Announcing the RUGGED SOUTH WEST COAST of VANCOUVER ISLAND WORKSHOP 2017.

This workshop will feature full time Seattle based landscape photographer Dustin Wong as the featured instructor and myself as the guide and co-instructor.

When: Saturday and Sunday, September 23rd and 24th, 2017 (sunrise to sunset on both days) and for those who can make it, we will also do an extra bonus shoot on Friday evening at no extra cost.

Locations: We'll focus our attention on the most beautiful locations near Port Renfrew including Mystic Beach, Botany Bay, Sombrio Beach, Botanical Beach and old growth forest in addition to the iconic Fairy Lake.

 

Not only is Dustin an accomplished photographer with plenty of photographic knowledge to share, but he's a nice, personable down to earth guy who has a genuine connection with nature. You're sure to enjoy getting to know him during the workshop. 

Here a link where you can see Dustin's beautiful work: 
http://www.dustinwongphotos.com/ 

We're offering an early bird special price of $345.cdn up until July 25th, but the full price after that will be $395.cdn. For our friends south of the border in the US, this is a great time to take advantage of our low Canadian dollar too!


Also, if you've attended a past workshop that I've put on, you will receive an additional $50. discount.

For the pervious two workshops, including last year's, I reserved several rooms at the Big Fish Lodge which is one of the nicest lodges at one of the nicest locations in Port Renfrew and they loved it there. The lodge is literally a stone's throw away from the ocean and your stay would include an awesome breakfast. They also have wi fi. Keep in mind, however, that you're actually welcome to stay wherever you'd prefer. If you're curious to check out the Big Fish Lodge: http://bigfishlodge.com


Included during the workshop: On the field instruction as well as instruction during lectures at the Big Fish Lodge. Topics will include composition, post processing tips, using luminosity masks, getting after glow effects and more. You will get guidance to all the locations plus specific advice on the best spots to shoot from. If we end up with any clear skies during the weekend, Dustin will teach the group how to do astro-photography. Sunset will be at 7:10pm at the time of the workshop and so no one would have to stay up overly late. Late September is a great time of year to do the workshop because the summer crowds will have mostly left and the sunrise is at a reasonable 7am.

 

Below are some pictures of some of the locations we'll be going to:

  Seaweed and RockSeaweed and RockA nice little sunrise at Botany Bay on western Vancouver Island. The Emerald SecretThe Emerald SecretThis is a really cool, hidden waterfall that's along the west coast of Vancouver Island. Fairy Lake MistFairy Lake MistI've driven by Fairy Lake on Vancouver Island quite a few times at this point and I'd been looking for some different shooting conditions than the norm.
I finally got the misty look that I thought would make for a nice shot during Spring and I was happy with the results.
Mystic HorizonsMystic HorizonsA nice sunset at one of the most beautiful areas along the west coast of Vancouver Island, Mystic Beach. Guardian of the GroveGuardian of the GroveI took this shot on a misty day at Avatar Grove which is a small area of old growth forest on Vancouver Island, B.C., Canada  

Not included: transportation (although for those interested, I'll do my best to organize car pooling), accommodation, photography equipment, food and beverages.

We won't be doing any difficult hikes but a moderate level of fitness would certainly be an asset. A deposit of $95.Cdn will be required to reserve your spot and space is limited.

If you have any questions, don't hesitate to write to me at ultimateillusion@hotmail.com or via my photography page on Facebook. Dustin and I welcome you to join us as we all enjoy the beautiful and rugged scenery of the west coast while making some great, like-minded photographer friends. You're sure to learn a lot and to have fun while doing so! If you'd like to see photos of the locations, please follow the link: