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A Forest & Waterfall Workshop Itinerary

~The Gorge~

A Three Night, 4 Day Adventure Along the Columbia river gorge and its endless waterfalls


Mission & Agenda

in 2017 I visited the Columbia River Gorge of the very first time. A few days later a massive manmade fire tore through over 50,000 acres of forest. Since then much of its popular trails have been officially closed, and ay off trail visitation strictly prohibited. Well, all of that time has given the forest a chance to rejuvenate. The ashes to enrich the new growth. Its time to go back, and this time were getting off the beaten path for some truly unique and wondrous waterfalls with my very good friend, the extremely talented Michael Linquist. One of the most humble humans you will meet, and he's like a brother. I cant think of anyone better to guide us, and help our guests learn how to capture the best waterfall images possible! 

The group will be based out of a spacious and luxurious rented Condo where we will also hold our Classroom sessions. I find this to be a great way to promote camaraderie, friendship and foster inspiration while on these tireless trips! 

Where: This workshop will be based out of Portland, Oregon

When: June 16th-19th, 2024 (3 nights)

Limited to only 6 Students

Total Cost: $2499.99 

Deposit: $900.00 @ Time of Booking

Lodging Included

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Vision & Focus

Capturing the flowing water of the endless waterfalls in this stunning forest. 

Our focus will be:

  • Discovering Composition, Learning how to master visual flow when there is so much visual chaos

  • Creating and crafting a visual narrative, Telling a story with your image

  • Choosing the most engaging and thought provoking compositions to enhance that story

  • Learning what technique or process best captures those elements

  • Long Exposure and use of Filters 

  • Stacking images for focus, How, When, and Why!

  • Focal Length Blending, Creative, Innovative, and Restorative techniques using wide angle lenses

  • When and How to Properly Bracket and Exposure Blend

  • How to put it all together in Adobe Lightroom, Helicon Focus, Starry landscape Stacker and Adobe Photoshop

  • Various Techniques for Dodging & Burning, and Shaping the Light 

  • Color theory and its Immense power in Post Processing

~In-depth post processing
Entirely Screen recorded
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Group, Terrain


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•1 Week ahead of the event we will have a "Pre-Workshop" Zoom class to discuss finalities, concepts, techniques and to get you familiar with the type of images we will be working on!


Evening Day 1: We will begin this trip on June 16th at 3pm at our Lodging. From there you will check-in to your respective rooms and we will gather again for a briefing, chat a bit and strategize for the first evenings shooting. This crash course approach lets me gauge your varying skill and level of understanding of photography principals and fundamentals. We will capture sunset and maybe even a few stars. 

Morning Day 2: The Following morning,  we will rise bright and early for that mornings location. Which could be decided that morning based on weather, clouds, conditions in general. Afterward we will make our way back into town. Students are welcome to lag behind and explore until the classroom session.


Classroom Session from 11am-2pm

-Late Lunch/Early Dinner

Evening Day 2: Reconvene at 3pm, Briefing, Head out for that afternoon/evening.

Day 3:  Will follow the above Itinerary

Morning Day 4: The Final Sunrise, will follow the above Itinerary, followed by a group Breakfast!


-End - Checkout Time (10/11am)

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Included: 3 Nights of Single Occupancy Lodging in a large airbnb

Total Cost ~ $2499.99

Howe to Get There

Best Airport: See Here

Lodging Location: Will be shared closer to the event
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