Hello, I am Michael Skourtes and welcome to Oregon Foto Guide.  I am a Portland, Oregon photographer who specializes in pictures of Oregon.  You can visit my website Oregon Foto to see my galleries.  As a Portland native, I have set out to capture the beauty of the state of Oregon. Michael Skourtes Backpacking I travel throughout the state to take photographs and discover the best oregon hiking, camping, and photography locations.  Some of them may be familiar to all such as Mt. Hood and other places may be harder to discover such as a lone homestead outside of Shaniko.  My photographic experience spans over 15 years, starting with traditional black and white darkroom technique and now evolving to mostly a digital workflow.  Everyonce in a while I will still shoot in film, maybe out of old habits, or because I miss the unique grain effects that film brings to a shot that digital just can’t truly bring. 

Photography is the medium of choice for my creative expression.  A snapshot is meant to record a literal moment in time but my goal is to rather capture the emotion and experience of the moment.  For the majority of my images, I try to capture the scene so that its sense of place can leave a lasting impression for others to enjoy.  A photograph that can convey its sense of place to someone who has never been there to see the beauty in person is what I consider a great shot. 

I hope that from my Oregon hiking guide you can discover the top destinations in Oregon for hiking, camping, and photographing. Please enjoy viewing my photos and reading my adventures while exploring Oregon. I encourage you to make your own adventure.

15 Responses to “Welcome”

  1. Hi Michael
    I really like your black and white photography. Your images are of a very high quality and the write-up is interesting. I will definitely be back!

  2. Hello!
    I found your hiking guide through internet..


    Thank you so much and keep in touch !


  3. Hi Michael,

    My name is Kasey Van Dyke and I’m contacting you on behalf of National Scenic Byways Online. I’m an Information Specialist and Researcher for byways in Oregon, Washington and Idaho. I love your photography and would love to have them on our website.

    Thank you for your time and I hope to hear from you soon,

    Kasey Van Dyke
    Information Specialist/Researcher
    National Scenic Byways Online

  4. Hi Michael,
    Great photos and great guide. I’m not quite as adventerous as you, but I have a similar site for South Dakota locations. Check it out at http://www.dakotagraph.com when you’re not out in the field.
    Good luck shooting,
    Chad Coppess

  5. Michael-
    Outstanding photos-you have a real talent. Keep up the adventures. You should put more pictures in your guide, which is fun to read.

  6. Michael:

    Both my wife Carol and I love your photography because we love Oregon. Your career in photography in Oregon spans so many years and so many places.. Your work truly does “. . build confidence in the creative spirit.” as Ansel Adams said.

    John Chadwick

  7. Hi Michael,
    I found your site through the nature blog network and find it absolutely wonderful!! I spent a few years of my life in portland and loved the NW for the many nature hiking opportunities that it provides. Now thanks to your guide i can relive many happy memories!! :)

  8. Your Pictures are AMAZING! I am working the month of January for a startup company here in Boston that has created a website for outdoor enthusiasts to find hiking, biking, climbing or skiing in their area based on their interests. The Website is called http://www.alltrails.com. This is (and will always be) a free website that’s goal is to make access to the outdoors possible for anyone and everyone in the United States. To be successful, however, we are going to need help building more specific content for the website. This is where we would love to have you assist us. In return we can offer you specific incentives through our website that would include driving people to your hiking guide. Please know that we are not at all trying to just take your already very useful information. We are simply trying to create and interactive website that will allow people to further discover the outdoors. If you are interested, I would love to talk with you about the opportunity.

    Thanks and Best,


  9. Hi Michael,

    i came across your fantastic website while planning for my January trip to Seattle. I’m planning to visit norteast Oregon and hope to catch some rugged coastline and waterfalls. Would it be proper to ask you for advice of places to visit in the end of January?


  10. Sorry.. meant northwest…


  11. Hi there, I’m so glad to have stumbled upon your blog. I’m an Oregon resident and love hiking and camping in the Northwest. We are planning a trip in SE Oregon, and if we are lucky, will get to check out one or two of the places you have written about. Thanks for the tips!

  12. Michael:

    I have always thoroughly enjoyed your writing and photography about our beloved State of Oregon. Your portraits often prove inviting and i rush to make my own visits to places you feature on your blog. Keep up the good work! More! More! my own Word Press blog about Portland was partially inspired several years ago by your own work here!

    • Hi John, I just saw your note and really appreciate your kind words. Thank you for your interest in my guide and photography. My whole purpose is exactly what you noted…..to inspire people to get out and explore Oregon. I look forward to reading your blog and thanks again for your comments as they mean a lot to me.


  13. Greetings!
    My name is Jimmy Childs. I am the coordinator for the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department’s Web Photo Project. The purpose of this project is to get photos of all reservable campsites, yurts, cabins, tepees, horse camps, day use areas, picnic shelters etc. in Oregon State Parks and to make those photos available to folks who wish to make a reservation online (over 80%). The project includes photographs of each park’s best features such as waterfalls, coastline, lighthouses, lakes, streams, geological features, petroglyphs, and historical features. The project also includes park staff photos.
    Currently, the public only has an online electronic map of the park with icons for the sites. So, in the future, the public will be able to see a picture of the site they wish to reserve, click on it and view a larger picture. Oregon currently has over 50 parks with 6,000 reservable sites. Photographic opportunities on this project will be available from early Fall until late spring and will continue until completion. Summer months will not be opportune because the parks are full and the photos must be of sites that are not occupied. We want Oregon to be the first state with viewable photos of the reservable sites in all her state parks.
    Here’s the good part. Oregon Parks & Recreation Department will provide a campsite with hookups at no charge to volunteer photographers while taking photos in the park. We are currently working on the recognition of photographers on each park’s webpage. Upon request, we will also reimburse 55 cents per mile. So, here’s an opportunity to have an adventure in one or more of our beautiful state parks and to assist Oregon Parks & Recreation Department on this Web Photo Project. I have flyers that I would love to mail for your members to consider if you request.
    Don’t hesitate to contact me with any questions or concerns that you might have. I have flyers I can mail to you if you will accept.
    Thank you for your considerations.

    Jimmy Childs
    Special Projects Coordinator
    Jimmy.childs@state.or.us 503-872-5324

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