27 APR-6 MAY, 2021
with Jeremy Woodhouse & Tonya Colson
Secret Beach © Dan Leffel
Join me and Tonya Colson (an Oregonian of 30 years) on a 7-day tour of the Oregon Coast. We will be there in early November, the crowds will be gone—we will have the place to ourselves.
We will be conducting the tour in a responsible Covid-19 fashion. You will drive in your own vehicle (or a rental), we will keep tripods 6 feet apart, and we will be eating outside where possible, and in small groups when it is not possible. We WILL use masks when necessary.
This landscape photography tour isn’t strenuous, but you should be able to hike for short distances on natural ground with your camera gear. Oregon weather is notoriously changeable, so be prepared for heat, cold, wind, sun, rain, and rainbows. We will shoot sunrise, sunsets, and night skies when weather conditions permit.
Tidal Pool © Dan Leffel
Heceta Head Lighthouse © Dan Leffel
Day 2: Apr 28—Hood River
We will head east to Rowena Crest, where a short hike will take us up the plateau to views of wildflowers and the Columbia River. In the afternoon we will head up the valley to explore Lost Lake and capture reflections of Mt. Hood.
Day 3: Apr 29—Hood River | Redmond
After breakfast we will head south toward Mt. Hood, stopping for a couple of photos along the way to the high desert. After checking in to our hotel, we will visit Smith Rock State Park. Smith Rock is a world-famous rock climbing site, and climbers can often be seen on the basalt rock faces within the park. The Crooked River winds its way through the bottom of the canyon, where lucky hikers may spot mule deer, beaver, river otter, and golden eagles. Sunset at Smith Rock.
O/N Sleep Inn & Suites Redmond
Our Sleep Inn & Suites® is conveniently the beautiful Smith Rock State Park, which offers endless rock-climbing possibilities. Our convenient location gives you easy access to scenic trails for hiking, biking and birdwatching. Other local attractions include Tumalo Falls and Mount Bachelor Ski Area. After a day of exploring, come back to our hotel and take a dip in our indoor heated pool and hot tub or work out in our fully equipped fitness center. Our hotel also offers free Wi-Fi throughout the property as well as a business center with fax and copy services. Free hot breakfast.
Day 4: Apr 30 Redmond | Crater Lake
We will return to Smith Rock at sunrise, then check out of our hotel and begin our drive to Crater Lake. Crater Lake is the only National Park in Oregon, formed during the collapse of the volcano Mount Mazama. This picturesque lake is the deepest in the US at 1949 ft. It features two small islands and is famous for its deep blue color and water clarity.
Day 5: April 30—Crater Lake | Brookings
After sunrise at Crater Lake, we will make our way to Brookings on the remote southern Oregon coast. With a population of 6336, Brookings is a typical colorful and quaint Oregon coastal town. After checking into our hotel, we will make our way to the Samuel H Boardman State Scenic Corridor to explore scenic Secret Beach at sunset.
O/N Beachfront Inn Brookings
Nestled on Oregon's southern coast, the Beachfront Inn offers a friendly place on the sands and surf of the Pacific Ocean. Make yourself at home with complimentary perks including Wi-Fi, parking, and a delicious hot breakfast. Enjoy amenities that include an outdoor heated pool, hot tub, business services, and meeting space. We are steps from restaurants and from the Port of Brookings-Harbor.
Day 6: May 1—Brookings | Bandon
At sunrise we will visit the sea arches at Natural Bridges Cove. Afterward we will make the short hike to China Beach. The trail often features spring wildflowers and ends at a remote beach with sea stack formations. Weather permitting, we will visit Arch Rock and Thunder Rock Cove before leaving the Samuel H Boardman State Scenic Corridor, then will make our way to Cape Blanco. Cape Blanco is Oregon’s westernmost tip, and is home to Oregon’s oldest standing lighthouse, built in 1870. After checking into our hotel and having a rest, we will visit Bandon beach for sunset, and will be on watch for clear skies and astrophotography. Bandon Beach’s sea stacks are an iconic symbol of the Oregon coast, and Bandon Beach is considered one of the most beautiful spots on the entire coastline.
O/N Sunset Motel Bandon
Family owned and operated for four generations, Sunset Oceanfront Lodging is beautifully situated on high ground overlooking a sandy beach, majestic sea stacks, and the Pacific Ocean. We offer beach access, and many rooms have ocean views. Property includes pool, jacuzzi, and meeting rooms. Breakfast and Wi-Fi included.
Day 7: May 2—Bandon
We will start with sunrise at Bandon Beach, then after breakfast/checkout we will explore the Cape Arago beach loop. We will visit the crashing waves at Shore Acres, then tides permitting we will make our way down to Simpson Beach where seals and sea lions often congregate. Finally, we will visit the Cape Arago Lighthouse. In the evening will be on the lookout for clear skies and another chance to shoot stars on Bandon beach.
