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Digital Photography: Capture Oregon's Waterfalls, Flowers, Mountains & Coast

Program Number: 15918RJ
Start and End Dates:
5/12/2013 - 5/18/2013;
Duration: 6 nights
Location: Portland, Oregon
Price starting at: $1,095.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Photography
Meals: 14; 6 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 4 Dinners    
Meal Options: Low Fat; Low Salt    

Optimize your digital photography skills as you walk through the natural beauty of Oregon’s mountains and lush forests, and meander along the artful streets of Portland. In workshops and on the trails, professional photographers share tips for improving composition, optimizing your camera features and trying new techniques. Evening sessions allow for an opportunity to share photos and enjoy the perspectives of your fellow photographers.


• Visit historic Timberline Lodge on Mount Hood and stroll through a majestic old growth forest along Camp Creek.
• Photograph the waterfalls and wildflowers of the Columbia River Gorge, and enjoy an opportunity to take pictures of the Gorge at sunset.
• Capture images of Oregon’s rugged coastline, quaint seaside town of Cannon Beach.

Activity Particulars

Optional walking of two miles daily over uneven terrain; Optional elevations of 400 feet.

Although all level of photographers are welcome, this program’s instruction is intended for beginner and intermediate photographers.

Date Specific Information


During the spring, Portland is in bloom with Azaleas, Rhododendrons, Dogwoods and Irises.

Coordinated by NW Discoveries.

Portland (Oregon)

Portlanders live a life rich in the arts, surrounded by natural beauty and conveniently situated near the Pacific Coast and Columbia River Gorge. The City of Roses is a walker's paradise filled with parks, fountains and unique neighborhoods.

Comfortable hotel with indoor pool, Jacuzzi and fitness center.
Meals and Lodgings
   Courtyard at Marriott
  Portland, OR 6 nights
 Courtyard at Marriott
Type: Full Service Hotel
  Description: Centrally located in Portland within easy walking distance of Willamette River walkway, downtown Portland and local transportation
  Contact info: 435 NE Wasco St.
Portland, OR 97232 USA
phone: 503-234-3200
  Room amenities: Each room has cable TV, hairdryer, ironing board, refrigerator, in room coffee/tea maker
  Facility amenities: Lodging has air conditioning, with cable TV, refrigerator, high speed internet access, indoor pool with hot tub/jacuzzi, fitness center, restaurant, walking distance to MAX (light rail) which provides access to airport and free parking during program.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: $100-175./room/night Price dependent on room availability. Mention you are with Road Scholar program for possible discount.
  Check in time: 3:00 PM
  Additional nights after: $100-175./room/night Price dependent on room availability. Mention you are with Road Scholar program for possible discount.
  Check out time: 12:00 PM

Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Check in 3:00-5:30 PM. You will be staying at Courtyard at Marriott that night.
  End of Program:
Program ends at 9:00 AM after breakfast. Checkout by Noon. You will be staying at Courtyard at Marriott the night before.
  Required documents:
The Participant Information Form is required. Liability Release Waivers are required to be signed for participation in this program.
  Parking availability:
Parking is available at lodging for free during program week..
To Start of Program
  Location:  Portland, OR
  Nearest city or town:  Portland
  Nearest highway: Interstate 5
  Nearest airport:  Portland
  From End of Program
  Location: Portland, OR
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details

Portland, Courtyard by Marriott


From Airport




Public Transportation
MAX train
phone: 503-234-3200


Per Person/One Way:


Prices are subject to change.


Travel Time:


20 minutes 




15 miles


From Portland airport: Take a taxi or shuttle bus to our motel or take our efficient local train system MAX. MAX costs $2.05 from the airport to our motel. Catch the MAX, Red line to Downtown. Exit the train at the Convention Center stop. It is a 10 minute (1.5 block) walk to our Motel. Walk up the hill (east) then left on Martin Luther King Blvd., then right on Wasco and you are at our motel.

