Darkening clouds

Photography Classes in Bellingham

Photography Classes in Bellingham

Bellingham Parks and Recreation Announces Spring Photography Classes With Andy Porter at Bloedel Donovan Park

Take Better Pictures with Your Digital DSLR Camera—$40 1-Day Class

  • Saturday, April 11th 10 am—1:00pm
    • and again in May
  • Spider Meadows, Glacier Peak Wilderness

    Spider Meadows, Glacier Peak Wilderness

  • Wednesday, May 6th 6 pm—9:00pm

Taking pictures with your new DSLR is easy, just set it on auto and shoot away. Capturing GOOD pictures with your new DSLR…that’s harder. Quality photography starts with understanding how to set your exposure manually. This is NOT difficult to do. In this 3 hour workshop we’ll cover aperture and shutter speed and show you how to change them on your camera. Next we’ll discuss how to use these settings to create the image you want. Bracketing the exposure is a very key part of this and will set you on the right path. We will also cover the use of polarizers and capturing images in the RAW format.

Mount Baker in the Morning

Mount Baker in the Morning

Photography Composition and Basic Editing—with Andy Porter—$80 2-Day Class  

  • April 22 & 29 Wednesday evening, 6 pm—9 pm
    • and again in May
  • May 19 & 26 Tuesday evening, 6 pm—9 pm

This two-day/six hour session photography class covers Image Composition and Photo Editing.

Day 1: Having the “eye of a photographer” is a skill that one develops over time. It just takes a study of the various techniques, practice and then getting out and shooting. This class will cover in detail, with many examples the various techniques for stunning photo composition: leading lines, the Rule of Thirds, reflections, subject placement, angles of light and much more. You’ll receive a photo assignment to complete before the next class.
Day 2: First we’ll review and critique your assignment images and then delve into how to edit your images on the computer. The human eye can see much more than your camera can. If you want the images you record to look like what you saw, you will need editing. In this session we’ll have a look at what editing can do and get you started.

Outdoor Photography Workshops- $50 1-Day Class

  • Saturday, April 25th 10am—1:00pm
    • and again in May
  • Lake Ann from the Maple Pass Trail

    Lake Ann from the Maple Pass Trail

  • Saturday, May 23rd 10am—1:00pm

Spring is upon us and its time to get out and shoot! In this class we will first meet and discuss/review some of the basics of setting exposure, bracketing and composition and then head outdoors to capture images. There I will offer advice and personal, direct assistance to all.
Things to bring: Camera, any lenses you have, a polarizer filter, freshly charged battery, tripod. Be certain to wear clothes and shoes/boots that you are happy to get dirty and muddy! Bring water and snacks as well. And bring layers, it often is chilly and windy.
Anyone can attend these Outdoor Workshops. It is highly recommended that you have completed the DSLR and Composition/Edit Classes first. If you already know how to manually set exposure and use a polarizer you will be fine.

All of these Photo Classes will be held at Bloedel Donovan Park, in Bellingham. Here is a link to register for the classes, or contact Bellingham Parks and Rec at:

3424 Meridian Street
Bellingham, WA 98225
Email: parks@cob.org
Phone: (360) 778-7000
Fax: (360) 778-7001
Hours: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Monday – Friday

 

Evening Light

Point of the Arches – Olympic National Park

Olympic National Park in Northwestern Washington State contains several distinctly different wonderlands.

The rain forestsol duc 2015 2, glaciated peaks

Mount Olympus, Olympic Wilderness

Mount Olympus, Olympic Wilderness

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

and the Pacific coast.

The Olympic beaches are some of the wildest most rugged beaches in the lower 48. I have visited and slept on these beaches many times. There is something truly magical about the ocean.

Last week I spied a window of nice weather forecast for the coast and headed over. I was not disappointed!

Evening light

Evening light

Lines in the sand

Lines in the sand

Sunset through the Arch

Sunset through the Arch

Arch aglow

Arch aglow

Point of the Arches

Point of the Arches

Evening Light

Evening Light

Point of the Arches Sunrise

Point of the Arches Sunrise

Point of the Arches Sunrise

Point of the Arches Sunrise

Skagit River Bridge

North Cascades Night Sky Photo Tours – 2015

Basic Information on Nighttime Imaging

Palouse Falls

Palouse Falls

Capturing stunning images of the Milky Way is surprisingly easy. All you need is a decent DSLR, a wide angle lens and few more simple tools and you’re good to go. The only real difficulty is getting the convergence of a night with no moon AND no clouds!

