OLYMPIC PENINSULA PHOTO WORKSHOP 4-15 MARCH, 2021

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OLYMPIC PENINSULA PHOTO WORKSHOP

4-15 MARCH, 2021

with Jeremy Woodhouse & Kevin McNeal

Journey deep into Olympic National Park and photograph coastlines, waterfalls, rain forests, and glaciated peaks! You will walk away with a diverse collection of images and learn many new in-field and post-processing techniques to elevate your photography to the next level.

This workshop is rated Moderate for physical intensity with 2-4 miles of hiking per day.


Scenic Highlights

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Sol Duc Falls

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Hoh Rainforest

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Shi Shi Beach

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Rialto Beach

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Hurricane Ridge

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Second Beach


Itinerary 

Pre-Tour: March 4—Seattle
You will arrive in Seattle and stay at a hotel near the airport from where you will be picked up the following morning for the start of the tour

O/N Best Western Seattle Airport
Enjoy convenient access to the Seattle/Tacoma International Airport while staying at this full-service Seattle, WA hotel.

Day 1: March 5—Seattle - Queets
This morning your driver will pick you up at your hotel in Seattle and drive to the Kalaloch Lodge near Queets, WA. Sunset shoot at Ruby Beach.

The lodge is located between beautiful driftwood lined beaches and towering evergreen pines offering guests one of the most serene national park lodge experiences there is. Within a short drive from Kalaloch Lodge is the famed Hoh Rainforest known for its beautiful hikes and waterfalls and Lake Quinault at the south end of Olympic National Park.

Day 2: Mar 6—Queets | Forks
Hoh Rainforest. Mild hiking required. Drive to Forks. Sunset at Rialto Beach.

O/N Olympic Suites, Forks, WA
The Olympic Suites Inn offers unique accommodations. Located within the city of Forks along the Calawah River where you might see deer in the parking lot or bald eagles in the trees, the Olympic Suites has spacious one and two bedroom suites ideal for families or those seeking the comfort of extra space and privacy.

Day 3: Mar 7— Forks
Sol Duc Falls in the morning (moderate hiking). Return to Forks for lunch. Sunset at Second Beach.


Day 4: Mar 8— Forks
Sunrise and midday around Lake Crescent. Return to coast for sunset. Location TBD


Day 5: Mar 9—Forks | Neah Bay
Sunrise on the coast. Drive to Neah Bay. Sunset at Cape Flattery.

O/N Cape Resort, Neah Bay, WA
This Neah Bay Resort is one of two Tribal Enterprise Businesses that hosts accommodations for guests visiting Neah Bay, Washington on the Makah Reservation. We are centrally located downtown, close to shopping, restaurants, the Makah Marina and many other journeys here at the beginning of the world.

Day 6: Mar 10—Neah Bay
Full Day hike to Shi Shi Beach and Point of the Arches. Hike back after sunset. If area is closed due to Covid-19 restrictions on tribal land, Cape Alava will be backup.


Day 7: Mar 11—Neah Bay | Port Angeles
Photograph Bald Eagles and Start return drive towards Lake Crescent. Sunset near Lake Crescent.

O/N Super 8, Port Angeles, WA
Our hotel is near downtown Port Angeles offers many handy amenities, and our friendly front desk team is at your service 24 hours a day.

Day 8: Mar 12—Port Angeles
Hurricane Ridge Day. Road is open 9AM-4PM. Hurricane Ridge is the most easily accessed mountain area within Olympic National Park. In clear weather, fantastic views can be enjoyed throughout the year. Hurricane Ridge is located 17 miles south of Port Angeles on Hurricane Ridge Road, off Mount Angeles Road.


Day 9: Mar 13—Port Angeles | Port Townsend
Drive to Sequim or Port Townsend. There are a couple of lighthouses to photograph in these areas and many other scenic spots.

O/N Aladdin Inn, Port Townsend, WA
You'll enjoy well-appointed accommodations, exceptional service, and an array of amenities to make your visit a most pleasurable and memorable one. An ideal location provides easy access to a Beach; jogging and biking trails, shopping and dining options, and the Port Townsend Historic Down-Town and Ferry Terminal.

Day 10: Mar 14—Port Townsend | Seattle
Sunrise on Mount Walker (can usually drive up there). Astounding views of the bays and nearby mountains. Drive to Bainbridge Island, grab the ferry to Seattle. Sunset at Jose Rizal Bridge or Kerry Park.

Every step to success needs a good support structure. This Hilton Garden Inn features complimentary WI-Fi and a 24-hour Business Center, complimentary fitness center and a full-service restaurant on the property providing everything you need to make your stay successful.

Day 11: Mar 15—Seattle
Sunrise at Alki Beach.

END OF WORKSHOP


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Seattle Skyline at Dusk

Arrival, Departure

​Arrival & Meeting Place 
Please arrive at the hotel (to be announced) near the Seattle airport on 4 March, 2021. You will picked up by your guide and driver the following morning when we will drive to Kalaloch Lodge near Queets, WA. On arrival at the lodge we will check in and have our orientation session.

