Location - Portland, OR.
Dates: May 11 - 15 of 2018
Tuition - $1500 per participant (limit: 7 participants).
Instructor: Alex Mironyuk
Deposit: $500 (PAYMENTS ACCEPTED FOR THE REMAINDER OF THE BALANCE)
This 5 days workshop may be in the most picturesque coast on the entire Earth - the Pacific Coast of Oregon State. Countless sea stacks with the sunset going down behind all of them, tide pools with colorful star fishes, hard packed beaches, and lighthouses are waiting for us!
You will get a chance to see with your own eyes and photograph the Pacific Ocean like you have never seen it before. I will lead you to photograph my favorite places all around entire coast.
This workshop is designed to master your photography skills and also to boost your creative process. This entire workshop is hands on and I will be with you every step of the way covering composition, camera settings, chasing the light, night time photography, focus stacking, panorama shooting and much more.
We picked the time for our workshop based on the tide prediction and the annual average weather conditions for the Oregon's coast in May.
Workshop highlights: Every day we will have sunrise and sunset sessions on the beach while we gaze at the beautiful beaches trying to find the best angles for our shots. During the daytime, when lighting conditions are harsh and contrast we will rest and improve our editing skills in Lightroom and Photoshop. During our workshop we will have 2 classes: one for photography techniques and one for post-production.
Physical Difficulty: Easy to moderate. This workshop Involves short hikes from the parking to beaches and featuring anywhere from 0 - 300 ft of elevation gain. In case of inclement weather we will have short hikes in the closest Mountains toward some waterfalls.
Fitness Level: Like any outdoor nature photography workshop, a reasonable degree of fitness is ideal. We will not be engaging in any strenuous physical activity but every participant should be able to hike 1 - 2 miles with all photo gear.
Transportation: You need to have your own reliable car to participate in this workshop. The closest major airport is Portland, OR, where you can rent a car. When possible we prefer that participants carpool with each other to help limit our impact and get to know each other. The first 2-3 participants can carpool with me.
Lodging: The simple hotel/motel lodging (double occupancy) is included in the tuition. Every room will have two beds and a shower. In case of inclement weather where we need to change the itinerary and cancel our booked hotels and book new ones, we will only be able to get last-minute hotel availability. Under those circumstances we can’t guarantee the quality of the rooms and the amenities.
May 11, Friday
Our group will meet at the Portland International Airport around 12 PM where you can meet everyone and get to know each other. After that we are going toward the Pacific Ocean. Our first destination is Thor's Well - the unique place where you can see with the proper tide level how the ocean drains into "a funnel" - this is our very first sunset location in this workshop.
But our day is not over yet. We will try to get to one more photo-destination at twilight - the Heceta Head Lighthouse and we will try to capture the light beam which goes toward the endless ocean.
Obviously while we are on the ocean shore we are going dine at a seafood restaurant which will be our first dinner as a group and a perfect opportunity to get to know everyone.
Hotel in Yachats, OR
May 12, Saturday
At the first morning light we’ll meet at one of the Yachats' beaches with countless sea stacks. After that we are going to Bandon, OR where we will spend the next 2 days.
After checking into our hotel we will have our first class.
We will teach a variety of photo techniques that will help you improve your skills and your artistic vision, focusing on a number of professional tricks for shooting powerful, nature images, such as:
- Working with dramatic light during a sunrise and a sunset
- Using regular midday light to your advantage
- The fundamentals of powerful composition
Our Sunset session will be at the famous and beautiful Bandon Beach .
Hotel in Bandon
May 13, Sunday
In the morning we will be at Bandon Beach again.
Today we will spend some time in the historic Bandon Old Town and after lunch we will have our second class. We will also teach professional “Digital Darkroom” secrets and the fundamentals of image processing, including but not limited to:
- Raw converting in Lightroom
- Using some Lightroom’s filters
- Working with adjustment layers
- Layer masking and image blending techniques
- Color management and special effects for artistic expression
- Preparing images for optimum web presentation
In the evening we will be at the Bandon Beach again trying to position ourselves against the sunset to get a perfect shot of the sea stacks' silhouettes with some tide pools
Hotel in Bandon
May 14, Monday
Coquillle River Lighthouse - is the small but very attractive and recently renovated lighthouse and is just 20 minutes from Bandon. For the morning session we are headed towards this lighthouse.
After breakfast we will start to drive north along coast and we will have one more chance to take additional pictures of Thor's Well. Also, we will perhaps visit the highest cliff in the Oregon Pacific Coast at Cape Perpetua. Here we can see onto the shore line with the waves crashing onto sea stacks and shore's cliffs from the height of a flying bird
For our sunset session we will go on one of the Yachats' beaches again.
Hotel in Yachats, OR
May 15, Tuesday
On the last morning of our workshop we again will be at one of the Yachats' beaches with countless sea stacks.
After breakfast we are going to the Yakina Head Outstanding Area with the one of the tallest Oregon's lighthouses and one of the best tide pools along the shore line.
We will have our workshop's last lunch in one of the countless seafood places at Newport with fresh crabs, oysters and wide variety of fish (catch of the day)
After that we will go to Portland where our workshop will be officially over. Keep in mind that we will be in Portland just around 4 - 5 PM, so you can't fly from Portland before 7 PM.
* This Itinerary is ideal and based on a regular weather conditions. But the weather in Oregon is not predictable, so if the weather will not cooperate with us at all we will change the itinerary and move away from the coastal line inward. In that case our primary photo subjects will be lakes with reflections of Mount Hood, waterfalls, red rocks, and badlands. Our main goal is to get as much breathtaking pictures as we can and have as much fun as we can, so the final itinerary will be made according to that main goal.