Monthly Archives: April 2016

Indian Beach Sunset

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The Shot

When I first set up at Indian Beach I was facing the setting sun. But then the feathery looking clouds showed up and grew stronger and really showed off the evening sunset. So after grabbing a few shots of the sun setting, I changed directions and shot south along the beach to catch those amazing looking clouds as they became more dominant turned a solid pink in the evening sky. As much as I disliked not having more sky above the clouds, I also really wanted to get the cloud reflections in the wet sand and gentle surf.

The photo was shot with a Nikon D300 with a 12-24mm F/4 lens mounted on a Manfrotto tripod.

The Spot

Indian Beach lies on the Oregon Coast in Ecola State Park about two miles north of the town of Cannon Beach. Though fairly secluded compared to other nearby beaches, this scenic beach does see its share of sunbathers, beach combers, and surfers. It’s also a great place for a picnic. Visitors also often see wildlife such as elk, deer, gray whales and eagles.

Indian Beach was the setting in the movie Twilight where Jacob tells Bella about his Native American legends while they walk along the beach. The beach also was seen in Steven Spielberg’s World War II comedy 1941.

Falls Creek Falls

Falls Creek Falls

The Shot

Falls Creek Falls in eastern Idaho is one of the more difficult water falls I’ve ever photographed. The challenge was dark shadows on the falls and bright sunlight highlighting the opposite shore and the mountains in the background.

This shot was taken on a late August afternoon. I had left Grand Teton National Park in the early afternoon and was driving west toward Washington. I stopped at the small community of Swan Valley to grab a snack and a cold drink and ask for directions to Falls Creek Falls. This was late afternoon and I still needed to drive for several more hours to get to Salmon, Idaho where I would spend the night.

My webmaster had seen a photo of the falls gracing the cover of a magazine and requested that I capture photos of it. I followed the directions obtained at the Swan Valley store and found myself driving on a dirt road paralleling the Snake River. Still could not see the falls until I doubled back. I soon spotted the falls off to my right. I stopped and walked a few yards to a cliff overlooking the Snake River and finally saw the falls. I was standing at the edge of a cliff as the sun was rapidly descending. But I managed to catch a few shots without falling off the cliff and made it to my motel in Salmon, Idaho close to midnight. I only learned much later that the photo on the magazine was taken from a boat such as the fishing boat seen here.

I was shooting with a Nikon D300 set at ISO 100 with a 12-24mm f/4 lens at f22.0 at 1/4th mounted on a Manfrotto tripod.

The Spot

Falls Creek Falls is located on the Snake River just below (south of) a bridge on US Highway 26 that crosses the river about two miles from the small community of Swan Valley (population 204 in 2010) in eastern Idaho’s Bonneville County.

GPS Coordinates: Latitude: 43, 26.4436 north; Longitude: 111, 22.6442 west; Elevation: 1627 meters/5338 feet.