Milky Way and Mt St Helens II (2017)
When and Where
When: July 22, 2017 (7:00 pm - 11:00 pm)
Where: Johnson Ridge Observatory

Tuition and Registration

Tuition for this workshop is only $125
Safe and secure registration through Eventbrite

Once your registration is received, you will be sent detailed information regarding the workshop.

Included with your tuition:
  • Hands-on photography instruction and assistance
  • How to set up your camera in the challenging environment after dark
  • Guidance and instruction on composition
  • Guidance and instruction on long exposures, camera settings and focusing at night
  • Photo critiques (post workshop)
  • How to manage noise associated with long exposure/high ISO images
  • Post processing help and suggestions (including noise reduction)
  • Written and digital copies of all presented materials

Itinerary (subject to change)

7:00-8:15: Workshop orientation (Castle Rock, WA)
8:15-9:30: Travel to workshop venue
9:30-11:00: Workshop

What to Bring

  • Camera with good high ISO capabilities
  • Wide angle lens with a maximum aperture of f/2.8 or faster
  • Sturdy tripod
  • Headlamp (preferable) or flashlight with red light option
  • Remote shutter release (self timer will work too)


If you would like to stay overnight in Castle Rock, here are some choices.
Mt St Helens Motel
1340 Mt St Helens Way NE
Castle Rock, WA 98611
(360) 274-7721
7 West Motel
864 Walsh Ave NE
Castle Rock, WA 98611
(360) 274-7526
About the Workshop
The wonder and amazement of the Milky Way. Billions of stars stretching over the entire night sky. Throw in one of the world's great wonders to take your photography to the next level and amaze your friends and family.
Certain equipment is required for this workshop. See "What to Bring".
The date for this workshop was specifically chosen during a time when the Milky Way will be positioned over Mt. St. Helens. This only happens during a two month period from this location.
Due to the remote nature of this workshop, participants should bring water and food.
Photography instruction and assistance will be provided in the field and tailored to individual needs with an emphasis on the many challenges faced when shooting at night.
This workshop requires nearly cloud free skies. In the event that weather conditions aren't favorable on 7/22, alternates date will be available.
Physical Requirements
Physical requirements for this workshop is rated as VERY EASY. We will drive to the photography venue and we will be only a few yards from our vehicles. It will be very dark so care will need to be taken when walking to and from your vehicle.

Personalized Experience

In order to provide each student tailored and individual attention, the workshop will be limited to 6 participants. A waiting list will be available.
Sample Images
Click here for sample images from the area

About Mount Saint Helens

The Pacific Northwest is blessed with many wonders. Mt. St. Helens is certainly one of them. In fact it is one of the wonders of the world and it's right in our back yard. The eruption of Mt. St. Helens on May 18, 1980 left a huge scar on the landscape that is still very visible today.

About Me

I am a passionate photographer with a vast knowledge of landscape photography. I have lived in the Northwest my entire life. My passion for photography goes back to the early 1980's. I am the Coordinator for the Portland/Vancouver Photography Meetup Group and has led several outings and workshops throughout the Northwest. I am also an instructor in Adobe Photoshop Lightroom.
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