2017 FALL BACKPACKING IN THE ENCHANTMENTS CORE ZONE

Remaining Spots: 2/2

Dates: October 16th – 20th

Price: $999

Description: Join me this fall for an extremely rare and unique opportunity to backpack and shoot the Core Zone of the Enchantments in central Washington. The Enchantments is an iconic hiking destination in Washington with gorgeous alpine lakes and larch trees that turn bright yellow/orange during the fall. The area is divided into multiple zones, with the Core Zone being the best and most popular. Overnight permits are heavily restricted and most are only given out on a lottery basis – some people spend years attempting to get an overnight permit for the Core Zone.  With that said, I have a permit for a group of 8 to enter on October 16th and am opening 2 spots to workshop participants. The remaining spots will likely consist of other photographers who won’t necessarily provide direct guidance, but may act as ancillary resources that you’ll likely be able to learn indirectly from.

This will be a truly immersive experience as it will also be my first time in the area and we’ll spend virtually the entire time shooting and exploring the area. Our group will need to enter the area at the same time, but you’re welcome to stay there beyond the 20th (up to 14 consecutive days total) and enter other zones as the Core Zone permit acts as a master permit so to speak. We’ll plan to get to Leavenworth (a great Bavaria inspired town nearby) on Sunday the 15th, enjoy the town during the evening and spend the night there, then head out as a group in the morning to begin hiking.

Participants will receive personalized instruction as part of a small group setting that emphasizes the following techniques: shooting to process (focus stacking and exposure blending), composition with a focus on compelling foregrounds, optimal settings with relation to the exposure triangle and the subjects we shoot, star shooting, and use of filters and other recommended equipment. Participants will also receive a comprehensive start-to-finish processing tutorial/video covering Lightroom and Photoshop techniques on one of the images shot that week.

This workshop will require a good amount of hiking, made more difficult by the fact that we’ll be backpacking with camera gear for 4 nights. As such, I would not recommend this workshop to those who are not in decent shape and/or have little to no experience backpacking. Not to say that this is a super difficult trip, I would just prefer to focus on photography and not backpacking/camping issues. Weather could also play a big role in this trip as snow is not uncommon to the area at the time of the year so please keep that in mind.

What’s Included:

  • Shooting and post-processing instruction
  • Lodging in Leavenworth (double occupancy room) for Sunday the 15th. I also reserved a campground for Friday night that has showers if you would like stay in the area and shoot fall colors around Leavenworth.
  • Limited transportation: Ask – willing to coordinate things if it fits the schedule and isn’t completely out of the way. There’s also a small chance I could get one of the other photographer attendees to carpool but I wouldn’t necessarily rely on it.
  • Limited backpacking equipment: I have 2 extra packs, 1 extra sleeping pad, potentially an extra tent if I just use a bivey, and we can share a jetboil and water filter.

What’s Not Included:

  • Flights
  • Food and snacks
  • Transportation outside of the purview above
  • Equipment not described above

What to Bring & Recommended Gear:

  • Backpacking clothes and hiking shoes
  • General backpacking equipment as needed
  • Camera Equipment: I’ll leave this up to you but generally there’s a careful balance of minimalism vs. range. Here’s what I plan to bring:
    • Canon 5DIV Body
    • Canon 16-35mm 2.8L III, Canon 24-70mm 2.8L II, Canon 2x extender
    • Lightweight Tripod (Induro)
    • A few filters
    • 4+ batteries and a few SD/CF cards