Milky Way over Mt Hood from Lost Lake (5/18/2020)
When and Where
When: May 18, 2020 (10:30 pm to 12:30 am)
Where: Lost Lake


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 must be made in writing.
  • 30 days or more prior to the workshop: Refund less a $20 cancellation fee.
  • 7 to 30 days prior to the workshop: 75% refund.
  • Less than 7 days prior to the workshop: 50% refund.
  • If the workshop (including alternate dates) is cancelled the days leading up to the workshop (due to weather forecasts), you will receive a full refund.
  • Once the workshop starts, refunds cannot be issued. I make every attempt to insure sky conditions are ideal for this workshop. I monitor weather forecasts from several sources, astronomical sky forecasts, live web cams, etc. Conditions can change without warning and in an instant - especially in the mountains. If conditions change once we are at the shooting venue, I offer participants credit towards future workshops.
10:30: Meet and greet (entrance kiosk at Lost Lake)
10:30-11:00: Workshop orientation
11:00-12:30: Milky Way photography

What to Bring

  • Camera with good high ISO capabilities
  • Wide angle lens with a maximum aperture of f/2.8 or faster
  • Sturdy tripod
  • Headlamp (preferable) or flashlight with red light option
  • Remote shutter release (self timer will work too)
  • Extra fully charged camera batteries
  • Trekking poles
  • Snacks and water
  • Warm clothing (layers are best)
  • Fully charged cell phone
  • Extra flashlight/headlamp batteries
  • Basic hiking emergency kit (just in case)


If you would like to stay overnight in Hood River, here are some choices.
Best Western
1108 E Marina Dr
Hood River, OR 97031
(541) 386-2200
West Cliff Lodge
4070 Westcliff Dr
Hood River, OR 97031
(541) 386-2992
Comfort Suites
2625 Cascade Ave
Hood River, OR 97031
(541) 308-1000
River View Lodge
1505 Oak St
Hood River, OR 97031
(541) 386-8719
Lone Pine Motel
2429 Cascade Ave
Hood River, OR 97031
(541) 387-8882
Oak St Motel
610 Oak St
Hood River, OR 97031
(541) 386-3845
About the Workshop
The wonder and amazement of the Milky Way. Billions of stars stretching over the entire night sky. Throw in majestic Mt. Hood and Lost Lake to take your photography to the next level and amaze your friends and family.
Certain equipment is required for this workshop. See "What to Bring".
The date for this workshop was specifically chosen during a time when the Milky Way will be positioned directly over Mt. Hood. This only happens during a few days each year from this location.
Due to the remote nature of this workshop, participants should bring water, food and safety supplies (see 'What to Bring').
Photography instruction and assistance will be provided in the field and tailored to individual needs with an emphasis on the many challenges faced when shooting at night.
This workshop requires many things to come together. Cloud free skies, enough snow melt to allow us to gain access to the lake and a forecast calling for good weather into the next day. If any of these conditions aren't met prior to the workshop date, the workshop will be cancelled and participants will receive a full refund.
NOTE: If all required conditions are favorable based on forecasts leading up to the workshop and then we experience unforeseen conditions during the workshop, participants will be given credit towards a future workshop.

Alternate Dates

In the event that weather cancells this workshop, the alternate dates will be May 19th and 20th.
Physical Requirements
Physical requirements for this workshop is rated as EASY. There is a short hike to where we'll shoot from that requires a bit of scrambling through some trees and brush.
Sample Images
Click here for sample images from the area

Personalized Experience

Due to limited parking and space along the lake, the workshop will be limited to only 5 participants. A waiting list will be available.

About Lost Lake

Lost Lake sits at the base of Mt Hood. Mt Hood is considered one of the jewels of Oregon. Mt. Hood is Oregon's tallest mountain standing 11,235' above sea level. It is the second most climbed mountain in the world behind Mt. Rainier.

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.

Photographing the Milky Way

I recently published my book (Photographing the Milky Way). It is available on Amazon in paperback and Kindle format. Click here for more information.
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