Workshop “Unlimited Palouse”
May 27 — 31 of 2022
Workshop Begins/Ends: Seattle, WA
Locations in Washington: Palouse Falls, Palouse, Central Cascades' Waterfalls
Dates: May 27 — 31 of 2022
Tuition: $1850 per participant (limit: 9 participants).
Instructor: Alex Mironyuk
Deposit: $650 (payments accepted for the remainder of the balance)
During our workshop we will try to see one of the most beautiful of nature’s wonders in Washington State — the whole 3 days will be spent at the most rewarding photo-destination — Palouse, taking pictures of its colorful rolling hills covered with wheat, raps, canola, etc. by farmers. Sometimes Palouse can be compared to the Italian Toscana. Why do we need to fly to Italy if we have a much better place here in the US! Also, we will visit 3-4 amazingly beautiful waterfalls in Central Cascades Mountains.
You will get a chance to photograph the area as you have never seen it before. I will lead you to photograph my favorite places all around the two states.
This workshop is designed to master your photography skills and to also boost your creative process. This entire workshop is hands-on and I will be with you every step of the way covering composition, camera settings, chasing the light, and much more.
Physical Difficulty: Easy to Moderate. This Workshop Involves some hikes at the Central Cascades area. The longest hike is 3 miles with some elevation gain
Fitness Level: Like any outdoor nature photography workshop, a reasonable degree of fitness is ideal. We will not be engaging in any strenuous physical activity.
Simple hotels lodging is included in the workshop’s tuition (2 people per room).
No level of experience is necessary for participants of this workshop. Whether you are just beginning or are a seasoned pro, we are happy to help you move forward with your photography.
May 27, Friday
Our group will meet at the hotel in Seattle, WA around 7 PM where you can meet everyone and get to know each other. After a short introductory meeting, we will go to our very first dinner as a group.
Night in Seattle.
May 28, Saturday
In the early morning, we will leave the hotel and head toward our very first stop at Central Cascades to spend 3-4 hours hiking and take pictures of one of the countless waterfalls in that region before it will be crowded by local people.
After that, we are going to Palouse Falls. While you are driving pretty close to the falls, you can’t even imagine that a river is nearby. The road leads us to our destination through the dry desert and you can’t even feel the proximity of the falls until you can physically see it. This is our breathtaking sunset location.
After the sunset at night, we will drive to our hotel.
Night at Colfax, WA
May 29, Sunday
We will spend all day shooting countless pastoral landscapes of the Palouse. Here on huge rolling hills, there’s an immense variety of agriculture. Every June this place turns into a real photographer’s paradise when all of those plants are growing and the hills have an assortment of different colors. Even if we are talking about just green you will see a variety of different shades of just that color.
Often Palouse can be compared to the Italian Toscana. But Palouse is much bigger, has a greater variety of landscapes, and presents itself with immense beauty. Also, Palouse has two huge hills that rise about 500 feet above the other hills, so you can take pictures of the Palouse’s abstract landscape patterns from your tripod as a drone would!
Everywhere in Palouse, you can see farms, barns, single trees, etc. So this is the place that allows you to wake up your creativity and boost your photography skills. You don’t need to copy someone’s picture — you can create your own!
And at the end of June, we can see on the fields some agricultural machines which can be our photo-object in an abstract landscape surrounding.
We’re going to spend about 2.5 days in that amazingly beautiful area.
Night at Colfax, WA
May 30, Monday
The whole day from dawn till dusk we will spend on those amazing green and yellow rolling hills. But we’ll find some time for rest in our hotel during the day as well as spend some time discussing the photos that we took before.
Night at Colfax, WA
May 31, Teusday
During the sunrise, we will again we again be in the middle of Palouse’s green sea. During the first morning hours, we will take pictures of farms, barns, hills, and old car junkyards.
Close to noon, we will start to drive toward Central Cascades Mountains to spend 3-4 hours hiking and take pictures of one or two of the countless waterfalls in that region.
By 4-5 PM we will head back toward Seattle, where our workshop will be officially over. Keep in mind that we will be in Seattle around 7-8 PM.
Payment schedule and cancellation policy:
The full tuition for the workshop is $ 1850
A deposit of $ 650 is required to reserve a space in this workshop.
You can cancel your trip for free until March 27, 2022, and we will refund your deposit in full. After March 27, 2022, your deposit became non-refundable
The final balance of $ 1200 is due by March 27, 2022. Full tuition is due at this time, and there will be no refunds on the full amount owed if you cancel after the final payment. However, if we find another client to fill your space, you will receive a full refund, minus your non-refundable deposit.
If we will cancel this workshop — you will get a full refund.
What is included:
- Double occupancy room in hotels. You can upgrade your lodging to a single occupancy — just send this inquiry before you will book the workshop
- Access to Parks.
- Breakfast, provided by hotels**
- Cars and fuel
- Expert instructions and guidance to a wonderful variety of locations at Oregon and Washington, In-field instruction on capture technique (composition, compensating for high dynamic range, focus stacking, creating effective sun stars, night photography, light painting, and much more)
- In-field recommendation on your photo gear
- An incredible, unforgettable experience, full of adventure with amazing people and loads of great photos!!!
** Due to our photographic schedule (being up and out of a hotel before sunrise, for example) we may occasionally miss hotel breakfast
What is NOT included:
- Lunches, snacks, and dinners (average $40.00 — 60.00 per person);
- Medical Insurance & Incidental Costs;
- Air fare to and from Seattle, WA;
- Travel passports, visas, and other travel documents;
- Hotel in Seattle, WA at the end of the trip;
- Alcoholic beverages.
Recommended Photo Equipment:
- Camera (DSLR or Mirrorless) W/Extra Batteries And Memory Cards
- Tripod with a ball head (leveling base is optional but very helpful to take a panoramic shots)
- Shutter release
- Wide to standard zoom lens, with their lens hoods (I carry 12-24mm and 24-70mm lenses)
- Telephoto zoom lens for extraction and abstract scenes (I use a 70-200mm and 150-600mm lenses) Keep in mind that most of your shots in Palouse will be on the 70 mm — 500 mm range
- Circular polarizer filter to remove glare from the water (it’s OK if you do not have one)
- Graduated neutral density filters (if you use them)
- Rocket blower and microfiber cloths for keeping glass surfaces dry and clean
- Most importantly — a great attitude!
Recommended Hiking & Camping Equipment:
- Flashlight or headlamp
- Rain jacket and pants
- Fleece jacket
- Waterproof hiking boots
- Extra warm clothing for possible cold weather condition including long underwear, hats and gloves
- Backpack (bag) to carry your photo gear.