Photos from the talented photographers who joined us on the Olympic Workshop in January. The weather presented some challenges, but the group was adaptable and made the most out of the situation. Even a foggy wet beach was transformed into a beautiful serene environment. We were impressed by the variety of images this group was able to capture!
Jane Herzog “What a transformative 3 days in my world of nature and photography. The instructors are outstanding, each with his/her unique perspective and skills, and it is really a privilege to learn from Art. His vast experience, humor and sensitivity are inspiring…I look forward to participating in more of Art’s adventures in the future!”
Steve Kidd “The Art Wolfe Olympic Peninsula workshop was fantastic. Art and all of the instructors were extremely approachable and always offered great advice. I came away with much better photographs than if I had just gone to the locations myself. A very worthwhile trip!”
Sheri Pascual “Art Wolfe is so unbelievably talented and creative and very willing to share his expertise with his students. The Olympic Peninsula’s forests and beaches gave us very diverse photo opportunities. We started our day before the sun came up and ended when the sun went down. I learned more in two days about composition and technique than I have learned in the last three years. Art also has an amazing group of accomplished photographers to help and advise as well. I was always able to get help when I needed it. Thank you Bill, Jay, and Libby! I can’t wait to go on my next workshop!”
Walking into my first Art Wolfe Workshop, I was a self-taught photographer, anxious and concerned I may not keep pace. Within minutes I was diffused. Fast forward seven seminars/workshops and I find myself standing next to Art ready to board our small plane heading towards Coastal Brown Bears. If I knew then, what I know now, I would have taken the opportunity long before my first.
He has treated me as a friend; given knowledge and support peppered by encouraging opinion. He has shared; I have tried and failed and he has tirelessly shared again. He has crept into my brain, opened my eyes and opened my world. I have grown. For that I am thankful.
Once again we experienced tremendous photographic opportunities with the bears at Alaska’s Lake Clark National Park. Here are some of the picks our fellow travelers and photographers took!
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Jim Waterbury www.jimwaterbury.com
“Thanks for a terrific workshop! What a treat to see the magnificent coastal brown bears up-close, interacting with each other in a natural setting, and seemingly oblivious to the presence of humans. As usual, I found Art’s artistic vision, passion, and vast experience photographing wildlife to be both inspiring and educational … a real privilege to have been able to spend 4 days with Art and Jay, in the wilds of Alaska, yet in a very comfortable environment. Looking forward to the next opportunity! Thanks!”
“Taking pictures of the bears was an absolutely amazing and breath taking experience. With the input I got from Art and Jay I learned to enhance my skills in taking pictures.”
In June I like to head to the Southwestern United States. The heat of the desert hasn’t quite yet got to the point where it is painful. Moab and Kanab, Utah are close to magnificent national parks. After the wet spring in the Northwest, it is nice to travel to a warm location, and this area offers a completely unique environment. Spectacular land formations and lots of hidden canyons can be found in Arches, Capitol Reef and Canyonlands National Parks to name a few. The Southwest certainly has a lot to offer, and we explored a small corner of it in my latest workshop. Take a look at the wonderful shots my fellow photographers got!
Adam Sabow: “It was a fantastic time – already can’t wait to plan the next one!”
Alan Sund: “We had a great trip to Moab! The participants were great – many (like me) were back from prior trips, and knew we were in store for a wonderful workshop. Art and Jay were their usual selves, always supportive but also determined to help each of us grow in our photographic abilities – and all the prep-work done by your Seattle crew made it all work smoothly. I can’t wait to find another workshop to sign up for in the near future.”
As always, it is always great to spend several days in Olympic National Park with such enthusiastic photographers! This workshop continues to be the gold standard of my learning program. Be sure to check out the blogs & websites of the following photographers!
Alan Augustine: “I really enjoyed the workshop. Art and all of his assistants were very helpful with my attempts to progress from simply documenting a scene to creating a work of art.”
Cory Kitzan: “I had a GREAT time at this workshop. I came home and told my wife that it was the best three days of my life! It was very mentally and physically challenging. It took me two days to recover! I loved every bit of it.
Art has so much energy and passion, and seemed to really care about the quality of the workshop experience for each member of the group. He was a lot of fun to be around. His lectures and candid comments during the critiquing session were invaluable. I learned so much!
