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ASTORIA, OREGON

Sharing a Common Vision: Intergenerational Photography on the Oregon Coast

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Program #20910RJ
6 Days | 5 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Active
Love to learn in a small-group setting? This collection of programs has at most 10-24 participants.
See our Small Group programs.
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. There’s minimal walking and not too many stairs.
ModerateThese programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking up to a mile in a day through a city and standing in a museum for a few hours.
ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
Moderately ChallengingFor hardy explorers who enjoy a good physical challenge, spending most of their days on the go.
ChallengingGet ready to keep up with our highest-energy group. These demanding — and rewarding — programs are for seasoned outdoor enthusiasts.
Elevation Note
All activities at or near sea level.

Equipment Requirements
Digital photography equipment including DSLR or compact camera capable of manual exposure control. Tripod not required, but strongly encouraged.

Itinerary for Jun 16 — Jun 21, 2013

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Type: Hotel

Description: The Holiday Inn Express is located on the bank of the mighty Columbia River adjacent to the remarkable Astoria-Megler Bridge. Great photographic opportunities exist right in front of the hotel!

Contact info:
204 West Marine Drive
Astoria, OR 97103 USA
phone: 503-325-6222
web: www.astoriahie.com

Room amenities: Air Conditioning, Refrigerator, Microwave, 27 inch TV-DVD Player, Coffeemaker, Hairdryer, Ironing Board & Iron, High Speed Internet Access, Dirct Dial Phone with voice mail, Free Local and 800 Number access Calls

Facility amenities: Indoor Heated Pool, Whirlpool, Smoke-free, Business Center, Fax, Copy, High Speed Internet Access; River views, Exercise Room, Game Room, Guest Laundry, GIft Shop

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Contact hotel for reservations
Additional nights available by calling hotel directly.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day One: Sunday, June 16 - Shuttle to Astoria, Orientation
Arrive To: Independent arrivals to Astoria.

Afternoon: Orientation at 5 p.m. in hotel meeting room.

Dinner: Welcome dinner at a local restaurant.

Lodging: Holiday Inn Express

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: The Holiday Inn Express is located on the bank of the mighty Columbia River adjacent to the remarkable Astoria-Megler Bridge. Great photographic opportunities exist right in front of the hotel!

Contact info:
204 West Marine Drive
Astoria, OR 97103 USA
phone: 503-325-6222
web: www.astoriahie.com

Room amenities: Air Conditioning, Refrigerator, Microwave, 27 inch TV-DVD Player, Coffeemaker, Hairdryer, Ironing Board & Iron, High Speed Internet Access, Dirct Dial Phone with voice mail, Free Local and 800 Number access Calls

Facility amenities: Indoor Heated Pool, Whirlpool, Smoke-free, Business Center, Fax, Copy, High Speed Internet Access; River views, Exercise Room, Game Room, Guest Laundry, GIft Shop

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Contact hotel for reservations
Additional nights available by calling hotel directly.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Two: Monday, June 17 - Photography Fundamentals, Astoria Riverfront Phot...
Photography Fundamentals, Astoria Riverfront Photo Walk, Digital Workflow Workshop, Fort Stevens State Park, Peter Iredale Shipwreck Sunset Shoot

Breakfast: Sunrise photography session along the river in front of the hotel.

Breakfast buffet in hotel.

Morning: After breakfast, there will be an engaging lecture on the fundamentals of photography with an emphasis on digital photography. Following the casual lecture, there will be a short photo walk along the boardwalk in Astoria.

Lunch: Lunch in a local restaurant.

Afternoon: After lunch, it will be time to fire up the computers for a hands-on workshop on digital workflow. Your instructor will guide you through the process of importing your images from your camera into your computer and using software to organize and adjust your photographs. Participants should bring their computers or tablets and any cords or card readers necessary to import photos.

After the digital workflow workshop, the group will travel to Fort Stevens, the historic home of a U.S. Army artillery unit. We will explore the abandoned concrete bunkers where shadows, textures and shapes abound and creativity flourishes. As with all field excursions, your instructor will be on hand to help you and your grandchild make the best photographs possible.

Dinner: Dinner is a local restaurant.

Evening: Just south of the mouth of the Columbia River rests the rusting hull of the sailing ship Peter Iredale. This famous shipwreck will be the subject of the evening sunset shoot. Bring warm clothing and a tripod.

Lodging: Holiday Inn Express

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Type: Hotel

Description: The Holiday Inn Express is located on the bank of the mighty Columbia River adjacent to the remarkable Astoria-Megler Bridge. Great photographic opportunities exist right in front of the hotel!

Contact info:
204 West Marine Drive
Astoria, OR 97103 USA
phone: 503-325-6222
web: www.astoriahie.com

Room amenities: Air Conditioning, Refrigerator, Microwave, 27 inch TV-DVD Player, Coffeemaker, Hairdryer, Ironing Board & Iron, High Speed Internet Access, Dirct Dial Phone with voice mail, Free Local and 800 Number access Calls

Facility amenities: Indoor Heated Pool, Whirlpool, Smoke-free, Business Center, Fax, Copy, High Speed Internet Access; River views, Exercise Room, Game Room, Guest Laundry, GIft Shop

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Contact hotel for reservations
Additional nights available by calling hotel directly.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Three: Tuesday, June 18 - Astoria Bridge Sunrise Shoot, Astoria Column, For...
Astoria Bridge Sunrise Shoot, Astoria Column, Fort Clatsop National Park, Cape Disappointment Lighthouse, Columbia River Mouth, Critique, Astoria Sunset Shoot

Breakfast: We will greet the sun with a sunrise shoot in front of the hotel on the banks of the mighty Columbia River. Watch for wildlife along the river's edge. There may be otters, cormorants, herons, and harbor seals to photograph.

