The southernmost coast of Oregon, that stretch right above the border with California, is one place I hadn’t explored before so I corrected that oversight last week on a day trip through as many day use places as I could cram into one trip. I took along my Sony A7 (aka “the big camera”) with an old-school, heavy-glass, all-manual Minolta lens bolted on. The lens was my Dad’s back in the day, and it kinda sorta works with the electronics on the Sony, but I have to pay attention to the exposure and then focus carefully on each shot because there’s no autofocus or auto-exposure with this setup.
The reason I put up with that is images like the above. There’s something about that lens that is just creamy goodness when it comes to landscapes. I have yet to take it out and not come back with at least one shot I love.
I went a tiny bit down a part of the coastal trail until I found this view of what makes the coast here so special: sky, water, light, and pine trees and sea stacks.
Down a crazy bad dirt road, which made me happy I have all-wheel drive on my Subaru, was a small beach with big rocks and crashing surf. The fog was starting to roll in here so I used the haze along with black-and-white to make the shot more dramatic.
At the last stop of the day, a long sandy stretch of beach, the tide was coming in and this rock formation right at the tide line showed how it has weathered the constant surf and wind for eons.
It’s been a while since I went out on a photo date with the Sony/Minolta combo, too long, now that I look at these images.
Photographer’s Notes: For those wondering about the work behind these images, I took 417 shots that day. Of those, about 1/3 were overexposed, underexposed, or out of focus as I figured out the best settings to use in each location. So let’s say 150 blown shots, leaving 267 images that were OK enough to make it past the download round. Next was the “Nope, doesn’t do anything for me” round, and about 30 images made the cut, meaning 237 images were relegated to the trash bin. Those 30 got a closer look and some developing in Lightroom, where mistakes or meh composition knocked some more images out.
In the end, how many were keepers? Seven. Out of 417. And out of that seven, five made it to the final round, this blog post. (One of the two remaining images is my 52 Frames challenge for the week, and the other one might as well see the light of day. Let me know if you like it better than the ones in the body of the post…
I hope that in this year to come, you make mistakes. Because if you are making mistakes, then you are making new things, trying new things, learning, living, pushing yourself, changing the world. You’re doing things you’ve never done before, and more importantly, you’re doing something.
(Images taken at Samuel Boardman State Scenic Corridor, Oregon, November 2019)