Hidden beach on the North Oregon coast

Oregon Coast sunset

[/caption] Some of the best sunsets along the Oregon coast is during the Winter season. However, the drive to the coast can be a little dicey, the weather can deteriorate quickly and the sun does set at a quick pace. I normally just check the weather to find a day that is supposed to be mostly sunny and then pick a place to visit. This sunset shot was taken at a hidden beach that has no name and is hardly ever visited. There is no sandy beach but rather large black rocks that line the 1/4 mile beach. There is a waterfall that cuts in between the beach and there are several rock outcroppings that help block out the sun glare and make for a great subject. You can also see one of the lighthouses peaking through the edge of the cliff. This photo was taken in December and the sun was just about to set. A massive storm system had just moved through so the clouds were moving at a very quick pace. Therefore, I wasn’t able to set the camera mode to Shutter priority since the blurring of the clouds were too much. I stood behind this rocky cliff so I could expose only a part of the sun so I wouldn’t have too much glare. I wanted to get the glare of the sun to creeping around the rock as you can see in this photo as well as the halo bouncing around the clouds and the the reflection bouncing off the swells crashing on the beach. I was using my Canon T1i along with my Canon 18-55mm lens. I attached my warming filter and my CIR-PL and set the focal length to 22mm. The camera mode was in Program/Normal so the aperture was at F-4.5 and the shutter speed at 1/6 second due to the low light. I kept the ISO at 100 and the white balance at 0 in order to make the photo as crisp and tack sharp as possible. This photo is almost exactly as I saw while standing at this very spot. Only the warm orange and yellow colors of the sunlit sky was enhanced by my warming filter.

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