Mount St. Helens Wildflowers
Tour Leaders: Candace Dyar & Maryanne Trengove
Dates: June 20th- June 23rd 2019
Location: Mount St. Helens and Gifford Pinchot National Forest
Available seats: Full
Difficulty level: Easy to Moderate
Price/Tuition option without lodging included: $995.00
Price: $1,295.00 US Dollars - Includes all lodging, field & 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 17th, 2019.
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 at Mount St. Helens
Possible waterfall shooting in Gifford Pinchot including Iron Creek Falls & Lower Lewis River Falls (depending on weather conditions)
Orientation & Overview
We will meet in front of Pacific Grill Restaurant Thursday afternoon on the 20th
at 4:30-4:45pm 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 inside the hotel.
We will begin the workshop immediately following the orientation Thursday 6/20 in the evening with scouting and a sunset shoot at Mount St. Helens.
Friday 6/21 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 6/22 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 6/23 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:
510 Kelso Drive
Kelso, WA 98262
** All rooms are single occupancy with a King size bed
Please let me know if you would prefer to upgrade and I will arrange special accommodations (an extra fee will apply). If you would like to stay elsewhere, please let me know ASAP and we can make other arrangements regarding tuition.**
Included in Cost
One-on-one instruction both in the field and with regards to post-processing
Post processing sessions - We will both make it a point to spend time where we sit down together go over our own workflows, and work on improving your own workflow.
Guiding, our local knowledge of weather patterns, favorable conditions & the best locations based on whatever situations we are in
All single occupancy lodging included
Meet N’ Greet Dinner cost at the Pacific Grill Restaurant will be included in tuition
(alcohol not included in cost)
* This workshop will be limited to a small group. Our 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 (we will have some snacks on location)
Transportation and travel to and from areas (We 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.
We 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 Candace & Maryanne
Candace Dyar is a local Pacific Northwest resident, professional nature photographer and wilderness advocate. Mount St. Helens is one of her favorite local destinations and she is knowledgeable about the various waterfalls in the surrounding Gifford Pinchot Forest.
Maryanne Trengove (Little M) resides in the Seattle area, and is well-known for her rich portfolio of PNW waterfalls and atmospheric images. She is extremely knowledgeable about what makes an interesting composition and has a particularly keen eye for intimate images.
"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 and Maryanne 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.
We hope to see you in June 2019!