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Oregon Coast Photo Outing
Wednesday 3 August 2011   —   Category: Outings
A couple of days ago the family and I headed out early to explore the central Oregon coast. We drove north towards Salem, and then cut west on Oregon state highways Route 22 and Route 18. It took us nearly two hours to reach Lincoln City.

Once we arrived at the coast, we turned south, stopping briefly to take a few photos of Siletz Bay. About 8 miles south, we stopped at Boiler Bay State Scenic Viewpoint, where it’s said one can see, in the water at low tide, the boiler of a ship that sank there about 100 years ago. Despite being there around low tide, we failed to spot the boiler. I guess you need to know where to look!

On the way to Boiler Bay, we had passed what looked like a really nice beach. So we headed back north one mile to the Fogarty Creek State Recreation Area, just south of the Lincoln Beach community. We stayed here a bit over an hour, enjoying the coarse sand, creek, rocks, driftwood, waves, and more! I got lots of great shots, 13 of which made it into the Oregon Coast 2011 photo album.

It was getting time to start thinking about lunch. As we headed further south towards the restaurant I had scouted out on the Web, we made a quick stop at the Rocky Creek State Scenic Viewpoint to ... well ... to see what the view was like from that point! It was worth the stop, because it netted me 5 more good photos for the album. Then we continued on our way until we reached the oceanside community of Otter Rock. Time to eat!

We dined at the popular Mo’s West restaurant. It’s a small place, and packed out! After a delicious hot meal, we walked a short distance to check out the Devils Punch Bowl. And no, that’s not a place to get a drink to go with our meal at Mo’s! This natural rock formation, with an inlet from the sea, is shaped like a punch bowl — hmmm, maybe that’s how it got its name!

Before continuing our journey south, we headed back north for a mile or two to check out the Otter Crest State Scenic Viewpoint, where we were treated to another outstanding scenic view, and a few more photos for the album.

A few miles south of Otter Rock we came to Beverly Beach State Park, where we spent some time walking along the sandy beach. Up until this point, my 24-​70​mm lens had been providing all the versitility I needed for the photos I had taken that day. But now was the time to put my 70-​200​mm telephoto lens to good use.

I noticed that my younger daughter was running up and down the beach, splashing in the water. So I quickly changed to my telephoto lens, put the camera in continuous shot mode, and took long bursts of photos of Olivia in action by keeping my finger pressed on the shutter button. In less than half an hour, I had taken more than 400 photos of her! Some of the shots came out really awesome, as you can see in the photo to the right, and the other photos that made it into the album. Because my Sony Alpha α55 uses a translucent mirror which does not move, rather than the traditional SLR hinged mirror that flips back and forth with each shot, it is easier for the α55 to take a continuous series of photos.

For our final stop, we continued south to Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area, just north of Newport. We didn’t have much time, because we needed to be back in Albany for a meeting. So we quickly explored the area around the Yaquina Head Lighthouse, promising ourselves that we would come back again and spend more time in this special location. All in all, it was a wonderful day discovering places we had never been to before, not overly far from our house.

When I started picking the best photos and processing them in Photoshop, I was very glad for a special feature of my camera. My α55 is one of the few SLR cameras on the market that has built-in GPS capabilities, so that, when turned on, every photo can be geotagged. This was one of the many reasons I decided to buy this camera instead of a Nikon or Canon.

This was the first photographic outing that I turned the GPS receiver on. When I loaded the photos into Picasa (yes, I used Picasa to organize my photos!!!), I opened the map panel, and whenever I clicked on a photo thumbnail, the location would appear as a pin in the map. With this technology, it was SO easy to find out exactly where I took each photo. Otherwise, I would have totally forgotten where some of the pictures were taken, because we stopped at quite a few places. I’m definitely going to be using the GPS in many of my upcoming hikes! Until then ... be sure to see all the photos in the Oregon Coast 2011 photo album.
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