Mount St. Helens Wildflowers
Tour Leader: Candace Dyar
Dates: June 18th- June 21st 2020
Location: Mount St. Helens and Gifford Pinchot National Forest
Available seats: 3
Difficulty level: Easy
Price/Tuition: : $995.00 US- Option without lodging included
Price: $1,445.00 - Includes all single occupancy cabin lodging
Pricing for both options includes all field guidance & processing instruction
Registration deposit: $500
**Deposit of $500 is a non-refundable initial payment toward the total.
This payment is to reserve your spot in the workshop.
The balance is due May 1st, 2020.**
If you wish to cancel after full payment has been made, the refund policy is:
90+ days or greater - 100%
Refundable Between 90-60 Days: 50% Refund (minus the initial deposit)
Less than 60 Days or no show: 0% Refund
Wildflowers and Milky Way action at Mount St. Helens
Waterfall shooting in Gifford Pinchot including Iron Creek Falls, Lower Lewis Falls
(depending on weather conditions)
Orientation & Overview
We will meet in front of Backwoods Cafe Thursday afternoon on the 18th
at 4:45-5:00pm and have an early dinner and group Meet n’ Greet, so that everyone has a chance to get to know one another and we’re able to discuss the itinerary.
The restaurant is conveniently located at the Eco Park Resort.
We will begin the workshop immediately following the orientation Thursday 6/18 in the evening with scouting and a sunset shoot at Mount St. Helens.
Friday 6/19 we will shoot sunrise, and then processing session (depending on weather), sunset scout/shoot again at St. Helens from a different vantage point, with possible Milky Way at night (depending on weather).
Saturday 6/20 will be focused primarily on processing training (depending on weather),
and then a sunset shoot. Should we encounter any days with steady rain, we will plan on shooting nearby waterfalls in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest.
The workshop will conclude on Sunday 6/21 mid-late morning after shooting sunrise at St. Helens. We will be flexible during these dates regarding locations, going where the weather looks optimal.
Price/Tuition includes lodging for the entire workshop
3 nights single occupancy stay at:
14000 Spirit Lake Highway
Toutle, WA 98649
Conveniently located approximately 30-35 minute drive from Johnston Ridge Observatory and where we will primarily be shooting.
"The perfect retreat in a rustic cabin with endless views. After a day sight seeing at Mount St. Helens or maybe just getting reconnected with nature, you can swing open the door to a 14 x 18' authentic cozy cabin, and drift off in peaceful comfort."
** All rooms are single occupancy with a full size bed, bottled water, bedding, towels, solar powered LED lights & propane heaters. (No Electricity in cabins or bathrooms)
Bathrooms are located outside of all the cabins. The bathrooms are equipped with hot water, showers, a pedestal sink, and flushing toilets. All bathrooms are shared.
Please let me know if you would prefer a camping tent or RV site instead and I will arrange special accommodations and pricing option for you. If you would like to stay elsewhere, please let me know ASAP and we can make other arrangements for you.**
Included in Cost
One-on-one instruction both in the field and with regards to post-processing
Post processing sessions - I will make it a point to spend time where we sit down together go over my workflow, and work on improving your own workflow.
Guiding, local knowledge of weather patterns, favorable conditions & the best locations based on whatever situations we are in
All single occupancy cabin lodging included (lodging rate)
Meet N’ Greet Dinner cost at the Backwoods Cafe will be included in tuition
(alcohol not included in cost)
* This workshop will be limited to a small group. The goal is to try and be as hands-on and attentive as possible and to ensure that everyone feels that they are getting the proper amount of attention. *
Not Included in Cost
All other meals and drinks (I will have some snacks and water on location)
Transportation and travel to and from areas (I will help coordinate carpool groups among workshop members for those wishing to carpool)
Incidentals and Travel Insurance
Level of Difficulty
Easy to Moderate
The locations on the workshop itinerary are within the physical abilities for most people.
Minimal hiking is necessary in order to reach certain locations, but is not difficult by any means.
I will include registration form and liability waiver when booking.
Camera Gear - Digital SLR, full-frame recommended, but not necessary
Lenses, covering a 35mm equivalent focal length of 18-200mm, especially the widest end of that range. 200mm+ telephoto recommended for any intimate/close-up shooting
Sturdy tripod (but not too heavy) & remote shutter release
Circular polarizing filter & solid ND filters should ideally total 10 stops of density
Graduated Neutral Density filters if you do NOT prefer to blend images digitally
A Gore-Tex /waterproof rain jacket, base layer & insulated jacket, water repellant pants *The evenings and early mornings can be chilly/windy and we could encounter heavy rain*
Multiple camera batteries & memory cards.
*Shooting may continue through the day and into the night and it may not be possible to recharge batteries for extended periods*
Headlamp with backup batteries
Water bottle / bladder & any personal gear
Backpack suitable for carrying all camera gear, including tripod if possible
Water resistant or insulated boots/ shoes, extra socks
Sunglasses, sunscreen and 1 warm hat, 1 lighter baseball cap or sunhat if available
About The Tour leader
Candace Dyar is a local Pacific Northwest resident, professional nature & conservation photographer and wilderness advocate. Mount St. Helens is one of her favorite destinations in Washington State and she is knowledgeable about the various waterfalls and locations within the surrounding Gifford Pinchot Forest.
"The Mount St. Helens workshop was awesome! I have pretty high expectations for things and I was definitely satisfied by my experience. I want to emphasize that I had a really had a good experience.
It can be tough for me to get out and do new things but Candace made it so easy and comfortable and I got great experience in a type of photography I’ve never done before, which is exactly what I was looking for!"
~ Erik Haake
Feel free to reach out with any questions.
I hope to see you in June 2020!