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3 hr |  $429

Trillium Lake + Wildwood Recreation Site

Private (1-2 people)

Take a stroll through a quintessential Northwest forest at Wildwood Recreate Site capturing all the intricate details. Next, 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 capture the impressive view at sunset and magic hour during best light. Available June - October.

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Where We'll Go:

Wildwood Recreation Site - Explore the Cascade Streamwatch Trail and look for the unique details of a Northwest old growth forest. 

Trillium Lake - Spend sunset and magic hour documenting the alpine glow and breathtaking beauty of Mount Hood.

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 carrying your equipment. 

Meeting Location:

Wildwood Recreation Site

65670 E HWY. 26, Welches, OR 97067

More Info:

Participants will be traveling in their own vehicles. We will be caravanning from Wildwood Recreation Site to Trillium Lake.

Trillium Lake and Wildwood Recreation Site day-use parking permit fees are included.

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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