[/caption] Perfect swells crashing along the Oregon coastline! A great scene along the coastline, in the Pacific Northwest, is watching the swells build and then crash along the sandy beaches or rocky coastline. Due to the volume of the swells and the rocky or long sandy beaches, you have a great opportunity to watch some of the most awesome waves available. Oregon and Washington have over 340 miles of coastline with amazing views of the waves crashing along rocky cliffs or along its miles of sandy beaches. I personally like the Oregon’s Southern coast due to the water being a little more blue, which gives you some pretty spectacular photo opportunities with the waves crashing into the blue water. However, if you visit any of the Pacific Northwest beaches on a sunny day, you will find that all of the water along the coast will look a lot more blue. I’ve spent hours photographing the crashing waves, looking for that perfect shot that is better than the last. I normally don’t use a tripod since I find myself constantly chasing the best waves. I took this shot using my Canon 55-250mm lens and set the focal length at 250mm. I wasn’t using a tripod so I made sure to have the IS turned on and kept a steady hand since I had attached my CIR-PL and had the ISO at 100. I did increase the white balance to +3 but the aperture was only at F-5.6 and the shutter speed at 1/256. If you take shots of the crashing waves during the middle of the day and it’s sunny, you will have a much better chance of avoiding any blur or camera shake compared to low light during sunset or an overcast day.
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Waves crashing against the Oregon Coast
[/caption] Unbelievable! I mean simply unbelievable! That’s the only way that I can begin to describe how awesome the swells were at the Oregon coast on 9/28/10. Not to mention that it was 78 degrees and balmy as well as one of the best sunsets I’ve witnessed this year. The Oregon coast offered everything that a landscape photographer could ever ask for on this day. Who said that summer is over? It may be in other parts of the United Sates but not in Oregon. While making the drive from Portland to the coast, I was welcomed by a low cloud system that surely threatened to ruin my beach trip. I thought for sure that it would be either foggy or completely overcast on the Coast. However, I was glad to see that the clouds stopped just 1/16th of a mile from the coast but there were some wicked clouds that lingered just over the water that made for some really dramatic shots. I couldn’t have asked for a better afternoon. I took this shot from cliff overlooking the Pacific Ocean. It doesn’t have a name but if you’re a longtime Oregonian you may have been here before. There is no marked trail and if you come here during the summer months, you won’t be able to find the trail. Most people either just make their way to this spot by following other hikers. the trail ends at a 100 foot cliff that offers incredible views on either side. One slip and you would surely become chum. However, if the fall doesn’t kill you first, you would be thrashed by the huge swells crashing against the rocks and then eventually forced under one of the many caves lining the cliff’s. It’s best to just stay near the middle of the rock platform and set up your tripod or just sit on the only rock available. On a sunny day you can take in the suns rays and ponder out towards the horizon. To get this shot I set up my tripod and used my bubble level and remote switch. Because the sea water was getting my lens wet with salt water, I had to constantly wipe the lens and camera. I was using my 18-55mm Canon lens and had the focal length at 24mm. Because the sun was so intense I made sure to attach my UV, warming and CIR-PL filter. Don’t even bother to attempt this type of shot without a CIR-PL. I had the camera in Program mode and shutter speed was taken at 1/166 of a second. The F stop was at F-8 and the ISO was at 100. I also had the white balance at -0.3 due to the intensity of the sun as well as the glare from the water below. Since I was taking these photos around 4:00 pm, the sun was somewhat low at the horizon and I was forced to manipulate my settings as much as possible before getting the right exposure. This was especially tricky since I was also trying to get the crashing of the waves against the rocks from both sides of the cliff.