During all of the planning emails for The Great Pacific Northwest Photo Extravaganza the discussion obviously turned to what gear the guys who were travelling would bring. Since I was driving, I was pretty much wide open as to what I could take, and of course took a ton more stuff than I needed, but I mentioned in the email thread that I would bring my stuff for spinning steel wool. I was actually a little surprised at the very positive response I got for that.
Our plan was to shoot Cannon Beach / Haystack Rock for sunset and then stick around until well after dark to shoot stars and the Perseid meteor shower, but that leaves a bit of time between those two events when there is still a good deal of light in the sky, but dark enough that you can start to get some nice long exposures. Throw a beach and a very photogenic rock into the mix and you have the perfect storm for spinning steel wool.
I don’t think I am going too far out on a limb by saying that this was one of the many highlights of an incredible weekend of photography with a great group of guys.