Alex Mody Photography



  • Washington, Workshops

    WORKSHOP ANNOUNCEMENT – May 18-20, 2013 – Olympic National Park, Washington

    02.05.13 | Permalink | 2 Comments

    Location: Forks, Washington
    Dates: May 18-20, 2013
    Joseph Rossbach and Alex Mody
    Group Size:
    Limit of 10 participants
    Rec’d Lodging: Forks Motel

    Click here to register!

    For more information, click here.

    Join Joe and I for a weekend of fun, exploration, and learning amongst some of the most diverse and incredible scenery in the Pacific Northwest!

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    Overview: Referred to by many as being three parks in one, Olympic National Park is an incredible and diverse place. 95 percent of the park is designated wilderness. In this wilderness, one can find three drastically different ecosystems which exist in perfect harmony: thousands of acres of lush temperate rainforests – complete with massive old growth forests, over 60 miles of rugged coastline, featuring sea stacks and picturesque rocky beaches, and layers of jagged, glaciated mountain peaks that stretch as far as the eye can see. There is nowhere else in the contiguous US where all of these ecosystems may be found so close to one another, and it makes Olympic National Park a dream destination for a nature photographer of any skill level.


    Throughout this workshop, we will photograph as much of what Olympic National Park has to offer as we can in three full days. We will have sunrise and sunset shoots along the coast, including but not limited to locations such as Second Beach, Rialto Beach, and Ruby Beach. We will venture up to Hurricane Ridge at least one afternoon, in search of wildlife and scenic alpine vistas, and during the day, when the light is soft, we will photograph lush, jurassic-esque scenes of mossy trees and gigantic ferns deep in the rain forests.

    Joseph and Alex will teach a variety of techniques—both in the field and in the classroom—that will allow you to advance both your technical skills and artistic vision. We focus on a number of professional field techniques to help you create dramatic and powerful nature images, including:

    • Working with dramatic light, including sunrise and sunset
    • Using less-than-dramatic light to your advantage
    • The fundamentals of powerful compositions
    • Abstract techniques for creating artistic photographs

    We’ll also teach you a number of professional “digital darkroom” secrets as well. Our hands-on intensive seminars – held during the middle of the day when the light is not conducive to successful photography – will teach you the fundamentals of image processing, and allow you to master important techniques including:

    • Working with adjustment layers
    • Layer masking and image blending techniques
    • Making difficult selections
    • Color management
    • Special effects techniques used for artistic expression
    • Exporting, sharpening, and saving images for optimum web presentation

     For more information, click here.

    Questions? Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions.


  • Oregon, United States, Washington

    Wildflower Season in the Columbia Hills, Oregon/Washington, USA

    05.15.12 | Permalink | 71 Comments

    Each year, from the end of April, through the middle of May, an amazing springtime bloom occurs alongside Oregon and Washington’s Columbia River. Brilliant yellow Balsam root and blue-purple lupine blossom for miles across the meadows, hillsides, and oak-dotted ravines of the Columbia Hills. Being a somewhat recent transplant to the Pacific Northwest, I was very eager to try my hand at capturing these vast, beautiful scenes that did not occur during last year’s very odd spring season.

    Springtime on the Dalles Mountain : Prints Available

    This month, I was fortunate enough to spend a week or so photographing these areas by myself, with friends, and with a few private workshop clients as well. The wildflowers were amazing this year – with balsam root blooming in slightly higher numbers than the lupine – in the areas I managed to visit, at least. Unfortunately, favorable conditions seemed hard to come by. For all but a handful of shooting sessions, the wind was very intense, with sustained speeds of 15-25 MPH. To my dismay, these windy days happened to coincide with much of the better light, which made for some very challenging focus bracketing and depth of field blending.


    Dalles Mountain Morning : Prints Available

    Out of all the areas I scouted, I found the most profuse blooms within Dalles Mountain Ranch State Park, and Columbia Hills State Park, both near Dallesport, Washington. Due to this, as well as the oak-decorated ravines I came across, I chose to focus the majority of my efforts on these two locales.


