Dramatic Coastlines, Sea Stacks, Redwoods, and Sand Dunes
May 27 – June 2, 2024
We have taken two of the west coast’s premier landscape photography destinations and bundled them into one incredible workshop: California’s Redwood National & State Parks and Oregon’s beautiful and dramatic coastline. Each of these locations on its own is worth a trip. Here you get the chance to experience both.
In this workshop, we will explore Oregon’s rugged and gorgeous coastline with sea stacks that rise out of the surf into the sky, sandy beaches, tide pools filled with marine life, and more. We will explore small, quaint fishing villages as we photograph along the coast.
We’ll say goodbye to the beaches up north and make our way inland to the mist-filled redwood forests of California. The Redwoods are filled with fern groves, blooming rhododendron flowers, and mist-filled canopies. May is the perfect time to visit the Redwoods, and we have an itinerary to make the most of our time in this area.
Pack your rubber boots, tripods, and filters to be ready for conditions along the beach and under the forest canopies. As always, there will be plenty of time reserved for our signature image review and post-processing instruction. You will learn how to see the scene in the field and how it translates to your final edits in post-processing.
No matter your skill level in photography, this workshop will expand your photographic knowledge. We will work on motion blur and compositional elements within the frame and discuss how polarizers are a photographer’s secret weapon. These newfound techniques and an unforgettable experience in the field will help you unlock your creative vision behind the lens.
Muench Workshops is an Authorized Permittee of the National Park Service.
This itinerary is subject to change due to weather, local conditions, and other factors.
May 27, 2024: Fly to Eugene, OR, with arrival by 2:00 PM. We’ll meet you at the airport and head to Cape Perpetua Scenic Area and our oceanfront lodging.
May 28, 2024: After our sunrise photo session, we head to Shore Acres State Park, visiting the formal gardens of a former lumber baron’s estate, some fantastic rock formations, and crashing waves. We’ll end the day with sunset at Bandon beach and our lodging overlooking the sea stacks that make Bandon a favorite destination for nature photographers.
May 29, 2024: We’ll have more opportunities to work the incredible coast at Bandon for sunrise and sunset. After a visit to Coquille River Lighthouse, we’ll have one of our signature image review and instruction sessions.
May 30, 2024: We’ll start the day photographing Cape Blanco Lighthouse at sunrise, then continue to Pistol River State Park, the beautiful Samuel H. Boardman State Scenic Corridor, and our beachfront lodging in Brookings. Be sure to pack your headlamp for our hike out from the coast at a spectacular location after sunset.
May 31, 2024: Today we venture to the Redwoods State and National Parks and explore groves of immense redwood trees with lush ferns in the understory. Count on another session of image review and instruction. Lodging for this night and the next in Crescent City, California.
June 1, 2024: Continuing our adventure in the Redwoods, we’ll visit Del Norte and Prairie Creek Redwoods State Parks, looking to photograph the majestic trees with blooming Rhododendrons and fog rolling through the forest.
June 2, 2024: Following a sunrise photo session among the big trees and a hearty breakfast, we’ll drive the Redwood Highway to Grants Pass and get you to the Medford, OR, airport in time for flights out after 2:00 PM.
Moderate: You can handle hikes of 1.5 miles total on uneven ground with 250’ elevation change.
Arrive Eugene Airport (EUG), Eugene, Oregon before 2:00 PM on May 27, 2024. Depart Rogue Valley International–Medford Airport (MFR), Medford, Oregon after 2:00 PM on June 2, 2024.
What to Bring
Please see our page How To Prepare For Your Workshop. We will send you a detailed information document 90 days before your workshop. This document will include specifics of where and when to meet, gear and clothing recommendations, and more.
- Double occupancy lodging. Single available for $1,100 supplement.
- All meals, soft drinks, and snacks during the workshop.
- All permits and park fees.
- All transportation during the workshop.
- Photographic guiding and instruction from 2 pros.
- Image reviews and post-processing instruction.
- Adventure, fun, inspiration, and a great time!
- Travel to Eugene, Oregon and from Medford, Oregon.
- Passport and visa fees (if applicable).
- Any meals or accommodations before or after the workshop dates.
- Items of a personal nature.
- Alcoholic beverages.
- Travel Medical and Trip Cancellation Insurance (optional, but recommended).
- Anything else specifically not listed as included.
- Single rooming available for $1,100 supplement.
- Your deposit of $2,995 will hold your space in this workshop.
- The balance is due not later than February 1, 2024.
- All of our standard Terms and Conditions apply.
- Need special payment arrangements? No problem, just ask us.
“Greg Vaughn is a terrific photographer, an outstanding teacher and a superlative guide. Greg always 'knows the territory'. It doesn't matter if he 'wrote the book' for an area, as he did for both Oregon and Washington— by the way his books are easily the best in class— or if he is going to a location for the first time. In either case, you can rest assured that he will be totally prepared in every way. He will know where to go and when to be there. He will have the light figured out. He will have the iconic shot zeroed in and he'll have several variants. I have been on a number of photo trips over the past 6 years. I have done more with Greg than anyone else and he is right in the very top echelon of photography professionals. When I'm with Greg, I always have a great time, I always learn a lot about the craft of getting a great image— and I always come away with images I treasure. He is the quintessential pro. ”
“Greg was excellent at making sure each participant was set up and ok. He made the round coming back to check. Helped with technique and always noted numerous additional photos options. ”