Milky Way over Mt Hood and Lost Lake (2021)

Tuition and Registration

Tuition for each workshop is only $225
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Mon, May 4, 2021
Wed, May 6, 2021

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

Included with your tuition

  • Personalized instruction and assistance
  • How to set up your camera and tripod in the challenging environment after dark
  • How to set aperture, shutter speed and ISO
  • Learn why shutter speed is limited
  • Learn why shutter speed is dependent on lens focal length
  • Guidance and instruction on composition
  • How to accurately set focus for tack sharp images
  • How to plan Milky Way shoots
  • How to use smart phone apps for Milky Way and other shoots
  • Learn how stacking can greatly reduce noise
  • Learn how to take images for stacking
  • Zoom post processing session using Lightroom and Photoshop (post workshop)

Refund policy

  • Cancellations must be made in writing.
  • Up to 5 days prior to the workshop:
    Refund less a $20 cancellation fee.
  • Less than 5 days prior to the workshop:
    Refund less a $40 cancellation fee.
  • If the workshop is cancelled due to weather or sky conditions, 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 these workshops. 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.

Itinerary (subject to change)

10:30: Meet and greet (Hood River)
10:30-11:15: Travel to Lost Lake
11:15-1:30: Milky Way photography


If you would like to stay overnight in Hood River or Lost Lake, 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 dates for this workshop were 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.

COVID-19 Statement

Due to the uncertantly with COVID-19, this workshop will adhere to strict social distancing guidelines. Each workshop will be limited to 3 participants and everyone will be spaced at least 6 feet apart at all times. The location of this workshop was carefully chosen where no other people will be present. If face coverings are still required in Oregon, everyone will be required to wear one while in the field during the workshop. If face coverings are no longer required, wearing them will required during this workshop if anyone in the group requests it.
Why choose DTL workshops over others?
  • Value: Similar workshops charge up to $350.
  • Experience: I have been leading Milky Way workshops since 2012.
  • My refund policies that are far less restrictive than others.
  • This workshop is limited to only 3 participants meaning you WILL receive personalized attention.
  • I provide post workshop Zoom demonstrations on how to edit Milky Way images in Lightroom and Photoshop.
  • See "Included with your tuition" and compare to other workshops.
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.

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)
Sample Images
Click here for sample images from the area

Personalized Experience

Due to space restrictions, this workshop is limited to only 3 participants allowing more than enough room for everyone.

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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