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3 hr |  $429

Haystack Rock + Ecola State Park

Private (1-2 people)

Capture all the rich colors of an Oregon sunset at Cannon Beach. First stop is the stunning viewpoint from Ecola State Park. Look for herds of Roosevelt Elk grazing in meadows and Bald Eagles flying overhead. Then we'll shoot golden hour on the south side of Haystack and finally magic hour on the north side. During low tide, we'll document the details and abundant sea life in the tidepools around Haystack Rock.

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Where We'll Go:

Ecola Point Viewpoint - Capture this dramatic viewpoint above Crescent Beach with a stunning view of the rock formations below.  

Haystack Rock- Next we'll head down to the beach for a short walk along the sand to one of Oregon's most recognizable landmarks, Haystack Rock.


What You'll Learn:

Upon arrival we'll scout the locations, exploring lighting and conditions. We'll discuss lighting quality, lighting direction, metering, exposing for the highlights, composition and perspective. 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 will 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 long exposure and the effect of smooth water. We also discuss the use of other filters in landscape photography. 

You can receive immediate feedback by having me review the images you shoot on your LCD. I will answer any equipment questions you may have. 

At the end of the photo tour, you will be invited to join Portland Photo Tour Forum. This is a Facebook 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 and I will give you feedback on your images!


Landscape + close up photography techniques

Lighting direction + quality

Manual mode

Long exposures

Using a self timer or cable release

Using filters + a tripod


Exposing for the highlights

Composition + perspective


  • DSLR or mirrorless camera

  • Wide angle lens - 16-35mm or similar

  • Standard lens - 24-70mm or similar

  • Telephoto lens - 70-200mm (optional)

  • Tripod capable of holding the weight of your camera and lens

  • 6 or 10 Stop Neutral Density Filter for your wide angle lens 

  • 2 or 3 Stop Soft Graduated Neutral Density Filter for your wide angle lens. Please note this is a graduated ND filter NOT a variable ND filter. It will be used to bring in detail to the sky (optional but recommended).

  • Cable release (optional) - can also use self timer.

  • 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:

Ecola Point Day-Use Area

787 Ocean Ave, Cannon Beach, OR 97110

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Ecola State Park day-use parking permit fee is included.

Participants will be traveling in their own vehicles. We will be caravanning from Ecola State Park to Wayfarer Restaurant. 

Minimum age requirement is 18 for group tours and 13 for private tours.

Max #:

Private tours are for 1-2 people. Custom pricing is available for additional time or participants.

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