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| p.1 #7 · p.1 #7 · Oregon Coast trip planning - looking for recommendation. |
If you are limited to 6 hrs and plan on driving along the coast from Seattle you will never make it out of Washington. Otherwise you are looking at:
1) Seattle - Portland 180 mi 3 hrs
2) Portland - Canon Beach 60 mi 1 hr
3) In the Canon Beach area you have the famous Haystack Rock which is photographed 10,000x per day, including by yours truly, and is therefore boring as hell. If you are there at low tide the tidal pools can be interesting. Consider also renting a tricycle to ride on the wet firm sand at low tide, lots of fun.
4) Ecola State Park is not far and the forest can be interesting in the winter, but I assume you are there for the coast. There are some often photographed beaches in Ecola, nothing too special but overall decent. There is a lighthouse off the coast that sometimes gets interesting light
THere is also a natural arch that is made famous by a few Marc Adamus photos around this time of year when the sun comes in at the right angle to shine a beam through it, assuming that you get to see the sun. Ipersonally prefer a smaller beach on the side off the main parking lot, I think it is called Crescent Beach, about a 30 min walk from the parking lot and thus not too crowded. This is from that particular beach
4) You can head a bit north from there towards Twin Rocks. The beach itself is unremarkable other than this
5) Or if time is limited go south towards Oswald West state park. There are crazies who surf there in the winter. There are a couple of secluded beaches along the way, their names escape me, they are good for more intimate landscapes than a grand rugged terrain.
6) Once you hit Tillamook you are close to the Three Capes route. Many people go to Cape Lookout and Cape Meares and call it a day. What a pitty, because the photographic jewel of the North Oregon Coast is without doubt Cape Kiwanda. I can spend a day there in ANY weather and find stuff to shoot, this is probably your best bet within your 6 hr drive window to catch big waves crashing into the coast.
7) The coast after that quickly gets mundane until you get down to the afore-mentioned Coos Bay, which is a LONG drive down. I personally like Cape Perpetua and the park there
8) There is of course Bandon Beach and Samuel Boardman State Park
9) There is a spout horn in that general area that I have never photographed, google "Thor's Well" for some rather impressive photos from it (which, BTW, are ALL blends of multiple exposures, there is no way to safely take that particular image without blending).
Bring your polarizer and NDs, there will be a lot of fog, clouds, and dreary weather, weather tailor-made for the forrest.