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by: SUBMITTED PHOTO: DWON GUVENIR, OREGONPHOTOSAFARIS.COM - Learn to take photos like this on an Oregon Photo Safari, offered by Dwon Guvenir through West Linn Parks and Recreation

Long-time photography instructor, Dwon Guvenir, owner of Oregon Photo Safaris, is a Craftsman Photographer, the highest honor in the world of photography for orators, authors and educators. He has trained students from as far away as Japan, Germany and Taiwan.

Beyond the classroom sessions offered through Parks and Recreation, willing students can take things a step further by joining one of Oregon Photo Safaris’ workshops. The most popular are the Waterfalls, Ghost Towns and Cape Kiwanda workshops. The Waterfalls workshop visits 12 waterfalls over two days, with lots of hiking. The Ghost Towns excursion takes photographers out into the desert for nighttime photography of super creepy (possibly haunted) homestead structures, houses and buildings. The getaway to Cape Kiwanda is hands down a Guvenir family favorite. With the beautiful cape, Haystack Rock and the Pelican Pub, it makes for a great family weekend. Prospective students are encouraged to check-out the website at oregonphotosafaris.com.

Don’t miss these upcoming photography classes:

Photography Basic — This is an overview of how modern digital and film camera function to create art. It’s a great place to start if you’re not really sure you want to take the time to develop your skills as a photographer. Bring camera and manual. 7 to 9 p.m.

Photography Advanced — Craftsman Photographer Dwon Guvenir will teach you the technique and the art of photography. This class brings students of all levels up to the advanced level. No prerequisite. Bring camera and manual. 7 to 9 p.m., Feb. 3, 4, 5.

Other classes to consider:

Demystifying Meditation — Surja Tjahaja will present a free lecture 6 to 7:30 p.m. Jan. 27 at the West Linn Public Library. He will explain the science behind the effectiveness of meditation to reduce stress and promote well-being.

New Meditation for Health and Wellness — This class is appropriate for all ages and abilities. Instructor Surja Tjahaja is a long-time instructor for Parks and Recreation and lectures on the subject of meditation and offers instruction to all levels of practitioner. Join this class series 7 to 8:30 p.m. Jan. 29 (8 weeks)

Rosemont Ridge Middle School, Classroom A104

Snowshoe lesson and tour, beginning and intermediate — Join this fast growing sport. This group starts with a short introduction to snowshoeing and then splits into slower and faster paced groups for the afternoon. Guides will be with you at all times to ensure safety and satisfaction. Bring waterproof hiking boots and proper equipment. Meet at Gateway Max Station at NE 99th and NE Pacific streets, 8:25 a.m. Jan. 26

Get detailed information for these and all classes offered through May 2014 at westlinnoregon.gov/parksrec.

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