Wallowa Wanderlust (2019)
When and Where (3 workshop options)
June 13 - June 19, 2019 (Halfway & Joseph) $1350
June 13 - June 16, 2019 (Halfway-only option) $725
June 16 - June 19, 2019 (Joseph-only option) $725

Registration (3 workshop options)

Safe and secure registration through Eventbrite

Once your registration is received, you will be sent detailed information regarding the workshop.

Included with your tuition:
  • NEW FOR 2019 - several lunches provided
  • Hands-on photography instruction and assistance
  • How to set up your camera in the challenging environment after dark
  • Guidance and instruction on composition
  • Guidance and instruction on long exposures, camera settings and focusing at night
  • Photo critiques (post workshop)
  • How to manage noise associated with long exposure/high ISO images
  • Post processing help and suggestions (including noise reduction)
  • Written and digital copies of all presented materials
Refund policy:
  • Cancellations made prior to May 15, 2019 are eligible for a refund (less a $60 cancellation fee).
  • Cancellations made between May 16 and May 22, 2019 are eligible for a 70% refund.
  • Cancellations made between May 23 and May 29, 2019 are eligible for a 40% refund.
  • Cancellations made between May 30 and June 5, 2019 are eligible for a 10% refund.
  • Cancellations made between June 6 and June 12, 2019 are not eligible for a refund.

General Itinerary (subject to change)

Thursday, June 13 (Halfway)
Welcome reception (5:30 pm), sunset photography
Friday, June 14 (Halfway)
Sunrise photography, old mining town, post processing session, sunset photography (lunch privided)
Saturday, June 15 (Halfway)
Hell's Canyon, post processing session, Sparta, sunset photography, night photography (lunch privided)
Sunday, June 16
Travel to Joseph with stop at Hell's Canyon Overlook (Halfway & Joseph option folks). Welcome recieption (Joseph-only option folks) (lunch privided)
Monday, June 17 (Joseph)
Sunrise photography, historic barn tour, sunset photography (lunch privided)
Tuesday, June 18 (Joseph)
Sunrise photography, ghost town tour, Imnaha, sunset photography (no host lunch)
Wednesday, June 19 (Joseph)
Workshop wrap-up (workshop ends at 8:30 am)

What to Bring

  • Camera
  • Medium telephoto lens
  • Sturdy tripod
  • Headlamp (preferable) or flashlight with red light option (required for astro photography)
  • Remote shutter release (self timer will work too)
  • Circular polarizing filter
  • Graduated neutral density filter(s) (1 and/or 2 stops)
  • Extra batteries and charger
  • Wet weather gear (just in case)
  • Cold weather gear (it can get chilly when the sun goes down)
  • Knee pads
  • Snacks and water (while in the field)


Participants are responsible for their own lodging.
Early booking is recommended.
Accommodations in Halfway (June 13, 14, 15)
* Pine Valley Lodge
163 N. Main Street
Halfway, OR
(541) 742-2027
Halfway Motel & RV Park
Halfway, OR
(541) 742-5722
* Where Gregg will be staying
Accommodations in Joseph (June 16, 17, 18)
* Indian Lodge
201 S Main St
Joseph, OR 97846
(541) 432-2651
Not accepting reservations
for 2019 until Jan. 1, 2019
The Jennings Hotel
100 Main St (2nd floor)
Joseph, OR 97846
Click website for hotel contact informtion
East St Cottages
001 East St
Joseph, OR 97846
Eagle Cap Chalets
59879 Wallowa Lake Hwy
Joseph, OR 97846
(541) 432-4704
Flying Arrow Resort
59782 Wallowa Lake Hwy
Joseph, OR 97846
(541) 432-2951
Wallowa Lake Lodge
60060 Wallowa Lake Hwy
Joseph, OR 97846
(541) 432-9821
Wilderness Inn
301 W North St
Enterprise, OR 97848
(541) 426-4535
Ponderosa Motel
102 E Greenwood St
Enterprise, OR 97848
(541) 426-3186
Eagle's View Lodge
1200 Highland Ave
Enterprise, OR 97848
(541) 426-2700
* Where Gregg will be staying
About the Workshop
NE Oregon offer some of the most diverse and beautiful landscapes in the Northwest. Amazing granite mountains (nicknamed the Alps of America), the deepest canyon in North America, Oregon's largest grass land, wildlife (eagles, birds of prey, mountain goats), historic barns galore, ghost towns, abandoned mining towns, scenes vistas, the list goes on and on. A true paradise for photographers.
You will learn to see more creatively through your camera, and how to use the camera as a tool. You will be given opportunities to experiment with composition, how to choose the right lens, and the importance how shutter speed and aperture affects an image and are used for creative effects. Most importantly, you will discover the different properties of natural light and how it affects your photographs.
Due to the remote nature of this workshop, participants should bring water and food.
I have been going to the Wallowas since the mid 1970's and have been leading workshops in the area since 2008. The Wallowas are a unique and beautiful place that I believe everyone should experience at least once in their life.