  • Oregon, United States, Washington

    Snowy Columbia River Gorge, Oregon, USA

    02.07.12 | Permalink | 2 Comments

    The grey, drizzly skies of the winter season here rarely loosen their grip upon us Northwesterners. The sun remains hidden behind the clouds, and temperatures are generally not cold enough for much snowfall to accumulate in the lowlands.

    Just two weeks ago, however, a blast of arctic air made its way down into the region, and along with it came a massive low-pressure system. Depositing over a foot of snow in Olympia, this storm quickly shut down much of Western Washington – I had no electricity in my home for five days! So, with classes canceled for the week, I set out to make some wintry images of some generally not-so-snowy locales. Braving the downright terrible roads, I headed to the first area that came to mind – the Columbia River Gorge, along the Oregon/Washington border.

    The Columbia River Gorge is an area renowned across the globe for having one of, if not the highest concentration of beautiful, photogenic waterfalls in such a small area. Most images one might see of waterfalls in the gorge are typically taken in spring, summer, and now and then, fall, but wintry images are quite uncommon, because wintry conditions rarely occur there.


    Frigid Spirit : Prints Available

    To make this image, I slowly trudged for two steep miles off-trail, with 12 inches of snow underfoot until reaching these incredibly picturesque falls. It was fairly difficult terrain, with rope being a necessity in one particular location, and a lot more slipping and sliding than I would like to admit. After far too long spent perched atop mossy, slippery rocks, struggling to find the right composition while managing to keep my front element dry in the snow and sleet, I came away with this photo.


    Dry Creek Winter : Prints Available

    These falls are located at the end of a steep and narrow 4×4 track, which was a total blast maneuvering in the snow. Photographing image, I chose a simple approach. I set up a very similar composition to the one I had shot last time I visited these falls, but this time around, the fresh snow brought out an entirely different dimension to the photo, and I am quite pleased with the end result.

    I’m not sharing any particularly groundbreaking advice here, but I’d just like to remind you all that when abnormal or unseasonal conditions occur, it can be pertinent to use them to your advantage – because you never know what new photographic opportunities they may afford. So, next time you’re thinking of going out to shoot in the snow, and that little, lazy voice in your head suggests otherwise, ignore it!

  • Washington

    The Mighty Hoh Rainforest, Olympic National Park, Washington, USA

    02.13.11 | Permalink | 7 Comments

    (EDIT: I have since gone through my files and found two more images that I feel are worth sharing.)

    Meandering for miles down the western slopes of the Olympic Mountains and towards the Pacific Ocean, the mighty Hoh River and its turquoise waters are a beautiful spectacle of nature on their own. However, along the banks of the river there lies a lush and verdant natural treasure equally as astounding as the craggy, glaciated peaks that tower above it, the Hoh Rainforest.

    With an astounding average of 140-170 inches of precipitation a year, the aptly named Hoh Rainforest is just that–a rainforest. Her massive old growth Western Hemlock and Sitka Spruce trees have been be found to grow over 300 feet tall, and interlaced in these stands of massive old growth, one can find almost inconceivably verdant groves of Epiphyte-covered Bigleaf and Vine Maples. In this temperate rainforest, there is not a single direction that one can focus their eyes and not be gazing directly upon flora of some kind.

    From the sound of it, one might assume a place like this to be a nature photographer’s dream, which it very well may be, but not in a conventional sense. The temperate rainforest is so chaotic and messy that despite everything being lush and green, it is truly a compositional nightmare! It takes a great deal of patience, persistence, and concentration to identify just how to compose an image in this kind of place, and I recently learned that the hard way.

    I just returned yesterday from a brief three day trip to a few of the temperate rainforests of Washington’s Olympic National Park, focusing my camera mainly upon the Hoh. For the entirety of my visit I was lucky to have bright overcast skies and light, misty drizzles, which bring out all of the best qualities these mossy green jungles have to offer. I hiked, scouted, and photographed all day for three consecutive days yet I came away with such few photographs that I am truly happy with.

    One day of this trip was spent with fellow photographer and recent PNW transplant Floris van Breugel, We enjoyed a full day of hiking in the Hoh Rainforest, slowly meandering and photographing about nine miles up and down the river.

    This is my take on the Bigleaf maple we took a lunch break next to. A light mist was moving in and out of the grove, and I was briefly able to make some order out of the chaos. I look forward to returning and photographing more!