Glaciated Mountains, Waterfalls, Rugged Coastline and Rainforests

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.

Muench Workshops is an Authorized Permittee of the National Park Service.






July 25–31, 2021

Fitness Level:

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.


Open For Registration
Limited to 8 Guests

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.
— Mark Hendricks, Oregon Coast '17

Itinerary and General Information

July 25, 2021: 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 26, 2021: 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 27, 2021: 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 28, 2021: 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 29, 2021: 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 30, 2021: 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 31, 2021: We may have one last opportunity for a sunrise shoot on Hurricane Ridge, before making our way back to Seattle.

What to Bring and How to Prepare for Your Workshop

Please see our How To Prepare For Your Workshop page now for guidelines on workshop prep, gear, and packing. Approximately 90 days before your workshop, you will be sent a PDF with more specific instructions.

What’s Included

  • Double occupancy lodging

  • All lodging and meals during the workshop

  • Transportation throughout and to and from Seattle

  • Photographic instruction and guiding from two pros

  • Image reviews and post-processing instruction

  • Fun, Inspiration, and a great time!

Whats Not Included?

Travel to and from Seattle International Airport (SEA). Travel Medical and Trip Cancellation Insurance (optional, but recommended). Additional hotel nights before or after the workshop, items of a personal nature, walking poles, alcoholic beverages, and anything not specifically mentioned as included.

Payment Terms

Your deposit of $2,495 USD will secure your place in this workshop. The balance of $3,000 USD is due by April 1, 2021. All of our standard terms and conditions apply.

Additional Information

This is the best time of year to photograph in Olympic National Park, and we know all the good spots! This workshop will fill up fast, so don’t hesitate and click the “SIGN ME UP!” button and we’ll see you there!