I spent the last couple of days on the Oregon Coast at a small town called Bandon. I think I read on David duChemin’s blog one time that Bandon was his favorite place to shoot on the Oregon Coast and I certainly would second that statement.
I got there in mid-afternoon and after finding a motel – a very easy chore as there are seemingly hundreds of them which speaks volumes as to the tourist numbers in the summer. This was certainly not tourist season except for the more hardy ones who love to experience a place on the edge during a bit of a raw time. The wind was howling when I went down to the Face Rock overlook and I had to hang on to the tripod to keep the camera and tripod from going over the bank. It was very bright and the reflection off the waves – which were pounding – was extreme. I shot the following image using a 10 stop ND filter with a 7 second exposure. Probably not to everyone’s taste but I think it gives a very interesting twist to more conventional surf shots. (You can always click on the image to get a larger view)
I went down to the South Jetty and was walking back – not a good idea to turn your back to the surf – and got smacked with a wave bursting off the jetty rocks – coat, pants, hat and camera wet!! The camera went nuts and I was freaked!! I went back to the motel and went through a number of test routines and it was still not working correctly. After dinner I returned to my room and worked on the camera some more and it came back to life. So happy. Headed for the beach and what turned out to be a very nice sunset.
The first image below was just about 30 minutes before official sunset so still early in the evening but the sky seemed to hold promise for nice things to come. The wind was still howling and it was cold down there.
I moved north just around the big sea stack you see in the image above and the surf was rocking. I love the spindrift that comes with times like that.
Met up with a woman photographer who lives with her husband in Bandon and it turned out we have a mutual friend – Bruce McCammon – I have a link posted to his blog. It is small world. We spent about an hour wandering and shooting – mostly going in separate ways responding to what caught our individual eye. The next shot is very near the last for the evening.
I have to say that I was bit worn down when I got back to my room and it seems that I never sleep well the first night in a motel and last night was no exception. However I got up early with the intention of getting to the Face Rock overlook in time for sunrise. My experience in shooting at Bandon is that it is a better sunset shoot that a sunrise but the moon – about 2/3 full – reflecting on the beach sand made for what I think is a nice image. NO WIND!!
Breakfast at the motel, pack the car and head for home. The sun was just lighting up the channel that runs by the town and the Bandon Lighthouse caught the morning rays. I pulled into a gravel lot set up quickly and am so happy I did. This shot says Oregon Coast to me.
Off to clean lenses and charge batteries and put my kit in order.
Thanks for looking.