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Pacific Northwest Photography Tour: Oregon and Washington


  July/August: This photography tour is not currently in the schedule, but can be added by request

  10 nights/11 inclusive days  |  Maximum of 8 participants, and a minimum of 3 participants

  $4,728 USD per person  |  Single Supplement: 14% of the base cost of the trip

  The deposit for this photography tour is $300. Make a deposit, or pay your tour balance here

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  Arrival and departure airport: Portland, Oregon [PDX]
  Arrival window: For a variety of travel related reasons, arriving one day early is recommended
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This photo tour will run with one or more participants. Please note that our group limit is not a requirement!  8 places are available at this time
  Updated: Saturday the 27th of May, 2023

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Photography Tour Overview:  Columbia Gorge, Mount Hood, Oregon Coast, Olympic NP, Seattle, Mount Rainier, Mount St. Helens, plus abundant wildflowers and wildlife. From a photographic point of view, this Pacific Northwest itinerary is probably one of our most diverse and spectacular. From crashing surf to wildlife, snow capped peaks to cascading waterfalls, and wildflowers to the catastrophic devastation of a violent volcanic eruption. As with all of our photography tours, early and late shooting is scheduled for each day.


Our itinerary . . .
But first things first! We suggest that you set your camera's clock to the local time, as your images will then synchronize with the times in our included photo tour field notes.


Day 1  |  Columbia River Gorge and Mount Hood
Late morning arrivals into Portland Airport are required to get in our shooting along Columbia Gorge, which will include several very different waterfalls, and wind and kite surfers riding the Columbia breezes. We turn south at Hood River and shoot a classic Mount Hood scene from the south of the mountain as the sun sets.
From the side of Mount Hood at dawn 10,495' Mount Jefferson to the south often juts out of the valley clouds and is a spectacular sight. Following breakfast at Timberline Lodge you'll get great shots of skiers and snowboarders even in July! There will also be plenty of striking landscapes to be composed on and around the mountain during the remainder of our time here with superb reflections in a nearby lake at dawn.
Near Mount Hood, 1 night


Days 2 + 3  |  Portland, Cannon Beach and Cape Kiwanda
First light will see Mount Hood reflected in a tiny, remote lake. Following breakfast more Mt. Hood stuff before heading west for the coast.  Going via Portland, the Rose and Japanese Gardens are always worth a visit then on through green deciduous forests to the Oregon coast. Late light on Cannon Beach tonight.
On day 3 we値l make local and distant stops at such photogenic spots as Ecola State Park with it痴 old growth forest, Cape Kiwanda, Cape Meares and several other spots in between. We値l also take our time over macro shots among the rocks and tide-pools. Late light at Cannon Beach is among the best with Haystack Rock, The Needles and silhouetted bird-life et cetera as the subjects.
Cannon Beach, 2 nights


Days 4 + 5  |  Ecola State Park, Astoria, Ruby Beach and Olympic National Park
We値l make an early morning excursion to Ecola State Park to glean the glories and vistas of the peninsula, plus the glowing greens of the old forest. We値l cross the Columbia River at Astoria and via the remnants of old forest clear cuts cut with methods that the Washington State no longer adopts. Plenty of foxgloves and other wildflowers to master on route. On the coast Ruby Beach has sea stacks, driftwood and plenty of photographic opportunities and challenges. Day 5 will start and finish on Hurricane Ridge, and is laden with wildflowers, Deer, Marmot and snow-capped peaks. In-between we will explore Sol Duc falls plus old growth/rain forest where besides the falls, there are plenty of lush foliage images to capture. Tripods are a must!
Port Angeles, 2 nights


Day 6  |  Seattle
Leaving Olympic National Park today, we'll move east via Poulsbo to one of America's most spectacular cities, Seattle. We値l cross Puget Sound by ferry with the approaching Seattle skyline being your next images. We'll check-in to our hotel under the shadow of the Space Needle, and after a short break we'll shoot around the Space Needle. Following dinner we'll have an ideal view of the Seattle skyline complete with that, erm, Space Needle once more, and distant Mount Rainier. We'll shoot until the buildings turn a warm gold, which is around half an hour after sunset.
Seattle, 1 night

