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Photographing the Oregon Coast: Incredible Vistas, Lighthouses and Villages

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Program #18524RJ
11 Days | 10 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Moderately Challenging
While all of our learning adventures offer extraordinary value, our "Best Value" programs were rated by our participants themselves who thought their dollar went particularly far.
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.
Christopher from East Granby, CT Number of programs attended: 16
Date attended: 09/08/13 - 09/18/13
I would highly recommend this program to anyone who wants an opportunity to work on their photographic skills, at whatever level they are at, in a beautiful part of the country. You will also enjoy great accommodations and wonderful food.

Robert from Las Cruces, NM Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 09/08/13 - 09/18/13
Web site is well organized and useful.

Paul from Weare, NH Number of programs attended: 16
Date attended: 05/19/13 - 05/29/13
This is perhaps the best-organized, well thought out photo trip I've attended. Mason planned a WHOLE LOT of photo experiences at a wonderfully various types of locations. His descriptions and narratives prior to arriving at each location were crafted so that participants knew just what to look for and how to approach the photographic activity of the day. Several sessions of sharing our photos, and Mason's explanation of the fine points of each, as well as ways we could make them better (both during and post-shooting with software) made each of us better each day. Mason's excellent set of pre-trip materials were by far the best and most useful I've seen, and helped get each participant ready and eager to make the most of the program. Five (plus) stars!

Claude from Camarillo, CA Number of programs attended: 15
Date attended: 05/19/13 - 05/29/13
If you are interested in photography then this is a great program led by Mason Marsh. His pleasing demenor, helpful suggestions and trip planning made for a most enjoyable and learning experience. You also get history lessons as you journey to photo locations.

Nancy from Hoffman Estates, IL Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 05/19/13 - 05/29/13
Mason did an outstanding job in developing and running this program. His enthusiasm and energy were contagious. He is so knowledgeable about the history and geology of the Oregon Coast, not to mention his great mastery of the camera. His Lightroom instruction was invaluable. The scenery was fantastic, our traveling companions were wonderful, and our first visit to the Pacific Northwest was most memorable. Thanks Mason for all your efforts in making this a most meaningful experience!

Barbara from Pella, IA Number of programs attended: 16
Date attended: 05/19/13 - 05/29/13
Excellent program. Mason Marsh is a fun guy and great photographer. His critique sessions were instructive and not threatening and allowed us to see each others' work. Group was great and a flexible bunch. We were able to experience the Oregon Coast with a man who loves it and has experienced it throughout his life.

Jane from Syracuse, NY Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 09/09/12 - 09/19/12
Stunning venues wonderfully paced; yummiest of food; great beds & pillows, supportive instruction; satisfying length of program. Mason is a knowledgeable story-teller and provided an entertaining & informative narrative on our journey. Any camera or gear nut would be thrilled with this program. Unexpected issues were handled skillfully. Mason is accessible as leader and a patient teacher. The ease with which we moved down and up the coast and the timing for each stop was great. Our group bonded, shared, laughed, and were in constant awe of the beauty seen on this adventure. And, when the fog rolled in, we had even more learning opportunity. The pace was good and I'd l like to do it all again! Mason Marsh facilitates a terrific program.

David from Nottingham, Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 09/09/12 - 09/19/12
This was the best photographic trip I've ever attended. We visited many beautiful locations on the Oregon course. The hotels were excellent, in good locations, many right on the beach or shoreline. Mason Marsh is an exceptional leader. He has designed an outstanding program delivered in a professional and inspiring manner. An excellent booklet describes each day of activities providing very useful details including information about the places visited, sunrise and sunset times, hotels and restaurants etc. Mason used his detailed knowledge of Oregon to take us to wonderful locations at the optimum time of year and day. He is an excellent photographer and is able to provide help and explanation to all levels of photographer. I learned more about my camera and photographic techniques than I could have hoped for. My highlight was photographing the Milky Way on Canon Beach after the sun had set. I've left the trip with many beautiful photographs and suggestion from Mason of other Oregon and Washington State locations that I now plan to visit. This was an excellent group and I've made many friends thanks to the relaxed and constructive atmosphere resulting from Mason's leadership. The food was excellent at many local restaurants along the coast. I can't recommend this trip more highly.

June from Floyd, VA Number of programs attended: 5
Date attended: 09/09/12 - 09/19/12
Have been on many wonderful Road Scholar programs, but this was by far the best ever! It has it all: 1. Great photographic locations...Oregon coast...need I say more! This program covers everything you want to see on the coast. 2. Good food at local flavor restaurants. You won't go hungry on this trip...and it's all good food too. 3. Wonderful accommodations. All hotels were very close to shoot locations...often within walking distance. 4. Small group count. This really made for better camaraderie and learning. 5. A GREAT program leader. I can't say enough about Mason March. Knowledgeable, helpful, easy to be with, thoughtful. In short, LOVED, LOVED, LOVED this program!

Dianne from Portland, OR Number of programs attended: 8
Date attended: 05/13/12 - 05/23/12
My husband and I have been on several photography workshops. This is one of the best. Mason Marsh's humor set a great tone for the trip. The trip was well organized. Mason's knowledge of the area was amazing. There was no wasted time and we were taking pictures in the right light. The critiques were thoughtful, constructive and efficient. All the participants were wonderful . We all left with great pictures and wonderful memories. We would love to go on another photo trip with Mason.

Stanley from Douglaston, NY Number of programs attended: 16
Date attended: 05/13/12 - 05/23/12
This program was the best Road Scholar photo program I ever took and is one of the top Road Scholar programs I have taken (and I have been on over 20). Mason has constructed a fantastic tour with plenty to photograph and good places to stay and eat. I want to know how he knew what the weather was going to be, so that the only 2 dates with rain, he had scheduled shoots that wouldn't be canceled, such as shooting indoors at the Newport Aquarium. He worked with everyone and made the trip.

Garrett from Fishers, IN Number of programs attended: 4
Date attended: 05/13/12 - 05/23/12
This was an outstanding trip and offered unique photographic opportunities. This was my fourth Road Scholar photo tour and I have to say it was the very best. Mason Marsh was an outstanding guide and instructor and if he organizes other tours, I will be there. The other participants were all enthusiastic photographers as well as great people to spend the 10 days with.

Bruce from Grapevine, TX Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 05/13/12 - 05/23/12
This trip exceeded expectations in every way. This was my first Road Scholar trip and I came away impressed by the quality and enthusiasm of the trip leader Mason Marsh, the diversity and flexibility of my fellow travelers, the loveliness of the accommodations, the outstanding food, and the beautiful scenery. I wouldn't hesitate to go again.

Sandra from Oakdale, MN Number of programs attended: 5
Date attended: 05/13/12 - 05/23/12
I am a relative newbie to photography and wanted a program that would help me develop new skills. This program did exactly that. Mason gave us many, many different shooting opportunities and was always available to answer questions. If Mason ever organizes another trip, I would be first in line to sign up!

Duane from Southlake, TX Number of programs attended: 6
Date attended: 05/13/12 - 05/23/12
I had always wanted to photograph the Oregon Coast and Mason Marsh provided the perfect opportunity. With photo shoots from dawn to dusk, using many shoot locations, I was able to get many images that I really like. This is an outstanding photography trip!


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