Join Gavin Hardcastle and Adam Gibbs for a taste of big trees and wild coastlines on Vancouver Island.
Port Renfrew, Vancouver Island - 2 Days
April 17-19th, 10 Participants Total
Port Renfrew is becoming recognized as the BIG tree capital of Canada and for good reason. Not far from this small coastal town are some of the last remaining temperate old growth forests to be found in western Canada. Not only does Port Renfrew have large trees but it has a stunning coastline. To the south is the 45km Juan de Fuca trail and to the north the infamous 75km west coast trail.
A minimum of $995 is required for a deposit. The full amount or outstanding balance can also be payed.
For this workshop, we'll be staying at the Big Fish Lodge that overlooks the beautiful San Juan Bay. We'll be exploring a number of locations during this weekend retreat including Botanical Beach that is well known for its wonderful tide pools. Sombrio beach for its waterfalls and the Avatar grove that has two of the "gnarliest" red cedars on the coast.
Late Friday afternoon we meet at the Big Fish Lodge. Get acquainted, early group meal and head out to one of the beaches for a sunset shoot.
Breakfast will be served after our morning photo sessions. Dinners will be early to enable us to head out for sunset shooting. We'll also have opportunities to cover subjects such as composition, light, colour theory and perhaps digital image processing tricks and techniques throughout the weekend.
Two night accommodation at lodge (shared occupancy)
Breakfast, snacks and dinners (lunches not included)
Photography instruction by Adam Gibbs and Gavin Hardcastle
What’s not Included:
Transportation to Port Renfrew
Accommodation before and after the workshop
Medical and travel insurance
Where is Port Renfrew?
Port Renfrew lies on the west coast of Vancouver Island, overlooking the Strait of Juan de Fuca, roughly 110km north of Victoria. The drive from Victoria takes about 1.5 - 2hrs.
How hard will the hiking be? PLEASE READ, IMPORTANT!
Hiking? who said anything about hiking? Yes, we will be walking to all locations, the distances are typically no more than a couple of kilometres return. Mystic Beach is roughly 4km return. However, all locations will require a walk including steep hills. If you do have mobility problems this is probably not the trip for you.
What camera gear should I bring?
The following are some recommendations. Generally, we will be focusing primarily on landscape photography but may encounter some wildlife shooting opportunities. Ideally, since we will be hiking throughout the day and carrying our own gear, equipment should be kept to a minimum. Here is a list of what we typically carry in the field. A more detailed "what to bring" list will be sent to you prior to the workshop. If you do shoot wildlife and own or use a very large lens you are welcome to bring it.
Lightweight tripod w/ball head
DSLR camera body
Various ND filters/polarizers/holders for all lenses
2 extra batteries
Lens pen/lens cloth
Other items that should make your day more comfortable on the coast. Either worn or put in your pack for the day.
Rubber boots or waterproof hiking boots
Snack bars/lunch/something to dr