Impact by MajeedBadizadegan

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I spent two days getting hammered by sea spray, rain, and hail that comes with standing in a winter storm on the Oregon coast. But in between all that, I got to see these monster waves break hundreds of feet hight. For scale, the top of the cliff where the people are standing is 100 feet high.

What I noticed from my limited experience shooting these waves is there’s really two main things that create interest in a Shore Acres Wave photograph: form and power. Sometimes there was a huge volume of water but with no form. And sometimes there was a beautiful shape to the splash, but no volume. Getting both at the time same time was more of a challenge but creates the most visually interesting photograph.

I also liked these conditions because the blue patch of sky and the low December sun side lit the wave perfectly, really driving home a nice contrast and separation.

Shore Acres State Park, OR

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“Stormy Weather on the Washington Coast” by conormusgrave

With the high winds & rain fall I knew I had to drive to the coast to see the waves crashing! The wind was blowing the rain sideways and I was completely soaked through all my layers after 30 minutes but the explosiveness of the waves colliding was mesmerizing. I was really surprised with the number of other photographers out there too! Definitely worth seeing once.

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Cape Mist by alexnoriega

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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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