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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.

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