From time to time I have come across comments by other photographers saying that Bandon is their favorite place to shoot on the Oregon Coast and I have to agree. Shooting in a wonderful place is great but sharing it with my friend and fellow photographer, Susan Dimock made for a fun evening. She and her husband Steve, another great photographer, own a delightful boutique motel, the La Kris Inn, (http://www.lakrisinn.com/) in Bandon. If you are the area I highly recommend you stay with them.
We arranged to meet at 4 PM and head out to Face Rock Wayside for an evening on the beach shooting the sunset. What a treat for me. There was a very low tide and some interesting clouds forming all of which, to me, indicated a good evening ahead. We started at what is known as the Wizard’s Hat with about 40 minutes left before official sunset.
There were a number of other photographers on the beach and it was interesting to watch as we all jockeyed around looking for ‘The Shot’. Watched one fellow, who had a Pentax medium format DSLR camera with a big lens on his tripod, lose that rig to the ocean – just a dunking not a whole loss but it was painful to even watch.
After shooting all along the beach – heading north, we came to a spot where it seemed the evening light and the official sunset would come together with the sand and rocks on the beach. Below is my attempt to capture that evening light on the wet rocks and sand. Click for a larger view.
The following morning found me in the parking lot above the beach from the night before. It was overcast so not much drama from the morning light, instead nice pastel colors. This is a long exposure of 25 seconds at f10 and ISO of 800 – 16 mm lens. Yes it was pretty dark when I took this shot. Love to hear the booming of the ocean against the rocks on a quiet, still morning.
Hope to get back to Bandon again soon – not that long a drive from Eugene. If you want to see some of Steve and Susan’s work they both have pages on FB – Steve Dimock and Susan Dimock. I recommend a viewing.
Comments are always welcome and while I have quit asking for travel companions please know that the door is always open.