Making difficult selections
• Color management
• Special effects techniques used for artistic expression
• Exporting, sharpening, and saving images for optimum web presentation
Fitness Level: Like any outdoor nature photography workshop, a reasonable degree of fitness is ideal. We will not be engaging in any strenuous physical activity. The majority of the locations we will visit can be easily accessed by road, and short 5-10 minute walks. A few locations we may visit require short hikes to access, no more than 2 miles round trip and featuring anywhere from 0-300ft of elevation gain. When photographing the coast, we may need to get our feet wet in order to get the best shots possible.
Itinerary: (subject to change in accordance to weather conditions.)
Opening Night: (May 17th) Opening night reception. We will have a two hour meet and greet on the evening of May 17th. We will give a joint presentation on the techniques and areas we will cover over the course of the workshop.
We do not have a set intinerary for this workshop. Joe and I are professionals – we will take into consideration the tides, weather conditions and our participants’ personal goals, and we will make decisions to put our clients in the best position possible to create compelling images. For the duration of the workshop, we will be out in the field each day, photographing before dawn, an,d late in the evening, after sunset. What we do in between depends upon the weather. If conditions are conducive to making images throughout the day, we will do so. If they are not, we will hold informal classroom sessions, going over basic and advanced digital workflow topics (as mentioned above.) We will break for meals, and we will be sure to plan for time to rest, relax, and back up images as needed. We will break after sunset, on the third and final full day of the workshop (May 20th.)
Accommodation: All participants are required to find their own lodging. Joseph and I are staying at the Forks Motel in Forks, Washington, and suggest that you do too. This will be our base of operations and meeting point for the workshop. There are a number of campsites in the Park, but beware that they are likely to be crowded during the weekend, and may be up to 45 minutes away from where we will meet in the mornings.
- Expert instruction and guiding in both the classroom and field
- Image critiques and classroom instruction
- Transportation (Participants are asked to carpool. Due to insurance reasons, we are not able to drive.)
- Lodging, meals & incidental costs
- Digital SLR camera (w/extra batteries and memory cards.)
- Wide to standard zoom lens, with their lens hoods (I carry 14-24mm and 24-70mm lenses)
- Telephoto zoom lens for extraction and abstract scenes (I use a 70-200mm lens)
- Cable or electronic shutter release
- Circular polarizing filter
- Graduated neutral density filters (if you use them.)
- Rocket blower and micro-fiber cloths for keeping glass surfaces dry and clean
- Flashlight or Headlamp
- Rain jacket and pants
- Waterproof hiking boots
- Bag to carry photo gear and extra food/clothing
- Extra socks
- Clothing for comfort anywhere between 35 and 60 degrees Fahrenheit.
Cancellation Policy: All workshops are subject to the following cancellation policy.
90 or more days prior to start: Deposit is refunded, less a $100 administrative fee.
89-61 days prior to start: Full deposit is retained.
60 or fewer days prior to start: Full cost is retained.
There are no exceptions to this policy, even for medical emergencies. All cancellation requests must be in writing and received either by US mail, fax or E-mail. We encourage participants to purchase refundable airline tickets and trip cancellation insurance. We strongly recommend trip insurance to protect you in the event of an unexpected situation that may prevent you from attending the workshop. We recommend Traveler (www.travelexinsurance.com), though there are a number of fine companies who provide this service. InsureMyTrip.com enables you to compare trip insurance quotes from a variety of agencies.
We reserve the right to cancel any workshop if our minimum student enrollment is not met. In the unlikely event we are forced to cancel a workshop, participants will be given the option to reschedule to a later date or receive a full refund. We are not, however, liable for expenses incurred such as airfare or accommodations, and it is for this reason as well that we very strongly recommend the purchase of trip insurance.
Final Payment: The final balance is due and payable 60 days before your workshop departure. Seven days prior to the due date you will receive a reminder email that your final payment is due. If full payment is not received by the 60 day deadline, we will charge the balance to the credit card on file. If you are paying by check be sure to send it before the deadline or your reservation will be subject to cancellation. If you want to pay by Paypal, we will send you an invoice.
Questions? Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions.