Olympic Peninsula Workshop
Olympic Peninsula Workshop
Instructors: Jack Dykinga, Bill Ellzey and Bruce Barnbaum
June 11 - 17, 2017
Workshop fee: $1,425
Deposit amount: $150
Three outstanding photographers and instructors—Jack Diking, Bill Ellzey and Bruce Barnbaum—present the Olympic Peninsula workshops…at the far northwest corner of the contiguous 48 states of the USA. This is a location rich in scenery and rich in history. The jagged, glacier-studded Olympic Mountains jump to nearly 8,000 feet above the Pacific Ocean to the west and the Puget Sound to the east. On its flanks are turbulent rivers and dense rainforests of Sitka Spruce, Douglas Fir, Western Red Cedar and Big Leaf Maples covered with thick beds of spongy mosses. And then it drops to the magnificent Pacific Coast, with its offshore sea stacks, driftwood strewn beaches, and crashing surf. Each of these locations offers a lifetime worth of photography.
The three instructors will dive into the heart of your work and your photographic goals, unlocking ideas that you may never have considered to be part of your thought process. They will not only reveal things about your work that you never knew, but do it in the most encouraging and supportive ways imaginable. They’ll be totally honest—no pandering allowed—but their reviews of your work will boost you to levels you never believed possible.
In addition they will be showing some of their work, inviting any and all questions about their thinking, their approach and workflow, their materials, and anything else you may wish to know. They have no secrets, and are eager to share their vast store of photographic expertise throughout the workshop. Whether you are engaging in digital approaches or traditional approaches, you will have the answers to your questions from these guys.
The workshop begins in the town of Port Angeles on the North side of the peninsula, where we will have spectacular views of the entire Olympic Mountain range from Hurricane Ridge. We also have quick access Crescent Lake, the magnificent cedar, Douglas fir, Sitka spruce and maple forests in the northern portions of the park, and even the charming town of Port Townsend.
Midway through the workshop, we move to the town of Forks on the west side of the peninsula, where we have access to the heart of the dramatic rainforests, and the windswept Pacific Coast, including some of the most spectacular west coast beaches. Fog and sun often alternate throughout the day, making these forests and beaches even more mysterious and magnificent, a never-ending kaleidoscope of light and wonder.
Accommodations have already been secured in motels in Port Angeles for the first half of the workshop, and in Forks for the second half. Once you sign up for the workshop, you'll simply be asked for your room preference—either a single or shared room—and your accommodations are taken care of. (Should you wish to camp, just let the workshop know, and we can accommodate that, as well.)
Jack Dykinga, Pulitzer Prize winner for his black and white work in inner city Chicago, and award winning environmental photographer for his color landscape work, will share his lifetime of photographic experience and offer superb insights and suggestions to your own work, whatever the subject matter, and whether it's done in color or black and white.
Bill Ellzey began his photographic life with working cowboys in black and white traditional photography. Over the years his work has transitioned to digital color landscapes. The breadth of his experience is extraordinary, matched only by his easy, quiet, down-home approach to photography, teaching, and life in general.
Bruce Barnbaum is as widely respected for his photography as he is for his educational and art books. His “Essence of Photography” was awarded the best photo-eduction book of 2015 by German publishers and booksellers. He works traditionally in black and white; digitally in color.
Please join us in a landscape of variety and wonder with three of the most experienced, insightful photographers as your guides and mentors.