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

Program Number: 15918RJ
Start and End Dates:
5/10/2015 - 5/16/2015; 10/18/2015 - 10/24/2015;
Duration: 6 nights
Location: Portland, Oregon
Price starting at: $899.00 - 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; Vegetarian; Gluten Free    

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.




Highlights

• 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

5-10-2015

This program week, we will be staying at the Clarion Hotel near the airport for easy airport shuttle options.



10-18-2015

This program week, we will be staying at the Courtyard Marriott near Lloyd Center for easy access to downtown Portland.



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.



Accommodations
Comfortable hotel with indoor pool, Jacuzzi and fitness center.
Meals and Lodgings
   Clarion Hotel Portland International Airport
  Portland, OR 6 nights
 Clarion Hotel Portland International Airport
Type: Hotel
  Description: Conveniently located to Portland airport with free shuttle and easy access to freeways. Free shuttle to MAX (local train) station which provides easy access to downtown Portland.
  Contact info: 11518 N.E. Glenn Widing Dr.
Portland, OR 97220 USA
phone: 800-205-7892
web: www.Clarionhotel.com; enter Portland, OR
  Room amenities: Rooms have hairdryers, in-room refrigerator, microwave, satellite TV, iron and board.
  Facility amenities: Has high speed Internet, free parking, pool, hot tub, exercise room, laundry machines.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: $75-$145 Prices are dependent on number of rooms available for date of reservation.
  Check in time: 3:00 PM
  Additional nights after: $75-$145 Prices are dependent on number of rooms available for date of reservation.
  Check out time: 12:00 PM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Check in 3:00-5:30 PM. You will be staying at Clarion Hotel Portland International Airport that night.
  End of Program:
Program ends at 9:00 AM after breakfast. Checkout by Noon. You will be staying at Clarion Hotel Portland International Airport the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety 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. Upon check-in, ask for your parking slip to put on your dashboard.
Transportation
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-Clarion

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Hotel shuttle bus
phone: 503-252-2222

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

free
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

10 minutes 

 

Distance:

 

5 miles

   

Reserve Clarion hotel shuttle 503-252-2222 (or touch screen phone by baggage claim). Meet Clarion shuttle van on Island 3 on roadway outside of baggage claim. Shuttles arrive every 30 min. on the half & full hours. Reserve shuttle back to airport at Hotel front desk. Arrive in Portland early to ensure you are well rested as you enjoy its public transit system, to see its artwork, & attractions. www.travelportland.com or 1-800-962-3700.

 
Driving Directions
  From I-205 to Clarion Hotel I-205 North, exit 24B (Airport Way east); I-205 South, exit 24 (Airport Way east). Follow Airport way east approx. 2 miles to NE Glenn Widing Drive, go left. Hotel is directly on your right.
Elevation Note: One afternoon visiting Timberline Lodge at 5900 ft. and its surroundings

Equipment Requirements: Digital camera with operating manual. 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. Learn how to better use your camera menus and obtain proper exposure.
(Sunday, May 10)

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. At check-in ensure you receive breakfast coupons and a parking slip for your vehicle if you drove. Meet Program staff at first scheduled meeting.
 Afternoon: 4:30-6:00 pm All participants meet to get to know each other and learn about how to operate your camera. Bring camera and manual.
 Dinner: Dinner will be at 6:15 PM in motel meeting room.
 Evening: Evening orientation and introductions/discussion until 9:00 PM. Lecture on photo techniques of exposure and composition.
   
Accommodations: Clarion Hotel Portland International Airport
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Hood River with fields of wildflowers. Columbia River Gorge waterfalls.
(Monday, May 11)

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: Clarion Hotel Portland International Airport
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 3: Explore and photograph Portland in bloom at Crystal Springs Rhododendron Gardens and along the city streets.
(Tuesday, May 12)

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: Lunch served at our lodging.
 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: Clarion Hotel Portland International Airport
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 4: Visit and photograph the majestic northern Oregon coast near Cannon City.
(Wednesday, May 13)

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: Clarion Hotel Portland International Airport
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 5: Take pictures of Iris gardens in bloom in the Willamette Valley.
(Thursday, May 14)

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



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at 7:15 AM will be served in lodging restaurant.
 Morning: Time to review your pictures and meet with the photographers. Presentation by photographer on nature photography.
 Lunch: Sack lunch will be eaten at park.
 Afternoon: Photograph Iris flowering nurseries in Willamette valley. Visit and photograph Portland's Rose garden.
 Dinner: Dinner eaten at motel.
 Evening: Review session of peoples pictures.
   
Accommodations: Clarion Hotel Portland International Airport
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Visit and Photograph an old growth forest and the historic Timberline Lodge.
(Friday, May 15)

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 eaten at local restaurant.
 Evening: Optional Portland City light night shoot.
   
Accommodations: Clarion Hotel Portland International Airport
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: Memories of an enjoyable week.
(Saturday, May 16)

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


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Complete Digital Photography


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Understanding Digital Photography


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


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