3 hr |  $429

Haystack Rock

private tour 1 -2 people

Capture all the rich colors of an Oregon summer sunset at Cannon Beach. First we'll explore the tidepools of Haystack Rock, capturing the intricate details of marine life at low tide. Next, we'll shoot golden hour on the south side of the rock and finally, magic hour on the north side of the rock.

This is a seasonal private tour offered May-Sept.

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What You'll Learn:

This photo tour does not deep dive into basic camera settings. If you are interested in learning camera basics, F-Stops and Shutter Speeds 101 is for you. However, we will discuss the exposure triangle (aperture, shutter speed and ISO) and how to apply it when shooting landscapes and detail shots.

We review how to scout a location and lighting conditions upon arrival. We also discuss lighting quality, lighting direction, metering, exposing for the highlights, composition and perspective. This photo tour covers how to capture a powerful landscape and the unique details of Oregon tidepools.


We'll cover how to find the sweet spot of your lens and discuss the difference between being "sharp" or "in focus". We review how to use manual focus, white balance and a cable release or self timer. If you are not already shooting in manual mode, I will help you make the transition easy. We work with a neutral density filter to create a desired blurred effect of the water and we discuss the use of other filters in landscape photography.

At the end of the photo tour, you will be sent an invite into Portland Photo Tour Forum. This is a group open only to those who have participated in a Portland Photo Tour and are interested in learning, inspiring and having fun with photography. Tag me on the images you post in the forum and I will give you feedback!


Landscape + close up photography

Lighting direction & quality

Using a self timer or cable release

Using filters + a tripod


Exposing for the highlights

Sunbursts (dependent on weather)

Composition + perspective

Shooting in manual mode

Discussion about focus stacking and composite images


DSLR or mirrorless camera

Any wide and/or standard lens you may have

Tripod capable of holding the weight of your camera

6 or 10 stop Neutral Density Filter for your wide angle lens- necessary if you want the water to looked very blurred

Polarizing Filter (optional)

Graduated neutral density filter, 3 stops (optional, but highly recommended)

Capable of walking 1 mile round trip on the beach carrying your equipment. We will be walking to Haystack Rock from Wayfarer Restaurant on the beach.

Meeting Location:

Wayfarer Restaurant

1190 Pacific Drive, Cannon Beach, OR 97110

Meet in front in parking area.

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Minimum age requirement is 18.