The Olympic Peninsula is the jewel of Northwestern Washington State and home to a vibrant and diverse ecosystem. It includes some of the only temperate rain forests in the world, and beaches that are famous worldwide for their immense, wild and natural beauty. Photographer Suzanne Mathia looks forward to taking you on an unforgettable exploration of the amazing landscapes and fabulous beaches, focusing on the timing and techniques required to make spectacular images in these incredible locations.
We’ll start our trip in Seattle with a morning shoot at the famous Fish Market before catching our ferry to the Olympic Peninsula. As we head north, we’ll make our first stop on the peninsula at Port Townsend for some great photos of the picturesque Point Wilson Lighthouse. From Port Angeles, we’ll head up the road to Hurricane Ridge to photograph the rising sun over the Park’s tallest peaks, deep valleys, and alpine meadows. We will capture the amazing vistas as the sky transforms from softs pink hues to amber gold and if the weather is right we will catch sun illuminating the fog as it rolls up the ridge from the valley floor. As our day breaks into dawn we’ll find various vantage points to capture other stunning views, wildflowers and an abundance of deer.
Continuing our adventure southwest, we’ll make stops at Sol Duc Falls, Marymere Falls, Lake Crescent, the Elwha Valley, and Madison Falls before proceeding on to photograph the rugged beaches, sea stacks, tide pools and rocky shorelines along with areas amassed in huge driftwood logs for great foregrounds. From our two-day base in the town of Forks, we will explore Ruby, Rialto, First and Second Beaches.
While in Forks we will venture to the Hoh Rain Forest, a World Heritage Site and a Biosphere Reserve designated by UNESCO. Here we will walk the paths surrounded by dense foliage and mosses that cling to, and drape from, the branches of ancient trees. Its unique ecosystem has remained unchanged for thousands of years and it is now the most carefully preserved rain forest in the northern hemisphere. The most common types of trees that grow in the Hoh Rain Forest are Sitka Spruce and Western Hemlock, which can reach over 300 feet high and seven feet in diameter, many of which are covered with huge clumps of hanging moss and ferns. We’ll work on macro compositions as well as creative landscapes.
As we wind down our journey, we will make our way to the Quinault Rain Forest, a truly enchanted valley. Like the Hoh Rain Forest, Quinault’s lush density, countless species of wildflowers, area wildlife, waterfalls, and beautiful views will fill your lenses and your memory cards.
Join us for this tremendous opportunity to explore the photographic possibilities of this ancient and primeval land. In field guidance, classroom presentations and image critiques for each student will emphasize creating those one-of-a-kind images.
- Field and classroom instruction
- Four nights lodging based on double occupancy
- Roundtrip transportation from Seattle
- Water, snacks, one field lunch, and a group dinner
- Permits and entrance fees
- Pre-workshop webinar
- Post-workshop critiques
Please be aware that shooting locations stated in this itinerary may change. Each day we will determine which locations are best based on lighting conditions, in the hopes of giving you the best opportunities possible.
Day 1 – Monday, June 22, 2020
- Our group will meet early in the lobby to pack our gear and luggage and set off on our photo adventure. First stop, Seattle’s downtown Pike Place Market, where fish are flying, flower vendors are abundant and produce is ripe for the purchase.
- After some fun in the marketplace, we will head to the ferry terminal to depart for Bainbridge. In route, we will have great photo opportunities capturing panoramas of the Seattle skyline.
- Back on land, we’re off to Port Townsend to photograph the Point Wilson Lighthouse and the historic buildings and scenery around Fort Wilson State Park then we’ll grab a bite to eat at a great local hangout with plenty of character, history and great food!
- Then it’s down the road to Port Angeles where we’ll check in to our hotel and gather for an afternoon orientation.
- Evening shoots will find us find us wandering the old historic buildings and shoreline overlooking the Strait of Juan de Fuca.
Day 2 – Tuesday, June 23, 2020
- A very early rise for our drive up Hurricane Ridge to catch the sunrise. We will photograph the mountain vistas, wildlife, and wildflowers before heading back down to Port Angeles for brunch and check-out.
- Then we head west to visit Madison Creek Falls and the Elwha River.
