Ecola State Park, Oregon

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Ecola Point  – 17mm, 1/60 @ f/13

More photos from the Cannon Beach, Oregon area.  When the sky is overcast and the light is dull, it’s really hard to get the details in the clouds to show up.  Shooting in RAW and using Lightroom and NIK Software Suite really helps.

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Ecola State Park – 32mm, 1/60 @ f/13

Another challenge is shooting over a distance, like the above photo, and dealing with haze or mist, which softens the landscape on the horizon of the photo. Using Lightroom to reduce luminance in the blues, use a neutral density graduated filter, brush in adjustments in post processing helps.

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Tillamook Rock Lighthouse – 300mm, 1/750 @ f/13

My exposure strategy changes for a photo like this.  I raised the ISO speed to 800 so that I can keep my aperture small and still have a fast enough shutter speed to avoid camera shake blur.  On a tripod, longer shutter speeds with a telephoto lens would not be an issue, and the ISO could remain at 100.  But I was hand holding all these shots.

Artistically, placing the lighthouse off center and showing a lot of space around it gives the viewer a sense of how big the ocean and the weather is by comparison.

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Ecola Beach – 17mm, 1/30 @ f/13

Just the beach and the sky isn’t very interesting.  I found this little pool created by a stream coming out of the woods and used it for a more interesting composition.

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Ecola Beach #2 – 17mm, 1/30 @ f/13

This is where that pool leads to.  I like the transition of the pebbles into the sand, and the variation of color in the stones.

I am addicted to the perspective of wide angle shots.  I am looking at 14mm and 12mm prime lenses now.  It’s pretty hard to find a zoom that wide for full frame cameras.

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