Glaciated Mountains, Waterfalls, Rugged Coastlines, and Rainforests
July 22 – 28, 2024
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 photography opportunities in this unique 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 in low light and in the middle of the day. We’ve planned this workshop to coincide with the wildflower season in the alpine regions and the best time of year for clear skies and coastal sunsets. Regardless of the weather, though, there is always something to photograph! We’ll be working by day and into the night.
Your workshop pros will help you optimize your compositions and process your images. There will also be ample time for one-on-one and group image reviews.
Experience another nearby national park by following this trip with our Mt. Rainier National Park workshop.
Muench Workshops donates a portion of the proceeds from this workshop to Washington’s National Park Fund in support of its work to support and protect Washington’s National Parks.
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 22, 2024: Gather at our hotel lobby by 11:00 AM. The hotel will be near Seattle International airport (SEA) and will be shared with all participants before the workshop. After a quick meet and greet, we’ll make our way to our lodge on the Olympic Coast. After an introductory meeting and early dinner, we’ll photograph sunset at one of the nearby beaches.
July 23, 2024: We’ll start the day early with sunrise in the rainforest bordering Lake Quinault. Following our first image review and dinner we’ll photograph the dramatic Ruby Beach coastline at sunset.
July 24, 2024: We start early today for Hoh Rainforest and the spend morning photographing the Hall of Mosses and Spruce Nature Trail. In the afternoon we move to the town of Forks. After a bit of downtime in the hotel and dinner in town, we’ll head to Rialto Beach for sunset.
July 25, 2024: For sunrise this morning we head back to Rialto Beach with a hike to Hole in the Wall and some beautiful tide pools. We’ll hold another image review and instruction session in the afternoon. After dinner on the Quileute Indian Reservation we’ll hike to Second Beach for sunset.
July 26, 2024: We’ll get up early for the drive and hike to Sol Duc Falls this morning. Following breakfast at Lake Crescent Lodge, we’ll head to our hotel in Port Angeles. Late afternoon through sunset, we’ll work the vistas from Hurricane Ridge.
July 27, 2024: This morning, we’ll have another early start for wildflowers, wildlife, and panoramic views of the Olympic Mountains from 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. After our wrap-up dinner, we can shoot along the waterfront in front of our hotel at sunset.
July 28, 2024: Depart early for the Kitsap Peninsula to catch the ferry from Bainbridge Island to downtown Seattle. We’ll have you back at SeaTac for flights leaving after 1:30 PM. Guests staying for the Mt. Rainier workshop will stay over this night in Seattle. We can help arrange a hotel at your expense.
Moderate: You must be able to hike 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 before 10:30 AM on July 21, 2024. Flights out can be made after 1:30 PM on July 28, 2024. Air travel delays are common. Please arrive early, possibly even the day prior, so you don’t miss any of the workshop.
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 $1,000 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.
- 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 $1,000 supplement.
“Greg Vaughn is a class act. He is an excellent instructor and a gentleman. Up till now I have booked trips based on location, but in the future I might book a trip I would otherwise not be too excited about, if he was to be the instructor. ”
“Greg has to be one of the most kind and patient photographers/human beings I have ever met. His photographic knowledge and knowledge of Olympic national park are outstanding. ”