[/caption] I found two small waterfalls that were cascading just yards from the beach and tried to see if I could get the creek in the foreground and the ocean in the background while setting the shutter priority. The only big problem was that it was 10:50am and there were no clouds to shade the camera from the bright sun. I decided to put myself in a very shady part of the creek that was sheltered by the sun by a 100 foot cliff. I was wanting to get the most panoramic view in order to show the blur of the creek as well as the ocean. I made sure to attach my ND8 filter as well as my CIR-PL and warming filter in order to limit the overexposure. The fastest speed that I could use was at 2 seconds so I set the ISO to 100 and the white balance to -2 in order to ensure that the aperture would be set at F-20 or higher. I had the camera mode in shutter priority so the aperture was set at F-20 which worked out perfect. I made sure to use my tripod, bubble level and remote switch to avoid any camera shake or blur. I was using my Sigma 17-70mm lens and opened the lens as much as I could at 17mm. The foreground has almost too much shadow and the ocean is too overexposed. If I had been here earlier in the morning or later in the evening this would have been a much better photo. This photo was taken at the Sameul H. Boardman State Scenic Corridor and I am definitely coming back asap. I was amazed to see so many wildflowers hanging from the sheer cliffs as well as the dozens of sea birds and a very adventurous seal poking its head out of the water as I scanned for photo opportunities.
[/caption] Cape Sebastian is a great place to seek some awesome sunset views or watch windsurfers and kite boarders brave the cold water along the Pistol river. The Southern Oregon coastline offers some of the best beach access along with several primitive beaches, rocky cliffs, great hikes and views of some of the hundreds of rocks that lie just off the beaches. This area is bar far the most beautiful coastline in the state of Oregon and you are sure to be blown away by the natural beauty. There are several rivers that feed in to the ocean and you can drive just a few miles inland to escape the salt air and trade it in for some serious white water rafting or take a mail boat ride. Samuel H. Boardman State Scenic Corridor stretches from the Pistol river all the way to Brookings and there are several miles of hiking trails that are absolutely stunning. You can hike to several private beaches or hike above the Pacific Ocean and look down to the rocky coast below. Some of the vantage points are a dizzying 500 feet or more above the water. There is no other way to explain how beautiful this area is without just believing me and planning a serious road trip to the Southern Oregon Coast. Bandon, Port Orford, Gold Beach or Brookings are some great little Ocean towns that offer something for everyone as well as a great base camp. This is my second photography trip to the Southern Oregon coast and this time I made sure to spend several days here so I could really take advantage of the area between Gold Beach and Brookings. We hiked the majority of the Samuel H. Boardman trails and ended up in Brookings. However, you need to be prepared for some high winds since the winds can really howl in these parts. I guess that’s why they have some of the best windsurfing on the planet. In fact, I wasn’t able to take any sunset photos while standing right on the beach. The sand was blowing so hard that it almost ruined my filters and soaked my camera and camera lens with salt spray. I spent several minutes cleaning my camera and then hiked just above the beach to take this photo. I still ended up with a wet camera as well as needing to constantly clean my lens in order to take a photo. This was probably the most frustrating part of my trip. For the sunset on the next day I made sure to find a spot that was nearly 600 feet above the water in order to avoid another sunset disaster. I was using my Canon T1i along with my Sigma 17-70mm lens. I attached my warming, CIR-PL as well as my ND8 filter in order to cut down on some of the glare. I also made sure to use my tripod, bubble level and remote switch to avoid any blur or camera shake. The sun was scheduled to set at 8:58pm and this shot was taken at 8:50. I set the focal length at 17mm in order to get the most panoramic view of the beach. However, I had to crop the corners due to the ND8 filter causing more vignetting than I expected. I set the ISO to 100 and the white balance to +0.3 since the sun was extremely bright. I was experimenting with the shutter speed but on this photo I had the camera mode in Program/Normal mode and the aperture was at F-2.8 and the shutter speed at 1/3 second. Since the wind was so strong I found myself cleaning the lens after every shot and whenever I set the shutter priority to over 2 seconds the salt spray would coat the lens.
