Photograph the Central Oregon Coast

6 Days - Eugene, OR
Sep 12 - Sep 17, 2023
Activity Level
Skill Level
All Levels


Registration deadline: August 1, 2023

The wind-swept Central Oregon coastline offers dramatic views of ocean cliffs, sand dunes, sea stacks, and crashing waves. We will spend six days and five nights capturing everything from landscapes to macro images along this stunning seacoast.


Starting in Eugene, Oregon, the workshop will travel westward toward the coast stopping in route to photograph the four-tiered plunging Sweet Creek Falls.  Here we will practice with ND filters and work on long exposures to create silky water and stunning images.


Once we’ve reached the coast, we will spend a few days at Coos Bay photographing the monolithic sea stacks at Bandon Beach, the Cape Blanco Lighthouse, tidepools along the shoreline, and explore the beautiful gardens at Shore Acres State Park.


Moving further north, we will spend a couple of days based out of Florence and spend time photographing spectacular views from Cape Perpetua, the highest point of the Oregon Coast at 800′ above the Pacific.


We will also spend time along the rugged coastline of Yachats capturing crashing waves and other seascapes including the historic Heceta Head Lighthouse set high atop a rocky cliff.


If you love the Pacific Ocean and all of its coastal beauty, this is the workshop for you.  Join photographer and Northern Arizona University instructor, Amy Horn, for a glorious week along the Central Oregon Coast.

Workshop includes:

  • Classroom and field instruction
  • Preworkshop webinar
  • 5 nights of single occupancy lodging
  • round trip transportation from Eugene, OR
  • Water, snacks, and a group meal
  • Park permits and entrance fees
  • Post-workshop critique

Please be aware that the shooting locations stated in this itinerary may change. Locations may be changed best based on light and weather.  We want to give you the best photo opportunities possible.


Day 1 – Tuesday, Sept 12, 2023

  • Group will meet in Eugene at our departure hotel for a 5:00 pm meet and greet to cover logistics and shooting techniques for the days to come.

Day 2 – Wednesday, Sept 13, 2023

  • Early check-out and departure for the coast with a stop at Sweet Creek Falls to practice using ND filters and slow shutter speeds to create stunning images of the four-tiered falls.
  • After photographing the falls, we will continue to Florence for lunch and then head to Coos Bay.
  • Upon arrival at our lodging, we will meet in the conference room from 1:30-3:30 pm to discuss photo techniques and feedback before our check-in at the hotel.
  • We will grab dinner to go and head to Charleston Pier for boating images before capturing sunset.
  • Return to hotel.

Day 3 -Thursday, Sept 14, 2023

  • It’s an early morning departure to capture the sunrise and tide pools at Bandon Beach.
  • After breakfast in Bandon, we will walk around Old Town, the pier, and take in the Coquille River lighthouse views.
  • Around noon, we will return to Coos Bay.
  • In Coos Bay, we will have time to rest, walk the town or process images.
  • Our evening shoot will capture crashing waves and ocean scenes at one of the many state parks in the area.

Day 4 –  Friday, Sept 15, 2023

  • We will wake up early to capture the first light hitting Cape Arago Lighthouse at Yoakam Point then continue to Shore Acres State Park to photograph its magnificent gardens. With our bag breakfasts, we will take a brief stop at Simpson Beach to photograph seals.
  • We will return to the hotel for checkout, grab lunch in Coos Bay, and then head to Florence.
  • On our way north, we will photograph sand dunes and eat lunch.
  • Arriving early afternoon at our next lodging, we will meet in the conference room for a post-processing session from 1:30-3:30 before we check-in.
  • After hotel check-in, we will travel to Oregon’s most photographed Heceta Head Lighthouse for sunset.
  • Dinner in Florence.

Day 5 – Saturday, Sept 16, 2023

  • The reward of an early morning departure is capturing the soft morning light on a beautiful beach. With the tide going out, we will photograph the tide pools before heading on to Cape Perpetua.
  • We will spend the rest of the morning at Cape Perpetua capturing moving water, ocean views, tide pools, and crashing waves.
  • Then on to Yachats for a relaxing lunch and a short walk along the beach.
  • On our way back to Florence we will capture the tide pouring into Thor’s well.
  • Our last evening in Florence a walk around town and time to shoot the bridge.
  • Dinner in Florence.

Day 6 –  Sunday, Sept 17, 2023

  • For our last early rise, we will capture soft morning light where the sand dunes meet the ocean at Baker Beach. Return to the hotel for checkout by 10 am.
  • Return to Eugene by 1 pm, grabbing lunch along the way.

Physical Rating:  Easy to Moderate

This coastal workshop will require short hikes across the sand, maintained trails, and some areas with uneven terrain.


Lodging during the workshop:


Hampton Inn
3780 W 11th Ave
Eugene, OR 97402
Tel: 541-431-1225


Our workshop group will meet at the Hampton Inn in Eugene, Oregon on Tuesday, September 12, 2023 for a meet and greet at 5:00 pm.  This night is included in your workshop fee. If you wish to arrive a day earlier, please select a pre-night at registration.


Best Western Holiday Hotel
411 N Bayshore Drive
Coos Bay, OR 97420
Tel: (541) 269-5111

The group will spend two nights in Coos Bay at the Best Western hotel.


Best Western Pier Point Inn
85625 Highway 101
Florence, Oregon 97439
Tel: (541) 997-7191


The last two nights will be spent in Florence at the Best Western Pier Point Inn.

Amy Horn
Megan Galope
Photo Guide


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CANCELATION POLICY:  All cancelations must be in writing to

  • 91 days or more prior to the start of the workshop your deposit will be refunded less $100
  • 61-90 days your workshop fees will be refunded in the form of an AHPS Store Credit Voucher less the $250 administrative fee. The remainder of the fees paid can be used toward a future workshop within 18 months of cancelation. The voucher is good for 18 months.
  • 60 days or less until departure – No refund.

If we are able to fill your seat and the workshop runs at full enrollment we will refund your workshop fees less the $100 processing fee.


NOTE:  Workshop bookings including, but are not limited to, outfitters, permit agencies, lodging, and more require firm financial commitments at 90 days.  Therefore, in order to continue to bring you to great destinations, we must strictly adhere to our cancellation policy as outlined above. We recognize cancellations can sometimes be unavoidable which is why securing a Travel Protection Plan is highly encouraged.


Arizona Highways PhotoScapes reserves the right to cancel or change any workshop if our minimum enrollment is not met or if situations beyond our control arise that may create unsafe or undesirable travel conditions.  Any cancelation or postponement as a result of situations beyond our control, AHPS does not promise any refunds or credits.  If and when feasible, we will attempt to reschedule the workshop at a later date.  Alternatively, we may decide to issue you credit for a future workshop, or issue a refund, less any non-refundable deposits we have paid to workshop providers on your behalf.


Please note that AHPS is not liable for any additional participant expenses incurred such as airfare, hotel accommodations, or any other components booked outside of the workshop.


PAYMENT TERMS:  A minimum deposit is due at registration to reserve your space.  Please refer to the specific workshop for the required deposit.  Final payments are due 90 days prior to departure.  Approximately 15 days prior to the due date you will receive a reminder email that your balance is coming due.