WASHINGTON'S OLYMPIC FOREST - AUGUST 18-23, 2020
Includes a one night trip to Victoria BC!
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 Beaches, 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 draped with thick coats of emerald green moss. Strikingly beautiful even without their leaves, in early to mid October, their foliage is still abundant and a mix of green and pale yellow. Understory plants provide patches of blazing red colors. We may see elk herds.
This year we will also spend one night in Victoria BC to do some night photography of the Parliament building and the Fairmont Hotel. We will also do a walking tour of Chinatown and see the famous The Butchart Gardens. I first photographed them in 1982!
We will take the Black Ball Ferry from Port Angeles to Victoria on the afternoon of August 19, returning to Port Angeles on August 20th. The ferry ride is about 90 minutes each way.
NOTE THAT YOU WILL NEED A CURRENT PASSPORT!
I will have advance reservations on the ferry for 3 vehicles and 10 persons. We will leave a few cars in Port Angeles and car pool to Victoria. We will split the cost of the ferry once we arrive. If you don't want to carpool you will need to make your own reservations with the ferry line. It runs about $175 per car with two persons.
Victoria at Night - Photos by Pete Saloutos
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.
I have rooms reserved so there IS NO NEED TO MAKE RESERVATIONS. You will pay upon arrival.
AUGUST 18 - PORT ANGELES, WA. QUALITY INN UPTOWN 101 East 2nd Street, Port Angeles, WA. (About $130)
AUGUST 19 - VICTORIA BC. QUALITY INN WADDLING DOG SAANICHTON. 2476 Mt. Newton Cross Roads, Saanichton, BC, V8M 2B8, Canada (About $90)
AUGUST 20-21-22 FORKS WA. Olympic Suites Inn 800 Olympic Dr.Forks, WA 98331 (About $100 per night)
Seattle (SeaTac International) is the nearest airport. If flying, you will need a rental car. Port Angeles WA and Olympic National Park is about 130 miles (2.5 hours) from Seattle International Airport.
AUGUST 18: We will meet in Port Angeles at 4pm to check in and have a meet and greet. We will shoot photos that evening.
AUGUST 19: After sunrise we will take the ferry to Victoria BC.
AUGUST 20: Photograph Victoria and return to Port Angeles. Drive to Forks WA. Photograph sunset.
AUGUST 21: Photograph Olympic Beaches and forest areas. Visit the Hoh Rain Forest.
AUGUST 22: Photograph Ruby Beach sunrise and Sol Duc Falls.
AUGUST 23: After an early shoot and breakfast we will depart in time to travel home.
WHAT TO BRING
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.
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.
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 new-found knowledge. It will be 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.
LIMITED TO 10 PEOPLE ACCOMMODATIONS ALLOWING.
PRICE IS $1,150.00 - Former Student DISCOUNT $950.00
The cost of Butchart Garden is about $35. The ferry cost is about $230 per car holding 3 people. We will pay upon arrival.
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Workshop fee does not include transportation, hotel accommodations and meals. Car-pooling during the workshop is encouraged to minimize the number of vehicles.