Rainy Day HDR, Oregon Coast

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What do you do when it rains on your time away to the coast?  Well, on this day it was drizzling on and off so shooting for HDR was a fun way to spend the day.  These gritty renditions really capture the fishing town flavor of Newport’s Historic Bay Front.

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When it’s drizzling as opposed to down pouring simply use your lens hood to keep the pesky droplets off of your glass.  For these images I bracketed for three exposures, one stop apart.

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For this type of image I search for compositions that really speak to the flavor of the environment.  Elements such as wood, rust, cement and lots of primary color do really well.  Adding in local personalities is also an interesting possibility.  In the first image a local fisherman strolls through the image.  I could have processed without him in the frame but decided to keep him as a blur to add more coastal character.

I use Nik Software to process my HDR images.  It has lots of presets to give you ideas of what can be done but be sure to use the sliders to customize to your creative taste!

No need to stay hunkered down in your motel when it is overcast and drizzly….go search out some local flavor!   Speaking of local flavor….these are also great days for foodies.  We love Thai food so we checked out  M & P Thai Authentic Cuisine on the Bay-front and it was delicious.  The pineapple and shrimp curry and fried bananas with coconut ice cream were both to die for!   And if you do decide to stay indoors wrapped in in front of the gas fireplace….they deliver!  ~ Susan


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  1. Brenda June 12, 2015 at 11:49 am #

    Wow. You’ve done such a beautiful job capturing the mood of old-town Newport.

    • Susan Dimock June 15, 2015 at 9:29 pm #

      Hey Brenda, Thanks so much for commenting! I appreciate it. What to do when it rains and is sooo overcast????!!!!

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