Between the Storms – 2 by ErinToliePhotography

Cape Kiwanda – Pacific City, Oregon.

This was shot the same morning as my previous upload, only about 45 minutes later. Every time I went to pack up my gear the skies would start to change dramatically and I’d unpack and set up again. I got so many different variations of this spot that morning.

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Deathly Swells by cwexplorationphotography

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Here’s a monochrome rendition with a slightly different crop of a photo that I recently posted. I think going monochrome with this one really helps to bring the drama out of just how stormy it was out there! The darker areas you see in the background hills are rain squalls moving through. Thunderstorms were going off like crazy while I was out on the bluff. To say it was a cool experience would be an understatement! Thanks to John Mumaw for the suggestion!

Cape Kiwanda, OR

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Waves crash against the sandstone cliffs of Oregon’s Cape Kiwanda at sunrise on a foggy morning.

DISCLAIMER: This is an iconic Oregon location, so I can take no creative credit for this composition (though I find the optimal wide-angle framing pretty obvious if you stand at the edge of the water here). Props to Chip Phillips for his excellent images of this area, which inspired me to check it out when I first moved to Oregon.

I wasn’t here this winter morning, years later, for the purpose of exploration or for creating images. I was simply showing a friend around the Cape, and I had my camera with me just in case. The tides weren’t safe for any of the lower compositions I’ve found here, so when we saw this thick fog develop, I knew that these cliffs would be the best spot to be – the fog would create depth in the scene.

I’ve sat on this image for many months, because I’m not in a hurry to release iconic images – but I’ve had some office time as of late, and found these stellar conditions in the archives. I went for a brighter, lower contrast look in post to emphasize the ethereal nature of the fog.

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Incoming! by cwexplorationphotography

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This one comes from a spring trip out to Cape Kiwanda on the Oregon Coast. About 30 minutes after this was taken the sky completely blew up but before it did I got absolutely nailed by a series of thunderstorms and some pretty strong winds. The waves were crashing hard into the cliffs and I couldn’t believe the amount of people that were just hanging out on them and in some cases even climbing down them to get a closer look. All it takes is one wave and you’re done. I’m all for taking calculated risks but definitely be careful with mother nature… she can bite back hard!

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This photo comes from a late afternoon jaunt down to Cape Kiwanda to snag some sunset shots. I made it down about 45 minutes before sunset after hitting up Ecola State Park and some other areas along HWY 101 so I took a quick catnap in my Jeep, made some coffee and got to work. I normally miss out on epic conditions that everyone else seems to bag while chasing light but once in a while I get lucky. This was definitely one of those times. Just as the sun began to drop below those famous cliffs the skies opened up and I got nailed by some pretty gnarly weather. Thunderstorms moved in and I was pretty damn excited to say the least! Gotta love the PNW! This is up there with my all time favorite photos; hopefully everyone will enjoy it as much as I do!

Cape Kiwanda, OR

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