2017 Spring Waterfalls and Wildflowers (5 Days: April 17-21) - TJ Thorne|Photography
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  • 2017 Spring Waterfalls and Wildflowers (5 Days: April 17-21)

  Join me on a workshop through the lush landscape of the Columbia River Gorge and surrounding area. Get up close and personal with the most striking and concentrated area of waterfalls in the world, which is also home to numerous meadows burgeoning with wildflowers, high desert scenes, and rugged coastline, all while learning the most advanced techniques for capturing the best quality images possible!

Surrounded by mountains, the Columbia River separates the states of Oregon and Washington, where ample amounts of precipitation have created uncountable streams and creeks running through dramatic canyons and gorges. “The Gorge” (as it is known affectionately) is home to the world's most pristine and lush waterfalls, and if shooting waterfalls is your thing, then there is no other place with more bang for the buck. It is truly a photographer’s paradise! Shooting is possible during any time of the day, in most weather conditions, giving photographers ample opportunity to create striking images.

I will not only take you to the best photography locations Oregon has to offer, but will also guide you through the entire process, from in-field techniques to processing. I will instruct you on choosing the best compositions, how to utilize the best shutter speeds for the best looking water flow, how to capture the proper amount of dynamic range and focal points, how to approach raw conversion, blending, sharpening, and artistic choices—the whole nine yards! Learn advanced processing skills and discover how to make your images stand out above the rest. Instruction goes far beyond the basics, although those who need more basic instruction will certainly be accommodated. And with smaller groups, you will enjoy a more intimate experience, having more time to work with me on an individual basis.

Above all, you'll get to enjoy the company of a fun-loving instructor who is passionate about photography, eager to teach others all that I know, and who is looking to have a good time helping others to explore nature.

Most days will begin with a morning session shooting flowers and waterfalls, a break for lunch, followed by more shooting. Select days will include in-depth processing sessions. The scenery will be varied to include more than just waterfalls. We will be following the weather constantly and going where we have the best opportunities for great photography. Locations such as Smith Rock, Silver Falls State Park, and even the Oregon Coast are some of the gems which we may visit depending on weather conditions. No matter where we go, you will be learn a ton and see some beautiful sights.



• Guidance to some of the best locations in the Gorge and surrounding areas.

• In-field instruction on capture technique (composition, capturing smooth water flow, compensating for high dynamic range, focus stacking, among other techniques).

• Processing instruction including everything such as raw processing, blending exposures using luminosity masks, focus stacking, the orton effect, artistic finishing touches in photoshop, and preparation and sharpening for web. I record the sessions and provide them for download following the workshop so that you can learn at your leisure. 

• Plenty of intimate instruction and individual attention due to the low group size. I'll teach you anything you want to know about landscape photography.

• Guaranteed adventure

Not Included


Meals and snacks: We will take a break each day for lunch and also meet up again for dinner on some nights. Please plan your breakfast for before our meet up time. 


      • Suggested lodging is the Best Western in Cascade Locks, OR. This is where we will be meeting each morning.  Additional lodging is available at Bridge of the Gods Motel and Ainsworth Campground. I will be staying at Ainsworth Campground and I welcome participants to share the campsite free of charge.


     While adventure and great photos are our main goal, your safety is a priority along with treating the land we travel on with respect, practicing "leave no trace" ethics. TJ is a seasoned backcountry traveler, is CPR/First Aid certified, licensed, and insured.      

     In order for participants to have a comfortable experience where they can concentrate on the photography, it is highly advised that you be physically able to hike comfortably for 4-6 miles in a day, have proper attire consisting of non-cotton outdoor dedicated clothing, wet weather gear (poncho/rain jacket), some type of water shoes or waders, and equipment for keeping your camera gear protected from wet conditions. 

     A lot of the hikes we will do may be considered 'strenuous' by novice hikers. Be prepared to get a lot of exercise and to spend most of the day in the elements.


Your Camera. You can choose to use any camera you like, but a digital camera with full manual control and interchangeable lenses is highly recommended and will give you the best experience. It is advised that you fully understand how to operate your camera.

Lenses. There are opportunities in the gorge to use any focal length possible, so bring all that you can. Most of the time we will be focusing on wide angle images, so a wide angle lens is highly recommended.

Tripod. Because of the shaded and often low light conditions, and the desire to shoot longer exposures for smooth water flow, a tripod is an absolute necessity for a successful photography trip in the gorge.

Filters. Generally all that you will need to use is a polarizer and neutral density filters, although it is possible to get great shots without either.

Other gear. Several batteries, plenty of memory, a remote trigger, lens cleaning supplies (I highly recommend kimwipes).

Clothing & shoes. Weather conditions in the gorge area can vary, so be prepared to adapt with insulating layers! A good rain jacket, or at least a poncho, is advisable. Bring shoes that you are comfortable getting wet; dedicated water shoes are ideal. Chest/hip waders can be very useful as well, as some of the streams we'll visit can be very cold. Neoprene socks would also work, but are not as effective. Waders can be also be rented.

Snacks and hydration. Maintaining energy and hydration is very important when out in the wilderness. Energy bars, nuts, seeds, and water are recommended. While we will not be in very remote places, we would rather that our time be spent photographing instead of making unnecessary stops. There is a well stocked grocery store across the street from the hotel.

• Willingness to learn and discover.


Cost of the workshop is $1295.

A deposit of $295 will be required upon sign up. Balance is due 45 days prior to the date of the workshop. Cancellations that occur 90-45 days before the start of the workshop will forfeit deposit. Cancellations that occur within 45 days of the workshop will forfeit their full payment. If your spot can be filled, you will receive a full refund.

Payment can be arranged through PayPal invoices.


Use the contact link at the top of the page or email me at tj.thorne@gmail.com with any questions you may have.

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