Oregon: The Coast

Day two of the Thursday Morning Shooters’ trip to Oregon found us up early and on the road to the coast, a two-hour trip. Drivers and co-pilots in their usual seats as were the ‘back seat boys’. A quick coffee stop had put us all in an optimistic mood.

Our destination was Lincoln City, Oregon, a small coastal town. I had never been there having spent time on a previous trip in Newport and points south.

The drive through a combination of quiet farmland and rainforest seemed to pass quickly. As we approached the coast though, we noticed a change. The temperature had fallen and fog was beginning to conceal the hillsides. I’m not sure that I remember too much about the town. The ocean was my focus.

Thundering waves, whistling wind and screeching sea gulls filled my senses. I could just sit on a log and appreciate the raw power of the ever-changing landscape. It was truly a remarkable sight. The photographic possibilities seemed endless.

Camera gear in hand each of us set off in different directions. I chose to take only my camera fitted out with my ‘walk about’ lens, a Nikon 18mm to 140mm zoom. I didn’t want to be changing lenses in an environment where sand and salt could get into the inner workings of my camera.

A high tree capped headland rose above a rocky outcrop at the north end of the beach. Looking south along the beach a line of flotsam and seaweed marked the farthest reach of the waves. In the distance, storm clouds added drama to this wonderful scene. In short, so much to photograph!

As the day progressed we moved north up the coast towards Tillamook, a town famous for its cheese. We stopped along the way when we came across landscapes that were ‘photogenic’.

Even more than the rain forest I love the coast. The long expanse of the sandy beaches, the thundering waves and the incessant screeching of sea gulls is so captivating. The coastal areas within the Pacific Rim National Park on Vancouver Island provide me with the same attraction.

It will be interesting to see how each of us approached this shoot. Typically, when we head out on a shoot such as this one our images are dramatically different even though we were shooting the same things.

As I mentioned in my previous post I found there to be a spiritual quality to the rainforest within the Silver Falls State Park. The same can be said of the Pacific coast where the ocean stretches beyond the horizon, waves relentlessly crash on sandy beaches and from moment to moment the landscape evolves.


Watch for my next post, Oregon; Back Stories.

This entry was posted in My Work, Travel.


  1. John Bradley October 24, 2016 at 2:20 am #

    Some great shots Stu. Now you’ll have to read “Snow Falling on Cedars” which is set in that area.

    • Stu Dale October 24, 2016 at 7:13 am #

      I will look for ‘Snow Falling on Cedars’. Thanks for you thoughts on my images.

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