OREGON EXTRAVAGANZA DEADLINE: MAY 1, 2024

Oregon Fall Colors Photo Tour

Middle North Falls, Silver Falls State Park, Oregon

The Oregon Fall Colors photography tour features the best waterfalls in Oregon during peak fall color season. Along with awesome cascades, we will explore and photograph the world-famous Columbia River Gorge, beautiful old-growth forests, rushing streams, rustic bridges, and pristine Pacific Northwest flora. 

With only 6 spots available, you will improve your photo skills with personalized, professional photography instruction, and enhance your digital workflow and editing skills with one-on-one post processing instruction. You will use various exposure techniques and filters and learn ways to improve your compositions. You will also do some focus stacking, HDR processing, and image reviews, as well. Aside from the technical stuff, you will rest well in award-winning hotels, enjoy delicious gourmet cuisine, travel comfortably in private transportation, and have a ton of fun!

Photographers of all skill levels are welcome. The only requirement is a basic understanding of your DSLR, SLR, or mirrorless camera.

Physical Requirements
Participation requires that travelers be able to walk unassisted for four miles over uneven, potentially muddy and slippery trails, and up-and-down inclines with moderate altitude gain. There are hikes over a variety of terrain including pavement, gravel, and dirt trails with large roots, rocks, and stairs and daily excursions can be more difficult during inclement weather.


ITINERARY  


Day 1 - Arrive in Portland / Columbia River Gorge / Starvation Creek / White River Falls / Cascade Locks
We set out by private transfer from Portland, Oregon to the world-famous Columbia River Gorge and photograph the colorful and little known, Starvation Creek.  After shooting, we'll travel to spectacular White River Falls, an outstanding double-tiered waterfall that drops into a rugged basalt gorge near an abandoned hydroelectric power station that once energized and irrigated the region.  We'll shoot the falls and capture the incredible sunset, then have a great dinner and get checked into our award-winning hotel along the mighty Columbia River.

Note: Please schedule flight arrival at Portland International Airport (PDX) no later than 11A. 

Starvation Creek, White River Falls, Oregon

Day 2 - Columbia River Gorge / Wahclella Falls / Highway 35 / Cascade Locks
After breakfast, we set out by private transfer to Wahclella Falls to photograph two beautiful waterfalls and all the gorgeous scenery between them.  After shooting for a few hours, we will have and great lunch, then explore and photograph along Highway 35.  Afterwards, we will enjoy another fantastic dinner and return to our hotel and do some editing and post processing. 

Wahclella Falls, Highway 35, Oregon

Day 3 -  Columbia River Gorge / Multnomah Falls / Horsetail & Ponytail Falls / Wahkeena Falls / Latourell Falls / Salem
After breakfast we will travel by private transfer to photograph all the incredible waterfalls and landscapes in the Columbia River Gorge.  We start with the most famous waterfall in Oregon, Multnomah Falls.  This 620' tall, two-tiered beauty is the most visited natural attraction in Oregon.  After shooting, we will travel down the Scenic Columbia River Highway to Horsetail & Ponytail Falls and spend some time photographing both falls.  We will break for lunch, then travel to photograph beautiful Wahkeena Falls, magnificent Latourell Falls, and a couple other stunning fall landscapes.  After the long day of shooting, we will drive to Salem, check into our hotel, and have another incredible dinner.

Multnomah Falls, Horsetail Falls, Ponytail Falls, Latourell Falls, Wahkeena Falls, Oregon


Days 4 & 5 - Silver Falls State Park / Salem

After breakfast, we set out by private transfer to Silver Falls State Park.  Silver Falls State Park is known as the crown jewel of the Oregon State parks system, and once you visit, you'll know why.  Silver Falls State Park is a scenic treasure known for the Trail of Ten Falls, and we will photograph several of the gorgeous cascades, as well as lush old growth forests, cool bridges, and rushing streams.  It takes two days to properly explore and photograph this amazing location.  After shooting each day, we will return to our hotel and enjoy delicious dinners at Salem's best restaurants.

Silver Falls State Park, Oregon


Day 6 - Depart Portland

After breakfast, we'll travel by private transfer to Portland International Airport, where you'll catch your flight home.

Note: Please schedule your flight departure no earlier than 2P.

Portland International Airport