Oregon Photo Tour 2016

Join Rod Thomas & TJ Thorne on this Oregon Photo Tour in an incredibly picturesque part of the USA.

Tour Overview

There are 7 Wonders of the World, and not a single one of them is  in Oregon. All we can figure is whoever came up with the list must have never set foot in Oregon. They must have never seen Mt. Hood or the grandeur of the Columbia River Gorge. They certainly didn’t explore the Oregon Coast. The exposed earth of the Painted Hills, Smith Rock’s towers of volcanic ash and the alpine peaks of the Wallowas were overlooked as well. Even Crater Lake, the deepest lake in America, was left off their list.

So we see your Wonders, world. And raise you 7 of our own. And we invite you to not just see them, but experience them. Don’t miss this opportunity to come and photograph, Oregon, the 33rd U.S. state, and enjoy some of the most diverse scenery of any state in the United States – everything from snow-covered peaks and deep river gorges to rugged beaches and arid deserts. On this Oregon Landscape Photography Tour, you will have to expert guides going you in Rod Thomas and TJ Thorne.


16 October 2016 – 28 October 2016


Oregon, USA


$6395 per person

What to bring

  • A DSLR Camera with lens/lenses
  • Spare batteries, there will be a long days with plenty of shooting.
  • A sturdy tripod.
  • Remote shutter release.
  • Filters if you have them (Polarizer/Graduated/Neutral Density).
  • Good walking shoes.
  • Wet weather gear & a compact umbrella (rain will not hold us back).
  • Your creative brains.

What to wear

The weather can change very quickly in Oregon, we recommend some warm clothing but as always in these places layers are best.

  • Comfortable warm clothing
  • Layering your clothing is best. Temperature can quickly change
  • Good supportive boots. Warm and waterproof would be best

Once you place your deposit through our secure booking platform your place will be reserved instantly. The team will then be in contact with you to provide you will all the information you will require and confirm your trip details. If you would prefer to make your booking with the team directly, please email

Tour Overview

Day 1 – Arrive in Portland, Oregon

Arrive in Portland, Oregon USA.  Meet in hotel foyer ( Radisson Airport Hotel ) @ 7pm for a quick meet and greet along with a brief chat about the tour and the sorts of things you can expect to see and do.

Day 2 – Canon Beach

After breakfast at the Radisson, we will drive towards Cannon Beach where we will spend the night. We have a few options for sunset tonight that include Cannon Beach, Ecola State Park and the The Peter Iredale Shipwreck

Driving time is approximately 90mins if we don’t see anything we like along the way. Cannon Beach is famous for Haystack Rock towering 235 feet from the edge of the shoreline, long sandy stretches of beach and beautiful State Parks nearby, Cannon Beach offers an exceptional Oregon Coast experience only 90 minutes from Portland. A walk along the beach is a visual treat, with ever-changing vistas of ocean, mountains and rugged coastal outcroppings including Haystack Rock, a National Wildlife Refuge where visitors will discover colorful tide pools and nesting seabirds including Tufted Puffins. Just minutes from downtown Cannon Beach is Ecola State Park, perched dramatically on the edge of a headland and offering panoramic coastal views, easy walking paths to scenic picnic areas and extensive hiking trails.

Day 3 – Yachats

This morning we can either leave early and head to Cape Kiwanda for sunrise or shoot one of the locations listed above then head in the direction of Cape Perpetua / Devils Churn. Possible locations for shooting along the way ( if we decide not to leave early and do sunrise at Cape Kiwanda ) include the following :

  • Oswald West State Park ( Old Growth Forest )
  • Cape Meares Lighthouse
  • Cape Kiwanda
  • Yaquina head Lighthouse
  • Ona Beach State Park
  • Seal Rock

We will stay in Yachats tonight. Driving time to Cape Perpetua is approx. 3hrs. Yachts is nestled between the green forest and the blue sea, Yachats is still a small village where you can walk everywhere, where the shops are owned by real people who remember your name and are happy to see you, and where you can refresh yourself—mind, body and spirit.

Day 4 – Bandon

We will make our way towards Bandon for sunset. Stops along the way could include :

  • Heceta Head Lighthouse
  • Shore Acres State Park ( if a high surf advisory has been issued, we will get some amazing seascapes images here )

Overnight in Bandon. Driving time to Bandon is approx. 2 hrs. Call it Bandon or call it Bandon-by-the-Sea. However you refer to it; this little seacoast town is sure to delight you with its charm, its scenic beauty, its rich opportunities for recreation, relaxation, and its warmth shown you by its people.

Day 5 – Crater Lake

After sunrise in Bandon, we will make our way towards the iconic Crater Lake where we will spend the night. Crater Lake will be one of the highlights of the trip.

