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Photography Spots in/around Portland, OR

Scott Hotaling , Jun 03, 2007; 06:01 p.m.

Hello all, I just got to Portland yesterday (well, technically Vancouver, WA) and I have 9 weeks here while interning with a firm in the area.

Anyways, I'm looking for any and all nature/landscape type photo locations within a couple hours of drive of the area. I'm looking for places to go on my 8 weekends here to take trips, Rainier NP is definitely on the list) but also places to go down for a saturday morning, or evening after work, or sunrise/sunset locations...

So, lets hear it, where are the good places to shoot around here? Sunset, sunrise, reflections of the beautiful peaks out here, waterfalls, beaches, etc.

I'm from the east coast so I'd like to use my time as wisely as possible.

Thanks.

- Scott

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Shun Cheung , Jun 03, 2007; 06:06 p.m.

I would imagine that Cannon Beach is pretty much a must visit. The main concern is probably the fog. http://www.cannon-beach.net/

Scott Hotaling , Jun 03, 2007; 06:34 p.m.

Yeah, I spent two nights in Ecola/Cannon beach on the way out... the trip was a serious 22-day, cross country adventure... but I stayed out of the way of things actually around Portland since I knew I'd be here for 9 weeks.

Anybody have a good sunset location I could possibly hit tonight? Shot for 22-days straight and have only processed one of them, all I want to do is shoot more... haha.

- Scott

Randy Redford , Jun 03, 2007; 07:33 p.m.

Go east along I-84 and the Columbia River Valley. There is a section of the drive that will take you off the highway and along the state parks and throught the waterfall areas. Don't miss it.

Mark Wahlster , Jun 03, 2007; 08:03 p.m.

Silverfalls State Park in Silverton 45 miles south of Portland

You can stop by the ponds in front of the Oregon Gardens while in Silverton and shoot all kinds of birds Bring a long lens they will see you coming

Sauvie Island is a great place for Birds (and nudes LOL) Just west of Portland.

Do a google search for bird watching Portland the Audubon site will have MANY suggestions.

http://www.sauvieisland.org/

Bob Flood , Jun 04, 2007; 01:22 a.m.

Waterfalls along the Oregon side of the Columbia River - it's all close to Portland, so see them all. Farther east is Mt Hood - more picturesque when it has snow on it. It's a gigantic cinder cone and when the snow is gone in high summer, it looks like - well, a giant cinder cone. Ranier is better (no offense to Oregonians).

Silver Falls just SE of Portland - another must see.

Others can advise better than I on coastal locations, but don't miss it - the Oregon coast is incredible.

Get into the mountains - look for ospreys at the lakes (I like the East Lake area near Bend - great waterfall/river environment).

Crater Lake is a bit of a drive, almost to California, but worth it. Check out the local 2-lane blacktops in that area - small waterfalls are easy to find.

I'll be up there in early July - really looking forward to it.

RL Potts , Jun 04, 2007; 12:45 p.m.

Nine Weeks puts you to the peak time for the timberline trail on mount hood. Drive up the gorge to look for sunsets over the Columbia River-Crown Point or Rooster Rock area maybe. I have seen interesting sunsets from the top of Larch Mountain, but don't remember what time of year. Sauvie Island has nice plants and wildlife. Ridgefield national wildlife Refuge. Don't miss the Eagle Creek trail in the Gorge. Cape Disappointment has more variety to offer than any place I know. Astoria and Ilwaco are both photogenic. I prefer Ecola to Cannon Beach. Jewell Meadows Wildlife Mnagement Area is good, especially for Elk. I'm just nuts about Saddle Mountain and the flowers are excellent right now. I have hardly scratched the surface.

Evan B. , Jun 04, 2007; 09:13 p.m.

Well I live in Beaverton and round here theres not much...I have no clue why you chose Oregon its like middle-of-nowhere rainville...But thats your own issues to work out....

All I can think of is probably Cannon Beach and maybe Multnulma Falls. Cannon Beach is a good beach i guess if you like the beach.....you might be able to get some good sunsets/rises there.....Also, we have a lot of trees and forests, so maybe look into a forest you could photograph for a day or something. It's been hot here lately (as well as everywhere else) and sunny so wait till 5 or 6 thats the best lighting time and thats when i go out to take pictures. Also we have some cool birds and stuff and maybe parks but not much...try Cali or Washington next time cuz we're nowhere down here.

Hope it helped, doubt it did

-Evan

Evan B. , Jun 04, 2007; 09:17 p.m.

oh yeah downtown Beaverton is worth a visit too. Lots of homeless people for great b/w pics. and Three Sisters in Bend is a bit far from Portland (3-4 hours) but probably worth it if you can squeeze it in.

* I just read the person above my post's post, and I have no idea how they see Oregon as such an amazing place....I guess people get used to it when theyve lived there forever.... *

-Evan

RL Potts , Jun 05, 2007; 12:36 a.m.

Evan, you sound depressed. I have been all over WA and CA and the main difference is that Oregon is less crowded, more user friendly , and has better access.


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