Sunday, August 7, 2011

Oregon North Coast Workshop, July 17th, 2011

One thing you can count on in the Northwest is the weather changing it's mind, regardless what the computer models say. After delaying our workshop for one day, some of the participants experienced a righteous downpour in the early morning upon leaving Portland, but everyone was able to come, at least for part of the day.

The tide was well out as we made our way down to beautiful Hug Point and the myriad photographic opportunities there, including caves and a nice waterfall. It was a cool and overcast morning, so we had the potential of rich colors with lower contrast. We dodged the rain until 11a, when a light soaking was the theme. A good time for lunch and reviewing.

Shooting at Hug Point

The deep cave at Hug Point. Good to try HDR here. Thanks, Bill

After our review session, we strolled down to Haystack in the mist to be greeted by crashing waves and an incoming tide.

A few folks had to head back, but the rest of us were treated to somewhat clearing skies at the north end of Cannon Beach near Bird Rocks (sometimes known as Guano Rocks, for obvious reasons). with sea grass and a great view of Haystack.

Next we headed to Ecola State Park, another photographer's paradise. Since the weather had been rather rainy, the usual Sunday crowd was absent, and it was quite peaceful there.

Lush and well watered covering at Ecola State Park. Note those tripods.

Last stop was Indian Beach, Ecola State Park. Tide was going out as we strolled the beach, with pelicans flying and the sun finally making a modest appearance near the day's end. An added bonus was elk at Ecola Park making a somewhat unusual summer appearance!

Participants photographs can be viewed here>>

Thank you all for coming!