[/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.
[/caption] A moderate hike takes you high above the Pacific Ocean with views of the National Forest and secret coves. The Oswald West State Park is located just north of Manzanita and the hiking trail is one of the most jaw dropping and gorgeous hikes along the Oregon coast. The views of the Pacific Ocean are amazing and the views along the coast line stretch for miles both north and south and the National Forest is teeming with wildlife. The summit of Neahkahnie mountain is 1600 feet and offers the best overall view and is facing west so you can really enjoy looking across the ocean. This photo was taken near the start of the trail and smugglers cove is in the photo with Devils Cauldron visible in the bottom portion of the photo. This photo was taken over 4 years ago when I was using my Panasonic DMC-FZ30 point and shoot. I’ve returned to this trail since I purchased my Canon T1i but I haven’t been lucky enough to be there on a day like this. I remember that I wasn’t using a tripod so I had to be sure and keep the camera steady. I had the camera in landscape mode and the metering was automatically set at Pattern. The focal length was at 12mm in order to get the best possible panoramic shot without showing the highway below. The aperture was at F-1 and the shutter speed at 1/40 second. I was using my CIR-PL, warming filter and UV filter in order to eliminate some of the glare from the bright sun. This is a hike that you should take if you want to get a really good birds eye view of the Pacific Ocean with the coastline in full view as well as the forest, beaches, coves, wildflowers, wildlife and many other things that most ocean hikes just don’t offer.