Wonders Of The Forest
Dates: May 18 - 22, 2020
Location: Olympic National Park, WA
Group Size: Maximum of 8 Participants
Skill Level: Photographers of All Skill Levels Welcome
Difficulty: Very easy. We will be doing short hikes through the forest, or along the coastline all with no elevation gain, no more than a few miles at once.
Olympic National Park is home to some of the most lush forests in the world. Ferns, bear grass, and clover cover the forest floors while large maples and pines loom overhead, draped in thick moss as if they were plucked directly from a fairytale. Quiet paths that lead the way through twisted vine maples make this a remarkable place to experience. Photographing forests can present an overwhelming number of challenges, and with the help of Tj Thorne and myself, you can learn the skills needed to not only create compelling forest imagery but also unlock your inner artist and find a more personal connection to the scenes you’re photographing.
Join us on this Slow Photography Workshop focusing on photographing forest scenes. This is not your standard photography workshop. Instead of rushing around from location to location, leaving little opportunity to develop a relationship with the scene you’re shooting, we will be taking our time, camping on location, and building a personal connection with the forest.
While the main focus of this workshop is forest photography, if the conditions make sense for it, we will also be exploring the incredible coastline on a few evenings to shoot the sunset.
Taking your photography to the "next level" isn’t just about capturing dozens of images that oooh and aww the viewer. It’s about being able to express the deep emotions and love you feel for your subject, and using the techniques and approaches that TJ and I will teach, you will be on the path to communicate that connection much more effectively. While we are eager to teach you the in-field and processing techniques that we use in our photography, on this workshop we are prioritizing the development of your creative vision so that you can know how to create work that is more personal, moving, and satisfying.
We will meet you at the south end of Olympic National Park, where we will be camping for the duration of this workshop. Our campsites will be under moss draped trees and right next to a rushing glacial river which will provide a beautiful soundtrack during our time at camp. While you are welcome to pick a site of your choosing for privacy, we welcome you share our spots and join us around the campfire at night. The campground is considered ‘primitive’, which means there is no running water, electricity, or cellular signal. The spaces consist only of a fire ring, picnic table, and vault toilet. If you are flying for the workshop, we recommend you fly into either Portland, Oregon (PDX) or Seattle, Washington (SEA). Both airports have a wide selection of rental cars and are within a 4 hour drive of Olympic NP.
A non-refundable deposit of $500USD is required to reserve your spot. The remaining balance of $795USD will be collected no later than March 29, 2020.
* 5 days of photography tuition from TJ Thorne and myself, Eric Bennett
* Camping Fees
* Post Processing Instruction
What You'll Need:
* Photography Gear (DSLR or Professional Digital Camera, a Wide Angle and Telephoto Lens, Tripod, Shutter Release Remote, Multiple SD Cards, Plenty of Batteries)
* Appropriate Clothing (Waterproof Hiking Boots, Waterproof Rain shell, Warm Layers, Beanie, etc.)
* Camping Gear (Tent, Sleeping Bag, Sleeping Pad, Cookware, etc)
* Water Filter, Toiletries, Bug Spray
* Transportation/Car Rental
* Drinks, Meals, and Snacks
* Visa Fees, Travel Insurance