Highlight of my week

Heceta Head Lighthouse on the Oregon Coast at dusk
1/10 sec | f/4 | ISO 200 | 75mm

It was a long trip from Nuremberg across the big ocean to Portland earlier this week. A total of 27 hours travel time. Followed by two days of intense work. But I treated myself to weekend trip to the Oregon Coast, leaving the office in time to arrive for sunset at the Heceta Head Lighthouse near Yachats.

Heceta Head Lighthouse on the Oregon Coast at dusk
1.6 sec | f/9 | ISO 200 | 28mm

The Hecata Head Light was built in 1894. The 56-foot (17 m) tall lighthouse shines a beam visible for 21 nautical miles (39 km; 24 mi), making it the strongest light on the Oregon Coast. Named after a Spanish explorer of the 18th century, Heceta Head is part of the traditional land of the Siuslaw tribe that populated the area.

Heceta Head Lighthouse on the Oregon Coast at dusk
1/6 sec | f/4 | ISO 640 | 14mm

I deliberately had selected Heceta Head as the spot to do some blue hour coastal photography, knowing its beauty from previous visits. And I really got lucky, as you never know how the weather conditions will be. But I was blessed to experience a magic pacific sunset.

Heceta Head Lighthouse on the Oregon Coast at dusk
1/6 sec | f/4 | ISO 640 | 50mm

I experimented a bit with the settings.I found that shutter speeds between 1/6 sec and 1/10 sec gave the the best chance to capture the light beam. In the second photograph I used 1.6 seconds, which smoothens out the water a bit but with the tradeoff of losing visibility of the beam.

Heceta Head Lighthouse on the Oregon Coast at dusk
1/8 sec | f/4 | ISO 640 | 100mm

All photo taken with the Olympus OM-D E-M1X and the mZuiko 12-100mm F/4 Pro Zoom. For the first image (the lighthouse from the viewpoint) I used a Platypod Ultra flat travel tripod. The other images I took all handheld (even the one at 1.6 seconds). As I was standing on a wet beach there was no way to place the flat mini tripod. Photography is all about trade-offs.

Post processing in Adobe Lightroom CC Classic

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Have a good Saturday!


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  1. The Oregon coast is beautiful. It *almost* makes me cringe less at your gawdAwful travel time. Almost. But the images are really nice.

  2. Nice set of images. I spent the last 5 years of my working life travelling to Portland two weeks every two months. Love the city and the PNW in general. Columbia River Gorge next time?

  3. Marcus, these are breathtaking photographs! It’s my biggest dream to see Oregon coast, meanwhile I enjoyed tremendously just looking at these magnificent photographs.
    Many compliments for this art work!
    Wish you a nice and relaxing weekend!

      1. There’s a Vancouver Island artist – Roy Vickers – who captures the colors and landscapes around here. Your photos & silhouettes remind me of some of his work.

  4. These are exciting, Marcus – they’re beautiful photos, and to think that all except one were done handheld, that makes me happy. 😉 I don’t think water in waterfalls or in shots like these has to be smooth – it depends on the whole image. Here, having that beam of light was more important than smooth water (in my opinion). For me, the third and first photos convey that wonderful Oregon coastal atmosphere the best – they’re beautiful. (What a long travel day! Congrats for getting to the coast after all that traveling and work!).

  5. Nice shot, Marcus. Glad the reason you weren’t posting was just from too much work. I was starting to wonder about that. I look forward to seeing your images.

  6. Great photographs and great subject.

    Did it really take 27 hours to get to Oregon? Must have been quite a layover somewhere. I can usually do Austin to Malaysia in a tight 34 hours depending on how long I sit around in Hong Kong.

      1. Wow! that’s a long line in immigration. I think the longest I ever waited in an immigration line was in Heathrow and I was only transiting. It’s probably different depending on whether or not you are foreign to the country you are entering. Or maybe how big the airport is.

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