Dates: April 24 - May 1, 2016
Over the past three years, Alexand I have had great success springtime workshops in the Columbia River Gorge and Olympic National Park. For 2016, we will once again feature both locations in one Ultimate NW Photo Adventure, so that our participants can get the most out of their time in this beautiful and biologically diverse corner of the US!
Though we will have plenty of time for digital darkroom instruction, the main emphasis of this week-long intensive will be field work. We believe that rather than spending hours indoors listening to lectures, working hands-on in the field with us is, by far, the most effective way for one to further their art, craft, and vision.
The Columbia River Gorge holds some of most beautiful and lush scenery in North America. With vast hillsides blanketed with beautiful wildflower blooms, the greenest temperate rainforests in the Pacific Northwest, and 115 officially-named waterfalls, the Gorge is an amazing destination to create extraordinary springtime images of wildflowers, rainforests, waterfalls, and streams alike. Over the course of this workshop, we will photograph golden hour light in beautiful wildflower meadows, over a dozen picturesque waterfalls, 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.
After our time in the Columbia River Gorge, we will venture to Olympic National Park. 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. Forks, Washington will be our base of operations for this half of the adventure.
Throughout this tour, we will photograph as much of what each location has to offer as we can in three full days, and one morning session. In the Gorge, we will go out for sunrise and sunset shoots among wildflower meadows, including locations such as Rowena Crest and Dalles Mountain Ranch, and during the day, when light and conditions allow, we will photograph beautiful streams and waterfalls, as well as lush rainforest scenes. In Olympic National Park, 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. If road conditions allow, we will venture up to Hurricane Ridge at least one afternoon, in search of wildlife and scenic alpine vistas. During the day, when light and conditions allow, we will photograph lush, jurassic-esque scenes of mossy trees and gigantic ferns deep in the rain forests, as well as several waterfalls and streams.
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