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BEND 2020

Welcome to my own backyard! Central Oregon is a photographer's dream and a real rarity among places in the world. Experience upwards of five unique landscapes all in the same day.

June 26-28, 2020

Oct. 16-18, 2020

Have you ever imagined an outdoor setting where you are absolutely stunned every time you turn the corner? Well then, welcome to Central Oregon - a down-home photographer's dream. This idyllic paradise has a bit of everything all within a few minutes from home. You will be stunned by icy waterfalls and dripping rain forests, sunny Ponderosa woods, alpine snowfields, mirror-like mountain lakes, and the stark vastness of the high desert ... all in the same day. The destinations and secrets found in these 3-day, 2-night packages are outdoor treasures you won't find soon forget.

Because Bend has hit the map, finding crowd-free locations in Central Oregon is becoming increasingly difficult. That's the bad news. The good news? I am passionate about finding the prime spots at the prime times to avoid the masses. Therefore, throughout the length of the trip we will often have very few to no people at all locations. Have you ever wanted a roaring aqua-blue waterfall or a glistening mountain lake all to yourself? You've come to the right place.

Group Size

This will be a very tight-knit group. I accept only six participants in this workshop so that you get plenty of one-on-one time with me. This also ensures plenty of elbow room at our locations which are often very cramped.




Plan of Attack

These 3-day, 2-night packages lock onto the areas in and around Bend, Oregon, including five gorgeous "hot spots." Exclusive to my workshops, I also throw in several "locals-only" secrets during the trip. These packages will also take advantage of either spring wildflowers or fall color depending on which season you choose!


Each morning we will be waking up early for sunrise where we will be photographing lake reflections, desert vistas, and mountain scenes in and around Central Oregon. We will then load up and travel to one of the large waterfalls we will be photographing on this trip. After lunch we will load up and photograph more of the inspiring vistas for sunset! Post processing will be done during the midday hours or after the trip, depending on your preference.

Important note: To make the most of these workshops we will be closely monitoring and evaluating weather patterns. The weather will likely play a role in our locations for each sunrise and sunset. The Itinerary is a tentative schedule and subject to change.


Quick footage from last year's workshop

Cost - $300


  • Guiding

  • Small group size

  • Post processing instruction

  • In the field instruction

  • Snacks and drink while on location

Not Included

  • Travel to Bend, Oregon

  • Transportation between locations (although we will be utilizing carpool)

  • Personal Meals

  • Lodging

What to Expect

Late spring is a prime time to photograph in Central Oregon. This means long days beginning at 5am all the way through 9pm at night! Central Oregon has an average elevation of 3,000 feet above sea level. When the rest of Oregon celebrates summer this time of year it is still spring here in Central Oregon. That means extreme temperature variations throughout the day. Daytime highs average 70 degrees but it can be below freezing both overnight and in the early morning hours.


Bring warm clothes and dress in layers to keep comfortable while we're out in the field.

What to Bring

While these aren't required for your trip, you will get the most out of this workshop if you have the recommended gear on this list.

Photo Equipment: 

  • DSLR camera

  • Ultra wide to wide angle lens (16-35mm)

  • Tripod

  • Polarizing filter


  • Waterproof warm jacket

  • Sturdy waterproof hiking boots

  • Hat

  • Bug Spray (with DEET)

Hiking difficulty

Due to the varying terrain of Central Oregon this photo tour will be one of the more challenging workshops I have led in the way of physical requirements! While most of our destinations mandate very little walking most locations will require varying degrees of hiking difficulty. Some of the waterfalls we will be hiking to demand a bit of tricky maneuvering. All waterfall trails will be very muddy and slick with a very steep decline going in, and steep coming out. Likewise, there will also be times when we will want to be in ice-cold, rushing water to find better compositions. Quality hiking boots are at the very minimum a must! Snow spikes (or gaiters) and waterproof socks, while not required, will be beneficial. 


Additionally, a handful of destinations involve very steep inclines where you will be short of breath! Central Oregon has an average elevation of 3,000 feet above sea level. Acclimating to high elevations is a must to avoid mountain sickness. Overall, the round trip on all hikes in this workshop will be about 700 feet of elevation gain with hikes of no longer than 4 total miles. For these reasons I need to make sure everyone that signs up feels confident in their hiking abilities and physical capabilities. After three consecutive days you will probably be feeling it!

Legal Jargon
* Important Stuff *

By attending this workshop you agree to hold Stanley Paul Sebesta harmless for all personal injury or loss that may occur during or in connection with this trip. 

Should the instructor (Paul Sebesta) become ill, injured, or otherwise become unable to fulfill his duties he will either provide a fill-in instructor or provide a refund of payments made. 

Stanley Paul Photography's only role in this workshop is to teach photography and help you find great locations. You are responsible for your safety as you travel. Stanley Paul Photography makes no effort to personally vet the other attendees of the trip. So, you need to make sure you are safe in their companionship.


In the case of extraordinary events, governmental instability, extreme weather, dangerous conditions, or other scenarios, Stanley Paul Photography reserves the right to cancel this trip and return all workshop fees to participants.