Driving Directions
  From I-84 going west From I-84 going west, take exit #1 (Lloyd Blvd.). Continue straight on Lloyd Blvd. Turn right on Grand Ave.; Turn left on Wasco St. Enter driveway to Courtyard by Marriott on right side.
  From Interstate 5 in Portland From I-5 take exit #302A-Lloyd Center/Convention Center/Colliseum, drive east on NE Weidler St., Right on Martin Luther King Blvd. left on Wasco St. (3rd street from Weidler). Enter driveway of Courtyard by Marriott.
Elevation Note: One afternoon visiting Timberline Lodge at 5900 ft. and its surroundings

Equipment Requirements: Recommended digital camera with operating manual and TV connection Appropriate walking clothes, Need to bring rain gear.
The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.

Daily Schedule

Day 1: Welcome to the charming City of Portland, getting to know your fellow photographers and learning about the upcoming week.
(Sunday, May 12)

Note: While at our motel, we will get to know each other, learn about the upcoming week and learn how to use our camera to take better pictures.

 Arrive To: Check in between 3:00 - 4:30 PM at Lodging
 Afternoon: 3:30-4:40 pm Beginning photographers join instructor to learn how to use basic settings of your camera. Bring camera and instruction manual. 4:30-6:00 pm All participants meet to get to know each other and learn about how to operate your camera.
 Dinner: Dinner will be at 6:15 PM at motel restaurant.
 Evening: Evening orientation and introductions/discussion until 9:00 PM. Lecture on photo techniques of exposure and composition.
Accommodations: Courtyard at Marriott
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Hood River with fields of wildflowers. Columbia River Gorge waterfalls.
(Monday, May 13)

Note: Short walks to find the best flowers and scenes to photograph.

 Breakfast: Breakfast will be served at 7:15 AM in lodging restaurant.
 Morning: Morning will be spent in Hood River area, seeing fields of wildflowers, views of Mt. Hood and windsurfing if the wind is blowing.
 Lunch: On your free time, explore the quaint town of Hood River as you select your eatery for lunch.
 Afternoon: We will drive the historic Columbia River highway and photograph the majestic Multnomah falls.
 Dinner: Dinner will be at Multnomah Falls lodge restaurant, adjacent to Multnomah falls, the largest falls in Oregon at 542 ft.
 Evening: Driving the Historic River Gorge highway with stop for sunset pictures at Crown point overlooking the Columbia River Gorge.
Accommodations: Courtyard at Marriott
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 3: Explore and photograph Portland in bloom at Crystal Springs Rhododendron Gardens and along the city streets.
(Tuesday, May 14)

Note: Short walks on paved paths to explore Portland and gardens to find your special pictures.

 Breakfast: Breakfast will be served at 7:15 AM in lodging restaurant.
 Morning: Then we will walk and photograph Crystal Springs Rhododendron Gardens.
 Lunch: Sack lunch will be eaten outside.
 Afternoon: Lecture on photographic techniques will follow lunch. Afternoon will be spent walking and photographing downtown Portland.
 Dinner: Enjoy your free time as you explore Portland and select your eatery to satisfy your taste buds.
 Evening: Evening program will review your pictures taken during program with the instructor.
Accommodations: Courtyard at Marriott
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 4: Visit and photograph the majestic northern Oregon coast near Cannon City.
(Wednesday, May 15)

Note: Short walks (less than 1 mile) on hard packed sand and well maintained trails to the beaches and overlooks for our pictures.

 Breakfast: Breakfast at 7:15 AM will be served in lodging restaurant.
 Morning: We will drive to the majestic Oregon Coast and stop Ecola State park for a dramatic overview of the rugged Oregon Coast and Terrible Tilly lighhouse.
 Lunch: Sack lunch will be eaten outside.
 Afternoon: Visit Oswald West State park for a walk through an old growth Sitka forest to picturesque Short Sand beach. Free time to explore the quaint town of Cannon Beach and walk the beach for views of Haystack Rock.
 Dinner: You will have free time to explore quaint Cannon Beach to find your eatery for dinner.
 Evening: In the evening we will return to Portland.
Accommodations: Courtyard at Marriott
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 5: Take pictures of Iris and Peony nurseries in bloom in the Willamette Valley.
(Thursday, May 16)

Note: Walk through the nurseries as you search for your pictures.

