Oregon Coast Photo Workshop
August 29 - September 3, 2019
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Visit the photo gallery
The Oregon Coast is one of the most beautiful coastlines in the world. Let Jim take you to the best vantage points, the most photogenic beaches, and the most dramatic subject matter along with this stunning natural wonder. Dramatic sea stacks, mystical light, rugged cliffs, and expansive rocky beaches make up the Oregon Coast. In addition, there are picturesque lighthouses to photograph, a sea lion cave, a world-class aquarium, and harbors with fishing boats. Practice long exposures with neutral density filters, photograph the Milky Way on clear nights, experiment with panoramas, and take advantage of the best lighting to capture classically beautiful seascapes. Jim will explain his methods and his thought process for taking professional images using each of these techniques. This photo tour also includes a spectacular gorge and awesome waterfall in the Columbia River Gorge. The meeting point is Portland, Oregon, and you can fly home from Medford, Oregon at the end of the workshop.
Visit the Photo Gallery
Day 1, Thursday, Aug. 29
This workshop begins in Portland, Oregon, and we meet for the first time as a group at 6pm. Jim will present a slide show in which he will go over the itinerary and discuss photographic subjects that are relevant to this workshop such as HDR, long exposures with neutral density filters, star photography, landscape photography, and macro photography in tide pools. Overnight, Portland, Oregon.
Day 2, Friday, Aug. 30
Even though this is a workshop for the Oregon Coast, there are two places we visit this morning in the Columbia River Gorge before we drive to the coast. The two places are just too beautiful to miss. First, we photograph stunning Oneonta Gorge, a narrow river canyon covered in lush, green vegetation. Nearby is Multnomah Falls which is actually a double waterfall with a classic stone bridge spanning it. It is 620 feet high and offers excellent opportunities to practice long exposures with the falling water. From here, we head to the coast and reach Cannon Beach by lunchtime. We explore this beautiful area of the Oregon Coast until sunset. At dusk, there is a beautiful long exposure opportunity at Ecola State Park, and then afterward we will photograph the waterfall at Hug Point at night and, if it’s a clear night, we can capture the Milky Way above it. Overnight Tillamook, Oregon.
Day 3, Saturday, Aug. 31
We head to Cape Meares this morning and photograph Oregon’s shortest lighthouse, Cape Meares Light, and then nearby is the remarkable Octopus Tree, an ancient Sitka spruce, which was originally forced to grow so wide by members of the Tillamook tribe who lived in the area for hundreds of years. Just a few miles away are the beautiful rock formations at Cape Kiwanda. Afterward, we head south to Newport and spend time photographing the world-class aquarium there. Albino alligators, sharks, eels, a seabird aviary, tide pool encounters, and more offer amazing photographic opportunities. Jim will explain how to deal with shooting through glass, how to get sharp pictures and how to expose correctly in these challenging photographic situations. In the late afternoon and sunset, we will photograph remarkable Thor’s Well. Jim will discuss the advantages of various shutter speeds to capture the unique seascape image. At dusk, we can take some classic pictures of Haceta Lighthouse perched on a cliff over the ocean. Overnight in Florence, Oregon.
Day 4, Sunday, Sept. 1
This morning we shoot Haceta Lighthouse at dawn, and then we spend time photographing the captivating tide pools in Cape Perpetua State Park. Photograph several colorful species of starfish as well as sea anemones, purple sea urchins, hermit crabs, sponges, and more. We then continue driving south to Bandon where we check into our hotel, have lunch, and then Jim will conduct a critique of your work thus far. Toward sunset, we will explore the dramatic rock formations on Bandon Beach against the low angled sunlight as they take on the beautiful colors of evening. We will follow this with night photography where Jim will paint with light the sea stacks to produce intriguing images. Overnight Bandon Beach, Oregon.
Day 5, Monday, Sept. 2
The sun rises at an angle to illuminate the haystacks on Bandon Beach from the southeast, and we will be there to photograph it. Sunrise is a completely different experience than shooting at sunset. Both times are exquisite. This is a great time to use neutral density filters for long exposures to blur the surf as it moves up the beach. After we’ve captured the beach and the rock formations in the best light, we will drive a half hour to Cape Blanco State Park and photograph the beautiful lighthouse in sunrise light. From here, we continue south to the spectacular Samuel Boardman State Park where you will be able to photograph natural arched bridges, incredible rock formations, stunning shades of color in the ocean, and everywhere you look, you’ll find a picture. We take advantage of late afternoon and sunset lighting from various vantage points, and night photography is an option, too. The Milky Way behind one of the graphic rock formations makes a killer image. Overnight Pistol River.
Day 6, Tuesday, Sept. 3
If you want to get up very early, we can have another photography session along the Samuel Boardman Scenic Corridor where you’ll take some of the best pictures of the workshop. Experiment with various shutter speeds to abstract the surf, practice HDR to capture as much detail as possible in the shadows and highlights, and shoot panorama sequences and use what you learned from Jim to stitch them together in Photoshop when you get home.
The workshop ends at 11am this morning. For your return flight, you can drive three hours to Medford, Oregon and connect through several major hubs like Seattle, San Francisco, Salt Lake City, Phoenix, and Los Angeles. All the major airlines serve Medford. Alternatively, you can drive four hours to Eugene and depart from that airport. If you opt to return to Portland and fly home from there, it is approximately a 5 1/2 hour drive from Pistol River.
Cost of workshop: $1995. This price includes the workshop, all lodging based on double occupancy, and one welcome dinner. You will still have to rent a car or carpool with other participants.
Single supplement (to have your own room): $550.