[/caption] A very stormy and cold winter sunset along the Oregon Coast. One of my first expeditions to the Oregon Coast, to capture the sunset, during Winter turned out to be one of my most memorable experiences. It didn’t help that the roads were icy and I had to drive over 4 hours round trip even though there was no more than 11 hours of light during the entire day. However, I had decided that I wanted to try and capture the perfect winter sunset with everything that an Oregon winter can offer. I made sure to bring along most of my snow-shoe gear so I wouldn’t have to suffer from the 34 degree temperatures and howling winds that made the temperatures drop into the teens. Even though my time allowed to photograph the scenery was limited, due to the shortened season, I was able to get this photo. The sun was actually dancing around some very fast moving and very aggressive clouds and it almost seemed that they were having a power struggle with each other. I was looking to get this exact shot of the sun just peeking from the cliffs with the clouds painted in an orange glow with the waves crashing against the rocks. The surf is also glowing in the turbulent and frothy salt water and the suns rays are spreading out along the entire sky. To get this shot, I made sure to set up my tripod, remote switch and bubble level in order to avoid any camera shake or blur. I also attached my ND4, CIR-PL and warming filter. I kept the camera mode in Program in order to avoid any blur from the water or clouds since I didn’t want to lose the personality of the swells. The shutter speed ended up at 1/6 second and the aperture was at F-4.5. I set the ISO at 100 and the white balance at 0 since the light was pretty dark due to the low light and time of day. This photo was taken just a few miles from Oceanside, Oregon, along a very secluded but easily found beach.
[/caption] Sunset along the town of Oceanside Beach offers an amazing view looking across its pristine beach and out towards the Pacific Ocean and Three Arch Rocks. Oceanside is a tiny little town just west of Tillamook and just north of Netarts. The town is small enough to fit in your back pocket but the views are some of the most stunning along the Pacific Northwest coastline. There are several hiking trails and dozens of beaches to discover. Three Arch rocks are almost perfectly positioned off the coast since the their distance from the beach offers some great photography opportunities. There are a few hotels and homes in Oceanside so you can find quite a few beachcombers walking along the beach but during sunset you pretty much have the beach to yourself when taking sunset photos. This photo was taken back on 7/2/09 and I took the shot with my Panasonic DMC-FZ30 point and shoot camera. I remember attaching my screw on ultra wide angle lens and held my orange tinted filter in front of the lens. I wasn’t using a CIR-PL or warming filter since the lens was a screw on and it would crack any filter that was on the camera. I set the ISO at 80 and the white balance at 0 in order to reduce the amount of light even though the sun had already set and it was 9:30pm. The camera was in shutter priority mode and the aperture was automatically set at F-4 and I manually set the shutter speed at 2 seconds. I wanted to get a very panoramic shot so I set the focal length at 10mm in order to get a large field of view. The tide was beginning to come in and some of the froth from the previous wave looked really cool so I took this shot. The indention along the sand was from the swells moving along the beach each time they rolled in.