Photography

This beautiful lighthouse stands at the entrance to the Coquille River in Bandon, Oregon. And we kind of stumbled into this shot as we were leaving Bandon for the morning headed to points north. We had seen the lighthouse as we ate dinner the previous evening, but the late afternoon light wasn’t particularly flattering to the lighthouse or the scene in general. But, on this morning, with fog hanging on the coast and the soft morning light illuminating the picturesque lighthouse it made for quite a beautiful shot. This is probably my favorite image from the entire Oregon trip.

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After researching extensively for the trip to Oregon, I was most excited about our time on Bandon Beach. Although not likely on most tourists’ radar for places to spend time, photographers dream about locations like Bandon Beach. The combination of the beach, uniquely shaped sea stacks, and sunset light is exactly the formula for (potential) awesome imagery. Unfortunately, on our first night at Bandon all of those factors simply didn’t come together. The day was overcast and this glimpse of the sun just before sunset was the only one we saw. I like the image, but I had hoped for much, much more. Fortunately, there would be another night at Bandon…

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We had been on Agate Beach for two hours or so just waiting for the light to grow magical. The light began to put on a show thirty minutes or so before sunset. As the sun lowered through clouds hovering offshore we had increasingly beautiful conditions. Eventually a cloud bank began to obscure the setting sun, but the high clouds overhead then began to glow pink and orange. Even forty five minutes after sunset when this image was taken the highest clouds closest to the horizon still glowed pink. I framed this shot of Yaquina Head Light in shadow just as the massive light blinked on for part of its two seconds on, two seconds off, two seconds on, fourteen seconds off cycle.

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