Oregon is a diverse state and although many people know the coast well, few people get to experience what central Oregon has to offer. Extending from southern Canada down to Northern California, the Cascade Mountain range splits Oregon into two very different worlds. Waterfalls carve their way through lush green forest in the mountains while beautiful high desert and ranch lands greet the eastern slopes. The Cascades are part of the Pacific Ocean’s ring of fire, which is the most active volcanic area in the continental United States. We will see evidence of past eruptions as we traverse part of a sixty-five square mile lava field.
Heading east out of the Cascades we will photograph some of Oregon’s best-kept photographic secrets including Smith Rock and the incredible Painted Hills of John Day Fossil Beds National Monument. Visiting the painted hills is like stepping foot onto another planet. Beautiful bands of red, yellow, and gold sediment swirl along hills that resemble mars more than earth.
This workshop is based out of the wonderfully quaint town of Sisters Oregon, about a half an hour north of Bend. From here we’ll spend our mornings and evenings photographing diverse landscapes including waterfalls, lakes, rivers, lava beds, and more. No matter what your photographic interest is, this workshop offers something for everybody. We’ll drag our shutters to create silky smooth water and then we’ll drag them a little bit longer to capture the night sky from McKenzie Pass. There will be opportunities to shoot vast landscapes as well as intricate details and abstract shots. Join us for an unforgettable photographic adventure through the different worlds of Central Oregon.