Field Trips

Oaks Bottom Forge Field Trip Photos

In March, on two separate days, we had PPS members visit Oaks Bottom Forge in Southeast Portland.  It is a co-op forge where about 15 blacksmiths make a variety of knives and tools.  They also teach classes to help people get started smithing and leathercrafting.  They also sell their knives and other products.  Everyone we met was excellent and we had a great time – we highly recommend checking out Oaks Bottom Forge.  Their website is:

Special thanks goes out to the blacksmiths, who were more than accommodating working with photographers hovering around.  It was really fun!

Crystal Springs Field Trip Photos

Seven of us early birds enjoyed a beautiful morning at the gardens on Saturday. It was very peaceful AND noisy! Lots of birds…ducks, geese, herons and more. The blush of almost spring was in evidence everywhere.  Here are a few photos from some of the attendees.

PDX Winter Light Festival Photos

Over the course of several nights, various PPS members visited the PDX Winter Light Festival at OMSI.  There were lots of opportunities for creative photography.  Here is a sampling of photos from some of the attendees.


Field Trip: Hippo Hardware

On Saturday Jan. 9th we had about ten photographers visit Hippo Hardware in NE Portland, on the corner of 12th and Burnside.  This three-story store sells home decor, everything from doorknobs to bathtubs to chandeliers, all of it used and vintage.  As you can see from the images, there is a lot of interesting stuff.  They are quite friendly so feel free to stop by and check it out!

Here are a few images from some of the members who attended:

Halloween Party Photography

A request came through the PPS website for photographers for a Halloween party/fundraiser and PPS members Meei Lum and Susan Sheets decided to give it a whirl.

The witch themed party was held at a large Karaoke venue near downtown Portland.  The lighting was challenging to say the least so flashes and reflectors got a lot of use.  We managed to get some decent shots and also an invitation to come back again next year.  Thanks very much to those who lent us equipment and gave us advice and support, it was helpful!

Here are a few of the images:

Opal Creek Field Trip Photos

At the end of October we explored the Opal Creek Scenic Area in the Willamette National Forest. Some of us enjoyed the fall colors and scenery along the trail to Opal Creek and Jawbone Flats and some of us ventured along the Little North Fork of the Santiam River and Cedar Creek. Big trees, waterfalls and the beautiful fall forest provided some wonderful photo opportunities.


Cedar Creek Field Trip Photos

On October 17, we took a trip up to Cedar Creek Grist Mill in Southwest Washington. The fall colors were just right, and the weather was dry. Afterwards, we headed to the nearby fish hatchery and the Lucia Falls / Moulton Falls area. Here are a few photos from some of the photographers that attended.



Field Trip: East Side Photo Walk

Here are a few images from some of the members who attended our photo walk around Laurelhurst Park, Lone Fir Cemetery, and the Belmont and Stark neighborhoods.  It is always interesting to see all the different photos people come up with when they are out shooting.


Scavenger Hunt Field Trip Photos

“On Saturday, August 16th, at 4pm, a day which will live in infamy, seven amazingly attractive photographers gathered at Bunk Cafe to begin an adventure unlike any other… Their  assignment:  to photograph ten subjects in two hours, return to Bunk Cafe, drink beer and share their photos with the other amazingly good looking photographers.”

The subjects:

Man at work
Woman at work
Child at play
Funny sign
Candid portrait
An animal
An abstract
Nature in the city
What makes Portland Portland

Below are some of the photos from some of the participants:

Mima Mounds Field Trip

Last Sunday, we explored Mima Mounds Nature Preserve, which is southwest of Olympia.  The sky was overcast but dry.  There was a nice breeze.  We saw thousands of Camas and Western Buttercups; much of the time, they were in a gentle motion. Of course, photographers are patient, so we were able to find plenty of options for capturing them. After a couple of hours at the Mounds and a picnic lunch, we headed to Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge.  We saw some turtles, Cinnamon Teal, nutria, beaver, and a few other ducks.