Breakfast buffet at the hotel.

Morning: After breakfast we will travel to the highest point in Astoria to photograph the Astoria Column. This wonderful spire offers sweeping views of the lower Columbia River, the northern Oregon Coast, and the Washington State side of the Columbia.

Following our time at the Column, we will head down to Fort Clatsop, part of Lewis & Clark National Park, where a replica of the Corps of Discovery's winter fort will be our muse. The fort sits in a lovely forest with plenty of opportunities for photos of all kinds.

Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant.

Afternoon: After lunch, we will cross the Columbia on the 4 mile-long Astoria-Megler Bridge to Washington State. There we will visit the historic Cape Disappointment Lighthouse and North Point Lighthouse. Two lighthouses in one place!

Dinner: Dinner at a local restaurant.

Evening: After dinner, the group will gather for a friendly critique. Your instructor will review projected images from everyone in the group and provide gentle tips and honest accolades.

For those ready to stay up later, we will venture out under the Astoria-Megler Bridge for a sunset shoot.

Lodging: Holiday Inn Express

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Type: Hotel

Description: The Holiday Inn Express is located on the bank of the mighty Columbia River adjacent to the remarkable Astoria-Megler Bridge. Great photographic opportunities exist right in front of the hotel!

Contact info:
204 West Marine Drive
Astoria, OR 97103 USA
phone: 503-325-6222
web: www.astoriahie.com

Room amenities: Air Conditioning, Refrigerator, Microwave, 27 inch TV-DVD Player, Coffeemaker, Hairdryer, Ironing Board & Iron, High Speed Internet Access, Dirct Dial Phone with voice mail, Free Local and 800 Number access Calls

Facility amenities: Indoor Heated Pool, Whirlpool, Smoke-free, Business Center, Fax, Copy, High Speed Internet Access; River views, Exercise Room, Game Room, Guest Laundry, GIft Shop

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Contact hotel for reservations
Additional nights available by calling hotel directly.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Four: Wednesday, June 19 - Astoria Bridge Sunrise Shoot, Ecola State Park, C...
Astoria Bridge Sunrise Shoot, Ecola State Park, Cannon Beach, Oswald West State Park, Haystack Rock Sunset Shoot

Breakfast: Once again, we will greet the sun along the banks of the Columbia River before breakfast. Perhaps a passing ship will provide just the composition you've been waiting for.

Breakfast buffet in the hotel.

Morning: After breakfast the group will travel down the Oregon Coast to Ecola State Park. There opportunities for seascapes, nature and possibly even wildlife photography will keep everyone busy. Ecola is a favorite location for Hollywood movie producers who have used the rugged headland in several notable films including Kindergarten Cop.

Lunch: Lunch in Cannon Beach at a local restaurant.

Afternoon: After lunch we will continue down the coast to Oswald West State Park, where a 1-mile stroll through an ancient rainforest will bring us to one of the most scenic beaches on the west coast. It's a popular spot for surfers, so keep your eyes open for action photo opportunities.

Dinner: Dinner in Cannon Beach at a local restaurant.

Evening: After dinner, it's a long walk down lovely Cannon Beach to iconic Haystack Rock where the sunset will dazzle you. Be ready to make the best sunset shots of the trip here. This location is amazing! We'll stay well after sunset to catch the changing light, so be prepared with warm clothing.

Lodging: Holiday Inn Express

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Type: Hotel

Description: The Holiday Inn Express is located on the bank of the mighty Columbia River adjacent to the remarkable Astoria-Megler Bridge. Great photographic opportunities exist right in front of the hotel!

Contact info:
204 West Marine Drive
Astoria, OR 97103 USA
phone: 503-325-6222
web: www.astoriahie.com

Room amenities: Air Conditioning, Refrigerator, Microwave, 27 inch TV-DVD Player, Coffeemaker, Hairdryer, Ironing Board & Iron, High Speed Internet Access, Dirct Dial Phone with voice mail, Free Local and 800 Number access Calls

Facility amenities: Indoor Heated Pool, Whirlpool, Smoke-free, Business Center, Fax, Copy, High Speed Internet Access; River views, Exercise Room, Game Room, Guest Laundry, GIft Shop

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Contact hotel for reservations
Additional nights available by calling hotel directly.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Five: Thursday, June 20 - Astoria Riverfront Sunrise Shoot, Digital Workflo...
Astoria Riverfront Sunrise Shoot, Digital Workflow Workshop, Critique, Seaside Photo Walk, Wrap Up

Breakfast: The final sunrise shoot of the trip will find you back out on the banks of the Columbia looking for that last masterpiece.

Breakfast buffet in the hotel.

Morning: After breakfast we'll break out the laptops and tablets for a final workshop on digital workflow. With the instructor's help you will work on images from the week in preparation for the final critique.

Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant.

Afternoon: After lunch, sit back and enjoy the final critique of the trip as the instructor once again provides gentle feedback to help you and your grandchild improve.

Following the critique we'll travel to Seaside for a casual photo walk along the town's historic promenade. It's the perfect chance to capture fun people photos and the unique flavor of Seaside.

Dinner: We'll celebrate a great week with a wrap up dinner at a great local restaurant.

Evening: Finish strong with a final sunset shoot. We'll see what the evening holds, so the location will be determined that day. Expect something truly special.

Lodging: Holiday Inn Express

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day Six: Friday, June 21 - Astoria Riverfront Sunrise Shoot, Shuttle to Port...
Breakfast: Breakfast buffet in the hotel.

Morning: Optional morning sunrise session in front of the hotel.

Independent departures. Check out deadline is 11 am.

Meals Included: Breakfast


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5 Expert-led lectures
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