Photo Safari with Jason Odell & Rick Walker
May 15-19, 2024 from Crescent City, CA
Embark on a captivating photo safari along California’s redwood coast, led by professional photographer Jason P. Odell and his equally talented co-host from the Image Doctors podcast, Rick Walker. This immersive experience promises an unforgettable journey through magical landscapes of redwood forests and coastal seascapes, spanning both California and southern Oregon.
You’ll explore and photograph the towering giants of the ancient redwood forests near Redwood National Park. Jason and Rick will lead you through lush groves, where sunlight filters through the colossal canopies, creating a magical interplay of light and shadows. Learn the art of capturing the grandeur of these majestic trees, from wide-angle shots showcasing the forest's vastness to intimate close-ups revealing the intricate details of fern-covered forest floors.
This safari also explores the dramatic seascapes of California and southern Oregon. With crashing waves, sea stacks, and dramatic cliffs as your backdrop, master the techniques of capturing dynamic and awe-inspiring coastal scenes. Jason and Rick will provide insights into composition, framing, and the use of long exposures to convey the motion of the ocean, creating images that evoke a sense of both power and tranquility.
Inclusive for All Levels
Whether you're a novice photographer looking to improve your skills or an experienced shutterbug seeking new challenges, this safari is designed to cater to all levels. Jason and Rick offer personalized guidance and support, tailoring their advice to each participant's individual needs.
Your guides, Jason P. Odell and Rick Walker, bring you over forty years of combined experience in digital photography. Jason and Rick not only possess a deep understanding of the technical aspects of photography but also a keen eye for capturing the beauty of nature. Their guidance ensures that photographers of all levels, from beginners to advanced enthusiasts, will find inspiration and enhance their skills.
Participants will have the opportunity to gain exclusive insights into the world of photography through informal discussions with Jason and Rick. Drawing on their experiences, they'll share anecdotes, tips, and behind-the-scenes stories that further enrich the overall safari experience.
Note that our actual itinerary will be extremely fluid as we choose locations each day based on the weather and conditions.
- May 15 (Wed)
- Arrive by 5pm for orientation, followed by an evening coastal warmup shoot
- May 16 (Thu)
- Southern redwood groves
- Seascapes and lighthouses in Crescent City area
- May 17 (Fri)
- Northern Redwood NP and state park groves and macro work
- May 18 (Sat) Location shooting
- Brookings and southern Oregon coast seascapes
- May 19 (Sun) Depart for home (via Medford, OR)
- Interchangeable lens digital camera (DSLR or mirrorless)
- Zoom lenses in the range of 24-200mm (35mm equivalent)
- Macro lens or close-up accessories
- Super-wide zoom lens (16-35mm or similar)
- Fisheye lens
The instructional fee for this exclusive photo safari is $1999 per photographer. A $300 deposit reserves your seat until March 15, 2024. Final payment is due on March 30, 2024.
- Guided photography sessions on location
- Hands-on field photography instruction, including camera settings and creative techniques for exposure & composition using interchangeable lens digital cameras
- Image review and critique sessions with Jason & Rick
We have reserved lodging for the group at an oceanfront motel in Crescent City, CA for $143/night plus taxes and fees.
Participants must be able to provide their own transportation to the shooting locations. Carpooling is encouraged, but not required.
Nearest Airport: Medford, OR (MFR)
Given the unpredictable weather on the northern California coast, we recommend flying into Medford, Oregon (MFR). From there, it’s just over a 2-hour drive to Crescent City. We do not recommend the Eureka, CA airport as it is prone to frequent closures due to fog.