Back in May my online photog friend Justin Balog sent out an email to members of his online photography circles. He asked if people would be interested in a photo outing to the Pacific Northwest in the late summer. After what seemed like countless emails back and forth, everything was in place and plans were put in motion.
This last weekend Dave Wilson, Jim Nix, Jacob Lucas and myself joined Justin for an epic weekend of photography. We shot at the Japanese Gardens, the Portland Skyline, the Cannon Beach area, and the Columbia River Gorge. We even managed to sneak in some great beer and a visit to the house made famous in the movie The Goonies.
As you can imagine, I have TONS of images from the weekend and fodder for the blog for a long time to come, but I am starting things off with an image made late at night on Cannon Beach looking north to Haystack Rock. We had been out shooting all day and our plans were to be at Haystack Rock just prior to sunset. While at Cannon Beach we shot the sunset, had a blast with spinning steel wool and did some long exposure night shooting while enjoying the Perseid meteor shower. This image was from the very end of the night after the sun had long since set. To the naked eye Haystack Rock was barely visible but with an ISO of 3200, a wide open lens and a 30 second exposure, it shows up nicely. Throw in a little fog rolling off the land towards the ocean and you end up with the above. I love the contrasts between the stars at the top left and the bright lights of the beach on the lower right. The fog makes for a nice element between the two.
As I said, I have a ton of images from the weekend that will be posted here, but even if I hadn’t gotten a single keeper, it was an amazing weekend and I can now say that those online photog friends of mine are now real life, face to face friends.