Washington State photography workshop
May 22- 26, 2023
Open to traditional and digital
photographers of any experience level.
Stumps and Mist. North Cascades,
WA Copyright © Lynn Radeka
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.
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,
Copyright © Lynn Radeka
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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).
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).
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.
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.
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
in his early work by Ansel Adams and Wynn Bullock, Lynn Radekas
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.
Radekas 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.
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.
visit the bio page of this website for more information.
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
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."
Photography Workshop Registration
Limited to eight paid participants
regarding space availability and other questions or to be placed
on a reserve list
Beginning in Glacier, north of Seattle (depending on our final itinerary)
Washington Workshop 2023 - May
22- 26, 2023.
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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