Wildflowers in Mt. Rainier

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Wildflowers in Mt. Rainier


This is a 3 day workshop scheduled for the beginning to middle of August. This is typically the peak of the wildflower season with the second week typically being the best for the area. Mount Rainier, even without wildflowers, offers stunning vistas, waterfalls, lakes, forests, and incredible hikes even without the wildflowers!


This scheduled 3 day in the field workshop will be held the second week in August based on my experience photographing the park during the wildflower season. Even in less than monumental years or when the season comes earlier than expected, there is still an excellent amount of breathtaking photographic opportunities in the park during this time including spectacular views of the mountain at every turn, waterfalls, old growth forests, rivers, streams and lakes.

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Mount Rainier is the highest mountain of the Cascade Range of the Pacific Northwest, and the highest mountain in Washington. It is an active stratovolcano located 54 miles south-southeast of Seattle, in the Mount Rainier National Park. The mountain peak rises above the rest of the terrain surrounding it with a summit elevation of 14,411 ft. There are also 26 major glaciers on the mountain making it the most heavily glaciated peaks in the lower 48.

This workshop will cover both photographing landscape in the field as well as the post-processing at home. Also, I will be teaching you how to location scout in advance of a trip in order to plan for success on any adventure regardless of the conditions. Instruction in skills like focus stacking, focal length blending, and more are included. Any level of photographer from novice to advanced amateur will find great value in this opportunity. Activities will be including some more strenuous hikes as we will be on the mountain. You should be in good enough shape to handle 6-8 miles of rougher terrain each day. However, there will also be several incredible locations that don't involve any hiking. We will not be going on any extreme or back country hikes on this workshop.

We will meet at the Paradise Lodge early in the morning of the first day of the workshop to capture sunrise, and the workshop will come to an end on the last day of the workshop shortly after sunset. Seattle's airport is the closest location to fly in to from out of town.

Transportation to and from the park, hotel accommodations, entrance fees and travel during the workshop are not included in the registration fee for this workshop. Those interested can email me directly for my food/lodging and travel recommendations. Once registered, you will receive a greater detail of information about the workshop, the places we will be visiting, the expected conditions and all of my gear recommendations specifically tailored to this workshop. 

Each workshop is limited to 3 people. This will give us elbow room at our locations, and give anyone that wants 1 on 1 help in the field more time with me. It will be my first year hosting this workshop, but I expect it to be especially popular given the size of the groups and location. So, do not wait if you wish to be joining me on this adventure!