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Solar eclipse in Oregon photo workshop

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  • Loren's desert place

    1 Main St., Madras, OR (map)

    44.867020 -123.023628

  • On Aug. 21, 2017 something will happen in the U.S. that hasn’t happened in 35 years, a total eclipse of the sun will travel across the entire country, going from Oregon to South Carolina.

    I have done a ton of research to see where the best place to view it will be. The worst thing I can think of is making big plans to see it and clouds cover the sky. So I looked for where the least chance of clouds will be and it only makes sense that would be in a dry, desert climate. Then looking at the path of the eclipse, the only place that happens is eastern Oregon or western Idaho. Let’s do Oregon!

    Since the totality of the eclipse will be about two minutes and 20 seconds, I figured we should get the entire Oregon experience while we are there. So we’ll explore the variety that is Oregon, a hip city, incredible ocean coast, massive waterfalls and the unique high desert mountains, which is where we will photograph the eclipse on the last day of our workshop.

    Early registration by March 1, 2017 is $2,679.
    Previous clients and Premium Members: $2,479.
    Regular Price: $3,179.
    Price includes hotel accommodations (double occupancy) and ground transportation.

    Our schedule
    We will meet at a Portland hotel near the airport where we will get to know each other, talk about our days ahead and have an education session. The next morning we will shoot around Portland and then head to the beach where we will be spending two nights at a beach side hotel. We will photograph the beauty of Oregon’s famous coast, the haystacks and gorgeous sunsets.

    After two nights along the coast, we’ll head inland. On the way to the ski resort that will be our base for the next two nights, we’ll go through the Columbia River Gorge and photograph amazing waterfalls and beautiful scenes.

    The next day we will explore the Mt. Hood area and photograph amazing mountain scenes. We will be walking a little but there won’t be any major strenuous hikes. Everything will be accessible from the van we will all be traveling in.

    While out in the high desert, we’ll photograph the Milky Way, the brightest portion will visible from 9:49 p.m. until 12:39 a.m and since the moon sets at 8:00 p.m., the sky will be dark and we’ll be seeing tons of stars. We will be at a great location that will let us do some light painting and create some incredible photos. It will also be during the later part of the annual Perseid meteor showers, so we will see some streaks of light flying through the sky, which make our photos even more dramatic.

    Our hotel is about an hour away from where we will be photographing the eclipse on Monday morning. (All the closer hotels have been booked for two years!). We will be in the high desert, which gives us the greatest chance of not having clouds. We will arrive several hours early at the location I will have scouted and we will be watching detailed weather radar. If there happens to be local clouds that morning, we’ll pile back into the van and head to a second location over the mountain ridge. Obviously I can’t control the weather and we are at the mercy of nature, but I’m confident that we will be in the location that has the best odds of a clear morning anywhere in the country.

    After the eclipse and we are breathing again, we’ll drive back to Portland, getting there by 3 p.m. where we will part ways at the hotel near the airport where we initially will meet.

    Photographing a total solar eclipse
    I have never photographed a solar eclipse but I’ve done lots of research and I’ll be doing more and talking with other pro photographers who have made pictures of an eclipse. There are several ways to photograph the eclipse and I’ll work with each participant long before we leave to assure you have everything you need to make this an unforgettable experience. You’ll need special filters to protect your eyes and your camera. This is a must! I’ll provide glasses for your eyes.

    If you want tight photos of the sun, then you’ll need a super telephoto or a telescope. Think about how big the full moon is when you look through your camera. That is the size the eclipse will be, so you can practice using your camera and tripod. I will be renting a 600mm f/4 and putting a 2X teleconverter on it along with the proper filter to shoot the sun before it becomes a total eclipse. During the total eclipse, the filter comes off, and then quickly back on once the totality is done. There are lots of tips like this we will talk about once you register and long before we meet in Oregon.

    What is included:
    • Six days of photography
    • Lodging for five nights (Double occupancy)
    • Workshop Adventure
    • Small group size of eight participants
    • Hotels close to photography locations
    • Local transportation in 12-passenger van
    • Professional photography instruction including how to photograph the eclipse, the Milky Way, coastal beauty and the high desert.

    What isn’t included:
    • Travel to Oregon
    • Meals
    • Alcoholic drinks
    • Gratuities
    • Non-meal time snacks and soft drinks

    Who should Attend:
    Anyone who wants to be awed by photographing a total solar eclipse and the beauty of Oregon – your photographic experience doesn’t matter. I will be working with you to help you improve your photography, no matter your level. I will help with mastering your camera settings, using the proper lens, composition and how to capture what you are seeing with your camera. Exposures during the eclipse will be tricky and I’ll be helping you make sure you are getting a great shot. Most of our shooting locations will near our van, some walking will be required, including wandering on sand beaches. There won’t be long, strenuous hiking.

    Early registration by March 1, 2017 is $2,679.
    Previous clients and Premium Members: $2,479.
    Regular Price: $3,179.
    A limited number of single occupancy rooms are available for an extra $750.
    Registration fee includes lodging (double occupancy) and ground transportation. It does not include airfare to Oregon or meals or gratuities.
    Rates are net, per person, in U.S. dollars.

    Maximum group size: 8

    For more information and to register for this workshop, go to Simply hitting the RSVP here on Meetup doesn't register you for the workshop.

    There will attendees at the workshop who are not members of our meetup group.

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