Team up with professional photographer and Painted Hills expert Christian Murillo to not only learn how to photograph the stunning beauty of this Eastern Oregon gem, but also learn about the bizarre science and history that makes this landscape so interesting.

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If you must cancel a reservation, contact us as soon as possible. All cancellations must be sent via email so that we have a record of it. We are always happy to reschedule for a different date provided we have availability. Or we can give you credit towards a future trip from any forfeited fees. The cancellation policy below is for both full payments and deposits:nn- Up to 30 days before departure: Full refund of all fees paid. - Between 3 and 30 days before departure: Refund of 75% of fees paid. The 25% non-refunded fee can be applied to a future trip. Less than 3 days before departure: No refunds can be given. You have the option to reschedule for a different date or receive a credit towards a future trip. - Bend Photo Tours (BPT) cannot offer partial refunds for unused services. If you have to cut your trip short, no refunds can be given. - Cancellation fees and forfeited deposits are non-transferable. If you sign-up for another trip, we can apply the forfeited funds towards the new trip. Contact us for details. - If you are not present at the time of trip departure, we will try our best to contact you. We cannot offer any refunds for no-shows, but you can still ask for a credit or to be rescheduled. - In the event inclement weather keeps us from being able to access our primary destination, BPT reserves the right to change the itinerary as required. No refunds can be made for weather conditions. There are many alternate locations we can take you to when the weather is poor. - In the event a tour, workshop or expedition must be canceled due to low participation rates, sickness, accidents, death, political events, natural disasters, and so forth, BPT will promptly refund all fees paid. BPT reserves the right to cancel a trip at any time prior to departure. BPT will let all trip participants know as soon as possible should this unfortunate event occur. In the event of trip cancellation, BPT is not responsible for your personal travel expenses to the gateway location or any other expenses in preparing for the trip. We recommend that you have your own travel insurance.
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Workshop Length: 10 hours all inclusive nnDifficulty: Moderately Strenuous (Max 2.5 miles hiking, 400ft of elevation gain)nnWorkshop Departure: We will meet at a designated location in Downtown Bend, Oregon at 12:00pm on Saturday, September 19, 2020 to discuss the plan for the afternoon, then leave for the Painted Hills Unit of John Day Fossil Beds National Monument. We will end up back at the Bend Tour Company around 10:00pm. nGuides: Christian Murillo is a professional landscape photographer based in Bend, Oregon. His work has been displayed in galleries and magazines all over the world. Lately, he has been working on a project in the John Day Fossil Beds National Monument, photographing the unique patterns in the landscape, and exploring what that means to modern day society. Weather Conditions: The Painted Hills are located in the the dry sagebrush desert landscape between the Ochoco and Blue Mountain ranges. The temperatures in the summer are typically warm during the day (mid-80s), and cool in the evenings (low-50s). Food/Water: We do not provide food on our outings. All participants should bring food/water to hold them through during the tour. We will have a cooler where you can store food and drink. Please bring a water bottle that can hold at least 1L, as this workshop involves hiking in a dry environment. We will supply extra water in the car where you can refill your water bottles between activitiesnnWhat to Wear: You should check the weather forecast prior to coming on the trip. Temperatures in the late summer tend to range between 50-85 degrees. It is important to bring warm layers and a rain jacket in case of inclement weather. Restroom Facilities: Most of the lake parking lots have restrooms. nCell Phones: Bring your cell phone along! They are great for capturing candid images. Note that cell service is limited during some of the drives. There are USB ports in our vehicles so bring a charging cable if you need one. Group Size: 3-6 peoplennCamera Gear: In order to get the most out of the tour, you will need a camera that has the ability to control ISO, aperture and shutter speed independently, and know how to access those features on your camera. As for lenses, a wide angle zoom lens is the most useful for landscape pictures (equivalent 16-35 on a full-frame camera or 10-22mm on a crop sensor). For this workshop, a mid-range lens (24-70 on full frame or 18-55 on crop sensor) and telephoto lens (up to 400mm) will come in handy to help isolate specific patterns in the landscape. With that said, regardless of what lenses you bring, there will be plenty to photograph. A tripod and circular polarizing filter are recommended. Most importantly you'll need a pack to bring everything up while you hike. Don't forget extra batteries, memory cards, and cleaning supplies. nnIf you need to rent gear for your trip we encourage you to use