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Portland and The Northern Coast of Oregon

The Trip: Explore the spectacular Oregon Coast with Image Quest. We'll photograph the stretch of coast from the Columbia River on the north, to the picturesque town of Newport on the south. In between we will photograph some of the famous Oregon "sea stacks," little fishing towns, a cheese factory, and the rural landscape, all of it a wonderful sampler of the Pacific Northwest. And on either end of the trip, we'll spend time in the beautiful city of Portland.

Dates: Tuesday through Sunday, June 5-10, 2012

Transportation: Comfortable van for our group (plus second vehicle depending on group size).

Accommodations: We will stay in comfortable motels in two towns along the coast, and our first and last nights we will be ensconced in Portland.

Trip difficulty: None, conducted at a photographer's pace.

The Cost: $1650.

Meals: Two group meals during the trip, snacks and water.

Weather: Usually mild at this time of year - but be prepared with clothing for both warm and cool conditions

Who is this trip for: Anyone who loves travel and nature, the sea and the mountains. The slant is color photography, digital and film (medium format cameras are welcome, too), but feel free to bring along black and white film.


This will be a hands-on tour. We'll be up early and out late making photographs, and not spending much time looking at computer screens (although Dave will have a laptop and/or tablet along, and participants can certainly bring their own computers with them). We'll all learn much as we connect with the world around us and each other, sharing ideas and techniques, no matterr what our skill level. 


Dave Wyman has conducted photography workshops and natural history outings since 1984. He originated and directed the travel photography program at the University of Southern California, and conducted the program's trips throughout California and the Southwest. His articles and photographs have been published in magazines such as Outdoor Photographer, Outside, and Backpacker; his pictorial guidebooks include Backroads of Northern California, Backroads of Southern California, and Yosemite in Photographs. He brings unbridled passion and commitment to his photography and his travels, whether he's peering at a sea anemone in a tide pool, or summiting a mountain. 


What Image Quest Photography Will Provide:
- Trip leaders
- Motel accommodations Tuesday through Saturday nights
- Travel by comfortable van 
- Guided field trips
- Entry fees
- Three group meals

What You Need To Bring:
- Camera gear (see below)
- Clothing for warm and cool conditions
- Money for meals not provided (Saturday night dinner and lunch on Sunday on the way home)

Camera Equipment: If the truth be told, a basic digitial or 35mm camera point-and-shoot camera will work well for most of the locations on this outing. But if you have more equipment, this is the trip to bring it along - super wide angle lenses, telephotos, filters, a medium format camera, etc. However, remember that you have to carry this with you, at least from our accommodations to the van (Dave is something of a minimalist, at least when it comes to what he carries in the field. While he may bring the kitchen sink on a trip, he usually chooes to carry one or two lenses at any field location.)


Filters for aficionados: the polarizer and the nuetral density graduated filter. For those with film cameras, the 81A or 81B warming filter will allow you to saturate colors and keep a blue tone out of your photographs made in the shade or under cloudy skies.

Bring enough memory cards to last through five days of photography. Bring a battery charger; an extra battery might be a good idea, too. 


Tripod: Very helpful for early morning and early evening photography, as well as photographing in deep shade. If you need advice about renting or purchasing a tripod, please call or e-mail Dave.

Basic itinerary: Arrive on Tuesday in Portland. Group dinner and early evening photography around Portland; clear skies may give us a chance to photograph Mt. Hood and view more distant Mt. St. (and it stays light for a long time in June in Oregon). On Wednesday we'll make an early start and travel to Astoria, the town at the northwest corner of Oregon, separated from the state of Washington by the Columbia River. We'll end the day at beautiful Cannon Beach and Ecola State Park, where we will find splendid views of the "haystacks," massive rock domes rising out of the sea. On Thursday we will head south towards Depoe Bay, to photograph picturesque fishing harbors, pasturelands and dairys, the Tillamook Cheese Factory, and travel the scenic Three Capes Route along the way. On Friday we will explore the town of Newport, visit the amazing aquarium there, and the wonderful Otter Crest tide pools. On Saturday we will make a leisurely return to Portland by dinner time, with a visit to Multnomah Falls in the Columbia River Gorge, to end the trip that evening. Sunday we will all return to our homes. 

When you register: We will send back a receipt and any additional information. To register, mail a check to Image Quest. If you would like to use a credit card, we can accept them via If you have questions about paypal, contact Dave.

Deposit: $200 

Accommodations: Based on two persons to a room. Single supplement is available, check with Dave.

Cancellations: $100.00 cancellation fee. No refunds if cancellation comes less than two weeks before the departure date for the trip, unless another person takes the spot.

The Van: We'll have room for our luggage, which needs to be, however, on the light side, including one carry-on size suitcase, a day pack and/or purse, and a camera bag, plus a tripod. Everyone will have a window seat (except, perhaps, Dave). 

If you have more questions, call Dave at 323 377-7565, or e-mail him at

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