Field Trips

OPC Field Trips are usually organized during Saturdays or Sundays and typically run for half a day. Once a year the club tries to organize a multi-day field trip to interesting locations in the PNW.

The current field trip committee members are Pat Reynolds, Steve Sanders, and Jack Maloney.  If you’re interested in being involved with this committee or have an idea for a field trip please contact us.

To view some of the images taken during one of our many field trips visit the Field Trip Gallery Page.

Here are the upcoming organized field trips. Please click on the link below for detailed information.

January – Rail Heritage Museum – January 17th, 2015

Please contact us and let us know you’re attending!

Orenco Photography Club Field Trips and Outings “Code of Ethics.”

When in the field, we are ambassadors for the photography community as a whole. As such, always show respect and consideration for the environment, for our photographic subjects, as well as for other people;

Members and guests shall:

  • Respect the rights of non-photographers to enjoy a scene as well – don’t set up your gear in front of another group or person and ruin their enjoyment.
  • When near another photographer who has already set up to photograph, be sure to not get in their way (or in their photo).
  • Be kind and courteous to anyone who inadvertently gets into your photo.
  • Receive permission before photographing individual persons.
  • When a non-photographer has a question about your activity or gear, take a moment to answer them in congenial fashion. Offering the curious onlooker a view through the camera will often work wonders.
  • NEVER leave any trash behind! Consider bringing a plastic garbage bag to collect a little along your way.
  • If on public land, respect restrictions to entry. If any permits (such as entry, campfire or filming) are required, obtain them. Be sure that you understand any special instructions.
  • Respect the rights of property owners. If you wish to photograph on private land, obtain permission from the owner, or his designee.
  • Leave gates as you find them. If a gate is open when you arrive, leave it open when you depart, and vice versa.
  • Do not interfere, tamper, disturb, alter or otherwise manipulate the natural environment, landscape, or objects within the environment in such a way that could lead to temporary or permanent defacement or destruction

Special Wildlife Photography Considerations

The subject and the habitat are more important than the photograph

  • First study/research the species you want to photograph. Make sure that you can recognize signs of stress.
  • Never let your presence cause the animal any stress. If there is a sign of stress, pull back.
  • Familiarize yourself with the local rules concerning wildlife, such as the minimum distance to be kept between you and the animals, and be sure to obey them.
  • Keep in mind that the animals are always unpredictable.
  • Keep in mind that you are intruding in the animal’s world – you are its guest. Conduct your activity accordingly and leave whenever your host gives even the slightest hint that you are no longer welcome.
  • Do not entice a wild animal with food (baiting) in order to get the photo. Allow the animal to be wild, and to move about on its own accord.
  • Consider using a blind or camouflage to bring the subject within photo range without disturbing it.
  • Use a long focal length Lens to avoid approaching the subject too closely. Also, consider composing your photos to show more of the animal’s environment.