The Columbia River Gorge holds some of most beautiful and lush scenery in North America. With 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 rainforests, waterfalls, and streams alike. Over the course of this workshop, we will photograph 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 photograph beautiful streams and waterfalls, as well as lush rainforest scenes. In Olympic National Park, we will have sunset shoots along the coast, including but not limited to locations such as Second Beach, Rialto Beach, and Ruby Beach. 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.
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.
June 3rd: Opening Dinner/Meet & Greet, Double Mountain Brewery, Hood River
June 4th: All day outing of shooting waterfalls in the Columbia River Gorge, 6am - 7pm. Lunch break in the middle of the day.
June 5th: All day outing of shooting waterfalls in the Columbia River Gorge, 6am - 7pm. Lunch break in the middle of the day.
une 6th: Departure from Hotel at 4am for sunrise shoot at Trillium Lake. Rest of the day you are off to commute to Forks Washington for the second leg of the tour. Approximate drive time to forks is 5 hours.
June 7th: Leave 6am for Rainforest Shoot. Break from 11pm - 3pm, Classroom session from 3pm - 5pm. Group dinner in Forks, Sunset shoot along the coast or rainforest shoot if the weather is not conducive for sunset.
June 8th: Leave 6am for Rainforest Shoot. Break from 11pm - 3pm, Classroom session from 3pm - 5pm. Group dinner in Forks, Sunset shoot along the coast or rainforest shoot if the weather is not conducive for sunset.
June 9th: Leave 6am for Rainforest Shoot. Break from 11pm - 3pm, Classroom session from 3pm - 5pm. Group dinner in Forks, Sunset shoot along the coast or rainforest shoot if the weather is not conducive for sunset. Tour ends after sunset.
- Dates: June 3 -9, 2017
Instructors: Joseph Rossbach & Alex Mody
Limit of 10
Best of the Pacific Northwest Photo Tour Deposit.
Deposits are only refundable if we can fill your spot. All deposits will be less a 150.00 fee. Final payments are due 60 days in advance, we will send a bill. If you cancel, you must cancel 90 days in advance in order to receive a refund. All cancelations made after the 90 day period are still subject to final payment.
June 3rd - 6, 2017 - Best Western Plus Hood River Inn
June 7th - 10th, 2017 - Forks Motel
- Expert instruction and guiding in the field
- Informal digital darkroom instructional sessions
- Image critique sessions
- Transportation (Participants are asked to carpool. Due to insurance reasons, we are not able to drive any participants.)
- 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, chest waders for stream and ocean sessions
- Bag to carry photo gear and extra food/clothing
- Waders or river shoes
- Clothing for comfort anywhere between 35 and 70 degrees Fahrenheit (bring extra socks!)
Airports & travel Times
It would be best to fly into Portland and depart from Seattle. One way car rentals are available from Portland and returning in Seattle.
Portland International Airport (PDX) - http://www.flypdx.com/PDX
Seattle/Tacoma International Airport (Sea-Tac) - https://www.portseattle.org/Sea-Tac/Pages/default.aspx
Drive time from Portland International Airport to Hood River is 1 hour, 58 miles.
Drive time from Hood River to Forks, Washington is 5 hours and 15 minutes, 300 miles
Drive time from Forks Washington to SeaTac is 3 hours and 30 minutes, 186 miles
Longest Hike - Eagle Creek to Punch Bowl Falls, 4 miles RT, Elevation gain of 558 feet
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 need to get our feet wet in order to get the best shots possible.
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.