A view of Cape Ferrelo

Cape Ferrelo along the Southern Oregon Coast

[/caption] With a view like this, who needs to ever leave Oregon if you want to visit one of the most beautiful places along the Pacific Ocean. Again, the Southern Oregon coast offers some of the most spectacular views on the edge of North America. The hiking trails are well kept and rarely over run with hikers. You can hike along the edge of the cliffs that separate you between the ocean and the Siskiyou National Forest. There are literally dozens of hidden beaches begging to be discovered as well as hundreds of rocks that shroud the rocky coastline waiting to be photographed. If you like to camp, you are really in luck since there are several campsites throughout the Southern Oregon coast. They are very well maintained and extremely quiet. You will also have access to some of the best scenery and beach access in the state. I took this photo looking north and away from the sun. This photo includes Cape Ferrelo and Whalehead in the far distance. The same trail will also take you to the secluded beach just below the cape. the Siskiyu National Forest borders the coastline and there are several creeks entering the ocean via the beach below. I witnessed several sea birds flying close to the rocks and could hear several sea lions just below from where I was standing. I was standing on a narrow cliff that juts out and stands over a hundred feet above the crashing surf below. I was using my Canon T1i and attached my Sigma 17-70mm lens and had the focal length at 25mm. I was using my tripod, bubble level and remote switch since the wind was howling and I was standing on an exposed ledge with no vegetation to block the wind. The camera was in normal/program mode and I set the ISO at 100 and the white balance at -0.7. The aperture was automatically set at F-5.6 and the shutter speed at 1/100 second since I had also attached my CIR-PL and warming filter in order to eliminate some of the sun glare. The sun was directly behind me and I took the photo at about 9:20am. If you plan to visit and take pictures I would recommend that you bring several batteries and memory cards. I took over 1500 photos in just three days and had to recharge my lithium batteries several time since the sunsets are fantastic and I took several long exposures.

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