Friday, May 20, 2011

Friday Field Trip: Columbia Gorge and the Oregon Coast

Guess who's back? Right. Jason Odell. He's been traveling, which means ... you guessed it ... pictures. And, as always, click to enlarge. Welcome, Jason.

For the past five years, I've co-hosted a photography podcast on iTunes, called The Image Doctors. Each year, we lead a "photo safari" to a fun location. This year, we chose to photograph in Oregon; specifically the Columbia River Gorge and the central coast near Newport. Not only does Oregon offer breathtaking scenery, but it's also the home of good microbrew and amazing cheese and ice cream (we do plan our trips around local cuisine, when possible). These photos represent a sample of the kinds of photographs you can make there, provided you have a tripod for your camera.

The Columbia River Gorge parallels Interstate 84, and it is absolutely full of spectacular waterfalls. If you go, an overcast day is best. Avoid the weekends because the crowds get thick and it can be tough to park. Midweek, you can just about have the whole place to yourself. After we photographed in the Gorge, we relocated from Portland to the town of Newport. There are lots of great little seaside towns, but here was a spot that gave us access to a variety of locations within a two-hour drive. Newport is also home to the Rogue brewing company; a mandatory stop if you like microbrews. We photographed the lighthouses at Yaquina Head, Cape Meares, and Heceta Head. At sunset, we shot in spots like Seal Rock and along the beach in the town of Oceanside, near Tillamook. At Tillamook, we stopped in to the Tillamook Cheese factory for cheese samples and homemade ice cream.

Multnomah Falls (Columbia Gorge, near Portland)

Newport Harbor (Yaquina Bay)

Yaquina Head Lighthouse

Cape Meares

Three Arch Rocks

Harbor Seals

Heceta Head Lighthouse

Seal Rock

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The Image Doctors photography podcast can be found on iTunes or at


Unknown said...

very nice, as always, bro! :)

D2TM2 said...

You do good work!

Maryannwrites said...

Wow! Incredible pictures. Thanks for sharing them.

Wynter said...

Breathtaking pictures. The waterfall photo is absolutely gorgeous.

Karen C said...

Absolutely gorgeous pictures! I've noted the website and will be visiting. Thanks for sharing the beauty of Oregon with us.

Terry Odell said...

Thanks for the comments, everyone. I'm considering that last shot as a possible book cover background.

Carol Kilgore said...

Beautiful beyond words.

Unknown said...

These are all beautiful, but that first one... Wow. I just can't get over how gorgeous it is. Thanks for sharing?

BTW, a photo podcast? How does that work?

Jason Odell said...

K.M.-- it's an audio podcast *about* photography. Sometimes we put photos into the files, which you can download from iTunes. Check out more at


Marilyn Yarbrough said...

Beautiful landscapes. I've been to the northwest a couple of times, but never saw anything like this.