Total Solar Eclipse in Oregon


  • Bend, OR USA

COST: $295.00

The Place

This is a "one-of-a-kind" event. A total solar eclipse is going to go across the United States on August 21st, 2017. The maximum eclipse will start in the Continental U.S. at the Oregon Coast and will go back over the Atlantic Ocean in South Carolina. This workshop will go to the wilderness of Eastern Oregon, a spot where there is likely to be no cloud cover, and is far away from major cities.

Our Focus

We will lodge south of Bend, Oregon (believe it or not, almost all lodging is already reserved in the path of the eclipse). On the morning of the eclipse, we will drive a few hours to a place north of Bend, Oregon, to a state park where the maximum eclipse and maximum duration (just over 2 minutes) will take place at around 10:20 AM PDT. The eclipse will start around 9:07 AM at that location.

Note: If you intend to photograph the actual eclipse, you will need the following:

  1. A tripod
  2. A very long focal length lens (400mm or longer - 1200mm or more is best)

  3. Solar eclipse glasses

  4. A very strong neutral density filter

  5. A cable release (or self-timer)

General Topics that will be Covered

We will focus on building up your technical foundation, including:

  1. Setting color and image quality settings for best results
  2. Focusing, depth of field, and image sharpness
  3. Getting the right exposure through the use of histograms
  4. Learning how to use exposure compensation to get better results
  5. How to identify strong compositions
  6. How to improve contrast and clarity in difficult lighting
  7. And, the location of several beautiful places to photograph
  8. There will also be a critique of your images and guidance on how to capture the "spirit of your subjects", and not just their surfaces
  9. How to capture the eclipse with the proper focal lengths and neutral density filters.

Workshop Summary 

WHERE: Eastern Oregon (and vicinity)

DATE: Saturday, August 19th to Monday, August 21st

TIME: Sunrise to Sunset

CLASS SIZE: Limited to 6 participants 

We will carpool from Petaluma on Saturday morning (or you can meet up with us around Bend). The workshop will be based near Bend, Oregon (and along the way). Our subjects will be chosen based on weather conditions at the time. There will also be an optional post-workshop critique of your images a few weeks after the workshop has ended. A map of our itinerary will be supplied to participants after the workshop, so that you can re-visit any of the places we photographed.

Suggested places for lodging will be given after registration.

The price is for tuition only. This course fee does not include transportation or meals.