Join Washington-based photographer Rod Barbee to photograph one of the Pacific Northwest’s crowning jewels – Olympic National Park. May is a great time for visiting Olympic National Park since the forests, streams, and waterfalls are in their prime and the after Memorial Day timing means the park won’t be overly crowded.
Based in Forks, WA we’ll plan to visit the Hoh rain forest, Sol Duc Falls and the surrounding forest, Lake Crescent and coastal beaches with sea stacks like Rialto, Ruby, and Second Beach. Our exact itinerary will be somewhat weather dependent. With any luck, we’ll get a bit of rain so that the rain forest will look lush and green. Sunsets on the coast can be enhanced by clouds and unsettled weather, so we’ll be hoping for a bit of both.
NANPA is an Authorized Permittee of the National Park Service.
Early Bird Rate: $735 NANPA & ASMP Members/$935 Non-members by February 29, 2024
After February 29, 2024: $835 NANPA & ASMP Members/$1035 Non-members
Last Date to Register: March 29, 2024
Maximum number of attendees: 10
Rod Barbee is a professional photographer, writer, and instructor. He’s been a regular contributor to Outdoor Photographer magazine and has also been published in Nature’s Best magazine, Audubon and Mead calendars, Northwest Travel and Oregon Coast magazines, Orvis clothing catalog, the National Park Service, and more. Several of his images appear in the Amphoto book “American Vision”. His first book, The Photographer’s Guide to the Oregon Coast, co-written with David Middleton, is available nationwide. His book, The Photographer’s Guide to Puget Sound and Northwest Washington was published in the spring of 2007. His latest book is Oregon Coast Memories (Countryman Press).
Throughout the year, Rod leads and co-leads photo workshops across the country. A gifted and enthusiastic field instructor, he likes nothing more than sharing his knowledge and ideas. Besides teaching his own workshops, Rod has led and co-led workshops and tours for Great American Photography Workshops, The Nature Workshops, and Photographer’s Alliance Workshops. Rod has taught nature photography through Bellevue Community College in Washington state, The Mountaineers in Seattle, Olympic College in Bremerton, WA.
The natural beauty discovered during backpacking trips into Olympic National Park led him to nature photography. It has since become a passion in his life from which he continues to learn and grow.
Rod and his wife Tracy Rowley live in Port Ludlow on Washington’s Olympic peninsula. You can learn more about Rod by visiting his website at https://rodbarbee.com/
352 S Forks Ave
Forks, WA 98331
NANPA is holding a block of first floor rooms for event participants at the following rates:(2) Single King bed: $184 per night + tax
Transportation to and from the hotel and during the event is not included and is the attendees’ responsibility.
RIDE SHARING: We will be starting each day from the Pacific Inn. Ridesharing is encouraged to reduce the size of our vehicle presence and improve the traveling/following experience. You are welcome to either drive or ride with someone. This is also a great way to meet people and make new friends during the event!
Note that NANPA does not have insurance for carpooling arrangements and assumes no liability for them. Carpooling, ride sharing or anything similar is strictly a private arrangement among the participants. Participants assume the risks associated with this travel.
All meals except Tuesday’s Group Lunch are on your own. The location of the Tuesday Group Lunch, which is included in the event registration fee, will be shared at the Meet and Greet. Attendees are encouraged to eat together with their group as part of the overall experience.
Some of the locations that we will most likely photograph include:
Your leader will have visited the areas prior to the event and the field trip locations will be based on what’s most photogenic at the time, weather conditions, etc. These will be announced on Thursday evening during the Registration/Orientation.
HEALTH AND FITNESS:
A moderate fitness level is required. There will be some hiking involved, none of it overly strenuous
WEATHER & CLOTHING:
The daytime temperatures on the Olympic peninsula in May can vary widely. In general, we should see daytime highs in the 60s with lows in the low 50s. Mornings on the coast can be cold and possibly windy. It is advisable to be prepared for occasional rain showers and certainly cool mornings. There is also a very real chance of rain.
OTHER RECOMMENDED GEAR:
Hiking poles if you need the help with balance
We will be based in Forks, WA during this regional event. Forks is a small town, but it has all you should need. There’s a good-sized grocery store, outdoor store, convenience stores, and several coffee/espresso stands.
There are a few restaurants including a Pizza place (next to the grocery store), a Subway, a good burger place (Sully’s), The In Place (next to the Pacific Inn, and one or two others.
Please keep in mind that this NANPA Regional Event is designed to be a photo tour, not workshop. That said, don’t be shy about asking Rod for help if you need it. This tour is open for 10 participants to give each plenty of time with the leader and to retain flexibility based on weather and the best opportunities.
This event is designed for all levels of photographers – amateur, intermediate, advanced, and professional – interested in improving their photography skills or looking for location guidance to capture images of this magical park. If you are new to photography, Rod will be available to answer questions, teach new techniques and help you improve your photographic skills. If you already have plenty of photography experience, Rod will ensure that you’re in the best locations at the best times for those perfect shots. Other participants are also great about sharing techniques, tips, and ideas. Please know your camera before you arrive and bring your manual just in case, we need to look up something.
Attendance and participation at NANPA Regional Events is limited to registered attendees only. Anyone wishing to participate in any portion of, or travel with a registered attendee during the group event must contact the NANPA office and pay the full registration fee.
Please note schedules provided in advance are always preliminary, the final schedule may be different due to weather / light conditions, and other variables.
After early morning shoots there will be time for a late breakfast or early lunch and a break. If the weather conditions are such that mid-day forest photography is possible, we may extend the morning shoot to take advantage of the light. Therefore, be sure to bring snacks. Since sunset is so late, dinner before leaving for the evening/sunset shoot is recommended.
Thursday, May 30, 2024
Friday, May 31, 2024
Sunrise 5:30 am, Sunset 9:00 p.m.
Saturday, June 1 2024
Sunday, June 2, 2024
The event wraps up after brunch at approximately noon.
NANPA will not offer any refunds for registrations for this event regardless of when the cancellation is made or the reason for the cancellation. NANPA reserves the right to cancel any event or activity due to insufficient registration or any unforeseen circumstances. NANPA will offer refunds if NANPA has to cancel the event. It also has the right to substitute presenters if those originally scheduled cannot attend. Registrants may purchase event insurance as part of the registration process through NANPA’s partner, Allianz. More information on this option will be shown during the checkout process for the event registration.
NOTE: If you do not purchase event insurance at the time that you pay for your registration, you will NOT be able to go back and purchase it with Allianz later.
If you choose to purchase travel insurance separately, you can do so with your own insurance carrier, or NANPA members can receive a special travel insurance rate through USI Affinity/Travel Insurance Services.