[/caption] Cape Falcon and Oswald West State Park is the place that has just about everything you could ask for. It’s a short walk to Smuggler Clove and Short Sand Beach with two waterfalls cascading into the Pacific Ocean. There are incredible views that follow along the Cape Falcon trail with sheer drop offs plunging several hundred feet down to the ocean. A campground offers an extended stay which is good since there are several different trails that offer over 20 miles of hiking trails. There are several spots to take in the horizon looking out towards the ocean with incredible views of the crashing waves thundering against the rocks and impassable beaches far below. I took this shot back on 3/23/10 and it was about 2:00pm in the afternoon. As you can see the sun was directly above which was creating some intense sun glare. I set the ISO to 100 and the white balance to -0.3 in order to offset some of the overexposure. I also attached my warming and CIR-PL to tame some of the suns rays and bring out the warm colors of the rocks. I was using my Canon T1i along with my Tokina 12-24mm wide angle lens. A wide angle lens allows you to garner as much to this panoramic view as possible. It would really hurt if you were to fall from this spot. This is a popular viewing area and there is also a narrow and less traveled trail that takes you lower but the views aren’t as good as this. You can see as far as Cape Lookout which is about 30 miles from where I took this photo. I had the camera mode in Program/Normal so the aperture was set at F-9 and the shutter speed at 1/200 second. I tilted the camera down a bit in order to avoid too much glare which helped bring out the colors and context of the cliff below as well as the land masses in the far distance. I also wanted to avoid any sun spots from appearing in this shot. I’ve never taken any sunset shots from this spot but I could imagine it would be pretty spectacular. However, you would need to watch your step and bring plenty of light since one false step would surely be your last.
[/caption] There is nothing better than going to the Oregon Coast in October and finding that it’s 75 degrees and the sand and water are almost tropic like. I was able to wade out to my knees in order to take some photos of the Pacific Ocean while the tide was receding from the beach. You don’t see too many Oregonians wearing swim trunks and bikinis at the beach in October but this was no ordinary day. You could also see several swimmers body surfing with nothing more that their swimsuit. This was truly an epic day to be a sunbather but most importantly a photographer. The sand was perfectly smooth and there was hardly any sea weed or shells to get in the way of my photographs. Normally I set up my tripod to ensure that I don’t have any camera shake but this afternoon I found that it would be more exciting to get near the surf and try to capture the personality of the moving tide. To get this shot, I was using my 12-24mm wide-angle lens and I made sure to attach my UV, warming and CIR-PL filter. I made sure to have my lens hood attached in order to avoid any sun glare due to the intensity of the sun bouncing off of the water and the sand. I had the focal length at 17mm and the F stop was at F-7. The ISO was at 100 and the white balance was at -0.3. The sunset was scheduled at 6:50pm and this photo was taken at 4:07pm. This caused a lot of sun glare so I had to be sure to constantly adjust the white balance and the ISO. Since I was mostly shooting due south, I was able to use the intensity of the sun glare to my advantage. Early Fall seems to offer some of the best sunsets and driest weather along the Oregon Coast. However, you really have to watch the weather forecast and expect it to change at a moments notice.
[/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.
[/caption] Cannon beach is not only one of the best places to photograph sunsets but it’s also one of Oregon’s busiest spots to shoot sunsets. Haystack rock, the needles and the large tide pool makes it a no brainer why its so popular. This is one of the few spots that lure dozens of photographers trying to capture the perfect sunset. I took this shot on 9/09. September is always a great time at the Oregon Coast. The days are long and the weather is usually perfect….Sunny, warm and always offering a great sunset. I usually start with several ND filters and then start removing my filters as the sun sets and it gets darker. I have sometimes stacked two ND filters (8 and 4) along with my warming filter and my CIR-POL filter. The sun is usually so intense that I need to block out the intense glare. For this picture I had used my ND-8, warming filter and my CIR-POL. I had set the camera on auto with a 1 sec shutter speed. I set my ISO to 100 and F-16. I used my 18-55mm Canon kit lens at 39mm. I have several sunset pictures of the Needles. I usually choose the Needles over Haystack rock since I find them more interesting and they are just past the breakers allowing more personality in your photo choices.