I also learned humility when I viewed my results. I’ve been taking photographs as a hobby since I was a kid (35+ years). I understand the technical side, and can take good “vacation photos”, as Art described them. I have loved Art’s photography ever since the first time I saw “Travels to the Edge”, but I didn’t know what it was that appealed to me, or how to replicate it myself. At the workshop, those questions were answered.
I now have many fun years of practice ahead of me. What I learned in those three short days will impact my photography for the rest of my life. I would highly recommend Art’s workshops and lectures to anyone interested in photography.
Facebook: www.facebook.com/Cory Kitzan
Dan Rosen: “I had a great time at the workshop!”
Darrell Sano: “I’ve always admired Art Wolfe, ever since watching his “Travels to the Edge” PBS series. He is far more than a landscape photographer, and his fascination with people and culture attest to his multi-faceted interests and skills. Aside from looking at his work and hearing first-hand explanations behind his images, the class afforded me the opportunity to visit someplace I’ve never been. And sharing the experience with fellow attendees, especially those who I drove in our car pool, was utterly enjoyable.”
Ella Hudson: “Earlier in my life I have worked as a college photographer and a medical photographer. More attune to a PR and photo journalism style, I have never really explored nature as a photo subject. The grand landscape has always been too broad and vast; my photos never came close to Ansel Adams! But I enjoy others’ nature photography.
I have followed Art’s work since becoming aware of him through “Travels to the Edge.” His obvious love and passion for animals and nature’s beauty is what makes these episodes. My husband encouraged me to sign up for the Olympic Peninsula workshop as a gift to myself. This was the first real photo workshop I have ever attended. Even though I felt a little out of my comfort zone, I promised myself that I would be open to all the possibilities, no matter what. I really had no expectations; I planned to attend and see what happened.
Well, what happened was more than I could have ever expected. Photography, photography, photography morning to night with a lot of other people at times feeling out of their comfort zones, too! But that’s how you learn! Here was an opportunity to just soak it all up!
Eric Schoch: “This was a terrific workshop in a great locale. Art and all the instructors were supportive and had excellent suggestions. I learned a lot and had a great time!”
Kashif Izhar: “What an exhilarating experience it was to be with Art Wolfe at the Olympic Peninsula Workshop. 3 days full of great advice and ample chances to implement it in the field with first hand feedback from Art and his team. The critique session was by far the best, where Art looks at each photo for a moment and then with live Lightroom implementation, transforms it to its true potential. Wish to join Art once again at a more exotic location for a longer trip.”
Kathryn Mead: “Art is a great teacher in lecture, field and critique. His enthusiasm is boundless as is his knowledge, which he shares freely. This was my 3rd workshop with Art. He takes us to places that offer a variety of shots. Since he’s thought out where to go, all I have to do is think about shooting. I really enjoyed shooting with a group. I got to make new friends and learn even more about photography from talking to them and seeing their work. Art’s personality sets a relaxed atmosphere. I would recommend a workshop to anyone who would like to learn more about how to see an environment in a way that allows them to create more compelling images. For me, this class is not (mostly) about f-stops and ISOs. It’s about how to see a composition. My photography has improved tremendously as a result of learning from Art.”
Nick Monkman: “Art Wolfe is a fantastic teacher and and enjoyable person just to be around. Not only did I improve my photography – I also had a fun vacation. Art’s rich background in painting and art history really help drive home his main teaching points about effect compositions. Lectures were well-organized without being oppressive and the image critique at the end of the workshop was especially rewarding. Well done…and when’s the next one?”
Timothy Lindsay: “I learned a lot about composition and the technical aspects of photography on this workshop. Both during lectures from Art Wolfe and his helpers in the field. I recommend atttending one near your home first so you know what kind of equipment you need (and what you don’t need) when traveling with your photography equipment.”
The November Issue of Outdoor Photographer has several means of expression for me. The cover is Fitz Roy, Argentina. A breathtaking view in this special place called Patagonia. See page 20 for a description.
Next, OP Contributing Editor, Mark Edward Harris, has written a “Workshop Diary” article that describes his experience when he joined up with Jay Goodrich and me on the China workshop this year. This is very helpful for people to get an idea of the daily rhythms that go on during a workshop. There is a lot of work and learning that goes on amid the shuffling between hotels and transportation and meals. It is really great fun.
