A Day At The Beach

When I looked out my window at 4:05am I saw the guys parked out front, ready for our day at the beach. We loaded up our cameras and off we went down Hwy 26 to Cannon Beach and Ecola State Park for the sunrise. We arrived in time to set up and be in position for the sunrise. We had some diffused overcast with the sun playing peak a boo with us throughout the morning…

After a satisfying morning of shooting we had built up quite an appetite so, we headed to Cannon Beach and the Lazy Susan Cafe for a much earned, delicious breakfast. The day included several stops along the coastline photographing icon Oregon Coast Scenes. The light remained overcast for much of the day giving us soft, flat light to work with. We ended up in Pacific City in in time for a late lunch. The next few hours were spent downloading cards, going over images, doing some digital darkroom work while enjoying a snack at the Pelican Pub Brewery. With the last few hours of daylight remaining, we put our computers away, gathered our cameras and headed up the sand dune to photograph the sunset along the coastline. The cloud cover from the day remained through sunset but, with the diffused light there were still images to be made. By using my Singh Ray Vari-ND filter I was able to slow the shutter speed down to capture the blurred motion of the incoming tide. I like the blurred motion effect when photographing moving water as it conveys a sense of motion and time. When photographing moving water at slow shutter speeds, I use a tripod to make sure the camera is stable during the long exposures and once I have determined the correct ISO/Aperture/Shutter Speed combination I shoot several images in sequence as the water is constantly moving and no two images will be the same.

The three days flew by. I had a wonderful time sharing my part of the world and my knowledge of photography with a couple of really enthusiastic students. We were fortunate to have a variety of weather and great subjects to photograph as Monday and Tuesday brought heavy rain and wind. Of course, that wouldn’t stop us, we would simply change gears and go into storm photography, big wave mode. That’s the beauty of photographing nature…it’s like that box of chocolates that Forrest Gump used to so eloquently describe life…you never know what your going to get.
Images captured with Nikon D3X, AF-S 70-200mm VR II, AF-S 24-70mm on Lexar Digital Media