Days 7 + 8  |  Seattle, Northwest Trek and Mount Rainier
After capturing some early light we'll take breakfast and head to West Seattle across Elliot Bay for another Seattle skyline view from Duwamish Head. If we're there around midday it's also a good spot get an authentic fish and chip lunch. Then off southwards in the direction of Mount Rainier. On route we'll pause at Northwest Trek near Kapowsin and photograph many North American species of wildlife that we haven't got close to so far. Birds of prey, badger, beaver, lynx, and wolf, etc. are all here in very photographable situations with a little patience. Mount Rainier will loom, and we'll frame it with various creative juices on the way to our home on the side of Washington's highest peak at 14,410'.
The Skyline Trail early in the morning on day 8 will yield many a wildflower foreground to a Mount Rainier backdrop. There値l be more as we explore the mountain during the remainder of the day including Reflection Lake, Narada Falls et cetera. Fox and Deer appear as the end of daylight approaches.
Mount Rainier, 2 nights


Day 9  |  Mount St. Helens
More doses of Rainier in the morning, and then we値l move south via Elbe to Mount St. Helens to photograph and witness first hand the awesome devastation that took place in 1980. The region of Windy Ridge is a great place to be in respect of the undisturbed devastation and late light photography.
Morton, 1 night


Day 10  |  Mount St. Helens to Portland
We値l head west from Morton in the morning, and cut back to Mount St. Helens heading for Johnston Ridge. After a stirring video presentation of the 1980 eruption you'll be free to point your camera right into the foreboding caldera. Then on to Portland for hotel check-in. The included dinner on the last night of our photography tour will feature an 'It's You!' presentation of clients in action on this tour by John.
Near Portland airport, 1 night


Day 11  |  Departure day
As there isn't any photography scheduled for the day of departure on this trip, your flight home can be arranged for any time today. Transport to the airport is included unless you池e staying on for a day or more.


Photo Tour Photographer/Leader: John Baker, Travel Images Photography Tours
The preceding itinerary is a copyrighted work by John Baker Photographer LLC, and Travel Images Photography Tours


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Exertion level: This photography tour is classified as 'mildly strenuous' to 'strenuous'
Cape Kiwanda: 100 yards up steep dune, rugged descent on far side. Strenuous
Sol duc Falls, Olympic NP: Semi-maintained trail. Moderately strenuous
Skyline trail, Mt. Rainier: Gentle incline to meadows. Moderately strenuous
Mt. St. Helens: Windy Ridge and Johnston Ridge. Mildly strenuous
In every other respect this photography tour is considered non-strenuous to mildly strenuous


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Photography Tour Cost, Deposit, Cancellation Policy and Enrollment Guidance

Trip Cost: $4,728 USD per person not including airfare. A 5% discount is applied to all double occupancies. A single room supplement is required for single occupancy

Single Supplement: 14% of the base cost of the trip


The deposit for this photography tour is $300. Make a deposit, or pay your tour balance here


Cancellation policy: Go here

Enrollment guidance: Go here


Included in the Trip Cost: The following items are included in the trip cost . . .

  • Photography instruction throughout the trip by John

  • All accommodations with private facilities [en-suite]

  • All breakfasts

  • Lunch on day one of the trip

  • Dinner on the last night of the trip

  • On-vehicle snacks and bottled water

  • All ground transportation

  • Airport pick-up on day 1, and drop-off on departure day. Arrival prior to day 1 is not included

  • Entrance fees for sites and activities listed below under 羨dmissions Included

  • Following the trip you'll receive detailed field notes describing the time, place and subject of each photo stop, plus image uploads to a private web page of clients 'in action' on the trip

Not Included in the Trip Cost: The costs for these items are the responsibility of each participant . . .

  • Airfare

  • Travel costs between your home and the gateway airport and return

  • Any transportation or travel costs incurred prior to or after the tour痴 inclusive dates

  • Pre-tour and/or post-tour accommodation

  • Lunches and dinners except for lunch on day one of the trip, and dinner on the last night of the trip

  • Alcoholic beverages

  • Entrance fees or costs related to optional sites or activities not included in the itinerary

  • Baggage fees

  • Medical expenses

  • Personal items such as the hotel mini-bar, laundry et cetera

  • Incidental charges incurred at our accommodations such as movie rentals, internet and phone

  • Travel insurance

  • Passport or visa expenses

  • Airport departure taxes, if applicable


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