3 hr |  $359

Waterfront Park

private tour 1 -2 people

The blooming of the cherry trees at Tom McCall Waterfront Park marks the unofficial beginning of spring in Portland. We'll capture their beauty at sunrise  and sunset in the most dramatic light.

This is a seasonal private photo tour typically offered the end of March/beginning of April.

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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 cherry blossoms at sunrise/sunset.


If you are not already shooting in manual mode, I will show you how to make the transition easy. We'll cover how to expose for the highlights in your scene in order to capture dramatic light. I review center point focusing, metering and white balance. We review how lighting direction and quality can transform your image. 

We also review camera settings and exposure for shooting a landscape at sunrise using a tripod. Composition, perspective and what is "good light" are discussed. We practice a variety of techniques for shooting creative flower 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!


Creative flower photography  

Landscape photography at sunrise/sunset

Lighting direction + quality

Composition + perspective

Using a cable release (or self timer) + tripod

Shooting in manual mode 

Metering and exposing for the highlights

Sunbursts (dependent on weather)

Discussion about focus stacking and composite images

Meeting Location:

Japanese American Historical Plaza at Waterfront Park Trail, Portland, OR 97209 (NW Naito Parkway and NW Couch Street is nearest intersection)


DSLR, mirrorless or bridge camera

Wide angle and/or standard lens

Tripod capable of holding the weight of your camera

Cable release (optional)

Peak Season:

If the cherry blossoms are not at (or close to) full bloom at the time of your scheduled photo tour, you will be contacted to reschedule. If you are unable to reschedule, you will have the choice of receiving a full refund or applying your credit to another photo tour.

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Minimum age requirement is 18.