Columbia River Gorge Photography Tour

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Beautiful Landscapes and Waterfalls of Columbia River Gorge, Oregon
May 6-11, 2017

The Columbia River Gorge, is the largest national scenic area in the United States, stretching 80 miles through the Cascade Mountain Range along the Columbia River. This beautiful canyon is a diverse landscape with dynamic elevation changes rising from sea level to over 4,000 feet.  The region is best known for it’s abundant waterfalls, crystal clear streams and beautiful towering trees in a lush temperate rain forest. Many waterfalls are well known beyond the borders of Oregon; Multnomah Falls, Horsetail, Ponytail and Bridal Veil are a few of dozens that flow through the region. Our photography tour is scheduled to coincide with peak wildflower blooms and a time of year when there should be excellent water flow providing endless opportunities for awesome waterfall photos.

Our time in the Columbia River Gorge will be well spent on location with abundant photo opportunities throughout this region. We’ll explore many incredible waterfalls some alongside the roads and others tucked away in the forest in peaceful secluded areas. Although, there is some hiking involved (typically no longer than a mile, one way), most will be fairly easy with plenty of stops along the trails to photograph the forest and streams that make up the landscape. We’ll explore some excellent wildflower areas and if time permits maybe a drive through the beautiful agricultural area with views of Mt. Hood. Our adventure will provide a well rounded exploration of the Columbia River Gorge and plenty of constructive hands on instruction at each location throughout the week.

What you can expect. You can expect to be the focus of attention. Your photography is paramount and it’s my job to provide the answers that allow you to grow as a photographer. Participants receive lots of one on one instruction in the field along with group discussions. You’ll discover the artist within and build on your skills. Mastering your tools in the field and knowing what they can do for you is the foundation to a successful photo journey. Photographers want to be behind their camera therefore I make every effort to maximize our time in the field and teach with a hands on approach. Learning to see and knowing what to do once you identify your subject is the stepping stone to building a work of art.

Photography tours are primarily spent in the field with limited formal classroom sessions. This said, there will be opportunities for critiques and opportunities to introduce participants to my workflow from beginning to end. For those participants interested in post production creativity I’ll introduce several of my favorite plug-ins and stand alone software programs that provide the photographer the creative freedom to explore beyond the standard photograph, (i.e. Nik Collection, Topaz, Alien Skin, Auto FX and MacPhun). HDR photography will be explored both in the field and in post processing. We’ll look at the different HDR programs and let you decide which one best fits your style, (i.e. Aurora HDR Pro, Photomatix and Nik HDR). Join me and let your creativity flow.

Itinerary. Our daily schedule will vary depending on location and weather. Light is the most important ingredient to a rewarding photo shoot. You can expect early mornings and photograph throughout the good morning light. If the weather conditions are favorable for photography throughout the day you can bet we’ll take advantage of it. When afternoon light works against us we’ll take in a critique session and some informal classroom instruction. Late afternoon and into early evening we’ll be back out in the field for more hands on photography instruction and shooting opportunities.

Tour schedule. I ask participants to arrange their airport arrival by 1 p.m. at designated airport. From here we will make our way to our hotel, get settled in and then take in a late afternoon photoshoot. The next several days begin with early morning light, sunrise in most cases, on location and enjoy the solitude and beauty before our cameras. I will provide one on one instruction. I’ll make my rounds to each photographer and work with the specific needs of that photographer. One on one instruction is something every participant can be assured of at every location, every day, and anytime one feels the need to discuss technical and/or creative issues at hand. The last morning of photo tour, if time permits we’ll take in a last morning photo shoot, or pack up before breakfast and head our way back to the airport. Plan on your flight departure no earlier than 1 pm.

May 6-11, 2017

Tour Cost: $2100. 
Deposit: $500.
Airport Arrival and Departure: Arrange arrival at Portland International Airport (Oregon) no later than 1 pm and departure no earlier than 12 noon
Participants: Min 4 – Max 8
Single Room Supplement add: $400.

What’s Included:

Price is based on shared room • Airport pickup and drop off • Transportation during tour • Lodging • Photographer / Guide • Park Entry Fees • Photo Walks • Photo Critiques and Instruction • Small Group Size

Not Included:

• Single Room Supplement • Air transportation • Meals

Please fill out registration form at the link below and make payment below. If you are sending a check or money order for payment please indicate it on registration form. 

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