A simple web search of moon cycle will bring up the years calendar of the moon and its phases. Of course a ‘full moon’ we all know. A ‘new moon’ is when there is no moon at all in the night sky. To capture good Milky Way shots you need to wait for a night plus or minus two days from the new moon date.

Then you pray for clear skies!

Mount Rainier and the Milky Way

Mount Rainier and the Milky Way

Next is location: the further away you are from the light of cities, towns and roads the better. Higher elevations also tend to make for less atmospheric barriers. Here in the North Cascades there are several locales where you just park, amble a short distance and get some great shots. The main ones I use are:

  • Diablo Overlook located near Colonial Creek Campground on Highway 20
  • Washington Pass Overlook, located on Highway 20 (aka the North Cascades Highway) a little east of the Diablo Overlook
  • The Artist Point area, at the end of the Mount Baker Highway.

These last two spots are at an elevation of more than 5,000 feet and have the wonderful benefit of including towering peaks in your images! Their high elevation also limits availability: The North Cascades Highway is closed in winter and usually opens in May each year. The road to Artist Point is also snow-bound in winter/early spring and opens, depending upon snow pack, in June or July.

Andy Porter Photography Guided Night Sky Photo Tours- Cost: $150.00 per person

This year I am guiding Milky Way Imaging Tours in the North Cascades. The dates for this year’s Night Sky Photo Tours are:

  • March 20, Friday night Shooting Location: Diablo Overlook

    Stars at the Diablo Overlook, North Cascades National Park

    Stars at the Diablo Overlook, North Cascades National Park

  • March 21, Saturday night Shooting Location: Diablo Overlook
  • April 17 Friday night Shooting Location: Diablo Overlook or Washington Pass Overlook
  • April 18 Saturday night Shooting Location: Diablo Overlook or Washington Pass Overlook
  • May 15 Friday night Shooting Location: Diablo Overlook or Washington Pass Overlook
  • May 16 Saturday night Shooting Location: Diablo Overlook or Washington Pass Overlook
  • June 15 Monday night Shooting Location: Washington Pass Overlook or Artist Point
  • June 16 Tuesday night Shooting Location: Washington Pass Overlook or Artist Point

Planning Your Night Sky Photo Tour

What you need to bring for equipment

  • DSLR, (full frame sensor is better but any recent model will do)
  • A wide angle lens, 10mm to 24mm
  • Tripod
  • Cable release (you can use your built in timer, if you don’t have a cable release)
  • 2 fully charged batteries

What else to bring:

  • Several layers of clothing with the idea that the temps may be below freezing: hat, gloves, etc
  • Sturdy shoes
  • Water and snacks, energy bars, etc.

Outline and Itinerary

The outline for all Night Sky Photo Tours is to meet in Sedro-Woolley, have some coffee or a bite to eat while we discuss setting aperture, manual focus and other details for great star shooting and then head up the highway. Depending on the time of year we should have some great photo opportunities along the way of sunset and other spectacular views. The Cascadian Farms Fruit and Ice Cream Stand is along the North Cascades Highway and makes a fantastic spot to stop on the way up the valley.

Once we arrive we’ll locate our spots for shooting and have more time to further discuss image settings and composition. As the sun sets there will be all sorts of wonderful shots to get of alpenglow on the peaks. For trips to Artist Point we will make a stop at Picture Lake where we’ll get luscious shots of Mount Shuksan. This particular view of Mount Shuksan, from Picture Lake is THE most photographed mountain scene in all of North America. When we get there, you’ll see why!

When full darkness arrives (assuming it’s not completely cloudy!) we will easily be able to see the strip of the Milky Way overhead and start composing and capturing images. Each night the orientation of the Milky Way to our backdrops changes by the hour, as the earth rotates. How long we stay out each night will be decided by our views and how long you want to stay out!

Mount Baker and Park Butte Lookout

Mount Baker and Park Butte Lookout

Itinerary:

6:00pm: Meet in Sedro-Woolley, discuss nighttime image capture, and go over specifics regarding setting aperture, shutter speed, ISO and how to manually focus your lens.

