rocks, sky and beach

Solitude along the Southern Oregon Coast

Samuel H. Boardman State Scenic Corridor, along the Southern Oregon coast, offers some of the most amazing viewpoints in the state. You will be amazed at the solitude and scenic beauty found throughout this protected area. This photo was taken at Secret beach which is a hidden beach access that you need to look for on a trail map. The trail starts from Hwy 101 and gradually winds its way to the beach. The views are amazing and the beach is rich with tide pools, waterfalls, wildlife and offers pristine beaches with several rock islands in the close distance. I took this shot of the tall and skinny rock because it created such a dynamic photo opportunity. It looks like an alien ship that had crashed landed on the beach thousands of years ago with only its shell remaining. The rock islands are framed in the background with the moon hovering in the far distance. The intense blue sky creates a magical contrast with the perfectly manicured sand in the foreground. I was using my Sigma 17-70mm lens and had the focal length at 17mm. I was standing pretty close to the rock but I wanted to ensure the field of view was good in order to have everything in focus. The camera was in Program/Normal mode so the aperture was at F-3.5 and the shutter speed at 1/64 second. I had the ISO at 100 and the white balance at -1 in order to eliminate any glare and ensure that the blue sky was well saturated but avoid any grainy texture. It was about 11:05am and the sun was high in the sky but I was able to stand near a massive cliff that was hiding much of the suns glare. I also attached my CIR-PL and warming filter and also made sure to use my tripod, remote switch and bubble level in order to avoid any camera shake or blur.