Today I thought I would share an image I shot back in May2016. It’s taken in one of my favorite countries – America. I love visiting the USA. It’s a vast country with a varied and stunning landscape. I also find the people very friendly and polite so it usually makes for a great trip.
On this occasion, I was doing a three-week road trip down the west coast. Originally I had planned to drive from Seattle to Santa Monica (I still want to visit) but in the end, I went as far as the south of Oregon, headed back inland and visited some more great locations before ending up back at Seattle.
This image was shot at a location called Crater Lake. I was staying at the lodge on the rim of the lake for a couple of nights. This was shot on the second morning before I left. It’s four images from the Olympus EM5 which were then stitched in Lightroom. There was quite a bit of work I Lightroom and Photoshop to ensure a balance of tones across the scene.
This isn’t my usual style of image but I thought I would share it. The shot was taken on my trip to America earlier in the year. The location is a Cannon Beach which I absolutely loved. It reminds me a lot of St Ives in Cornwall but with an American slant. It seems somehow almost too perfect.
Anyway, I was out for a stroll along the beach and deep storm clouds started to roll in. But rather than raining, they created a superb light show. Despite this being superbly beautiful, it was quite dark and difficult to capture. Trying to process this in my usual style resulted in failure so I thought I would become a little more artistic, emphasising the elements of the scene.
For the Friday image this week, I wanted to share another shot from my recent trip. The rock in the frame is rather famous (I could find a Wikipedia page anyway https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Haystack_Rock) and is called Haystack Rock. It’s located at Canon Beach in Oregon which is a fantastic place to visit. It’s a little like St Ives in Cornwall but done American style.
Whilst this sea stack is an impressive and imposing sight, it’s not that easy to create a pleasing composition. At a distance and with a wet beach/reflection you can create some interesting arrangements. But when the beach is very busy as it was here, you find yourself quite limited as you try to dodge the many people.
I struggled for some time before I moved sufficiently close to shoot this and have to admit that it was more of a grab shot taken hand held. What was fantastic though was the light. There was a bit of a sea mist rolling in and the low setting sun was catching it; sometimes the light makes compromise worthwhile.
I hope you like the shot and have a great weekend.
Firstly an apology for not having posted anything for a couple of weeks now. This is because I have been away in America; Acadia National Park in Maine to be precise. This is my second trip of the year to the States and I have to declare that I love America. I love the larger than life culture, the people and most of all the impressive and varied landscapes.
I’m still a bit jetlagged (well a lot actually) so I am just posting the apology above and one of the images from my trip.