Olympic - Keith Skelton


The Olympic National Forest, coastal, and mountain ecosystems combine to create a spectacular wilderness park. With its incredible range of precipitation and elevation, diversity is the hallmark of Olympic National Park. Encompassing nearly a million acres, the park protects a vast wilderness, thousands of years of human history, and several distinctly different ecosystems, including glacier-capped mountains, old-growth temperate rain forests, and over 70 miles of wild coastline. - National Park Service

Come photograph the varied landscape of Washington’s Olympic Peninsula from the lush rain forests to high mountain ridges to ocean beaches. 

Some of the places we will photograph include waterfalls, the Hoh Rain Forest (the quietest place in the US), the amazing Ruby and Rialto Beach, the magnificent views from Hurricane Ridge. We will also visit the Sol Doc Rain Forest, the Lower Elwha River and maybe the Dungeness National Wildlife Refuge that is on the edge of the Strait of Juan de Fuca.

The dominant tree species here are evergreens  There are big leaf maples are draped with thick coats of emerald green moss. They are strikingly beautiful even without their leaves, but in early to mid October, their leaves are still abundant and a mix of green and pale yellow. The understory trees provide patches of blazing red colors. Also the Elk may be visible in the Hoh Rain Forest. 

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LOCATION: Port Angeles WA and Olympic National Park is about 130 miles (2.5 hours) from Seattle international Airport. Forks WA is another 57 miles from Port Angeles. The Olympic Peninsula is large with the National Forest being over 600,000 acres. Daily excursions will involve some distance and we will carpool whenever possible.


ACCOMMODATIONS - I have rooms reserved so there IS NO NEED TO MAKE RESERVATIONS.  You will pay upon arrival.

JUNE 6 - QUALITY INN UPTOWN 101 East 2nd Street, Port Angeles, WA

JUNE 7 and 8- Olympic Suites Inn  800 Olympic Dr.Forks, WA 98331

TRAVEL: Seattle (SeaTac International) is the nearest airport. If flying, you will need a rental car.

JUNE 6: We will meet in Port Angeles at 4pm to check in and have a meet and greet. We will shoot photos that evening.

JUNE 7: Most of the day will be spent in and around the Olympic Beaches and forest areas before heading to Forks WA.

JUNE 8: Photograph Olympic Beaches and forest areas.

JUNE 9: After an early shoot and breakfast we will depart in time to travel home. 


Digital or film cameras.

A wide choice of lenses from 14mm to 300mm.

ND filters for long exposures.

Extra batteries, chargers, etc.

Sturdy tripod.

Not required...Laptop loaded with Lightroom and NIK Silver Efex (if you do BW).

Weather protection for cameras.

Small flashlight.

CLOTHING: It is common for different weather conditions to exist within the rain forest at the same time. At any time of year, visitors should come prepared for a variety of conditions. Raincoats, Umbrella, Waterproof shoes, Hats, Extra socks are recommended.

WORKSHOP GOALS: We will strive to help you improve your technique and your photographic vision by studying color, composition, and light. We will also discuss Black & White digital techniques and panoramas. Our workshop will be organized for all to leave Washington with great pictures and with a new-found knowledge. It will be a memorable and fun experience for all. Open to photographers with all levels of experience.

Your instructor, Keith Skelton, has over 35 years of experience as an educator and as a professional photographer. Keith is a graduate of Brooks Institute of Photography.

To reserve space for a California Photography Workshop, click below.


PRICE IS $849.00  - Former Student DISCOUNT $769.00

EMAIL ME FOR QUESTIONS calphotoworkshops@earthlink.net

Workshop fee does not include transportation, hotel accommodations and meals. Car-pooling during the workshop is encouraged to minimize the number of vehicles.



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