Bend Photo Tours

Smith Rock Sunset Photo Tour

$299

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About Smith Rock Sunset Photo Tour

If you enjoy scenic views of deep river canyons, Smith Rock State Park is the place for you. There are several thousand climbs, hikes and mountain bike trails in the park, so we can often see several climbers as well as some wildlife including golden eagles, prairie falcons, mule deer, river otters and beavers.

This tour can include some moderate hiking, or we can shoot right from the parking lot. We'll show you our favorite shots based on how active you want to be.

Private Tour capped at 2 people to ensure personalized instruction and individualized attention.

You'll have around 2 hrs on location. We'll keep shooting up to 30 mins after sunset. A night photography extension can be added.

Tour Price: $299 up to 2 people


The Box Factory
550 SW Industrial Way Bend, Oregon 97702

Tour Details:

Tour Length: 3 hours all inclusive

Difficulty: Easy to Moderate, depending on how much hiking you would like to do. Once you book your tour we will send out a short survey to better assess your goals for the trip and what you would like to see and learn. We can cater each tour to your specifications. 

Tour Departure: We will meet at the Box Factory in Downtown Bend, Oregon in the afternoon.  We will meet up and discuss the plan for the day. We will end back at the same place.

Guides: What sets our team apart is no matter which guide you are matched with, all are expert published photographers are passionate about creating an tailored photographic experience with you. 

Weather Conditions: Although Bend is notorious for "300 day of sunshine a year" there are days where the weather is less than optimal.  In most cases we can reroute to another location with better weather outlook for the day.  Note that we cannot offer refunds due to weather unless we cannot go out at all, but can definitely reschedule if your availability allows. Also keep in mind that inclement weather often results in some of the most dramatic and stunning photos! Just make sure you dress and prepare accordingly. 

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.

What to Wear: You should check the weather forecast prior to coming on the trip. Temperatures due tend to drop once the sun goes down, so I always encourage bringing layers. If it’s going to be hot, wear light-colored clothing and a hat. If the temperatures are cold, bring some warm layers and long pants. Don’t forget sunglasses and sunscreen.  Bug replant comes in handy too!  If it’s very cold and or windy, don’t forget a jacket, warm hat and some gloves. If rain or snow is in the forecast, bring a rain jacket. We recommend wearing sturdy footwear due to the uneven terrain and we could do some hiking.

Restroom Facilities: The park has restrooms. 

Cell 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: 2 max - Private tour

Night Photography: Occasionally we get requests to stay out later for night photography. If this is something you would like to do, we can stay around 2 hrs after sunset to capture the stars. The cost of this add-on is $175. We will only do this extension if skies are clear. We will offer night photography instruction during this session.

Camera Gear: While our guides are all expert photographers, we might not be experts with your specific camera model.  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). A mid-range lens can also come in handy or if you don’t have a wide angle (24-70 on full frame or 18-55 on crop sensor).  Polarizer filters are also fun to have to "pop" the landscapes as well.  Tripods are a must since we are shooting in low light situations at sunset. Don’t forget extra batteries, memory cards, and cleaning supplies.

If you need to rent gear for your trip we encourage you to use Focal Point Photography.

Cancellation Policies
  • If you must cancel a reservation, contact us as soon as possible. All cancellations must be sent via email so that we have 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.
  • 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 cancelled due to low participation rates, sickness, accidents, death, political events, natural disasters, and so forth, BPT will be 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.