O/N Sunset Motel Bandon
Day 8: May 3—Bandon | Yachats
After breakfast/checkout we will make our way north with stops at Heceta Lighthouse, Cape Perpetua and Thor’s Well. Heceta Lighthouse, perched atop a 1000 ft cliff, is one of the most photographed lighthouses on the Oregon Coast. The light atop the 56 ft tower was first illuminated in 1894 and is the strongest light on the Oregon Coast. Cape Perpetua features old growth spruce, Douglas fir and western hemlock forests, scenic cliffs, and rocky tidepools. Devil’s Churn, Spouting Horn and Thor’s well are unique salt-water fountains that can be remarkable sights near high tide.
O/N Dublin House Hotel Yachats
Day 9: May 4—Yachats
We will walk down to the rocky tidepools of Yachats Beach at sunrise, then return to our hotel for breakfast. Afterward we will explore the beach at Seal Rock, where rock formations provide habitat for seals, sea lions and ocean birds. We will also have an opportunity to revisit Thor’s Well if tides are favorable. We’ll finish the day with image review and editing tips.
O/N Dublin House Hotel Yachats
Day 10: May 5—Yachats | Portland
Optional Sunrise at Heceta Lighthouse followed by breakfast/checkout. Today we will continue our trip north, with a stop at the collapsed sea cave of Devil’s Punchbowl if tides permit. Our destination is Silver Falls State Park, considered the crown jewel of Oregon Parks. Silver Falls’ temperate rainforests are home to ten waterfalls, several of which you can pass behind. Afterward we will continue to Portland where our tour ends.
END OF TOUR
Oregon Coast © Dan Leffel
Florence Bridge © Dan Leffel
Newport Bridge © Dan Leffel
Yaquina Head Lighthouse © Dan Leffel
Arrival & Meeting Place
We will meet at the Radisson Hotel Portland Airport. Just three miles from Portland International Airport (PDX), Radisson Hotel Portland Airport provides a quiet and comfortable retreat for busy travelers. Hop on our free, 24-hour shuttle to and from the airport for easy connections, or book one of our park-and-stay packages and leave your car at the hotel for up to 15 days.
Daily high temperatures decrease by 5°F, from 59°F to 54°F, rarely falling below 48°F or exceeding 65°F.
Daily low temperatures decrease by 4°F, from 48°F to 44°F, rarely falling below 36°F or exceeding 55°F.
For reference, on August 24, the hottest day of the year, temperatures in Bandon typically range from 54°F to 66°F, while on December 20, the coldest day of the year, they range from 42°F to 53°F.
Hopefully we will be able to experience some of the coastal storms that Oregon is famous for rather than a series of clear blue sky days.
6 SPOTS OPEN
TOUR COST: $TBA
Group size 6
Tour Price Includes
- Guiding to locations, local knowledge of weather patterns, favorable tides and surf, and best locations based on those conditions
- One on one instruction both in the field and post processing sessions during our down time
- Post processing sessions. (we will have a post processing session where we sit down together go over workflow and post processing techniques, all with masks
- The pleasure of travelling with Tonya and me.
Tour Price Excludes
- Travel to and from Portland, OR.
- Lodging: Information on lodging options and locations will be sent out upon signup
- Transportation: Because of Covid-19 we expect participants to use their own transport. If you are coming with a friend and you trust that they are Covid-free, that works. There will be NO group transportation
- Fees: Parking fees and State Park entry fees
- Meals: We will be careful when eating meals with social distance of paramount importance. All meals are the responsibility of the participant.
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Dress for the Weather
- Important note on weather and clothing: In November, weather can be chilly
- Bring waterproof clothing
- We recommend you bring rubber boots so that you can photograph in the surf without getting your feet too wet
- Bring you own laptop computer and storage media
- Camera body(s)
- Lenses, 16-35mm, 24-70mm zoom and 70-200mm zoom or similar lenses are very good
- Light bag for easy hiking with camera bodies and accessories
- Cleaning kit for cameras and lenses
- Rain/dust covers for cameras and lenses
- Charger for batteries
- Spare batteries
- Spare Memory cards
- Memory card reader
- USB key to exchange images
Also good to have
- Good quality polarizing filter
Oregon Coast Hotels
Day 1 & 2, Nov 9-10: Bandon
Breakfast will be a grab 'n go bagged muffin, yoghurt and apple sauce.
$144.05 incl tax
Day 3, Nov 11: Yachats (check-in 4:00PM)
Dublin House Motel
Breakfast not included
Day 4, Nov 12: Lincoln City
Breakfast not included
This is a Covid-19 first responder hotel
Day 5 & 6, Nov 13-14: Astoria
Grab 'n Go Breakfast
$141.55 plus tax
Day 7, Nov 14: Portland
Instructors will wear masks while teaching at close range
Clients are encouraged to wear masks whenever they are at close range
Where possible, we will practice social distancing. Tripods 6ft apart.
You are encouraged to wash hands frequently and use hand sanitiser. Bring a cloth to wipe down your tripod each day. This will serve 2 purposes. Get rid of any nasty bacteria and remove salt from the ocean spray.
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