>>> Added in 2015-2017 <<<

Guided tours of Hells Canyon, ghost town Flora, great barns near Enterprise, Joseph, Lostine, and Wallowa, and the Lostine river valley.

>>> Added in 2018 <<<

I found new barns in Joseph and Halfway as well as well as some amazing Wallowa mountain vistas and old buildings in the Sparta area.

>>> New for 2019 <<<

Some lunches will be provided (picnic style in the field). We'll visit an amazing historic barn that I found in 2018. If it's open, we will take the Mt. Howard tram which provides spectacular views of the Wallowa mountains.


Participants are responsible for all transportation to, from and during the workshop.
Physical Requirements
Physical requirements for this workshop is rated as EASY. We will drive to every photography venue during the workshop and shoot from those locations. You can walk as much or little as you like. The Hell's Canyon Visitor's Center has hiking trials along the Snake River. Hiking will be optional there.

Personalized Experience

In order to provide each student tailored and individual attention, the workshop will be limited to 6 participants. A waiting list will be available.
Sample Images
Click here for sample images from the area

About Halfway and Joseph, Oregon

Joseph, the best little town in Oregon. Just ask the locals! Often referred to as the "Little Switzerland of America", Joseph is a one-of-a-kind place rich in agriculture and history, nestled among some of the most outstanding geography you'll ever see, topped off by the breathtaking Wallowa mountain range of northeast Oregon.
The Wallowa Mountains (one of the 7 wonders of Oregon and known as "the Alps of America") are uplifted granite peaks rising as high as 10,000 feet.
Flora was platted on April 7, 1897. By 1910, it had a population of 200 residents and an eight-room school. It is considered "the most substantial town to fail" in the Northeast Oregon region. The community was named after the daughter of the first postmaster, A. D. Buzzard. Flora post office operated from 1890-1966. The Flora School, built in 1915, is on the National Register of Historic Places. Now known as the Flora School Education Center, the schoolhouse has been restored as a pioneer arts education center.
The name Imnaha means "land ruled over by Imna"; Imna was a local Native American sub-chief. The post office in Imnaha opened January 4, 1885, but the town-site was not established until 1901; it was platted in 1902. Imnaha is the easternmost settlement in the state of Oregon.
Halfway, population 337 (which officially changed it's name to Half.com during the dot-com boom of the late 90's) is a haven for outdoor enthusiasts and photographers. The town is located "halfway" between the communities of Pine and Cornucopia.
Gold was discovered in Cornucopia in 1884. It is said its gold ore was so rich nuggets would literally fall out the rock. Cornucopia has a meaning denoting wealth and plenty and the town was given its name by early miners who came from Cornucopia, Nevada. By contrast to other mining towns of the 80s and 90s, Cornucopia was somewhat orderly as it had few shootings and killings during its brief history. Many of its original buildings still stand despite the severe winters.
Hells Canyon, North America's deepest river gorge, encompasses a vast and remote region with dramatic changes in elevation, terrain, climate and vegetation. Carved by the great Snake River, Hells Canyon plunges more than a mile below Oregon's west rim, and 8,000 feet below snow-capped He Devil Peak of Idaho's Seven Devils Mountains.

About Me

I am a passionate photographer with an extensive knowledge of landscape photography. I have lived in the Northwest my entire life. My passion for photography goes back to the early 1980's. I am the Coordinator for the Portland/Vancouver Photography Meetup Group and has led several outings and workshops throughout the Northwest. I am also an instructor in Adobe Photoshop Lightroom.
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