Peter James Photography Workshop Aboard

Gato Verde

September 12-15, 2020

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The San Juan Islands are a world-famous cruising destination and also an absolutely amazing place for nature and landscape photography. Join us on this four-day sailing adventure in this beautiful archipelago, capturing the essence of these green islands, abundant wildlife and sculpted sandstone formations. Take your photography to the next level in this hands-on workshop/exploration.


We'll sail through and around these captivating islands, photographing the magical land- and sea-scapes from the Gato Verde and from lonely, otherwise-inaccessible beaches on shore excursions. In the evenings, you'll learn how to bring out the best in your images using Adobe Lightroom digital processing software. Once the images are optimized we will share and discuss the work as a group. Finally, we’ll spend time learning to print our work. Everyone will go home with one print from the workshop, suitable for framing.

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Our Mothership is the Gato Verde, with creature comforts galore, including delicious meals prepared by an on-board chef, four heated double staterooms and two heads (bathrooms) with hot showers. The large salon provides space for our images to be projected for teaching and critique. The modified catamaran sails on the slightest breeze and when motoring, deploys an electric motor, affording us the opportunity to observe wildlife without the roar of the diesel.


Bring a digital camera, a tripod and a laptop with Adobe Lightroom installed. A 7-day trial of Lightroom can be downloaded from the Adobe website.

This trip is limited to six attendees in 3 cabins so hands-on personal attention is assured. Attendees are welcome to bring a non-workshop partner who will also have an unforgettable experience with opportunities for wildlife viewing, hikes, and paddling. Price for 4 Days 3 nights with photography instruction, chef, food and soft beverages is just $1656/person for double occupancy or $2208 for a private double cabin.


September 21-24, 2019

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Meet Your Instructor:


Peter James is a renowned Washington State nature photographer whose photo Metal Prints can be seen all around Bellingham. His gallery is located in Fairhaven’s Orca Building and features over 50 of his photographs printed as large as 8 feet wide.

Peter graduated from Photography school in 1997 and has been working as a professional photographer ever since. Peter’s deep love of nature can be seen in his photographic style which is rich and vibrant. He uses unique techniques to overcome the limitations of digital photography, and bring out the colors and detail of nature, giving his photos an ultra-realistic feeling.

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