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Limit 10 spaces | $4,250* Closed
Creative Core May 29 - June 2, 2017 | View other workshops

Redwood Coast with Jack Dykinga and Carr Clifton

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Colossal redwoods thrust upward into the coastal fog. The pink blooms of wild rhododendrons take on a translucent glow against the dark greens of the forest. Dramatic seastacks and driftwood accent the wild Pacific coast. One of the world's most creativity-inspiring and evocative landscapes – Northern California's Redwood Coast – will be our outdoor classroom for this photo workshop, presented by photographers Jack Dykinga and Carr Clifton. This place is truly a photographer's playground, rich with diverse photographic opportunities and a dynamic interplay of sun and fog. It's the perfect setting for a fun, upbeat, and supportive workshop focused on developing creativity and honing skills. Participants will learn to take control of the finer points of composition, exposure and tonal control, and specialized techniques for approaching this sublime coastal landscape.

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Scheduled during the peak rhododendron bloom and mid-week to avoid weekend traffic, we will make the most of our eight morning and afternoon field sessions at locations among old-growth redwoods, lupine-covered hillsides, seastacks and cliffs, and the North Coast's wild beaches.

Field sessions begin the evening of the first day. Each day, we'll be out to photograph during the best morning and evening light, following the daily weather conditions to make the most of opportunities. During mid-day hours, Jack and Carr will make presentations on composition and creativity, light and exposure, digital workflow, and maximizing image potential through post-production. During field sessions, Jack and Carr will offer hands-on guidance on composition and technique, suggest creative ways to capture the mood and spirit of the place, and provide tips on creative use of aperture, shutter speed, filtration, multiple exposures, exposure blending, and panoramic stitching.  Classroom sessions to review and critique your photographs will empower you to revisit and improve upon your creative ideas during subsequent outings. Friday morning will be the final field session, followed by critique until we adjourn at 2:00 pm.

Any enthusiastic photographer will feel right at home in this workshop. Jack and Carr are both experienced at successfully accommodating a range of experience levels in photography workshops. We supply materials in advance of the session to make sure all participants are prepared to get the most out of the experience.

The package includes single-occupancy lodging (prorated fee available for double-occupancy or for those who do not require lodging), all meals – including gourmet dining with emphasis on excellent regional seafood – snacks, and drinks (including adult beverages with dinner).

Workshop will be operated under a commercial use authorization issued by Redwoods National and State Parks.

Jack Dykinga

Taste life and strive to make a difference.

Pulitzer Prize (1971 Feature Photography) winning photographer Jack Dykinga blends fine art photography with documentary photojournalism.  He is a regular contributor to Arizona Highways and National Geographic Magazines.  His ten wilderness advocacy, large format books include: Frog Mountain Blues, The Secret Forest, The Sierra Pinacate, The Sonoran Desert, Stone Canyons of the Colorado Plateau, and Desert: The Mojave and Death Valley.   He authored and photographed Large Format Nature Photography, a “how to” guide to color landscape photography.  Jack Dykinga’s ARIZONA, released in 2004 from Westcliffe Publishers, a compellation of Jack’s best Arizona images and: IMAGES:  Jack Dykinga’s Grand Canyon released by Arizona Highways, May 2008, reflect Jack’s love for Arizona. Jack’s latest books are highly educational and showcase his talents as a photographer: “Capture the Magic,” released November 2013, delves into composition and the creative process, and “A Photographer's Life: A Journey from Pulitzer Prize-Winning Photojournalist to Celebrated Nature Photographer," released January 2017, recounts the events and influences throughout his 50-year career that shaped the subject matter, style, and design in his art.

Dykinga’s fine art images were featured along with the work of Ansel Adams in an Arizona Highways Magazine retrospective shown at the Phoenix Art Museum, The Center for Creative Photography, and the Museum of Northern Arizona. 

Recent work includes:

Texas/Mexican border highlighting the biological diversity of protected areas along the Rio Grande River, appearing in the February 2007, National Geographic Magazine.

His illustration of the wilderness lands of Native American Tribes is featured in the August 2010 National Geographic.

Jack has donated his talents to the International Leagure of Conservation Photographer’s RAVEs (Rapid Assessment Visual Expeditions) El Triunfo, Mexico, 2007; Balandra 2007, Baja Sur, Mexico; the Yucatan 2009, Yucatan, Mexico; the U.S./ Mexico Borderlands 2009, as well as the 2010 Patagonia, Chile RAVE and the September 2010 Great Bear RAVE in B.C. Canada.

In each case, Jack and teams of celebrated photographers from all over the world pooled their collective talents to highlight potential environmental degradation.

