Thursday, November 28, 2013

Brookings, Gold Beach - Oregon Coast

From 7/17/2013 to 8/2/2013, I took a road trip from the SF Bay Area to Vancouver, BC, Canada. Half of the trip was spent driving up the west coast. On my trip, I visited many famous places such as Seattle, Butchart Gardens, Mount Rainier, and much more. Obviously I got many coastal shots and many places that isn't as famous. The reason I am posting it now is because the high amount of photos I took equaled a high amount of processing time. I took a bit over 2000 photos on the trip. After stitching the panoramas, compositing the HDRs, and picking out photos from the repeats, I have a bit over 1000 photos to show you guys. The photos will be split into parts. I will link you to the previous and next parts on each post just like I did with my Death Valley National Park photos and my Yellowstone/Grand Teton National Park photos. Hope you enjoy this chain of posts!

Full Resolution Photos and Prints: If you want to see full resolution photos or buy prints of any of the photos you see, they are up on my portfolio for viewing. To view my best Oregon photos from this trip, use this link. To view all of my day 2 photos, use this link. To view all of my day 3 photos, use this link.

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Today I start photos from my drive up Oregon's coast. I will include some sunset shots from Brookings, Oregon, and photos from Gold Beach, Oregon.

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I'm guessing this is one of the first shots EVERYONE takes of Oregon. I'm no better. :P Good thing they have a pull out right at the sign! Pretty sure this sign saved a lot of traffic headaches. 
Approximate GPS location (type into Google) according to the Canon GP-E2 GPS Receiver: 41 59 55 N 124 12 29 W

A photo of Chetco River in Brookings, OR. 
Approximate GPS location (type into Google) according to the Canon GP-E2 GPS Receiver: 42 03 15 N 124 16 16 W

Black and white process of the photo above. 


I was a bit behind schedule so I knew I wasn't going to make it to Gold Beach for sunset. I decided to pull into another park on the road for sunset photos. This was shot in Harris Beach State Park in Brookings, Oregon. 
Approximate GPS location (type into Google) according to the Canon GP-E2 GPS Receiver: 42 04 07 N 124 118 54 W

With all sunsets, you can't just take one photo and get over with it. Here are a few more. 

Another sunset photo. 

I thought the beach would look nice in black and white so I did a process of that too. 

Another sunset photo. 


Now I get to my hotel in Gold Beach, Oregon. I shot this photo from my hotel room at Gold Beach Resort facing South Beach Park. The hotel rooms had a small deck facing outside. It was already dark out, but some how the sunset was still visible to the camera. 

I set up for a star trails that night. Photo consists of 30 exposures at around 2 minutes each. So total exposure time is around 1 hour and 3 minutes. To take this photo, I just went ahead and set up the camera to take the photos automatically with my intervalometer, and I went ahead and showered for the night. 

The next morning, I decided to get a better look of the park and get a panorama of the park from the deck. 

Here is an HDR composition. 


I then proceeded to walk into the park for some shots. 

Black and white process of the photo above. 

A few more photos from the park. 


Now I continue my drive up north taking a few photos at beaches in Gold Beach, Oregon. 
Approximate GPS location (type into Google) according to the Canon GP-E2 GPS Receiver: 42 30 51 N 124 24 34 W

These are all the photos for today. I hope you have enjoyed them. Next time I have more photos from Oregon's Coast. Please don't forget to share with your friends and family members! Also, if you want to get notifications when I post up more photos, "Like" us on Facebook or follow me on Twitter and Google+. These links can also be found on the top of the right sidebar.

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