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Oregon Coast and Redwoods~May 29th-June 2nd 2019

Oregons Rugged Coast and The Coastal Redwoods

Includes 4 Nights Lodging (more details below)

Have you ever witnessed something so powerful, yet beautiful that you couldn’t quite convey to others the feelings you felt while there? The Oregon coast and coastal Redwood Forests are sure to do just that! With amazing jagged sea stacks, crashing waves, natural caves and bridges, the coast of Oregon has no shortage of opportunity to make great images that will leave your friends and family in awe! The mystical Redwood forests of Northern California offers totally different types of conditions with lush, green trillium, moss, ferns, massive blossoming Rhododendrons, and morning lights rays piercing the veil of fog that will leave you completely speechless!

Group Size

5 Students

Experience Level



Rugged Coastline


Moderate Hiking (less than 1 mile)

The cost of this 4 day and 4 night workshop is $2099.00 with a required, and non-refundable deposit of $500.00 to hold your spot.

***4 nights of lodging included, with 3 different, beautiful waterfront accommodations along the coast, which can be viewed above on this page. 

This workshop will be limited to 5 students to maximize personal attention.

We will begin just west of Portland, Oregon on Wednesday May 29th 2019 and ending Sunday June 2nd near Crescent city, California.

You will need to sort your own travel and to provide your own transportation for this workshop, but all lodging is included throughout with some private, and some shared, or common rooms. Room and bed type will be sorted upon arrival. 

The Oregon coast is a place that has captivated me for years. Its like no other place, even when you’re just a few minutes from the next coastal town it feels like your’e on another planet! The giant rocks and sea stacks that rise sharply from the ocean and pounded by the frigid pacific are incredible! With craggy shelves of jagged rock and coral we will have endless opportunities to capture the ebb and flow of waves, and be creative with long exposures!

The weather can be fickle and change on a dime, with rain and fog that can break away revealing amazing clouds and golden light, there is always something to be seen and photographed along the coast. Theres no lack of mystical wonder about the coast, toting from little coastal town to little coastal town, feasting on fresh crab and seafood at dockside shacks, we will spend 4 days and 4 nights traveling South along the Oregon coast. The last two days we will spend near Crescent City where we can spend the mornings in the Redwoods, and the evenings along the most picturesque part of the Southern Oregon Coast. Over 4 days we will travel over 300 miles of beautiful coastline down the historic route 101!

For 2 mornings we will visit the Northern California coastal Redwood forests during the height of the wild Rhododendron bloom! If you’ve never seen giant “Rhodie” trees in full bloom amongst giant Redwoods then you are in for a magnificent treat! In the early mornings these wet, temperate forests fill with fog blown in from the sea, the sun rises and pierces through the fog diffusing the sun, and creating stunning rays of light!

There is something very special about being amongst the oldest and largest trees still living, something mystical, magical and inspiring. You might find that the fog moves through the forest like waves, appearing, disappearing and reappearing without warning and almost instantly. Be ready to move quickly to capture it as it comes! If you blink you might miss it!


Our Itinerary for this immersive workshop will begin in the town of Pacific City, Oregon west of Portland on Wednesday May 29th at the Pelican Brewing Company at 3pm for a Meet & Greet and to discuss our finalized itinerary! We Will be very near Cape Kiwanda, which will be the first sunset stop on this 300 mile journey! We have a beautiful Air B&B booked in Pacific City large enough for the whole Group! See Here!

Thursday morning we will rise very early for a one hour drive south to our sunrise location, the Yaquina Head Lighthouse! before again heading south toward our next stop, Bandon Beach, Oregon. We will check into our next accommodation See Here! just feet away from our sunset location! We will have a late afternoon processing session before heading out for sunset amongst amazing sea stacks!

Friday morning we will pay another visit to the nearby coast in Bandon beach for more amazing sea stacks, and wave action and return to our cozy cabin for another image critique and processing session before continuing on to Brookings, and through the incredible Samuel H, Boardman Scenic Corridor. Friday night sunset is sure to be special as we take a short but steep hike down to a small outcropping with unbridled views to the south west and north. Here we will capture what is sure to be an amazing sunset! before tucking in for a very early rise in the redwoods! Our accommodations for Friday and Saturday nights is in Crescent city, right on the water! See Here!

We will spend our afternoons processing, and sunsets along the coast of Samuel H. Boardman State Park, and mornings amongst the Redwoods, giving us 2 mornings for just the right conditions, or if you just haven’t had enough of these amazing trees!

Things You Will Need for This Workshop

  • A camera (Full frame is ideal)
  • A tripod (sturdy, aluminum or heavy carbon is essential)
  • Cable or wireless shutter release
  • A camera cover (rain cap, plastic bag, backpack cover etc.. to protect from elements)
  • Filters (We will use polarizers, 3 stop ND filters, and 3 stop grads frequently, a 10 stop could be useful for very long exposures)
  • Clothing for moderate, and wet conditions early mornings could be in the 40’s and wet (Waders, wading boots/shoes, rain jacket, rain pants, poncho, hat, umbrella)
  • Clothing for warm dry days (sandals, shorts, t-shirts, hat, sunglasses)
  • Camera bag with water proof or resistant cover
  • Laptop, hard drives
  • Memory cards (multiple)
  • Camera batteries with chargers

Topics Covered

Composition ~ Using patterns of waves during long exposures as leading lines, and many other compositional techniques

Camera Settings ~ Getting very intimate with your gear!

Create use of Filters ~Polarizer, 3 stop ND, 3 stop soft graduated ND essential, 10 stop optional

How to capture movement ~ Waves & Fog

How to take advantage of any light


Focus Stacking  

Metering ~ Where and what to expose for and why

Finding focus ~ Understanding hyperlocal distance, where to focus and why

How to read your Histogram ~ Don’t trust your LCD

Raw Processing

Exposure blending

Focus stacking ~ Using Photoshop and Helicon Focus

Global and Local adjustments via Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop

Creating and Enhancing light

Dodging & Burning

Curves &  Levels

Blend If

Luminosity, Channel, and Color Range Masking


**Cancellation Policy** Your credit card number is due upon booking and payment of deposit. Deposits are non refundable and if cancelled the deposit will go toward another group or private workshop. If you cancel within 30 days of the scheduled event and your seat cannot be filled the remaining balance will be charged to your card.