X May 25-26, 2013 - Rainforests Of The Columbia River Gorge

Location: Hood River, Oregon
Dates: May 25-26, 2013
Joseph Rossbach and Alex Mody
Group Size:
Limit of 10 participants (ONLY 2 spots remaining!)
Rec'd Lodging: Sunset Motel

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Overview: The Columbia River Gorge holds some of most beautiful and lush scenery in North America. Featuring the greenest temperate rainforests in the Pacific Northwest, as well as 115 officially-named waterfalls, the Gorge is an amazing destination to create extraordinary springtime images of rainforests, waterfalls, and streams. Over the course of this workshop, we have the possibility to photograph over a dozen picturesque waterfalls, jurassic-esque forest scenes - complete with mossy trees and four foot tall ferns, streams with moss-covered boulders, and beautiful views across the river and into the mountains. Hood River, Oregon will be our base camp for this adventure.

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

Fitness Level: The majority of the locations we will visit can be easily accessed by road, and short 5-10 minute walks. A few locations we may visit require short hikes to access, no more than 2 miles round trip and 400ft elevation gain. Being unafraid to get your feet wet in order to get the shot will help quite a bit for some of the subjects we will photograph, but is by no means necessary or required.

Sample Itinerary:
(subject to change in accordance to weather conditions.)
Opening Night: (May 24th) Opening night reception. We will have a two hour meet and greet on the evening of May 24th. Joe and Alex will give a joint presentation on the techniques and areas we will cover over the course of the workshop.
Day 1: (May 25th) We will spend all day from sunrise until sunset visiting many areas in the gorge to shoot waterfalls, streams, cascades and rainforest scenes.
Day 2: (May 26th) Again, we will be out at first light shooting in the Gorge at a plethora of locations, focusing on waterfalls, streams, cascaes and forest intimates. The workshop will end late in the day at or near sunset.

All participants are required to find their own lodging. Joseph and I are staying at the Sunset Motel in Hood River, Oregon, and suggest that you do too. This will be our base of operations and meeting point for the workshop. There are a number of campsites in the Gorge, but beware that they are first-come, first-served, likely to be crowded during the weekend, and may be up to 30 minutes away from where we meet in the morning.

Workshop Includes:
- Expert instruction and guiding in both the classroom and field
- Image critiques and classroom instruction

Not Included:
- Transportation (Participants are asked to carpool. Due to insurance reasons, we are not able to drive.)
- Lodging, meals & incidental costs

Recommended Equipment:
- Digital SLR camera (w/extra batteries and memory cards.)
- Wide to standard zoom lens, with their lens hoods (I carry 14-24mm and 24-70mm lenses)
- Telephoto zoom lens for extraction and abstract scenes (I use a 70-200mm lens)
- Tripod
- Cable or electronic shutter release
- Circular polarizing filter
- Graduated neutral density filters (if you use them.)
- Rocket blower and micro-fiber cloths for keeping glass surfaces dry and clean
- Flashlight or Headlamp
- Rain jacket and pants
- Waterproof hiking boots
- Bag to carry photo gear and extra food/clothing
- Extra socks
- Clothing for comfort anywhere between 35 and 70 degrees Fahrenheit.

Final Payment: The final balance is due and payable 60 days before your workshop departure. Seven days prior to the due date you will receive a reminder email that your final payment is due. If full payment is not received by the 60 day deadline, we will charge the balance to the credit card on file. If you are paying by check be sure to send it before the deadline or your reservation will be subject to cancellation. If you want to pay by Paypal, we will send you an invoice.

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