3,600 square miles and home to eight American Indian tribes, the Olympic Peninsula is one of North America's most diverse ecosystems. Abundant with snow-fed rivers, whale inhabited waters, ancient trees, rugged peaks, flower filled meadows and bold sea stacks, its never ending beauty gives way for some of the most diverse subject matter a photographer could desire.
The Olympic Peninsula is a very special place for Keith and Tiffany, as this was the first region, outside of their home state of South Carolina, in which they had explored together. With Tiffany's love for wildflowers and Keith's passion for critters, this spectacular area keeps both of our cups overflowing. Join us as we explore, photograph and hopefully have your cup filled, too!
The Olympic Peninsula contains many of the last unexplored places in the contiguous United States. It remained largely unmapped until Arthur Dodwell and Theodore Rixon mapped most of its topography and timber resources between 1898 and 1900. Today, it is recognized as a Biosphere Reserve and World Heritage Site.
Workshop Dates: August 5 - 10, 2018
Instructors: Keith & Tiffany Briley
Class Size: 8 (4 per instructor)
Deposit: $375 USD
Total Cost: $2895 USD
Hoh Rainforest, Second Beach, Quinault Rainforest, Port Townsend, Ruby Beach, Cape Flattery, Hurricane Ridge, Hole-In-The-Wall, Tongue Point, Whale Watching and Wildlife Expedition, Lake Crescent, Ozette Lake,
Queets Rainforest, Salt River. Not to mention many waterfalls!!
All locations and times visited will be determined by the conditions given. The itinerary below is provided to give an idea of the flow of each day. Times and locations may vary. All elements are watched closely for the best photographic and learning experience. Being located on the west coast of the United States, sunsets will be a large priority to this workshop. During our first day we will cover camera settings, composition and guidlines. We will also spend time working on slow exposures and mastering the art of capturing water movement. This time in the field will be the foundation for the rest of our time together.
There's no shortage of waterfalls in the Olympic National Parks. Waterfalls are a photogrpahers delight, but when you tuck those waterfalls into a rainforest, magic happens. After lunch we will once again focus on post processing techniques prior to dinner. We will then head back out for our sunset location.
Today will be spent with our friends at Puget Sound Express for a full day of whale watching and wildlife photogrpahy. We will spend 4 hours on the water looking for whales. We'll enjoy two hours at the Port of Friday Harbor in the San Juan Islands for lunch. We will then head back out to sea for another 3 hours of whale and wildlife photography.
- The secret to making an impact with your images
- Creating strong compositions while surrounded by chaos.
- How to set yourself up for success in the field
- From snapshots to fine art – making the most of the location
- Maximizing your opportunties with natural light
- Long exposure work with the use of filters
- Making full use of your histogram
- Focusing Techniques
- Getting past dynamic range.
- Manual bracketing
- Mastering the art of water movement
- Exposing in camera for post processing.
- Getting the most out of your tools within your digital darkroom
- Sometimes, rules are meant to be broken
It's day one and we can't wait to get started on our adventure with you! We’ll meet at the hotel at 4:00 and enjoy dinner together. We’ll then head out into the wilderness for sunset. By the end of this first afternoon session you’ll be fully knowledgeable of our “in field workflow”. Our focus for day one is to make sure you're fully equipped for the entire week.
There may be nothing more magical than photographing a rainforest. Photographing the rainforest can be a challenge, creating compositions that are astetically pleasing will our focus for the start of this day. After lunch, the afternoon will include post processing, dinner, and photographing the seascapes and sunsets.
Sunrise will be captured at Hurricane Ridge. This 360 degree view includes the Straight Of Juan De Fuca, Victoria Canada, and Mt. Olympus. Wildflowers are in abundance and will provide opportunties for macro photography. After lunch we will head to Sequim, and capture the beauty of the lavender fields, which rival what you might find in Provence, France. We will end our workshop after our final dinner and sunset location.
Sunrise will find us photographing tidal pools and seascapes as we wrap up our adventure. By this time you should be very familiar with our field workflow and post processing techniques. After our morning session we will gather for lunch and recap on the lessons learned, trade contact information, and bid each other farewell.
- Digital SLR Camera with Multiple Batteries & Memory Cards
- Standard to Wide Lens with Lens Hood (10 - 70mm)
- Telephoto Lens with Lens Hood (70 - 600mm)
- Sturdy Tripod
- Wireless Remote or Cable Release
- Circular Polarizer Filter
- Neutral Density Filters
- Your Favorite Gear Backpack
- Layered Clothing (Temps can be cooler while on the water)
- Hiking Boots
- Rain Jacket
- Headlamp or Flashlight
- A Spirit of Adventure!
Most of the locations we have scheduled will be within the ability of anyone who is in moderate shape. Although hiking will be necessary to arrive at some locations, the trails are not trecherous. A standard liability waiver is included with your booking.
Lodging - Single Occupancy! (If you want to save some money, just let us know and we'll try to pair you with someone else on the trip who has those same interests), hotel breakfasts, professional one-on-one instruction in the field, expert digital darkroom instruction and critiquing, hours and hours of shooting, many amazing images and several new friends!
Airfare, airport fees and taxes, visa fees, transportation to and from the airport, transportation during the workshop, lunches, dinners and any incidental costs.
A non-refundable deposit of $375 USD is required to secure a space on this workshop. Final payment is due 90 days before the workshop starts. If you wish to cancel after final payment has been made, our refund policy is stated below:
Between 90 and 30 days: 25% refund (minus your initial deposit)
Less than 30 days and no-shows: 0% refund
If we happen to find another guest to take your place, we will give you a full refund (minus your initial deposit).