Mt. Hood and the Columbia River Gorge
Mt. Hood and the Columbia River Gorge
This is a 3 day workshop scheduled for the end of April from the 20th-23rd in 2018. This is typically the peak of the wildflower season in the Gorge and there is still snow in the spots we want to shoot on the mountain as well simplifying the landscapes. This area in Oregon and Washington offers stunning panoramic views, waterfalls, mountain lakes, dense forests, and incredible hikes even without the wildflowers!
This scheduled 3 day in the field workshop will be held at the end of April based on my experience photographing the gorge during the wildflower season. Even in less than monumental years or when the season comes earlier than expected, there is still an astounding amount of breathtaking photographic opportunities in the gorge and on the mountain during this time.
The Columbia River Gorge is a canyon of the Columbia River in the Pacific Northwest of the United States. Up to 4,000 feet deep, the canyon stretches for over 80 miles as the river winds westward through the Cascade Range forming the boundary between the State of Washington to the north and Oregon to the south. Extending roughly from the confluence of the Columbia with the Deschutes River in the east down to the eastern reaches of the Portland metropolitan area, the water gap furnishes the only navigable route through the Cascades and the only water connection between the Columbia River Plateau and the Pacific Ocean.
Mount Hood is a potentially active stratovolcano in the Cascade Volcanic Arc of northern Oregon. It was formed by a subduction zone on the Pacific coast and rests in the Pacific Northwest region of the United States. It is located about 50 miles east-southeast of Portland, on the border between Clackamas and Hood River counties. In addition to being Oregon's highest mountain, it is one of the loftiest mountains in the nation based on its prominence.
This workshop will cover both photographing landscape in the field as well as the post-processing at home. Also, I will be teaching you how to location scout in advance of a trip in order to plan for success on any adventure regardless of the conditions. Instruction in skills like focus stacking, focal length blending, and more are included. Any level of photographer from novice to advanced amateur will find great value in this opportunity. Activities will be including some more strenuous hikes as we will be on the mountain and in the gorge. You should be in good enough shape to handle 3-5 miles of rougher terrain each day. However, there will also be several incredible locations that don't involve any hiking. We will not be going on any extreme or back country hikes on this workshop.
We will meet up early in the morning of the first day of the workshop to capture sunrise, and the workshop will come to an end on the last day of the workshop shortly after sunset. Portland's airport is the closest location to fly in to from out of town.
Transportation to and from the park, hotel accommodations, entrance fees and travel during the workshop are not included in the registration fee for this workshop. Those interested can email me directly for my food/lodging and travel recommendations. Once registered, you will receive a greater detail of information about the workshop, the places we will be visiting, the expected conditions and all of my gear recommendations specifically tailored to this workshop.
Each workshop is limited to 3 people. This will give us elbow room at our locations, and give anyone that wants 1 on 1 help in the field more time with me. It will be my first year hosting this workshop, but I expect it to be especially popular given the size of the groups and location. So, do not wait if you wish to be joining me on this adventure!