Embrace the Fog! Bandon Workshop

~ Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. Persistence and determination are omnipotent.  ~ Calvin Coolidge

What do you do when a bunch of folks pay money to come to Bandon to get the stellar sea stacks of our beach under notoriously epic skies and all we get is fog?  Actually, not just fog, but a couple of days of smokey fog at that.  Lots of regional fires have been creating a great deal of haze on and off this month depending on what direction the wind is blowing.  At risk of sounding whiny and ungrateful, I must also mention that at this time there continues to be multiple fires around the state and natural disasters of epic porportions around the nation. So please, know that this heart is grateful for conditions in Bandon.  Thus far we  are enjoying safety, and indeed, good business. The fruitful business is  due to simply providing relaxation for some, but for others it is a place of safe harbor for those escaping heat, smoke, flood and sometimes personal tragedy due to all of our continental weather and natural disaster events occurring around our nation.  

Having said that, many of us continue to enjoy our summer, myself included.  I had the good fortune of being a local guide and assistant to an accomplished, award winning photographer from New Jersey this week, Denise Ippolito.

We just completed a four day sea stack workshop and it was a blast!  So, back to the question of what to do when faced with lots of fog and poor sky conditions due to smoke?  You hunker down and get to work!  These sometimes disappointing conditions cause the photographer to reach deep, get out of the box, work hard and look for the silver lining, which to me, are the less obvious but ultimately beautiful and more creative compositions.

I must say that Denise Ippolito is a master of photographic creativity and comes armed with extreme technological knowledge as well as the energy and attitude that it takes to get great shots under any conditions.  She was inspirational to work with and her group members were no less so.  They hunkered down and made it their mission not to go home empty handed.

It was a fabulous four days full of fatigue, disappointment, insight, inspiration, some agitation and buckets of joy and laughter.  The whole gamut of emotions were free flowing and I loved every minute of it!

It doesn’t hurt that on two mornings we had the pleasure of witnessing and photographing the now famous, yet humble sand labyrinth artist, Denny Dyke of Circles in the Sand.  Please check out his website at the previous link for more information on his meditative, temporary and contiplative soul work.  In addition to that, we had two evenings of horses with models running on the beach for us to photograph.  The icing on the cake was when Bandon Stables pulled out all of the stops and showed up with a mare and her colt for us to photograph.  Need I say more.  We were all instantly transformed into the awe and wonder of nature that only a mother and child ensemble can evoke within the human heart….sheer goose bump bliss!






































Details will be coming out soon for another workshop next season so if you’re interested in attending stay tuned!!!

Above all have fun and be safe.  

~ Susan

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  1. deigh bates September 8, 2017 at 10:51 am #

    Always makes my day/week/month when I see that you have posted on your website – such wonderful images presented by such a skilled photographer. Sure hope to see y’all this coming autumn

    • Susan Dimock September 8, 2017 at 11:39 am #

      Thank you for such kind words, Deigh! I have neglected the blog a bit since we have been mega busy with the motel season…back on track and energized now! I always enjoy your pics as well and look forward to seeing you in Bandon soon and shooting together!!!

  2. Denise p Ippolito September 8, 2017 at 10:58 am #

    Susan, you were the best guide/assistant I could work with. Bandon is a gem and I enjoyed our time together-now to sell out our second one too!!

    • Susan Dimock September 8, 2017 at 11:31 am #

      Thanks, Denise! It was such a great pleasure to work with you! Yes, here’s to next year!!!!

  3. Pamela Hansen September 8, 2017 at 12:12 pm #

    Just fabYOUlous! as always dear Susan. I think it is past time I join one of these workshops! Please add me to your contact list.

    • Susan Dimock September 11, 2017 at 6:54 pm #

      Thank you for all of your encouragement and support as usual, Pam!!! I think you would love it..I will add you to the contact list for sure!

  4. Diane Bilderback September 9, 2017 at 9:50 pm #

    What a wonderful group of photos! My favorites are the first and the last as they beautifully highlight the two rock on which two pairs of Black Oystercatchers worked hard to fledged 5 young Black Oystercatchers this year! My other favorite is the photo of the Pink Sand Verbena with a beautiful view of the sea stacks with Face Rock in the distance! I couldn’t imagine how hard it must to feature this rare and listed plant with the beauty of the sea stacks, but your picture does just that! Thank you for sharing these amazing photos!

    • Susan Dimock September 11, 2017 at 6:59 pm #

      Thank you so much, for your informative and kind comment, Diane. I always enjoy what you write. I must admit I should but didn’t know that the plant was rare and endangered. I did tell our group that it was a treat to see because I had never seen it on the beach before and that I thought it looked stunning as foreground for our stacks. I am going to be more informed and mindful about out local plants and I’m also going to go back to see if I can get more pics!!! Thanks again, Susan

      • Diane Bilderback September 13, 2017 at 7:16 pm #

        This plant is north of the few plants that we have seen growing along this section of the coast. Normally, they have been just south of the creek that normally flows out in wetter seasons. I was able to find two other plants that were just south of this spot when I looked a couple of days ago. There is one plant at Devil’s Kitchen up against the northeast part of the beach closer to the south access area. There’s been a couple of plants there for a couple of years. While this plant is suppose to be an annual, it does persist for a while in the fall.

        • Susan Dimock September 13, 2017 at 9:41 pm #

          I appreciate you sharing your knowledge with me, Diane! You are a valuable resource!

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