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Everyone on this trip should be in reasonably good physical condition. We aren't planning any long hikes but you should be comfortable walking 2-4 miles per day while carrying your photo gear.

Food is not included as part of the workshop. You are free to bring your own food or eat at restaurants in town. We will make food stops when we are driving between photo stops.

Since we are photographing so much along the coast, each participant will need to bring a pair of chest waders. Without waders, you will get very wet trying to photograph close to the water. A sturdy tripod is a must for photographing along the coast!

​Departure 
Seattle


Weather 

The temperatures in March are pretty temperate. The average high-temperature, in March, in Olympic National Park, Washington, is 50.4°F (10.2°C), while the average low-temperature is 34.2°F (1.2°C).

Due to the elevation, it will be cold up on Hurricane Ridge, so make sure you bring some warm layers and a jacket.

It can rain a lot in the Olympics, so make sure you bring a rain jacket and backpack rain cover. An umbrella can come in handy, especially if we are shooting in light rain. Please see the gear list further down.

4 SPOTS OPEN

TOUR COST: $4,800
DEPOSIT: $500 
Group size 6

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Tour Price Includes

  • Ground transportation during the workshop starting from the Best Western Seattle Airport hotel in Seattle
  •  Park entrance fees
  •  In-Field photography instruction from 2 professional photographers
  •  Post-processing and image critique

Tour Price Excludes

  • Transportation to/from your home to Seattle on 5 March
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Meals: We will be careful when eating meals with social distance of paramount importance. All meals are the responsibility of the participant.
  • 11 nights single-occupancy hotel lodging

    Hotels for Olympic Peninsula Workshop

    You are responsible for booking your own hotel room. The links to each hotel, along with the dates is below. The process is quick and easy.

    The prices quoted are from the hotel websites. Each room can accommodate 2 people so if you would like to share a room, please make arrangements with your roommate.

    Best Western Seattle Airport
    4 Mar (1 night)
    (206) 878-3300
    From $79.00 + taxes per night

    Kalaloch Lodge
    5 Mar (1 night)
    (866) 662-9928
    From $207 + taxes per night

    Olympic Suites
    6 - 9 Mar (3 nights)
    (360) 374-5400
    From $100 + taxes per night

    Cape Resort, Neah Bay
    9 - 11 Mar, 2020 (2 nights)
    (360) 645-2250
    From $104 + taxes per night

    Super 8, Port Angeles
    11 -13 Mar (2 nights)
    (360) 504-0362
    From $84 + taxes per night

    Aladdin Inn, Port Townsend
    13 - 14 Mar (1 night)
    (360) 385-3747
    From $90 + taxes per night 

    Hilton Garden Inn Downtown, Seattle
    14 Mar (1 night)
    (206) 467-7770
    From $134 + taxes per night 


    Paying by check

    If you would like to pay your deposit and/or balance with a check, please make the check payable to: Pixelchrome, Inc and mail it to:

    Nicole Woodhouse
    Pixelchrome, Inc, 
    605 Rouen Drive, 
    McKinney TX 75072

    Paying by Wire Transfer

    If you would like to pay by Wire Transfer please contact nicole@pixelchrome.com for bank account details.


    Dress for the Weather

    • Important note on weather and clothing: Although the climate is temperate the weather can be chilly and wet. Conditions on Hurricane Ridge may be very cold
    • Bring waterproof clothing 
    • We recommend you bring rubber boots so that you can photograph in the surf without getting your feet too wet.

    Camera Gear Checklist

    • Sturdy tripod and ballhead
    • Digital SLR or Mirrorless Camera Body
    • Wide angle lens in the 16-35mm range
    • Mid-range zoom lens in the range of 24-100mm
    • Long telephoto lenses will come in handy for wildlife encounters. A 100-400mm will be perfect
    • Circular polarizer filters and ND filters for your lenses.  If you like shooting with grads, bring them along.  A 9- or 10-stop ND filter will be useful for creating very long exposures
    • Backpack to carry your gear along with a rain cover for the pack
    • Extra batteries, memory cards, and cleaning supplies
    • Remote cord for your camera
    • Laptop if you wish to backup your photos or follow along during the post-processing instruction.

    Personal Gear

    • Sturdy hiking footwear, hiking socks, and long pants 
    • A rain jacket and several warm layers
    • Hip waders, chest waders or Wellington boots for working in the surf
    • Umbrella
    • Headlamp
    • Sunscreen, sunglasses, sun hat, and Gloves
    • Water bottle or hydration bladder
    • Hiking poles if you like having them.

      Covid-19 Corner

      Covid-19 Precautions

      Instructors will wear masks while teaching at close range

      Clients are encouraged to wear masks whenever they are at close range

      Where possible, we will practice social distancing. Tripods 6ft apart.

      You are encouraged to wash hands frequently and use hand sanitiser. Bring a cloth to wipe down your tripod each day. This will serve 2 purposes. Get rid of any nasty bacteria and remove salt from the ocean spray.


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