Driving time to Crater Lake is approx 3hrs 30 minutes. From high atop the rim of Crater Lake, you can see what a wonder the world really is. A hike down to the water reveals new wonders. The water is so blue, so deep, it’s no surprise it’s the deepest lake in America, and one of the deepest on earth. Surrounded by cliffs almost 2,000 feet high and boasting a picturesque island a violent volcanic past, Crater Lake is also home to hikes in old-growth forest

Day 6 – Painted Hills

It seems like we want to use the word iconic alot to describe Oregon, but the next destination is a cracker. Painted Hills is approx a 4 hours drive from Crater Lake but we will stop for lunch / snacks along the way.. We will break up the drive here with stops at the amazing Sparks Lake and possibly Bend.

When you travel to the Painted Hills, you can see millions of years of history revealed in the layers of mountains of earth, one color at a time. The hills get their name from the delicately colored stratifications in the soil and the yellows, golds, blacks, and reds of the Painted Hills are best seen in the late afternoon. Tones and hue may appear to change from one visit to another, as the claystones differ with ever-changing light and moisture levels.

Overnight in Redmond. Driving time is approx 1hr 30 mins from Painted Hills.

Day 7 – Woodburn

Today is an awesome day as we head towards Silver Falls State Park, but not until we shoot sunrise at Smith Rock State park,  a quick 15 minute drive from Redmond. Silver Falls State Park is home to Butte Creek Falls and just next door to my favourite place in all of Oregon, Abiqua Falls. Tonight we will stay in Woodburn. If you need to shop for family or friends, Woodburn is home the The Factory Outlets,  some of Oregons best shopping and remember in Oregon, there is no sales tax like the other states.

Driving time to Woodburn is approx 2hrs 30 mins

Day 8 – Abiqua Falls

This is the holy grail of waterfalls. We will hit it early in the hope of having the place to ourselves then head to Butte Creek Falls afterwards. After lunch we will make our way towards Hood River for sunset… our home for the next 4 nights and the perfect base to explore the world famous Columbia River Gorge.

Driving time to Hood River is approx. 2hrs 15 mins. Abiqua Falls is a near-perfect free-falling waterfall of 92 feet in height set amid a spectacular basaltic amphitheater, framed by some of the best examples of columnar jointing that can be found in western Oregon. That the bedrock is basaltic has allowed various shades of moss and lichen to flourish in the canyon with one section of the walls stained a bright orangeish-red by the growth in a similarly unique fashion as Latourell Falls in the Columbia River Gorge.

Day 9, 10 and 11 – Columbia River Gorge

Time to go waterfall hunting in Columbia River Gorge. the next three days are full on and we will explore some of the best areas this region has to offer. We will be staying in Hood River for the next four nights. Hood River is an amazing little town filled with funky little bars, restaurants, and shopping, one of our favourite towns in all of Oregon.

Day 12 – Portland

One last session in The Gorge before heading back to Portland to the Radisson Airport Hotel again. We will check in, then go for dinner in downtown Portland.

Day 13 – Home

Breakfast in the Hotel and then it’s time to say goodbye and make our way home and take with us an awesome experience and photos that will make everybody at home jealous.

Included in Oregon Photo Tour 2016 cost:

Two Professional photo guides. Transportation is spacious, there will be two cars offering ample room for you and your photography gear. Accommodation in Hotels Rooms with private bathrooms. Full board during workshop, from dinner on day 1 until breakfast on day 13.

Not included in Ladakh Photo Tour 2016 cost:

Flights between Australia and United States. Alcohol, extra drinks, room service, laundry etc Gifts, souvenirs and any extras purchased Travel insurance – a compulsory condition of booking. Camera or other optional insurances.


Why choose our Landscape Photography Tours?

By picking our landscape photography tours you have the opportunity to work with internationally renowned landscape photographer Glenn Mckimmin, who is also the owner of Australia’s leading print, design and framing gallery, Created for Life. Our pick of locations means depending on your preference, you can capture everything from breath-taking waterfalls, wild bears, quiet and serene sandy beaches, snow-capped mountains, volcanoes, diverse and wonderful local people, streetscapes and ancient cultures – the list is endless.

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Fitness Level

All of our Photo Tours require a moderate level of fitness. There are no major walks but where possible we would like our guests to be able to walk for about an hour if needed. Check with your tour guide before leaving and we can give you a better idea of any special fitness requirements you may need to complete the Tour.

Private Guided Tours

If groups are not for you and you would prefer to travel by yourself or with a group of friends and family then we can accommodate your needs by customising a photography tour to suit your individual needs, schedule, budget and interests.

We also offer private one or two day photo tours and workshops in many of our locations. Please or email us for rates and information.

Travel Insurance

Keep in mind travel insurance is a compulsory part of booking any of our Landscape Photography Workshops

How To Book

Once you place your deposit through our secure booking platform your place will be reserved instantly. The team will then be in contact with you to provide you will all the information you will require and confirm your trip details. If you would prefer to make your booking with the team directly, please email