Experiments on the Oregon Coast

In early October I needed a break so I scheduled some time off and headed up the Oregon Coast. One of the places I stopped for a few days was Bandon, partly to see some friends and partly because it’s a part of the coast I’ve often driven through but rarely really stopped and explored. The trip wasn’t specifically about photography but I did haul out the camera a few times. In all honesty, the conditions weren’t great, the light wasn’t very cooperative and the skies weren’t all that interesting so I spent the time experimenting more than trying to create final images. Still, I did end up with some things I liked. One of the looks that has interested me recently is the water softening you get from long-exposure photography, so I spent a fair bit of time exploring that. I had no real idea what my results would be, but I’d decided to ditch my Vari-ND because there were too many negative artifacts in the images, and I had a brand new set of Tiffen ND filters I wanted to play with (.6, .9, and 1.2 respectively). My first stop was late afternoon along the Bandon harbor shore with a lighthouse conveniently placed as a subject. This first image is your typical late afternoon, no-clouds, headed-into-sunset image. For reference, 1/4 second at F11 at ISO 200 with...

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