Glaciated Mountains, Waterfalls, Rugged Coastlines, and Rainforests
July 24–30, 2022
The Olympic Peninsula takes all of the best natural features the Pacific Northwest offers—snow-covered mountains, lush rainforests, rugged coastlines, and beautiful waterfalls—and concentrates them into one region. This workshop is designed to optimize the photography opportunities in this special corner of Washington. We’ll be staying at the best accommodation, closest to each shooting location—limestone sea stacks at Rialto Beach, the verdant greenery of the Hoh Rainforest, and the colorful wildflowers along Hurricane Ridge.
Plan on bringing a wide variety of lenses to capture the rich array of subjects, from intimate details of the rainforest to vast mountain vistas. You’ll also want to bring neutral density filters, as we’ll be creating evocative long exposures, both in low light and in the middle of the day. We’ve planned this workshop to coincide with wildflower season in the alpine regions, and the best time of year for clear, coastal sunsets. Regardless of the weather, though, there is always something to photograph! We’ll be working by day, and into the night.
Muench Workshops pros Greg Vaughn and Tom Kirkendall will be leading this workshop. They will share with you their unique vision and techniques, helping you optimize your compositions and process your images. There will also be ample time for one-on-one image reviews and group critiques.
This workshop can be followed by our Mt Rainier National Park workshop.
Muench Workshops is an Authorized Permittee of the National Park Service.
This itinerary is subject to change due to weather, local conditions, and other factors.
July 24, 2022: Gather at our hotel lobby by 11:00 AM. The hotel will be near Seattle International airport (SEA) and shared with all participants before the workshop. After a quick meet and greet, we’ll make our way to Lake Quinault Lodge.
July 25, 2022: We’ll start the day early with sunrise at Quinault Lake, then, after breakfast, we’ll spend time in the surrounding rainforest. Afterward, we’ll move to our second hotel, where we’ll have time to check-in and hold our first image review. Weather permitting, we’ll photograph Ruby Beach at sunset.
July 26, 2022: We’ll be up in time for sunrise at one of the local beaches, followed by a late breakfast. After checking out of the hotel, we’ll spend the day in the Hoh Rainforest, visiting locations such as the Hall of Mosses. Afterward, after a little downtime in the hotel, we’ll plan for a sunset shoot at Rialto Beach.
July 27, 2022: Sunrise at Rialto Beach, with a hike to Hole in the Wall. After breakfast, we’ll hold another image review. In the afternoon, we’ll walk out to Second Beach for a few hours of exploring before sunset.
July 28, 2022: This morning we’ll get up very early to capture images of the Milky Way over Second Beach. Followed by some downtime before heading to Port Angeles in the afternoon.
July 29, 2022: This morning, we’ll have another early start to reach the wildflowers high on Hurricane Ridge. We’ll make a late-morning return to the hotel for breakfast, an extensive image review, and lessons on post-processing in Adobe Lightroom. Weather permitting, this afternoon, we may also have another chance to photograph on Hurricane Ridge.
July 30, 2022: We may have one last opportunity for a sunrise shoot on Hurricane Ridge, before making our way back to Seattle.
Moderate: You must be able to do hikes up to three miles on uneven and sometimes steep ground or deep sand. You must be able to scramble over obstacles and ford small creeks without assistance.
Arrive Seattle–Tacoma International Airport (SEA), Seattle, Washington anytime on July 23, 2022. Flights out can be made after 1:00 PM on July 30, 2022.
What to Bring
Please see our page How To Prepare For Your Workshop. We will send you a detailed information document 90 days before your workshop. This document will include specifics of where and when to meet, gear and clothing recommendations, and more.
- Double occupancy lodging. Single available for $1,300 supplement.
- All meals, soft drinks, and snacks during the workshop
- All permits and park fees
- All transportation during the workshop
- Tips for crew, drivers, and local guides
- Photographic guiding and instruction from 2 pros
- Image reviews and post-processing instruction
- Adventure, fun, inspiration, and a great time!
- Travel to and from Seattle, Washington.
- Passport and visa fees (if applicable).
- Any meals or accommodations before or after the workshop dates.
- Items of a personal nature.
- Alcoholic beverages.
- Travel Medical and Trip Cancellation Insurance (optional, but recommended).
- Anything else specifically not listed as included.
- Single rooming available for $1,300 supplement.
“Greg was tireless in his efforts to be with us wandering all over the landscape, suggesting composition alternatives, camera settings for different effects, locations to try. He also provided lots of interesting historical and geographical background for the areas we were in. ”
“It was a terrific experience. Greg and Tom are very knowledgable and patient. I learned a lot and plan to attend another workshop soon. ”