Photographing wildflowers: ‘Flora in Focus’ workshop on April 18

CLOSEUP of Darryl Lloyd’s image of Rowena Crest wildflowers. See a larger version this this and other “Favorite Photos of the Gorge” in the April 11 Panorama special section.

Darryl Lloyd
CLOSEUP of Darryl Lloyd’s image of Rowena Crest wildflowers. See a larger version this this and other “Favorite Photos of the Gorge” in the April 11 Panorama special section.



Spend an afternoon focusing on the magnificent wildflowers of the Columbia River Gorge Saturday, April 18, at a “Flora in Focus” workshop at the Columbia Gorge Discovery Center, 5000 Discovery Drive, in The Dalles.

The afternoon is divided in two sessions. Session 1: “Virtual Tour along the Riverfront Trail,” will be held from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. Enjoy the beauty of wildflowers from the comfort of the M.J. Murdock Theater as Sandy Bisset shares photographs of the vibrant flowering flora along the Riverfront Trail, and identifies the native plant species you’ll find as you stroll the grounds. Session 1 is free to the public.

Session 2, “Oh, Snap! A Wildflower Photography Workshop,” will be held from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Bring your camera and some comfortable shoes and get tips from professional photographer Chris Carvalho on capturing the blooming beauty of wildflowers. The fee for the Session 2 workshop is $30 per person.

Both film and digital cameras are welcome. You’ll learn wildflower photography tips and techniques in the classroom from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. You’ll spend the next hour outside taking pictures during an afternoon field session on museum grounds from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. After a break with light refreshments, you’ll wrap up the day in the classroom from 4 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. as you learn about processing pictures taken with Photoshop and have a chance to share your new skills and discoveries.

For those signing up for Session 2, please send an email to Education Coordinator Steve Thompson at steve @ gorgediscovery.org. He will email you “homework” assignments prior to class and a suggestion list of what to bring to the class. There is a maximum 20 people for the Session 2 workshop.

What to Bring to Session 2:

  • Your camera, including the instruction manual. Both film and digital cameras are welcome. The camera should have a “manual exposure mode.”
  • Extra film or memory cards and batteries.
  • A tripod. Since you will be photographing wildflowers, a tripod that lets you position the camera very close to ground level is preferred.
  • A comfortable pad for kneeling while doing the afternoon field session.
  • A day pack or camera bag for carrying your equipment while photographing.
  • Snacks, water, a hat, and sunscreen.

For more info, phone 541-296-8600 ext. 201, or visit www.gorgediscovery.org.



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