Washington State photography workshop
May 20 - 24, 2024
Open to traditional and digital
photographers of any experience level.
Mossy Trail at Nooksack, 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 P. Jeffrey Ungar 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.
Baker Lake and Branches. 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/dinner. Bringing
photographs, whether they be finished prints or simply proof sheets,
is strongly 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. Assisted by P. Jeffrey Ungar, he will
be helping attendees obtain 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.
of contrast masking in your previsualization routine will be discussed
by Lynn 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 forests
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. Further travel to Artist's Point will depend on
road openings due to the depth of the winter's snowfall.
a day 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 are seen in the 2 days spent in this area of the North
Cascades. Our print review session will take place, typically lasting
2 hours, during either of those two days
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).
car ferry will take 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
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, which
has now been expanded and updated. 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.
P. Jeffrey Ungar
Ungar is a physicist and engineer with expertise in imaging and
computer graphics. His journey into photography began when he
was 12 years old and experimented making pinhole cameras that
attached to 126 film cartridges. An early interest in astronomy
and night photography led him to acquire his first real
camera, a Minolta SRT 202, and to developing film and making prints
in a dark corner of the basement. Over the years since those early
days he has enjoyed working in many photographic genres including
landscape, documentary, and architecture.
Around 2000 Jeffrey renewed his passion for film photography setting
up a new darkroom and attending workshops at the San Francisco
Art Institute. There he learned more about artistic vision and
techniques used to make compelling silver gelatin and chromogenic
prints. For one workshop, he did a night photography architectural
study of the SGI Headquarters (now Googleplex) that included a
large, hand-stitched panorama of the complex, and a set of photographs
of abstract details in the scene. This was displayed at SGI until
he left the company.
Jeffrey enjoys the capabilities and flexibility of digital photography
and workflows, but he loves working with film best. I find
the limitations and hand-made nature of film photography meditative.
It inspires a different kind of creativity. He began shooting
with a 4x5 Chamonix view camera when he attended his first workshop
with Lynn Radeka in Death Valley in 2019., and this has become
his primary film medium. He looks for ways to use modern technology
to enhance and support traditional methods without replacing them.
Photography Workshop Registration
- 24, 2024
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 2024 - May
20 - 24, 2024.
Deposit is refundable, minus $200 if cancelled by March 15, 2024.
Remainder is due April 10, and refundable minus $200, if cancelled
by April 15, 2024.
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, car expenses and lodging costs.
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
Complete list of workshops with
registration at: https://www.creditcardworkshops.htm/
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and up-to-date as of today,
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