I had the pleasure of photographing one of the most iconic locations on the western coast today. While the various rock stacks along the Oregon-Washington coast, few are as well known as Haystack Rock, at Cannon Beach, about a two hour drive west of Portland. I had planned to incorpote a vist to Cannon Beach as part of a trip to Oregon, but when I started to make my way west from Portland, I became worried about my chances. I was running into typical Pacific Coast weather: clouds, rain, sprinkles, and then sheets of rain. I spent most of the day scouting the coast south of Cannon Beach after arriving at the coast, then headed back into town to check into my B&B, the Cannon Beach Hotel. When I was done checking and and unpacking, sunlight started to occasionally peek out among the many clouds. By about an hour before sunset, there were plenty of patches of blue, consistent sunlight, and lots of promise.
I stayed on the beach for about two hours. I am pretty sure that I was the last person to leave the beach. It was so dark, I had to pull my headlamp (no nature photographer should leave home without one) out of my camera bag to stow my gear and make my way back to the B&B. As I knew this would be my only evening to work Haystack Rock, I tried several angles of composition on the rocks, working at various distances from the rock. I was one of three photographers on the beach for the evening. Two of them stayed pretty much at the same spot, but I am sure that they also didn’t have to suffer going home with pants soaked all the way up to their mid-thighs. Small sacrifice to get some of the shots I was able to capture. One of the photographers, Gary Loveless, is a local who was very helpful in giving tips to the other photographer, who seemed to be a learning amateur from out of town.