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Along the northern most edge of the Hawaiian island chain is the beautifully rugged island of Kauai. Kauai, is known as the Garden Island because of its vast amount of green vegetation. It is the oldest of the main islands, making for an incredibly dramatic landscape that consists of sandy beaches, rugged coastline, and lush mountains. Micro climates dot the island creating weather that tends to build and shape spectacular light throughout the day translating into beautiful photographs.
WHAT TO EXPECT
We’ll spend seven days and six nights photographing the entire island of Kauai. There will be a sunrise and sunset shoot for every full day of the workshop as long as weather cooperates. Each day we will take a break in the middle of the day so you can enjoy the island and get some rest when the light is not very conducive to photography. Waimea Canyon is notorious for its rainbows and we’ll do our best to photograph a few of those if the weather is looking good. This is a small group workshop with no more than six participants.
NA’ PALI COAST BY HELICOPTER
One of the best views of Kauai is from the air, so we’ll be photographing the Na’ Pali coast from a helicopter! The ride will be doors off, so you won’t have to fight with the glare that windows can cause. Since it will be a doors-off ride, no lens swapping is allowed. You can bring a spare camera and lens if you want various focal lengths. The flight is weather dependent but will be scheduled for the first full day of the workshop to increase our odds of getting in the air. You will be issued a refund of $340 if the flight does not happen.
The weather on Hawaii can vary drastically from day to day and location to location. Some parts of the island receive only a modest amount of rain, while other parts are among the wettest on earth. It is because of this fact that Kauai
often has incredible light. It is important to be prepared for just about every type of weather when we’re on the island. You’ll want a rain jacket for yourself as well as your camera.
Rain pants are a must to keep your legs dry and somewhat clean from the mud. Although it may sound odd, you’ll want to bring a hat and warm jacket as well. The rim of Waimea Canyon can be rather cold in the morning and evening time. With that being said, don’t forget your shorts, sun lotion, and swim suit. The beach can be quite pleasant even in the winter.
HIKING IN KAUAI
While most of Kauai is very accessible, we will be doing two very short but somewhat difficult hikes on the workshop. Kauai is infamous for its slippery, muddy and uneven paths. You are more than welcome to sit out any portion of the workshop that you do not feel comfortable doing. All participants should be capable of hiking on uneven surfaces that can sometimes be slippery. Bring waterproof hiking boots with good tread and trekking poles.
There is one low river crossing that we may do if the weather conditions are in our favor. For this hike, I suggest bringing water shoes & swim trunks so you can dry off quickly. Please reach out to me if you have any questions regarding hiking or physical requirements. I want all participants to be safe and happy during the workshop.
Below is a sample itinerary for our time in Kauai. Please keep in mind that weather can drastically alter our schedule.
March 2rd: Poipu
3PM Orientation at the Sheraton Kauai Resort
March 3rd: Poipu
Doors off helicopter ride (Weather Dependent)
March 4th Waimea Canyon
We’ll shoot sunrise and sunset in the Waimea region with some potential daytime shooting if the weather looks good.
March 5th – 7th: Princeville
Sunrise and Sunset shoots along the north coast.
March 8th: Princeville
We’ll go out for one last sunrise shoot in the north coast region before concluding the workshop.
• Professional Photographer & Guide : You will be guided by a professional photographer who has a good understanding of how light and weather interact with one another. I’ll be at your disposal for any and all questions regarding camera settings, composition, and more.
• Helicopter flight: A photographic helicopter flight is included in the cost of the workshop assuming that the weather allows for it. There is a chance that the flight could get cut short or not go at all if the weather turns sour.
• Virtual Post Processing Session: Some time will be set aside for post processing during the duration of the workshop.
• 15% Discount from LensRentals.com
• 15% Discount on f-stop camera bags
WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED
• Accommodations: In order to provide greater flexibility for participants, accommodations are not provided for this workshop. You will be given a list of recommended places to stay during our time on the island however. Feel free to reach out to me if you would like to share accommodations with another workshop participant and I will do my best to to pair you up.
• Transportation : Each participant will be responsible for their own transportation between lodges as well as to and from shoots. If you would like to ride-share, please contact me and I’ll do my best to pair you up.
• Meals: Meals are not included with this workshop.
• Pilot gratuities: Tipping your helicopter pilot is not required, but is greatly appreciated for their service.
• Airfare: You will be responsible for your own airfare to and from Kauai. Lihue is the only major airport on Kauai (LIH)
KAUAI 2020 WINTER WORKSHOP – $2,295
The cost of this workshop includes only that which is covered in the the “What’s included” section of this page. A down payment of $600 dollars is required to reserve your spot on the workshop. Full payment is required no later than ninety days before the workshop starts. Trip insurance is strongly encouraged in case you have to cancel. Insurance will also protect you in the unlikely event that the workshop gets cancelled due to weather or any other unforeseen circumstances.
Sometimes life can get in the way of a good a thing. Hopefully that doesn’t happen during this workshop, but if it does the following cancelation policy applies.
• 120 days or more – Full refund minus a $200 cancelation fee
• 60 days to 119 days – 50% refund
• 60 days or less – no refund
Should have to cancel and I find a replacement for your space, I’ll refund your full payment minus the $200 cancelation fee.
This workshop is open to photographers of all skill levels.
March 2nd – 4th: Poipu (checkout on the 5th) – Sheraton Kauai Resort
This beautiful property overlooks the Pacific Ocean and is conveniently located in the town of Poi Pu.
There are street parking options near the Sheraton for those who opt to stay at an Airbnb or other location.
March 5th – 7th: Princeville (checkout on the 8th) – The Westin Princeville Ocean Resort Villas
Note: there is no additional parking for visitors at The Westin resort. If you choose to stay somewhere else in Princeville, we will coordinate a separate meetup location or pickup schedule.
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• Camera: To get the most out of this workshop you’ll want to bring a camera with interchangeable lenses.
• Lenses: Ultra Wide (16-35mm on full frame or 10-24mm on crop sensor) Mid Range (24-70mm or 18-55mm on crop sensor) Telephoto (70 -200mm or 100-400mm on full frame 18-140mm on crop sensor)
• Tripod: You’ll want a sturdy tripod for your camera. There may be times when it is in moving water so the stronger the better. Feel free to reach out to me for tripod recommendations.
• Filters: It is highly recommended that you have a polarizer for every lens that you own. These will help darken the blue in the sky and get rid of any unwanted glare.
Solid ND filters are a must for any landscape photographer looking to create dramatic images on the coast. I recommend a six stop as well as a ten stop. Breakthrough makes my favorite ND filters.
Graduated ND filters can be a nice addition to your kit as well. Generally I prefer three stop grads in both soft and hard graduations. Breakthrough is my preferred brand.
• Intervalometer: This device can be used to program exposures longer than 30 seconds when in Bulb mode. I recommend buying a third party brand such as Neewer.
• Rain Cover: As mentioned above, rain can be expected at some point throughout the workshop. It is a good idea to have a rain cover for your camera as well as your camera bag.
• Headlamp: Be prepared to be hiking in the dark on the edges of day. I suggest getting in the habit of leaving a headlamp in your camera bag at all times.
Trekking Poles: Some of the hikes will be wet, uneven, and in very slippery clay. I highly recommend bringing a trekking pole to help guide you dune slippery slopes.