Olympic Peninsula Workshop with Lou Nettelhorst

Aug. 7 - 13, 2016 (Sun. - Sat.)

Looking for a great opportunity to photograph Washington State’s Olympic Peninsula?

Join Lou Nettelhorst in this six day, late summer workshop to explore incredible photo opportunities in the Olympic Peninsula. This area, bordered on the west by the Pacific Ocean, on the north by the Strait of Juan de Fuca is anchored by the Olympic Mountains. No other place in America provides three distinct environments in such a small geographic area. The flora and fauna of the wild rocky coasts and pebble beaches, lush moss-draped rainforests and soaring snow-clad mountains with extensive alpine meadows provide wonderful photo experiences.

Some of the great locations (conditions permitting) are: Hurricane Ridge; Lake Crescent; Salt Creek Recreation Area; Sol Duc Falls; Hoh Rainforest; and Ruby, Rialto and Kalaloch Beaches. Lou arrives early to scout and help find the most desirable shooting locations. During these various shooting experiences, he provides coaching and also offers numerous critiquing sessions and lessons in a classroom setting. The home base will start in Port Angeles and move to Forks, Washington. The workshop is informal, relaxing, and a fun way to learn. PLEASE JOIN US!!

This workshop is designed to accommodate all levels of photographic experience. It is important, however, that participants be familiar with their equipment and its operation. All of Lou’s workshops, classes and lessons include his learning cycle, which is to provide INFORMATION, give opportunities to PRACTICE using the information, and then receive FEEDBACK on the practice results. It’s all about the fun of learning by doing.

A digital SLR with a wide-angle lens for scenery; a telephoto lens for capturing wildlife or isolating landscapes; and for close-up, a macro lens or extension tubes with your telephoto; plenty of flash card storage, depending on your shooting style; and a laptop with external hard drive for downloading and storing images are recommended. Participants will need a USB flash drive to transport images for critiques. Other recommended accessories include the camera's operation manual, a quality polarizing filter, a circular neutral density (ND) filter, a sturdy tripod with independent legs, extra batteries, a diffusion disk & reflector (Lou has some available for use), Hoodman loupe to avoid LCD glare (some are available to use), flashlight &/or head lamp (required for walking trails before sunrise or after sunset), lens cleaning cloth, blower to clean lenses, cable release/remote control, sun screen and ground cloth &/or knee pads for macro work. While we may not do a lot of flash photography, if one has a flash, bring it. Lou will have some extension tubes available to try with your Canon or Nikon cameras. If considering purchasing any equipment before the workshop, one may contact Lou for suggestions or answers to questions.

Because of the varying environments, weather can be quite unpredictable, coming prepared for combinations of wet, dry, cold and warm conditions is advised. Remember the locations are in three distinctly, different environments. For the weather forecast, one may check www.weather.com or www.intellicast.com before leaving home. This is an outdoor nature photo workshop, so general good health and fitness will help maximize one’s comfort and enjoyment. Planned activities should be well within the ability of people in moderate to good shape. Most locations are accessible from the road, but there are a number of hikes to reach locations, which are less than a mile one way and on somewhat varying terrain. The Olympic coast is rocky, so participants will on occasion encounter areas that are potentially uneven and slippery, but avoiding anything inherently dangerous. Of course, as with any outdoor activity, there is some associated risk from terrain, inclement weather, and other outdoor hazards.

Participants should plan to arrive for the workshop on Sunday, August 7, 2016. Home base in Port Angeles is at the SUPER 8 Motel, Sunday and Monday, August 7 – 8, then on Tuesday, August 8, the group leaves for Forks, WA and checking into the PACIFIC INN Motel.

The workshop will begin at 7:00 pm, Sunday, August 7 in Port Angeles and conclude by approximately 7:00 pm, Saturday, August 13 in Forks. Please contact the SUPER 8 Port Angeles Motel, (360) 452-8401, and the PACIFIC INN Motel, (360) 374-9400, directly for reservations. Be sure to mention Lou Nettelhorst Photography Workshops to book the reserved rooms. This is the busy season. Therefore, making reservations sooner, rather than later, is wise.

The SUPER 8 Port Angeles Motel [SUPER 8, Port Angeles, WA], 2104 E 1st St, Port Angeles, WA 98362, (360) 452-8401, is holding a block of rooms through July 7 for Sun. & Mon., August 7 – 8, 2016 (rates TBD). The PACIFIC INN Motel [PACIFIC INN Motel, Forks, WA], 352 S. Forks Ave., Forks, WA 98331, (360) 374-9400, is holding a block of rooms through July 18 for Tues. – Sat., August 9 - 13, 2016 (LV: 8/14). The rates for one and two bed rooms are TBD and will be based on availability.

Seattle-Tacoma or Sea-Tac (SEA) is the closest major airport. Participants are responsible for their own transportation to and throughout the workshop. Carpooling to photo locations is encouraged because it helps with parking during this busy season in the Olympic Peninsula. For those interested in sharing car rentals and coordinating flight times, Lou will share participants’ email addresses to facilitate communications. Therefore, the earlier one registers, the better the chance for sharing costs with a car rental. Participants eat all meals together, but individuals are responsible for their own expenses. Super 8 will provide the early breakfast in Port Angeles, while Lou provides it in Forks. Cooler bags or “Breakfast-to-Go” kits are provided for the à la carte, continental breakfasts each morning, making flexible eating schedules around photo ops possible.

Lou Nettelhorst is an accomplished, artistic photographer who shares his extensive knowledge on revealing nature’s beauty through workshops, seminars, classrooms, publications, and exhibitions. A photo editor summed up Lou’s photographs as follows, “Intensity, powerful color, bouncing form, and dramatic, emotional play characterize Lou's creative photographic style. As a viewer, you'll want to crawl into Lou's scenes and become one with the flora and fauna!” To read Lou’s extended biography, go to www.LouNettelhorst.com/about.php.

DATE/TIME: Sunday – Saturday, August 7 (7:00 pm) – 13 (7:00 pm), 2016

COST: $950 (min. 5/ max. 10), $475 deposit required

The registration fee covers instruction, presentations, critiquing, and all breakfasts. Lodging, other meals, travel arrangements, park entrance fees, and any other expenses are all the responsibility of workshop participants. The deposit is non-refundable unless a replacement participant is provided, in which case a $50 processing fee is charged. Full payment is due at least 90 days prior to the workshop start, but no later than May 8, 2016. It is recommended that participants purchase travel insurance and contact an insurance agency before registering.

CONTACT: Lou Nettelhorst, LouNettel@aol.com or 847-231-6088

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