Finally, I see NIK Software is running an ad for Silver Efex Pro 2 with one of my B&W images from Huang Shan, China.
I’d say I was pretty well covered for November. Thanks, OP!
Here are some great images and kind words from these gallery particiants:
Not all great photographers make great teachers, Art is! His workshops are amazing.
Not only did I leave with renewed passion and a clearer vision for finding a composition when I thought there was none, but the individual attention provided by his assistants, Gavriel Jecan and Jay Goodrich, was tailored specifically to my needs as a student. All provided superb guidance on how to communicate the passion and artistry of a shot.
The workshops are the most worthwhile investment I have made in improving my photography. When critiqued, they cheer you on in your victories and encourage you in your struggles.
Thanks, Harry Ableman www.harryablemanphotography.com
The course with Art and his assistants was exceptional. I learned so many new and important things and cleared so many misconceptions. Everyone of them put in a lot of effort in teaching and training and most importantly, helping to see better and grow as a photographer and a person. Art is an exceptional teacher full of energy and enthusiasim. I would love to go on more trips like this with him and his team.
Art Wolfe’s Olympic National Park Workshop was a unique opportunity for me to learn what I needed to do to take my photography to a new level. Art’s lectures gave me a lot of new ideas to think about; and when we were on site taking photographs, Art and his assistants were always helpful and friendly. The critique at theend of the workshop was very liberating in terms of my future photographic choices. The workshop was tough but invaluable.
Art is as enthusiastic and helpful in his workshops as he is on Travels to the Edge . Understanding his artistic concept and creation of a photograph provided valuable insight for my own photography.
Gail Gazda http://tctriunguis.shutterfly.com/
I’m so impressed with the depth of information that was given to us in Art Wolfe’s Olympic Peninsula Workshop.
Art’s lectures and teaching methods are also so darn entertaining!
Art’s teaching is full of reference to art history, nature, suggestions of camera settings for different shooting situations; always engaging his audience, always aware of his student.
It was wonderful to see how ART has effected Art in his life long body of work as well as his exciting new projects.
I would welcome the opportunity to take this workshop again. Art and his assistants were always helpful and focused on bringing us to a higher level of photographic ability, both artistically and technically .
I came to this workshop because I wanted to bring new perspective to my observations. I definitely experienced new ways to look thru my lens; my ultimate reason for wanting to learn from Art.
Thank you for this opportunity!
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The Olympic Peninsula Workshop was my first experience of this sort with a professional photographer / artist. I’ve been getting more serious about my photography for the past couple of years. Art Wolfe (as well as his workshop assistants and organization) set a high bar for value. Art appears to be entirely transparent about his artistry. He is thoroughly giving, approachable, and funny. How many opportunities do you get to sit in a casual “seminar” with someone at the top of his game and “pick his brain”? Art shared with us what he was thinking as he composed his shots, where he finds inspiration and ideas, and he showed us the resulting photographs. We then went to beautiful natural surroundings to put it all together for ourselves. What an education in such a brief period of time! Art, thanks for the challenge you inspire for those of us who appreciate excellence. I can now ‘see’ how to get there.”
Shreveport, Louisiana www.kenmcgivney.photoshelter.com
Thanks to all the participants for a great workshop. This workshop is offered twice each year and is always a wonderful experience for me and my great team.
Ben Eby: “This workshop was unequivocally an incredible experience, which I will always appreciate. Both Art & Gavriel are great personal mentors, who are most accommodating when it comes to sharing their applied knowledge, and personal experience. I look forward to reconnecting in the future.” To contact Ben about his photos and experience, email him at email@example.com
Kevin Mullen: “I have had the pleasure of taking two different photo workshops with Art Wolfe this year. Once in Zion in April and the most recent one in the Canadian Rockies. As a result of these two great workshops I have taken my photography to a new level. Through the well prepared teaching presentations, the portfolio reviews and the personal attention of Art, I have been able to change how I view the world around me to photograph. With these improved skills from these two workshops I have produced some of the best photographs I have taken in my life with a camera. Thank you for making photography even more enjoyable!”
Ben, Kevin, Ken and May – Great work all the way around! Thank you!