News from Rod Barbee Photography - January, 2017



Hi all! We're in the grip of a real winter out here in the Pacific Northwest. It's kind of awesome. Last year was a warm and wet disappointment. But this year! We've still got a little bit of snow from last week in shaded parts of the yard, especially on the path leading up to my office.

A retrospective of some of my favorite images

Stealing an idea from my friend Don Mammoser, I’ve written a blog post sharing some of my personal favorite images, and the stories behind them, spanning the 25 years I’ve been seriously photographing. I guess a quarter century is a good marking point for something like this. Take a look here.
By the way, you should head over to Don’s own post, sharing his top 25 images of the last year, to see some great pictures and get some theft-worthy ideas for your own photography.


Aurora tour 2017

I’ve posted the 2017 Aurora photo tour to Yellowknife. This year the dates are Sept. 17-23.
If you’ve been wanting to experience and photograph the auroras, there may be no better or easier place than Yellowknife. Yellowknife sees auroras two out of every three nights of the year, so there’s an excellent chance of seeing and photographing auroras on each night of the trip. We’ve always come away with great pictures of auroras.
In September, the temperatures at night are still tolerable and the fall color during the day is spectacular. Plus we eat really well.
Check out the tour on my workshops website.

Workshops filling

There are still two spaces available in my Palouse workshop. Since it’s still early in the year, my guess is that this trip will sell out. So grab a place soon.

If you want to pad out your waterfall portfolio, my Columbia River Gorge workshop, April 26-30,  one of the best places to do it. Based out of Cascade Locks, OR, we’ll travel east and west in the gorge photographing waterfalls and wildflowers. Some waterfalls are right next to the road or just a short walk. Others will involve some hiking. None of the hiking is difficult for those in average shape. You do need some good footing though, trails can be muddy and rocks along streams aren’t always stable. Fair warning!

I'm still waiting to hear when registration will be open for this year's Crossroads Sitka workshop. If you're interested, you can read about last year's trip here. You can also take look at the listing at the Crossroads Workshop site. Registration should be opening soon.


Olympic National Park

Mid May in Olympic National Park is the best time of year to photograph the lush rain forests and the new forest flowers. On this workshop we'll spend a lot of time in the forests as well as along the coast. The weather can be unpredictable, which can make for spectacular light at sunset and sunrise.
Starting in Forks, WA, we'll spend time in the Hoh rain forest, as well as the Quinault and Sol Duc. We'll visit Sol Duc Falls, an icon of the park as well as a few others, and spend time on the shores of Lake Crescent. Toward the end of the workshop we'll move to Port Angeles and check out the views from Hurricane Ridge. With any luck we may even see some newborn fawns.
To join me on this workshops, or to get some more information, visit my Olympic National Park workshop page.

Keeping fingers crossed

It's getting to be a seasonal event around these parts: the Seahawks in the playoffs. This year has been a weird one but they still won the division and have now had at least ten wins in the last five seasons. So I'm cautiously optimistic that they'll be able to put it all together for a four game winning streak and another Super Bowl victory.
I know, I'm a hopeless optimist. How's that for an oxymoron?
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