I'd thought that some of you may like to read about my adventures in shooting. At times, I've added a few cell phone-snapshots to my Facebook page to document the conditions or hurdles that needed jumping in order to capture "the shot". These photo updates seemed to go over well, but lacked a little description. I hope you enjoy the stories behind the clicks.
I've recently moved from Phoenix to Washington and while some would consider this a HUGE change, I spent the first 32 years of my life in NE Ohio dealing with lake effect and temperatures falling into negative digits at times. As most know, the Pacific Northwest winters can be mild with the ocean providing a somewhat temperate climate but the locals tell me that the wind storms are what is feared in these parts. And it wasn't long before I had my first experience.
It was November 6th, 2014. The weather reports were calling for 30-45 mph sustained winds gusting to 60 mph. We had been warned for days that this storm was coming. I glanced at the tide chart and found out high tide was going to coincide perfectly with these reports and well, out I went. The coastline around Lime Kiln lighthouse is jagged & rocky with smooth rocks closer to the water being covered in slippery, limpets & algae. I arrived just as the 60 mph gusts were hitting the coast, bending trees and causing huge swells to crash against the shore. I made an effort to study the swells and subsequent ocean spray in an attempt to keep both me and my gear from receiving a cold ocean bath (really, I did) but as I set up for one shot, fighting both the wind, composition AND my tripod, I was soon feeling one of MANY salt water droplets hitting my leg and advancing towards my head. My knee down to my shoe on one leg was soaked and my camera looked like it had just lost in a summertime Super Soaker battle. Cold, wet and now apparently christened by the Pacific Ocean, I made my way back up the coastline to dry my gear and give it another go.
Relocation and a new composition lent themselves to this final capture. The waves on the bottom right had just crashed a moment before and the teal-green hue within the lower to middle left was the outbound current and swell. On a cloudy day such as this, the teals and greens within the water are simply amazing and the warm fall leaves in the bottom left compliment the cool water colors. Truly, a fall escape...