7:00 – 8:00pm: Drive to our viewpoint, set up and capture images. Driving time to the various viewpoints is between 1 and 2 hours.

11pm to 1am: Leave our shooting location and return to Sedro-Woolley. In March and April the sun sets earlier and so we can start shooting the Milky Way earlier. In June and July it’s not really dark until 10 or 11pm, so these nights run later.

12am Midnight to 2am: Arrive back in Sedro-Woolley

10am (Next day) Meet for breakfast/coffee and review images and cover some basic editing techniques for nighttime shots. The last item is optional, based on if you are planning to spend the night somewhere in Skagit Valley.

Night Sky Photo Tours Registration and Payment- Cost: $150.00 per person

Here are the upcoming dates and locations for Night Sky Photo Tours:

  • March 20, Friday night Shooting Location: Diablo Overlook
  • March 21, Saturday night Shooting Location: Diablo Overlook
  • April 17 Friday night Shooting Location: Diablo Overlook or Washington Pass Overlook
  • April 18 Saturday night Shooting Location: Diablo Overlook or Washington Pass Overlook
  • May 15 Friday night Shooting Location: Diablo Overlook or Washington Pass Overlook
  • May 16 Saturday night Shooting Location: Diablo Overlook or Washington Pass Overlook
  • June 15 Monday night Shooting Location: Washington Pass Overlook or Artist Point
  • June 16 Tuesday night Shooting Location: Washington Pass Overlook or Artist Point

If you would like to sign up for a Night Sky Photo Tour follow this link!
I look forward to shooting the Night Sky with you!

Liberty Bell and the North Cascades Highway

Liberty Bell From Washington Pass Overlook

Washington State Ferry Sunrise Crown

Washington State Ferry Ride: Sunrise

I recently embarked on a trip from my home in Sedro Woolley to my favorite coastal hike and camping spot at Point of the Arches, in Olympic National Park. It’s a long way, maybe 9 hours from start to camp site, and one of the beautiful legs of the sojourn is a ferry ride from Coupeville to Port Townsend. I booked my spot on the Ferry and arrived just as the sunrise was happening.

Washington State Ferry Sunrise

Washington State Ferry Sunrise

Ferry Drive-in

Ferry Drive-in

Inside the ferry

Inside the ferry

On the Ferry Deck

On the Ferry Deck

Washington State Ferry Sunrise

Washington State Ferry Sunrise

Washington State Ferry Sunrise Crown

Washington State Ferry Sunrise Crown

Washington State Ferry Sunrise: Looking Out

Washington State Ferry Sunrise: Looking Out

Washington State Ferry - Coupeville

Washington State Ferry – Coupeville

Washington State Ferry Sunrise light

Washington State Ferry Sunrise light

I knew it was going to be a great trip when the images from the ferry ride were enough to make the entire trip worth while!

Images of the coast to come, but here is just one to whet the appetite!

Point of the Arches, Olympic National Park

Point of the Arches, Olympic National Park

 

Tulip Fest 1

Skagit Valley Daffodils are blooming early!

This year the winter weather has been especially mild here in the Northwest. While the lack of snow and warm weather is not so good for skiing and bodes poorly for water supply in the summer, it has been pleasant to be out side in February!

If you’re interested in coming for a visit to this years Skagit Tulip and Daffodil Festival, I am offering guided Photo Tours this year!

Normally the daffodil fields explode in mid to late March, but I captured these images on Feb 18th at sunrise.

Skagit Daffodils at sunrise

Skagit Daffodils at sunrise

Looks like our Tulip Festival may just be a bit early this spring!

Daffodils, Morning Light

Daffodils, Morning Light

North Cascades Hike: Lake Ann – Maple Pass Loop

Lake Ann

Lake Ann

The feeling of exhilaration from being in the mountains is unsurpassed. Sweat and strain, fresh air and a cool breeze, a lake reflected and gathering clouds: these are all part of what makes the trip Great.

The Maple Pass Loop trail starts at Rainy Pass, on the North Cascades Highway. Ascending through the brush and out into the sun a first view whets your desire for more.

Swinging around the head of a small basin you soon plunge back into the cool forest.

Now the climbing becomes more insistent. The trail angles up along the side of a ridge and switchbacks heavenward. Lake Ann beckons below, her silvery waters calling.

