8 hr |  $299 

June 27, 2020, 3-11pm

July 25, 3-11pm 

August 29, 2-10pm

Sept 19, 1:15-9:15pm

Includes transportation from Downtown PDX

*Announcement* July 25 is Sold Out! Additional dates have been added.


You've seen the amazing images of Mount Hood reflecting in a serene mountain lake, I'll show you how and where to capture them. The Mount Hood area is a special place. I know, I even got married at 7000 ft on the mountain! This is one of my most diverse photo tours as far as locations, covering forests, rivers, mountains and lakes. Share the story of the Pacific Northwest with powerful and eye-catching images. 

This is an exclusive photo tour which means it is only offered 1-2 times yearly with a maximum of 3 participants. Book early! 

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Where We'll Go:

Wildwood Recreation Site-  We'll explore the 3/4 mile Cascade Streamwatch Trail (paved) and 3/4 mile Wetland Trail (boardwalk). Both are easy walks without much elevation change.

Frog Lake -  Great view of Mount Hood from a pretty lake and they call it Frog Lake for a reason! Depending on the time of summer you visit, you could see tadpoles, frogs or butterflies.

Trillium Lake - At an elevation of 3,600 feet and surrounded by a peaceful conifer forest, Trillium Lake is must see in the Mount Hood area. We'll be there to capture its beauty at sunset and we'll stay after the summer crowds disperse for magic hour.  


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 covers how to capture dramatic landscapes of mountains and lakes, as well as the small details of a quintessential PNW forest.

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 close up details in nature.


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

Wide angle lens - 28mm or wider is preferred (18mm on crop sensor)

Any 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 water to looked very blurred

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

Polarizing Filter (optional)

Capable of walking 1.5 miles carrying your equipment. 

Meeting Location:

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 at Mount Hood? No problem! Just send a quick note to letting me know.


More Info:

You can sit back and relax while I drive you to the shooting locations around Mount Hood in my commercially insured, all-wheel drive, SUV. Hours are consecutive and include drive time from Downtown Portland.

Max # attending:

3 participants 


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