My husband, Steve and I made our maiden mini voyage last weekend in our new photography travel set up! If you follow me you know that I am doing a year long project which involves taking photos and traveling the Oregon Coast everyday during 2017. My base and main focus is Bandon for this year but it is my plan to also hit other spots on the coastline. The purpose of my project is to showcase the beauty and ecology of our refuges and other protected areas. You can read more about this project on my blog post titled, “I Have a Voice”.
We spent one night and two days to check it out and get a feel for how everything works. It was a lot of fun and we had good laughs at silly mistakes that we made. Steve did the driving but I am “in training” and am determined to be able to manage and drive it myself as well. It is really a pretty slick set up with a contemporary feel for the interior which we like a lot. Not too big, not too little, just right! 🙂 We headed out south down the road a bit to Harris Beach State Park in the Brookings area which is close to the California boarder and about two hours from Bandon. This area is a magnificent stretch of the Oregon Coast and home to the infamous “Secret Beach”. The photography goal was to get a great sunset or sunrise but as we all know, weather has a mind of its own. We did have fun exploring Secret Beach more and took a few shots before it got too wet. It was highly overcast so I created a black and white rendition which is the last image below.
On the way home it appeared that the weather was letting up a bit so we stopped at Meyer’s Creek area which is the backdrop of the shot above. We easily pulled off and there was ready access to tall sea stacks surrounded by some mild sand dunes and beach grass. We spent several hours working the area. The weather kept “going out” on us but we persisted.
I’m attempting to approach my work on the beaches these days as if I am on a “treasure hunt”. I’m in search of details, large and small that fit together to tell the story of our coastal environment. As I said in past posts, I’m still excited about iconic shots with epic skies but just as important to me now are the simpler details that add to the story. As you can see from my images here they are not necessarily hang on your wall, metal print images. Rather, small pieces of a larger story that will unfold. When I see an interesting “treasure” such as a cool tree stump, clump of grass or piece of driftwood, I think “well that is cool but how the heck can I make an interesting image out of it?”. So that is my work and my challenge these days as I comb the beaches. It can be very frustrating when I come up empty but it is also an exhilarating experience that is causing me to think and see anew.
Thanks for taking a peek and exploring these new treasures with me!
Patterns in the virgin sand lead the eye in…suddenly the old, rotting log becomes a beautiful piece of beach sculpture. The story then continues out to sea.
Often Oregon Coast beach terrain is cluttered, complicated and chaotic. Choosing one beautiful element and developing my image around that to tell the larger story is a challenge that I am beginning to appreciate and enjoy. I spent quite a while with the stunning piece of weathered, white driftwood below before I settled on a composition that expanded my view and inspired me.
Textures galore, repeating patterns, movement and color all come together and describe a typical coastal winter day.
I spent a long time with this old tree stump. It reminded me of the story book called “The Giving Tree”.
And finally, my black and white rendition from Secret Beach.
I hope you enjoyed these images and that you may be inspired to seek out treasures of your own!
I’d love to hear from you so please don’t be shy to leave a comment! ~ Susan