 In April 2010, Jack’s image: “Stone Canyon” was selected as one of the forty best Nature Photographs of all time by the International League of Conservation Photographers, and he received: The Outstanding Photographer of the Year Award from the Nature Photographers of North America in March 2011. He has recently been named the recipient of NANPA's 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award.

He and his wife Margaret live in Tucson, Arizona.  His daughter Camille Bralts lives in Champaign-Urbana. His son Peter Dykinga lives in Tucson and manages Jack’s image collection.

Arizona PBS Interview with Jack:

An Interview with pre-digital Jack:

The Nature Conservancy's Director of Photography interviews Jack

National Geographic gallery of Jack's Native Lands project

Video: Profile of Jack Dykinga

Video: Interview with Jack Dykinga

Learning to See: an interview with Jack Dykinga

Visit Jack's website

Carr Clifton

Carr Clifton, award-winning photogrid
ely recognized for his distinctive and
artistic landscapes of remote regions. He has dedicated h

Carr Clifton, award-winning photographer and documentary filmmaker, has spent thirty years exploring and documenting the endangered, wild landscapes most people will never know.  An accomplished wilderness guide and traveler, Clifton is widely recognized for his distinctive and artistic landscapes of remote regions.  He has dedicated himself to his art which, he says “isn’t only framing the image in the camera, but getting myself to the wildest places where I do my best work.”  Clifton’s wilderness skills have allowed him entrance into the solitude of some of the world’s most remote and least populated regions.

A native Californian living in the northern Sierra Nevada near Taylorsville, California, Clifton began photographing in 1977 after seeking advice and inspiration from his mentor and neighbor, master landscape photographer Philip Hyde.  After graduating from Colorado Mountain College in Glenwood Springs, Colorado with a degree in Commercial Photography, Clifton began his freelance career in photography documenting landscapes from Arctic Alaska to the Amazon Basin in Brazil; from the Queen Charlotte Islands of British Columbia to the hardwood forests of New England.

Best known for his five exhibit format books showcasing his work, Clifton’s portfolio comprises thousands of editorial, corporate and advertising credits and the award-winning documentary, Three Women, Three Hundred Miles.   A member of the International League of Conservation Photographers (iLCP), Clifton has worked extensively with international, national and local conservation organizations whose vision, diligence and unswerving commitment have protected some of the last wild, living places.  His highly acclaimed book, Wild by Law, was the result of his collaboration with Earth Justice – a visual documentation of the impact environmental law has made on our nation’s institutions and conservation policies.

Exhibitions including Clifton’s prints have been displayed at the Roger Tory Peterson Institute, The Nikon House, The California Academy of Science, San Diego Natural History Museum and Mountain Light Gallery.  Recent awards include the Detroit Creative Director’s Silver Caddy Award for outstanding landscape photography in advertising, International Color Awards and the Theodore Roosevelt Association Founders Medal for outstanding expeditionary achievement.  Clifton’s fine art prints have been purchased for display by environmental, corporate and private collections worldwide. 


  • Prime time for wildflowers
  • Eight field photography sessions, morning and evening
  • Composition
  • Working the scene to capture its essence
  • Using various qualities of light to best effect
  • Exposure and tonal control
  • Essentials of digital workflow
  • Optimizing images in post-processing
  • Three constructive group critique sessions
  • Group size limited to ten, for an intimate workshop experience with lots of one-on-one time with instructors.
  • Packaged with single-occupancy lodging, all meals and beverages

Accommodations & Travel

Ocean View Inn and Suites in Crescent City, California will be our basecamp and indoor classroom.  This workshop is packaged inclusive of single-occupancy accommodation, with prorated options for double-occupancy or without lodging if you live nearby or prefer to make your own arrangements. Dinners will be served at the best restaurants in the area.

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Those flying into the area have a few options. Alaska Airlines/PenAir is scheduled to operate two flights each day into Crescent City, CA (CEC) from Portland, OR (PDX). United Express also flies from San Francisco (SFO) to Eureka-Arcata (ACV). Car rentals are available at both airports. We will carpool to field locations, with drive times ranging from a few minutes to an hour. Locations will be accessed on foot via easy walks ranging from a few feet to a 1/2-mile on good trails. Highs around 65ºF and lows around 45ºF are common this time of year, as are a mix of sun, light rain, and fog, with winds around 15 to 25 mph.


Participants in this workshop should expect effective, enthusiastic, generous instruction from Jack and Carr, both in the classroom and hands-on in the field. Early morning and afternoon/evening field sessions will make the most of our familiarity with the phenomenal locations available in the area. Three constructive group critique sessions will do wonders to refine your composition and techniques in the field, while allowing you to learn from the unique eye of each of your fellow participants. Most of all, this will be a fun and inspiring workshop that will exceed your expectations, provide new understanding and the keys to continue your development, and will stoke your creative passion.