Lake Ann from Maple Pass 2 2015

Heather Pass appears and you keep climbing, but now the wonder of the view cancels any thought of your body.

You are in the mountains!

The clouds invade the valley as you view the world from above. Its time to start heading down.

Clouds

Clouds

Bright colors, my favorite thing!

Flowers

Flowers

Its difficult to keep walking…despite the threatening skies, I just want to sit amid the flowers.

Darkening clouds

Darkening clouds

I see the skies opening in the near distance…

Meadows

Meadows

The thunder and lightening are not far off now.

This summer I am offering photo tours of the Maple Pass Loop.

And if you’d like a bold, bright canvas print of any of these images, here is where to go.

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Photography Classes in Marysville

Marysville Parks and Recreation – Photography Workshops

Nature Photography Class with Andy Porter   Snow Geese on Fir Island

  • Saturday May 9th – 1pm to 5pm
    • The same class is also available in June!
  • Saturday, June 6th – 1pm to 5pm

We live in one of the most amazingly beautiful areas, not only of Washington, or the USA, but of the entire world. Rugged glacier covered mountains, towering old-growth rain soaked forests, endless fields of tulips and a fantastically photogenic coastline, we have it all!
Nothing is more rewarding than immersing oneself in the Nature of Washington…except maybe capturing images of all that beauty to share.
Come join wilderness photographer Andy Porter as he takes you through a 4-hour crash course on nature photography. In his class he will discuss (and show) how to set your camera on manual, use of aperture to create depth and focus, composition basics and more tricks of the trade.
Andy has been capturing images of the Great Northwest for more than a decade and his images have graced the covers of many local and national magazines, books and web sites. You can see more of Andy’s work at AndyPorterImages.com

This 4-hour class will be offered once in May, and once in June on these dates:

  • Saturday May 9th – 1pm to 5pm
  • Saturday, June 6th – 1pm to 5pm

The cost of the class is $60.00 per person.

To register and reserve a spot for this class call:

These two classes will be held at:

Jennings Memorial Park’s Rotary Ranch Building
6915 Armar Road, Marysville, WA 98270

The class will include both classroom and outdoors training.

What you need to bring to class:
• Camera (DSLR or Point and Shoot are fine)
• Any lenses or filters you already have
• Hiking shoes and clothes you don’t mind getting wet or a little dirty!

Photography Composition and Basic Editing—with Andy Porterferry-portal

  • Wednesday May 13th – 6pm to 9pm AND Wednesday, May 20th – 6pm to 9pm
    • The same class is also available in June!
  • Wednesday June 10th – 1pm to 5pm AND Wednesday, June 17th – 6pm to 9pm

This two-day/six hour session photography class covers Image Composition and Photo Editing.
Day 1: Photo Composition. “Having an eye” for photography is definitely an acquired skill! Once you learn the basic tools and practice you’ll have it. We will cover: subject placement; use of the horizon; reflections; leading lines; the Rule of Thirds; framing and more. You’ll receive a photo assignment to complete before the next class.
Day 2: Together we’ll review your assignment images and then delve into how to edit your images on the computer, covering cropping, color adjustment, filters and all sorts of amazing stuff to make your images pop!

Andy’s images have been featured in many magazines and publications. You can see more of his work @ Andy Porter Images.com

The cost of this two-day class is $100.00 per person

To register and reserve a spot for this class call:

These classes will be held at:

Fire Station 66
7217 40th St. NE, Marysville, WA 98270

What you need to bring to class for Day One:
• Camera (DSLR or Point and Shoot are fine)
• Any lenses or filters you already have
• Hiking shoes and clothes you don’t mind getting wet or a little dirty!

What you need to bring to class for Day Two:
• A lap top computer with either Photoshop or Lightroom (any versions)
OR
• A CD with images (both RAW and jpeg) that you like to see edited.

Registration Information:

Online Registration: Once the Marysville Spring Guide goes out, in early March, you can register via http://www.marysvillewa.gov web site. I will post their flyer when it is out.

If you would like to register sooner, you can register in person during business hours or through the mail, fax or scanned email, too. If someone has previously registered with us for another program and we have them on file, then they can also call us with their credit card information over the phone and we can take it over the phone. (VISA or Mastercard)
Marysville Parks and Recreation
514 Delta Avenue
Marysville, WA 98270
(360) 363-8450