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.
Destination: Olympic Peninsula, WA - USA
Workshop Dates: May 26 - 30, 2019
Instructors: Keith & Tiffany Briley
Deposit: $400 USD
Total Cost: $1395 USD
Info will be included with your booking.
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, many waterfalls and more!!
Beginner - Advanced
Our excursions are beneficial for both the beginner and seasoned photographer. All guests will experience one-on-one instruction, with the emphasis being on the individual's strengths and desires.
Easy - Moderate
Most of the locations we have scheduled will be within the ability of anyone who is in moderate shape. Although a long hike will be necessary to arrive at some locations, the trails are not trecherous.
Ocean - Sea Stacks - Rainforest
The Olympic Peninsula contains a vast array of subject matter including enormous sea stacks, lush rainforests, waterfalls, giant trees and big ocean scenes, all surrounded by an unlimited amount of wildlife.
We believe group size is important for the ability to provide as much one-on-one instruction in the field as necessary. Due to the vast area we will cover, we are limiting this group size to four guests per instructor.
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.
We've listened to our guests and have implemented something that has been hugely beneficial in our time together. Each workshop group will be invited to a live, recorded, online critique and post processing session, a short time after the workshop. This makes way for more shooting in the field and the option to learn from the comfort of your home and the ability to refer to the recorded session for future reference.
It's day one and we can't wait to get started on our adventure with you! We’ll meet at the Olympic Suites Inn at 4:00 pm, then head out and enjoy dinner together where we'll get to know one another and discuss gear and the opportunities for the week. We’ll then head to the beach to photograph the majestic seastacks for sunset. By the end of this first evening 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 craggy rainforest can be a challenge. Creating compositions that are astetically pleasing will be our focus for the start of this day. After lunch and a break, the afternoon will include image critiqing, dinner, and photographing the seascapes and sunsets.
There's no shortage of waterfalls in the Olympic National Parks. Waterfalls are a photographers delight, but when you tuck those waterfalls into a rainforest, magic happens. After lunch and a break, we will once again meet and focus on image critiqing and techniques, prior to dinner. Afterwards, we'll head to the northwesternmost point of the contiguous United States, where the straight of Juan de Fuca meets up with the Pacific Ocean, for an incredible way to wrap up day three.
Our morning will be spent with our friends at Puget Sound Express for whale watching and wildlife photography. We will spend 5 hours on the water searching for and photographing whales, seals, eagles, puffins and other wildlife. After lunch and check in at the the Holiday Inn in Sequim, we'll gather for dinner then out for sunset to Hurricane Ridge and its grand 360˚, deer filled view which inludes the Straight of Juan De Fuca, Victoria Canada and many, many mountain peaks, including Mt Olympus.
Our last morning together will find us photographing a couple of hidden waterfall gems that are a little less known to the public. Afterwards, we'll join for brunch at a local diner 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
• Micro-Fiber Cloths
• Your Favorite Gear Backpack
• Layered Clothing
• Hiking Boots
• Rain Jacket
• Headlamp or Flashlight
• Camera / Lens Rain Cover
• A Spirit of Adventure!
• 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
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, lodging, transportation to and from the airport, transportation during the workshop, meals and any incidental costs.
We encourage investing in trip insurance to cover your costs in the event an unforseen circumstance were to occur that requires you to cancel.
A non-refundable deposit of $400 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:
All cancellations can be fully credited towards future workshops with us!
Between 90 and 30 days: 25% refund
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 the $400 deposit that is required when booking before the 90 day mark).