10th ANPAT - Olympic NP

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Come with us to the Annual Nikonians Photography Adventure Trip (ANPAT), the Nikonians event of the year, this time in the splendor of the Northwest for a full week of photography, shop talk and camaraderie. Olympic National Park offers three stunning climactic zones with their corresponding photo opportunities: beautiful glaciated mountains, lush rain-forests, and rugged Pacific beaches.

Join professional photographer Mike Hagen (Nikonians Academy Director) and Bo Stahlbrandt and J. Ramon Palacios (Nikonians founders) in this spectacular 10th Annual Nikonians Photo Adventure Trip (ANPAT) to one of the USA's premier photographic locations.

The ANPAT is the Nikonians event of year. Being the 10th this is the Nikonians event of the decade and much attention to details has been placed to make it again a very memorable and most rewarding trip in the company of like-minded fellow Nikonians

You may want to see what previous attendees have to say about our ANPATs


Olympic National Park is an incredibly diverse location for photography. With three distinct climate zones and the world's largest unmanaged population of Roosevelt elk, you will be challenged on every level as a photographer. Expect to photograph wildlife, stunning vistas, quiet streams, dense forests and soaring peaks all within the same week.

The diversity of climate and geography in Olympic National Park’s 908,720 acres of wilderness is one of many reasons it was among the short list of parks around the world named a World Heritage Park by the United Nations in 1981.


Arrival: Afternoon of Saturday September 11, 2010

Departure: Morning of Saturday September 18, 2010

Meeting Port of Entry and Departure: Seattle–Tacoma International Airport (SEA)

Itinerary summary

Upon arrival at the Seattle-Tacoma International airport on Saturday September 11, we will head off on vans to our overnight accommodations at the gateway to the Olympic National Park to get settled and for a trip briefing and a welcoming dinner where you will receive a Nikonians 10th Anniversary welcome package.

Sunday, September 12 through Friday, September 17 will be photography days throughout the Olympic Peninsula and San Juan Islands.

Our photographic locations will include:

  • - The lush Hoh Rainforest
  • - Pacific Beaches for sunrise and sunset
  • - Killer Whale photography from a charter boat
  • - Friday Harbor in the San Juan Islands
  • - Hurricane Ridge
  • - Crescent Lake
  • - Beautiful waterfalls and many more amazing locations.

Friday, September 17th will culminate with our group dinner and photo presentation, showcasing the best of everyone's photographs during the week.
Mr. Mah, President of Markins will present himself two brand new model Markins ball heads to the best two images

Saturday September 18th is the departure day, when we drive back from the Olympic Peninsula to Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA).

How we will be traveling

For your comfort, we will be driving in 15-seat passenger vans, occupied by only 8 Nikonians each, and we will all stay the whole week at the same lodge in Port Angeles, WA, the gateway to Olympic National Park.

Cost Contribution

$2,100 in DOUBLE accommodation

$600 for DOUBLE to SINGLE accommodation upgrade

$2,700 in SINGLE accommodation

Who is Eligible

All Gold and Platinum Nikonians members

If you are not a Nikonians member yet, the system will guide you through enrollment at the moment of paying your cost contribution. If you are a Basic or Silver member simply upgrade here before booking your seat

  • You will learn

    • About the spirit of Nikonians
    • The fun of Group Shooting
    • Van & boat group shooting etiquette
    • Tips and tricks from fellow Nikonians
    • How to make better pictures!
  • What to bring

  • Required

    • Enthusiasm
    • One bag only - for layers clothing. You should plan for everything from 70 degree sunny weather to cold, wet and windy.
    • A good pair of non-slip hiking shoes or hiking boots.
    • One bag for your photography equipment
    • Tripod
    • At least one camera with a lens for landcapes and another for moderate telephoto (300mm or 400mm)
    • Cable shutter release
    • Filters (polarizer, graduated ND)
  • Optional

    • A backup camera body
    • A macro lens
    • A speedlight
    • A flashlight or headlight (for dawn/dusk photo shoots)
  • What is provided

    • This an all-included field trip:
    • Accommodations for 7 nights
    • Meals and water from the arrival dinner to the farewell dinner
    • Transportation from the airport to the National Park
    • Transportation for 7 days within the National Park
    • Transportation from the Park lodging back to the Airport
    • National Park fees included
    • NEWS:
    • 1. We will have the latest Markins ball heads, one for each of the 1st and 2nd place at the farewell dinner images presentation.
    • 2. We will also have a welcoming package for each one upon arrival.
    • You should read the 10th ANPAT FAQs for detailed additional information on recommended wear, etc.
    • Cancellations with a refund can be requested earlier than 30 days in advance and will have a re-booking and admin fee of $350 USD.
    • Cut-off date: August 16, 2010
  • Venue Information

      Please check your venue by specific city area location.


If you are an ANPAT Veteran, you well know why you should not miss it. If you are new to our Annual Nikonians Photo Adventure Trips you must come to learn why Nikonians is not just "a site" but a full rewarding community experience. Don't miss it!


10th ANPAT - Olympic NP workshops are provided in the following locations:

City Area Date Instructor Price (Member) Price (Non-Member)
10th ANPAT - Double Accommodation 11-SEP-2010 Mike Hagen $2100 $2130 Sold out
10th ANPAT - Double to Single upgrade 11-SEP-2010 Mike Hagen $600 $630 Sold out
10th ANPAT - Single Accommodation 11-SEP-2010 Mike Hagen $2700 $2730 Sold out

Member prices are only applicable to Nikonians Silver, Gold and Platinum Members. Non-members can register as Nikonians members here. Nikonians Basic members can upgrade the membership level here. Membership payments help sustain the growth of the Nikonians community and its services such as the Nikonians Academy.