- Heading toward Forks we will photograph Marymere Falls, Lake Crescent and Sol Duc Falls making silky waterfall images amongst the lush green foliage and moss-covered boulders.
- We then move to our coastal photo shoots where we will spend the afternoon at one of the three beach locations (Rialto, First or Second Beach)
- Back in Forks we will check in to our lodging and enjoy some downtime to download images before dinner.
Day 3 – Wednesday, June 24, 2020
- Up early we will head to the Hoh Rainforest to capture the lush green foliage draping the branches of the ancient trees. Here we will work on interesting compositions and vignettes, both macro and landscape.
- We will make a stop at Mineral Creek and Maple Creek falls before we will head back to Forks, grab lunch and download images for our second image critique.
- Late afternoon we’ll head back to the beaches for our sunset shoot with interesting foregrounds of driftwood, rocks and coastal shoreline.
Day 4 – Thursday, June 25, 2020
- Before departing Forks we will hit the beaches one last time for a morning shoot, hopefully with morning mist, fog, beautiful tidepools, and coastal views.
- Back to Forks to check out and grab a bite to eat before heading to Lake Quinault.
- In route, we will stop at Merriman Falls and Bunch Creek Falls among others.
- Arrive at Lake Quinault, check in and then we’ll head out to photograph around the lake.
- Back at the lodge, we will enjoy our final dinner and great photo stories.
Day 5 – Friday, June 26, 2020
- Our last morning we will rise early for our sunrise shoot near the lake.
- Back for late breakfast and check-out.
- Begin our journey back to Seattle where we’ll say our good-byes.
- Arrival back to Seattle early afternoon.
- Workshop adjourns.
Activity Level: Moderate.
This workshop entails some hiking through wet dense forest and rocky coastlines. Some hikes are uphill and as much as a mile in distance, while others are short but require dexterity to climb over 50 feet of beach timber. Participants must be able to maneuver over tidal pool rocks which can be slippery and navigate some of the hikes in the dark after our sunset, so come prepared with head or flashlights.
The Olympic Peninsula is a lush coastal region which means rain can be likely during your stay. Temperatures are typically moderate but it is recommended that you dress in layers. Rain gear for yourself and your camera equipment is required.
The Workshop will Depart from / Return to:
The workshop will depart from the Red Lion Hotel Sea Tac Airport. The hotel offers a courtesy airport shuttle. A block of rooms are available the night prior to the workshop and the day we return to Seattle. This hotel night is NOT included in your workshop fees.
Lodging During the Workshop
Red Lion Inn
221 N. Lincoln Street
Port Angeles, WA 98362
Phone: (360) 452-9215
Our first night of the workshop we will in Port Angeles at the Red Lion Inn situated on the coastline. This lodging is included in your workshop fees. Lodging is based on double occupancy. Single rooms are only available if a single supplement is selected during registration.
Olympic Inn Suites
800 Olympic Drive
Forks, WA 98331
Phone: (800) 262-3433
The next two nights, we will stay in the quaint town of Forks. This lodging is included in your workshop fees. Lodging is based on double occupancy.
Lake Quinault Lodge
345 S Shore Rd,
Quinault, WA 98575
Phone: (360) 288-2900
The last night of the workshop we will stay at the historic Lake Quinault Lodge This lodging is included in your workshop fees. Lodging is based on double occupancy.
- 91 days or more prior to the start of the workshop your deposit will be refunded less $100
- 90 days full payment is due
- 61-90 days your workshop fees will be refunded in the form of an AHPS Store Credit Voucher less $100 administrative fee. Voucher is good for 18 months.
- * 60 days or less until departure – No refund.
* If we are able to fill your seat and the workshop runs at full enrollment we will refund your workshop fees less $100 administrative fee.
NOTE: Workshop bookings including, but not limited to, outfitters, permit agencies, lodging and more are requiring firm financial commitments at 90 days. Therefore, in order to continue to bring you to great destinations, we must strictly adhere to our cancellation policy as outlined above. We recognize cancellations can some time be unavoidable that is why securing a Travel Protection Plan is highly encouraged.
PAYMENT TERMS: A minimum deposit is due at registration to reserve your space. Please refer to the specific workshop for the required deposit. Final payments are due 90 days prior to departure. Approximately 15 days prior to the due date you will receive a reminder email that your balance is coming due.