CANNON BEACH + HAYSTACK
8 hr | $299
June 20, 2020, 3-11pm
August 8, 2020, 2:30-10:30
Includes transportation from Downtown PDX
*Announcement* A landslide temporarily closed Ecola State Park on Feb 11, 2020. Most likely, trail restoration will have taken place by June and the park will be reopened in time for the tours. If a backup location is needed, we will visit on of the other beautiful locations close by such as Oswald West, Arcadia Beach or Hug Point, prior to heading over to Cannon Beach and Haystack as planned.
Capture all the rich colors of an Oregon summer sunset at Cannon Beach. First, we'll venture up to Ecola State Park for a sweeping landscape from a classic viewpoint. Then we'll spend time searching through the tidepools around Haystack for intricate detail shots of marine life at low tide. And finally we'll shoot the iconic Haystack Rock during sunset and magic hour.
This is an exclusive photo tour which means it is only offered 1-2 times yearly with a maximum of 3 participants. Book early!
Where We'll Go:
Ecola State Park Viewpoint- stunning views of the Pacific Ocean, Haystack Rock and Cresent Beach. We'll also keep an eye out for elk and deer often spotted in this location.
Haystack Rock- 235-foot sea stack in Cannon Beach, Oregon. We'll explore the tidepools and sea stacks surrounding Haystack Roat low tide before capturing the iconic rock at sunset and magic hour.
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 carrying your equipment.
Hotel Lucia, 400 SW Broadway, Portland, OR 97205
Meet in the back of the lobby by the David Hume art collection.
Prefer to meet us in Cannon Beach? No problem! Just send a quick note to email@example.com letting me know.
You can sit back and relax while I drive you to both shooting locations in my commercially insured, all-wheel drive, SUV. Hours are consecutive and include drive time from Downtown Portland.
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