 Breakfast: Breakfast at 7:15 AM will be served in lodging restaurant.
 Morning: Visit and photograph the Portland Rose Garden.
 Lunch: Sack lunch will be eaten at park.
 Afternoon: Photograph Iris flowering nurseries in Willamette valley. Picture review session at motel.
 Dinner: Dinner eaten at motel.
 Evening: Review session of peoples pictures.
Accommodations: Courtyard at Marriott
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Visit and Photograph an old growth forest and the historic Timberline Lodge.
(Friday, May 17)

Note: Visit Timberline lodge as we search for photos. Explore an Old Growth forest to find magnificient pictures.

 Breakfast: Breakfast served at 7:15 AM in lodging restaurant
 Morning: Visit historic Timberline Lodge and photograph its many photogenic subjects.
 Lunch: Sack lunch will be eaten on trail.
 Afternoon: Walk through an old growth forest along Camp Creek and photograph its beauty. Closing program slide show of our week.
 Dinner: Dinner will be eaten at our motel.
 Evening: Optional Portland City light night shoot.
Accommodations: Courtyard at Marriott
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: Memories of an enjoyable week.
(Saturday, May 18)

Note: No activity scheduled as people pack up for their departure after breakfast.

 Breakfast: Breakfast at 7:15 AM will be served in lodging restaurant.
 Morning: Program ends at 8:00 AM after breakfast with everyone checking out of lodging by 12:00 PM.
Meals Included: Breakfast
Important information about your itinerary: Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and completeness of the information featured on this website. Itineraries are based on our best information at this time. Circumstances beyond our control may require us to adjust itineraries or other details. We regret any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your understanding. Information will be sent to you from your Program Provider approximately three weeks prior to the program start date. The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.

Suggested Reading List

Bryan Peterson's Understanding Composition Field Guide: How to See and Photograph Images with Impact

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Description: Learn to “see” more compelling images with this on-the-go field guide from Bryan Peterson! What makes an image amazing? Believe it or not, it is not about the content. What makes a photo compelling is the arrangement of that content—in other words, its composition. The right composition gives your images impact and emotion; the wrong one leaves them flat. In this handy, take-anywhere guide, renowned photographer, instructor, and bestselling author Bryan Peterson frees amateur photographers from the prejudices of what is “beautiful” or “ugly” so that they can instead focus on color, line, light, and pattern. Get the tools you need to show your distinct voice and point of view in every image you shoot. With this guide in your camera bag, you’ll be equipped not only to “see” beautiful images but to successfully shoot them each and every time.

Complete Digital Photography

Author: Ben Long

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Understanding Digital Photography

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Understanding Exposure, 3rd Edition: How to Shoot Great Photographs with Any Camera

Author: Bryan Peterson

Description: With more than 350,000 copies sold, Understanding Exposure has demystified the complex concepts of exposure for countless photographers. Now updated with current technologies, more than one hundred new images, and an all-new chapter, this new edition will inspire you more than ever to free yourself from “auto” and create the pictures you truly want. In his trademark easy-to-understand style, author Bryan Peterson explains the relationship between aperture and shutter speed, including how to achieve successful exposures in seemingly difficult situations. You’ll learn: • Which aperture gives you the greatest contrast and sharpness, and when to use it • Which apertures guarantee the background remains an out-of-focus tone • Which one aperture—when combined with the right lens—creates an area of sharpness from three feet to infinity • How to creatively use shutter speed to either freeze an action or imply motion • Where to take a meter reading when shooting a sunset, snow, or a city at dusk With new information on white balance, flash, HDR, and more, this updated classic will inspire you to stop guessing and take control of your settings for better photos anytime, anywhere, and with any camera.

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