Journey Through Time
When and Where
When: September 3-5, 2019
Where: Mitchell, Oregon

Tuition and Registration

Tuition for this workshop is only $495
Safe and secure registration through Eventbrite

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

Included with your tuition:
  • 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 August 6, 2019 are eligible for a refund (less a $40 cancellation fee).
  • Cancellations made between August 7 and August 13, 2019 are eligible for a 70% refund.
  • Cancellations made between August 14 and August 20, 2019 are eligible for a 40% refund.
  • Cancellations made between August 21 and August 27, 2019 are eligible for a 10% refund.
  • Cancellations made between August 28 and September 2, 2019 are not eligible for a refund.

General Itinerary (subject to change)

Tuesday, September 3
Welcome reception (3:00 pm), sunset and Milky Way photography (Painted Hills)
Wednesday, September 4
Sunrise photography, Cathedral Rock, Blue Basin, Cant Ranch, Sheep Rock, Mascall Formation, Picture Gorge, Foree, and sunset and Milky Way photography
Thursday, September 5
Workshop wrap-up (workshop ends at 8:30 am)

What to Bring

  • Camera
  • Wide angle lens
  • Medium telephoto lens
  • Circular polarizer
  • Graduated neutral density filters (1 and/or 2 stops)
  • Tripod
  • Extra batteries and charger
  • Remote shutter release
  • Owner's manual for camera (you can download a PDF version to a smartphone)
  • Flashlight or headlamp
  • Knee pads
  • Cold weather clothing (it can get chilly when the sun is down)
  • Wind breaker jacket (it is often windy in this area)
  • Sturdy hiking shoes/boots
  • Sunscreen
  • Hat (it will most likely be sunny during the day)
  • Bug repellant (mosquitoes and other bugs should be gone in September but you never know)
  • Food for meals in the field (see itinerary)
  • Cooler with ice for food and drinks
  • Bottled water (brings lots)
  • Cash and/or checkbook (several restaurants do not accept credit cards)
  • A good map of Oregon and/or GPS (for travel to and from the area)
  • Alarm clock (in case your room doesn't have one)
  • Your enthusiasm and creativity are required
* Where Gregg will be staying
About the Workshop
If you like diverse landscapes unlike anything you've ever seen, the John Day fossil beds are for you. A true paradise for photographers.
We will shoot the Milky Way both nights during the workshop. Tuesday night from the Painted Hills and Wednesday night from Foree.
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 affect 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.
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. There will be a hike with elevation gain (approximately 1.6 miles).

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 the Area

Formed over 35 million years ago, the Painted Hills, one of the three units of the John Day Fossil Beds National Monument, are the crown jewels of this region with their spectacular colors and sublime patterns that seem to have been hand-painted by the master stroke of Mother Nature's brush.

About Me

I am a passionate photographer with an extensive knowledge of landscape photography. I have been leading Milky Way workshops for the past 5 years. 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 and Adobe Photoshop.


Participants are responsible for their own lodging.
Early booking is recommended.
Accommodations in Mitchel
(September 3 and 4)
* The Oregon Hotel
104 E. Main Street
Mitchell, OR
(541) 462-3027
Skyrock Motel
101 US-26
Mitchell, OR
(541) 462-3569
Painted Hills Cottages
208 SE Rosenbaum St
Mitchell, OR
(541) 462-3921


Participants are responsible for all transportation to, from and during the workshop.
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