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A Quick Trip up the Oregon Coast

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Took a quick trip up to the Oregon coast. I had certain places to check off my photography list in mind for this trip, but the weather just wouldn't cooperate. Normally a little fog wouldn't deter me, but the main thing I wanted to shoot wasn't just in fog it was invisible in the fog. My best shot of my main attraction was a barely discernible outline in the fog. So this is the runner up shot, much closer to shore and I happen to catch it with a little less fog. It's one of many giant "natural bridge" like rock formations in Harris Beach State Park.

The Real Lighthouse

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The Trinidad Memorial lighthouse has been featured often on these pages. Probably one of my favorite photos of the Memorial Lighthouse is this one that was used as a holiday card recently. Apparently though there is a functioning lighthouse out on Trinidad Head that the public can only see and access one day a year. Well, this was that day.

As you can see the functioning lighthouse is not too far from the memorial lighthouse, and is a nice 20 minute hike from Trinidad Harbor, though the trail to the lighthouse is closed for most of the year. The lighthouse is the same size as the Memorial one, meaning quite small, but is fully automated. Two people on/in the lighthouse proves to be cramped, and the entries are a little tight, but you get an excellent view of water. From the lighthouse, looking inland, you can see a cabin right on the edge of the Head where the fog horn is.

The trail leading down to this cabin is rightfully closed to the public as it doesn't look to be the safest…

July 4th Sunset

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I shot fireworks for the first time this past July 4th. My results were pretty hit and miss, with the majority falling in the miss category, though it's not all my fault. I was told my tripod wouldn't be allowed in the viewing area, so I was forced to leave it in the car. I had gotten there early enough to get a good spot right up front and was able to make use of the rail with a 45 degree angle to rest the camera on, but my shots were pretty much click and pray shots. I started off using a small aperture with shutter priority set to about 4 seconds, but found this to be clumsy. Switching to bulb mode, which allows me to open and close the shutter based on how long I hold down the shutter button, worked out slightly better. Again, though, my camera was at my hip pointing up, so it wasn't really ideal. I will say that having a screen that flips and tilts out made this much easier to shoot.

Though the goal for me was the shoot fireworks, this came away as my favorite and b…