Washington State photography workshop

May 22- 26, 2023

Open to traditional and digital photographers of any experience level.

Registration below

Stumps and Mist. North Cascades, WA Copyright © Lynn Radeka


The great Pacific Northwest! A versatile land of lush, dense rain forests, stunning snow-capped peaks, peaceful fishing villages, historic towns and lighthouses. This is the area that initially beckoned Lynn Radeka in 1974 and immediately he was hooked by the quiet beauty and charm of Washington state. Join Lynn Radeka and Jerry Sheridan as we photograph the amazing North Cascades, photogenic waterfalls, river details, and the nostalgic port towns of this special section of the USA.

We will concentrate on avoiding the commonplace, mundane cliche images and help everyone see subjects in a refined way that reflects and expands their personal vision.

Trees and Fog. North Cascades, WA Copyright © Lynn Radeka


Autumn Foliage, North Cascades, WA.
Copyright © Lynn Radeka


This workshop is open to all photographers whether shooting large or small format black and white or color, traditional or digital! No photographer will be rushed regardless of his/her film format or digital format and experience level.

Each participant is expected to be self-sufficient with regards to all meals including indoor dining and all lodging in historic hotels along the route. A list of hotels, including Bed and Breakfast lodging will be furnished far in advance of the workshop. Camping is also available at many locations along the route. Please inquire about any concerns or limitations.

Digital photographers will enjoy the array of interesting software programs and techniques we will be discussing as well, including focus stacking for extreme depth of field and HDR for controlling extreme contrast. More importantly, the workshop flow will be largely determined by the needs and desires of the workshop participants, ensuring a very enjoyable experience for everyone.

This workshop, like all Radeka Photography workshops, stresses learning in the field by actually doing. We will not waste a full day of photographing by giving formal "classroom lectures" as many other workshops do. The only exception being a print review, and of course discussions in the field or during lunch. Bringing photographs, whether they be finished prints or simply proof sheets, is recommended but not a necessity.

Tag-alongs are not allowed on this workshop except for spouses, which will be required to be self-sufficient. This workshop is limited to eight paid participants. Please see the signup details below.


Mt. Shuksan and Moon, WA
. Copyright © Lynn Radeka


Lynn will be handing out durable viewing cards (an aid in visualizing compositions) to everyone. He will be assisting attendees in obtaining the best exposures and white balance settings using RAW format for those photographers shooting digital, and zone system methods, previsualization, exposure, development, view camera controls and selection of filters to those photographers shooting traditional large format.

Jerry Sheridan will be discussing the Expo-Dev system for those interested in a different exposure and development calculation system. Jerry is also adept at using large format film and nearly always carries his 8x10 Ebony camera with him, even on moderate hikes.

The use of contrast masking in your previsualization routine will be discussed which will help traditional photographers learn how to previsualize images with the intent of applying contrast masking or other specialized darkroom procedures to the final print. Surprisingly, this often results in images being shot that otherwise might be passed up due to lack of local contrast on the scene or elements that aren't well separated from surrounding detail. The use of film contrast masking is particularly valuable for images with complex highlights and shadows such as those found in Washington's dense rain forests.



Basic Itinerary

The nearest, most centrally located major airport for those flying in from distant areas is Seatac (South of Seattle. between Seattle and Tacoma). Our meeting place on the first day will be near the small town of Glacier (east of Bellingham and roughly 2 hours from Seatac airport).

From Glacier we explore the North Cascades via route 542. Stunning forest and waterfalls will be photographed as well as dense rain forest areas. The road climbs to the magnificent vistas of Picture Lake and Mt. Shuksan at Artist's Point (assuming any early mid-October snowfall hasn't closed the road to Artist's Point).

After a day or day and a half of photographing this area, we head south to the North Cascades Highway (route 20) photographing fantastic areas along Baker Lake, rain forests and streams. Great opportunities for intimate landscapes or details.

From there we drive west through Whidbey Island, board a car ferry to Port Townsend, and spend any extra time photographing near Port Townsend including a historic and picturesque lighthouse. Time permitting, we have the option of driving further west to Lake Crescent for a short, easy hike to Marymere Falls, and possibly further west to the Ancient Grove of old growth forest.

Driving back east, then south, we visit the quaint lumber company town of Port Gamble (reminiscent of Grandma Moses paintings). One more car ferry to board takes us back to the mainland north of Seattle with multiple lodging options. From there it's only an hour to the Seatac airport.


About Lynn Radeka

Influenced in his early work by Ansel Adams and Wynn Bullock, Lynn Radeka’s professional photography career spans more than fifty years. His love of the grand landscapes and intimate details of the American West was born on his first trip to Death Valley in 1966.

Lynn Radeka’s Black and White photography has been featured in eight National Park posters and several calendars including the calendar series Radeka: The American West and several ghost town calendars published by Browntrout publishers. In 1989 and 1990 he was commissioned to do the photography for five full-color books, resulting in a 2 year journey that took him through the back roads, historic places and ghost towns of the entire American West. Lynn also has the honor of being a featured photographer in the book publication "World's Top Photographers: Landscape" and has been published in Frames Magazine, Elements Magazine, B&W Magazine, View Camera Magazine, Lenswork and other photography publications.

Lynn Radeka currently teaches workshops in Death Valley, Utah, New Mexico and Washington. He will be re-launching his popular Contrast Masking workshops with Jerry Sheridan in Arizona in 2023. Lynn is the publisher and co-author of the Contrast Masking Kit - a technical manual for traditional film-based photographers. Lynn feels completely at home using a 4x5 view camera for his film-based work and more recently a Sony A7R mirrorless camera for his digital work.

Please visit the bio page of this website for more information.


About Jerry Sheridan

Jerry Sheridan has been shooting large format black and white film for over twenty years. He has garnered National recognition by being chosen as one of five photographers from across the Nation to present work in a Phoenix gallery and honored with numerous awards in local juried art shows. To say he is serious about using his 8x1O Ebony large format camera is an understatement. He enjoys every aspect of the large format photographic process from talking about technique to evaluating prints and everything in between.He believes the final print is only a small part of that enjoyment. The part of the process he likes most is being out in the field with other photographers and seeing what the location has to offer especially in places he has never been. Once back at home he has a professional grade wet darkroom fully equipped with a DeVere 5108 8x10 enlarger. There he processes his film,makes prints often using Lynn's Masking Techniques,cuts mats, mounts and frames the final images.

"Photography has changed my life.It has taught me to slow down,and not just look at what is around but to see the beauty in all things and how the falling light changes their shapes and textures. It opened up a whole different way of looking at life."

Washington Photography Workshop Registration

May 22- 26, 2023

Limited to eight paid participants

Inquire regarding space availability and other questions or to be placed on a reserve list

Location: Beginning in Glacier, north of Seattle (depending on our final itinerary)

Tuition: $2000.

Washington Workshop 2023 - May 22- 26, 2023.

Deposit $1000
Remainder $1000

Deposit is refundable if cancelled by March 15, 2023. Remainder is refundable, minus $200, if cancelled by April 10, 2023.

Duration: 5 Days.

Materials to bring: Cameras (digital or traditional),
accessories (film, storage media, changing bags), lodging money and food money

Ride sharing is certainly an option, sharing the gas and/or car expenses.

Contact: Lynn Radeka via e-mail for questions or more information. Anyone not receiving a quick response via the contact form please email Lynn's alternate email address LR20042004@yahoo.com


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