Mount Rainier National Park offers up a true mountain landscape paradise. Literally, we will visit Paradise! The August session will split time between the Sunrise side of the mountain and Paradise in hopes of catching the narrow window for peak wildflower bloom. We will also take advantage of a less than half moon setting in the west as the milky way rises over Mount Rainier. The September session will focus on scenes small and grand as fall foliage spreads across the high alpine landscape in carpets of fiery orange and red. Both workshops will visit some of the park’s beautiful waterfalls such as Narada, Christine, and Myrtle Falls as well as Reflection and Tipsoo Lake.
We’ll visit several waterfalls which will give ample opportunity for grand and small scenes alike. Mastering shutter speeds and their effect will be on the list.
Mount Rainier National Park offers grand landscape opportunities like no other. Wildflower meadows and rugged alpine terrain accent the ever-present face of a sleeping volcano. Make sure you have a wide angle lens to take it all in!
Timing can be tricky, but we hope to encounter carpets of wildflowers to photograph! Macro lenses or extension tubes on your telephoto will help create soft and simple floral scenes.
Fall Foliage: Take I
We’ll experience fall foliage in the forests and right off the road which will offer a multitude of small scenes filled with rich, warm colors.
Fall Color with a Chance of Snow
The fall season is brief, and if we’re lucky, we’ll have some fresh snow on Mount Rainier as well as among the fall foliage.
Fall Foliage: Take II
Just a short walk from the parking lot, the hillsides explode with rich colors.
Jim Patterson has a a vast experience teaching landscape photography and has been leading workshops since 2009. He has explored many of Mount Rainier’s trails in all four seasons and continues to add new views to his knowledge base. A major goal leading up the this workshop is learning more about the “stack and track” style of astrophotography.