Beach Break

After a hectic first half of the year with lot’s of travel, presentations, working one on one with folks, getting my own network totally re-worked and totally improved and just finishing up an ebook with Peachpit I was sure looking forward to a couple of days at the beach with my mom.  Not only was it relaxing but, the weather was awesome with a good variety from bright overcast lighting up Yaquina Head Lighthouse.  The grasses added a nice foreground element as well as hiding the long line of people eating to go into the lighthouse for a tour…

Nikon D800, AF-S 28-300mm 3.5-5.6 VR ISO 200 f16 @ 1/60

 

The waves hitting the rocks at Boiler Bay sucked me in and I pulled out my Singh Ray Vari-ND to slow the shutter speed way down to capture blur motion.  I included the people in the upper right for scale…

Nikon D800, AF-S 28-300mm 3.5-5.6 VR ISO 200 f32 @ 10 sec

 

We couldn’t have asked for better coastal weather for our short visit.  High, thin clouds provided soft light with few shadows which it great for extending your shooting time through the normally hard light of midday.  I walked across the Newport Bay Bridge to get a shot back at the harbor…

Nikon D800, AF-S 28-300mm 3.5-5.6 VR ISO 100 f13 @ 1/90

 

And, as typical on a nice summer day, the sea fog began rolling in just before sunset.  I love working with fog as it’s a great way to simplify a scene hiding the background elements that can be busy or uninteresting…

Nikon D800, AF-S 28-300mm 3.5-5.6 VR ISO 100 f8 @ 1/15

 

I made my final, and favorite, click of the day at dusk.  The fog and blue cast of twilight adds a moody feel to the scene and the lights add a warm color contrast to the scene…

Nikon D800, AF-S 28-300mm 3.5-5.6 VR ISO 200 f11 @ 1/4

What a great way to re-charge the creative batteries and spend time with my wonderful mother.  Now to get back to work.