Last Week’s Shoot in Bandon


Assisting with Denise Ippolito’s group these last two years has been such a blast! I love working with her and with groups of photography enthusiasts!  This beach is my stomping ground and showing it off and sharing all it has to offer with folks is something I find immensely rewarding!!! Here are a few highlights from the shoot.  I hope you enjoy a peek from our week!


Bandon Beach. Working on foreground elements. A single rock in a little pool can add lots of interest and balance the composition. Copyright Susan Dimock Photography




Bullard Beach State Park.The drift wood is the star of the show on this beach! We were lucky to find  beach huts to photograph in the foreground. There were lots of foot prints in the sand so the images up close seem to work best. Copyright Susan Dimock Photography



Coquille River Lighthouse at Bullards Beach State Park. It was luck to have a bit of color to work with at the lighthouse. Again, finding good foreground that was not too cluttered was the goal here. Sweet pink in the sky! Copyright Susan Dimock Photography.



Infamous Face rock in all of it’s golden morning glory! We were way down low almost flat on the sand to get the reflection in this sliver of water! This is one of my favorite things about sunrise on Bandon Beach, the sun comes up gradually over the bluff to kiss the stacks and makes them bright golden yellow! Copyright Susan Dimock Photography.




Elephant rock area which is the epicenter of our Oregon Islands National Wildlife Refuge here in Bandon.Sometimes pulling out the ND filters to create drama really works at our already drama packed environment. It can simplify an otherwise chaotic environment and add artistic flair. Copyright Susan Dimock Photography.



More filter work here. Again, the beautiful but chaotic foreground was calmed and given a rather milky look which I love. I am always on the look out for a punch of color and something organic in the foreground. This seaweed caught my attention and added interest and color! As the morning moved along pink began to grace the skyline. Copyright Susan Dimock Photography.



Ahhh…another awesome horse ride! I was lucky to be able to participate in two this last month and on both eves the skies were delicious!!! I used a wide angle lens in this shoot because I wanted to include the amazing fog action occurring in the sky as well as the riding action. The fog was swirling it up with colorful clouds. It was a stunning setting! Makhala and Jason from Bandon Stables did a stellar job for us. Boy, do they ever know how to ride horse!!! (Jason, your images will be showing up too!!!) Thanks, you two!!! Copyright Susan Dimock Photography.


What can I say…so lucky to live here!  Have fun and be safe out there!!!  Would love to hear from you! ~ Susan

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  1. usha September 11, 2018 at 9:47 pm #

    Thank you Susan for sharing your beloved location with us. I really came to appreciate how much a carefully chosen foreground can make or break a composition. I just loved the beach and the photogenic stacks. I had so much fun and learned quite a bit. You shared so selflessly and so readily. Thank you again.

    • Susan Dimock September 11, 2018 at 9:51 pm #

      Hi Usha! So good to hear from you! I really enjoyed working with you and sharing what I could about our beach and the compositions. I appreciate how interested in everything you are and how you compose on your iPhone first. That’s brilliant! I’m also enjoying your dahlia images from the farm…beautiful!!!! Take care and be well! Susan

  2. Denise Ippolito September 12, 2018 at 1:11 pm #

    Hi Susan,
    Once again, thank you for sharing your hometown with us. I can’t wait to get back to the sea stacks-it is amazing how much you can miss the west coast once you leave it. You did a great jog getting us to each location, thank you again.
    hugs, denise

    • Susan Dimock September 12, 2018 at 1:29 pm #

      You’re so welcome, Denise! It was a great group and a wonderful time…a bit of color to work with….yeah!!! I sure hope you come back! I know what you mean about missing a place once you leave and there is something about this area and Oregon in general that is very compelling! Thank you of your generous support and encouragement as well…means a lot. Big hug to you, Susan

  3. Bob Smith September 12, 2018 at 3:26 pm #

    Lovely and inspiring images as usual from you Susan> One of these days my wife and I ( and Missy , our black lab ) are going to get down there to explore your town and do some photography too.

    • Susan Dimock September 13, 2018 at 7:14 am #

      Glad you like the images, Bob! I hope you and your family are able to get here and see it all in person. I don’t think you would be disappointed!!!

  4. Jeff September 15, 2018 at 7:59 am #

    Good to see your Blog is back. Love those Bandon shots, was hoping to get back there myself this year, but not in the cards.
    Keep those Blogs and photos coming.


    • Susan Dimock September 15, 2018 at 11:26 am #

      Thanks a bunch, Jeff! I hope you get to come see our area soon. I’ll try to keep up with the blog better!

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