The Olympic Peninsula Workshop


Backlit Spikemoss, Licorice Ferns, Olympic National Forest                      All photos © Bill Ellzey

The Olympic Peninsula Workshop

Dates: June 5-11

Workshop Fee: $1350

Instructors: Bill Ellzey, Jay Dusard, Bruce Barnbaum



Full Workshop Description and Signup here.


                                                (Written by Bruce Barnbaum)
This is a location rich in scenery and rich in history. The jagged, glacier-studded Olympic Mountains jump to nearly 8,000 feet above the Pacific Ocean to the west and the Puget Sound to the east. On its flanks are turbulent rivers and dense rainforests of Sitka Spruce, Douglas Fir, Western Red Cedar and Big Leaf Maples covered with thick beds of spongy mosses. And then it drops to the magnificent Pacific Coast, with its offshore sea stacks, driftwood strewn beaches, and crashing surf. Each of these locations offers a lifetime worth of photography.

400p-sm.Qb21-198The three instructors have a long history of working together, dating back to the mid-1980s. They will dive into the heart of your work and your photographic goals, unlocking ideas that you may never have considered to be part of your thought process. They will not only reveal things about your work that you never knew, but do it in the most encouraging and supportive ways imaginable. They’ll be totally honest—no pandering allowed—but their reviews of your work will boost you to levels you never believed possible.

400p-sm.Qb19-22In addition they will be showing some of their work, inviting any and all questions about their thinking, their approach and workflow, their materials, and anything else you may wish to know. They have no secrets, and are eager to share their vast store of photographic expertise throughout the workshop. Whether you are engaging in digital approaches or traditional approaches, you will have the answers to your questions from these guys.

400p-sm.Qb20-221The workshop begins in the town of Port Angeles on the North side of the peninsula, where we will have spectacular views of the entire Olympic Mountain range from Hurricane Ridge. We also have quick access Crescent Lake, the recently removed Elwha Dams on the Elwha River (that have allowed huge numbers of salmon to regain their historic spawning grounds), and even the charming town of Port Townsend.

400p-sm.Qb21-175Midway through the workshop, we move to the town of Forks on the west side of the peninsula, where we have access to the heart of the dramatic rainforests, and the windswept Pacific Coast, including some of the most spectacular west coast beaches. Fog and sun often alternate throughout the day, making these forests and beaches even more mysterious and magnificent, a never-ending kaleidoscope of light and wonder.

Bruce Barnbaum, a master printer, environmentalist, and author of instructional and aesthetic photography books was a b&w sheet film shooter exclusively when he and I and Jay Dusard rendezvoused in the mid 80’s to lead a workshop in Telluride, Colorado.  While still doing traditional large format wet darkroom work today, he also shoots color with digital equipment.  Bruce directs workshops from his home in Granite Falls, Washington  And he’s the originator of this workshop.

Jay Dusard, also a large format sheet film shooter in the landscape and abstract worlds was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship to photograph working cowboys from Canada to Mexico.  He too is a wet darkroom practitioner but Jay’s been packing a medium format film camera around for several years and creating art with it as well.  Check out his books. He’s a skilled horseman, jazz cornetist and philosopher photographer.  When you befriend this crusty old bastard you’ll have a friend for life.

Bill Ellzey  My pedigree / credentials can be found here.



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