Dates: May 19-23, 2024
Location: Forks, WA
Instructors: Joseph Rossbach
Group Size: Maximum of 6 participants
Olympic National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site is three parks in one, offering us a unique opportunity to capture magical images of superb coastal, mountain, and rain forest scenery. Here you will find the longest undeveloped coast in the contiguous United States, with pebble-beaches, towering cliffs and offshore sea stacks; rain forests with moss-covered trees all surrounding the towering snow capped peaks of the Olympic Mountains.
This workshop will explore some of the best locations for photographing old growth rainforests, coastal landscapes, both focusing on capturing big landscapes and smaller scenes.
Day 1: Meet & Greet beginning at 3pm at the Forks Hotel. Establish a carpool. Go over logistics. 1 hour break to gear up. 5pm departure for afternoon/evening shoot. Location based on weather.
Day 2: Meet at 6am to depart for morning shoot (approx. 4 hours). Mid Morning/afternoon break. 3pm get together for post processing and image review. 4:30 dinner as a group. 5:30 departure for afternoon/evening shoot.
Day 3: Meet at 6am to depart for morning shoot (approx. 4 hours). Mid Morning/afternoon break. 3pm get together for post processing and image review. 4:30 dinner as a group. 5:30 departure for afternoon/evening shoot.
Day 4: Meet at 6am to depart for morning shoot (approx. 4 hours). Mid Morning/afternoon break. 3pm get together for post processing and image review. 4:30 dinner as a group. 5:30 departure for afternoon/evening shoot.
Day 5: Departure time tbd based on weather forecast between 5-6am. 3 hour field session. We will return to the hotel no later than 10am with time before checkout. Workshop concludes.
Vision & Focus:
Joe will focus on learning to “see” the landscape in new ways; unlocking creativity in situations that require conceptual and compositional ingenuity. In addition to composition and creative vision, we will discuss the best use of light and subject matter to create a memorable and publishable image.During post processing sessions they will focus on teaching a logical, effective workflow that ensures the highest quality for your work, as well an image archive that is stable, consistent, and retrievable over the long term, and that ultimately liberates rather than burdens. He will cover step by step the process from shooting RAW files in the field to optimizing the final image in Adobe Lightroom & Photoshop.
- Hoh Rain Forest
- Sol Duc Valley
- Sol Duc Falls
- Quinault RainForest
- Queets RainForest
- Ruby Beach
- Second Beach
- Beach Four
- Rialto Beach
- Crescent Lake
- Bogachiel Rainforest
* we will try to cover all of these shooting locations over the week (weather dependent)
- Gain a strong technical and creative foundation in outdoor photography
- Learn the importance of “seeing the light,” weather forecasting and location scouting
- Learn how to use filters in the field to control dynamic range
- Learn strategies for making dynamic compositions that have energy and engage the viewer
- Learn how to choose aperture and hyperfocal focusing for depth of field
- Bring your images to life using Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop (beginner and advanced techniques)
- Get individualized instruction and critique in the field as well as classroom
- Photograph a variety of locations and ecosystems including lush old growth rainforests, rugged coastlines, tide pools, lakes, waterfalls and much more
Recommended Photo Equipment
DSLR/Mirrorless Camera & Back-up body
Lenses ranging from 14mm to 300mm
CPL Filter - Neutral Density Filters - Graduated Neutral Density Filters
Spare batteries and memory cards
Cable or Remote Release
Rain/Weather Protection for camera gear (a large golf umbrella works well)
Laptop loaded with Editing Software (optional for processing and image critiques)
Warm Outdoor Breathable Layers
Rain Jacket & Pants
Light Gloves and a hat
Sturdy waterproof hiking boots
Hip Waders or Muck Boots for working along the coast
A headlamp or flashlight
Small first aid kit (I will also be carrying a first aid kit)
Hiking Poles if you need extra support for mobility and balance
Participants are responsible for their own lodging, transportation and meals. A block of rooms has been reserved at the Forks Motel, 351 S. Forks Ave Forks, WA 98331 360-374-6243 www.forksmotel.com Please reference Joseph Rossbach Photography Workshops when making your reservation.