Ultimate Northwest Photo Adventure with Alex Mody & Alex Noriega
Deposit are non refundable and we recommend you purchase travel insurance.
Location: Forks, Washington and Hood River, Oregon
Dates: Apr 17-24, 2016
Instructors: Alex Mody and Alex Noriega
Group Size: Limit of 12 participants
Highlights: Stunning rugged beaches and seastacks, lush temperate rainforests, brilliant wildflower blooms, and dazzling waterfalls.
Overview: Olympic National Park is referred to by many as being three parks in one. It is an incredible and diverse place. Here, we will photograph in 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. Forks, Washington will be our base of operations for this half of the adventure.
After our time in ONP, we head south to the Columbia River Gorge. There, we will photograph sunrise and sunset light in beautiful wildflower meadows chock-full of lupine and balsamroot, a dozen picturesque waterfalls, plenty of jurassic-esque forest scenes - complete with mossy trees and four-foot tall ferns, streams with moss-covered boulders, and beautiful views across the river and into the mountains. Hood River, Oregon will be our base camp for this part of the adventure.
Itinerary: On April 17, we will have a 2-3 hour meet and greet over dinner, in Forks, Washington.
April 18, 19, and 20 will be spent photographing seascapes, rainforests, and waterfalls in Olympic National Park.
On the morning of April 21, after a sunrise shoot at one of our ONP locations, we will break for the day, allowing all participants to get some rest, check out of their Hood River accommodations, safely complete the drive to Hood River, OR, and check in to their place of lodging.
April 22, 23, and 24 will be spent working wildflower blooms, waterfalls, and rainforest scenes in and around the Columbia River Gorge.
We will break around noon on April 24, after a final morning shoot, wrap-up brunch, and optional post-workshop image-sharing session.
Though our places of lodging and travel dates are set in stone, we do not have a set day-to-day itinerary for this workshop. We are professionals - we will take into consideration the tides, weather conditions, as well as 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, and late into the evening, breaking 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 also be certain to plan for a few hours each day to rest, relax, and back up images as needed. An email with exact meeting times and places will be sent to all participants a month before the workshop begins.
- Expert instruction and guiding in the field
- Informal digital darkroom instructional sessions
- Image critique sessions with both Alex and I
Tuition does not include:
- Transportation (Participants are asked to carpool. Due to insurance reasons, we are not able to drive any participants.)
- Lodging, meals & incidental costs
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 3 miles round trip and featuring anywhere from 0-300ft of elevation gain. When photographing the coast, we may wish to get our feet wet in order to get the best shots possible.
Accommodation: We have blocks of rooms reserved at the Forks Motel, in Forks, Washington, for the first leg of the tour, and Best Western Plus Hood River Inn in Hood River, Oregon, for the second. Our places of lodging will be our base of operations and meeting points for the workshop. There are a number of campsites around our shooting locations, but beware that they may be up to 45 minutes away from where we will meet in the mornings.
Final Payment: An invoice for your final balance will be sent ~60 days before your workshop departure.