Mount Rainier with Art Wolfe

At 14,411 feet, Mount Rainier rises far above the surrounding peaks of the Cascade Range. Glaciers drape the highest slopes while flower-strewn meadows ring the surrounding forests. There is a treasure trove of wonderful photographic subjects all around you at Mt Rainier National Park.

Art’s goal is to change the way you see and to make sure you understand the essence of design in Nature Photography. There will be informative lectures, image critiques and in-field lessons.

Olympic National Park with Rod Barbee

I live on the Olympic Peninsula. I love it here. Some of my best memories come from backpacking, exploring, and photographing in Olympic National Park. This May I’m leading a workshop to one of the areas I know best. I’ve actually lost track of the number of times I’ve led trips to Olympic. Mid-May is traditionally the best time of the year for greens in the rain forest as well as good sunsets on the coast. For this reason, we’ll spend much our time visiting the rain forests, coastal beaches, It can also be a time of rain, so be prepared!

Based out of Forks we’ll visit places like Rialto, Ruby, and Second Beach, the Hoh rain forest, Sol Duc Falls, Quinault and Lake Crescent. Weather allowing, we may also make the trek to Hurricane Ridge. In the field I’ll place the emphasis on using proper technique and craftsmanship behind the camera. In the classroom we’ll have group critiques, Lightroom and Photoshop demos, and presentations geared to help you refine your vision.

National Parks: Olympic National Park, Story and photographs by Jerry Ginsberg

Sunset over the Pacific Ocean at Second Beach in Olympic National Park, WA.

Sunset over the Pacific Ocean at Second Beach in Olympic National Park, WA.

Seattle, Washington, is surrounded by a necklace of three national parks, each wonderful in its own right: Mt. Rainier, Olympic and North Cascades.

Of these, aptly named Olympic is located in the most northwestern corner of the contiguous United States on the remote Olympic Peninsula.

 

Olympic National Park is high up on my list of favorites. It has earned this spot because of its abundant variety of subjects. Besides the dramatic Olympic Mountains from which this big park takes its name, there are sparkling lakes, lovely waterfalls, at least three gloriously green rainforests and, perhaps best of all, Olympic’s numerous and deservedly famous beaches. Continue reading