Spontaneous and Superb
I woke up yesterday to a beautiful ray of sunlight in my eye, beaming through the only hole in the ceiling of the free cabin Timmy and I camped in. Without waking him up, I left the cabin and hiked out to the viewpoint that overlooks Indian Beach. This place was amazing!! Spacious woods, a huge cliff, fall sunshine, and the distant sounds of the waves on the beach accompanied me as I approached my camera - left there a few hours ago after setting up my time-lapse. This time-lapse was attempt number two. I figured out from this that I need to switch the positions of the tripod heads that I'm using, so the ballhead is on top. This will give me freedom with my camera, so I can guide the camera to be perfectly horizontal by the end of the video. In any case, this is attempt #2:
So this was a pretty sweet trip all around. I knew that Tuesday and Wednesday (coincidentally, my weekend) were going to be sunny days with 70 degree weather, and they may be the last days like that for a long time. Originally I was going to go to Mirror Lake, but when it came down to it, my decision rested with this question: What place in Oregon Isn't as beautiful during the winter as it is in the summer? The beach.
I knew I was going to leave at 11pm after work that day, but despite the short notice I texted Timmy. I knew he usually had Tuesdays off, and sure enough, he said he'd come! I picked him up after work, and we got to Ecola State Park around 2am. (Side note: If you ever want to park at Ecola for one night, just call the Cannon Beach Police at 503-738-6311 and provide your info. They're really chill about it, but don't forget to also buy a day pass.)
So we hiked up to these cabins at the top where you can camp for free. After a long freaking time and about four seperate attempts, we finally got a fire started, and I set up my gear for the time-lapse. In the morning we hiked back down and went to the beach! I'm sure it looked really odd to all these beach-goers, because Timmy brought his crash pad so we could go bouldering, but how many people have you ever seen on the coast wearing a giant square?
I was a little bit frustrated at sunset, because I have tried time and time again to take pictures using these super nice filters my dad has, but almost every time I get pictures that come out like this:
Isn't that frustrating?! This was a setup shot, so it was before the sun and all my settings were where I wanted them, but that stupid bar of light was on ALL of my pictures this time. I thought maybe there was a light leak where the filter rests, so I took my shirt off and tried a few shots wrapped around the edge of the filter. No change. I thought maybe it was a bad filter, so I tilted it diagonally to see if the lines would tilt too, and they didn't. They stayed exactly the same. What the heck?? I gave up trying the fix the problem like this and backed up, hoping to put my subject in the upper portion of the frame, so I could at least crop it.
The bars were still too invasive (and way too much work to photoshop out, I found out later,) so I backed up even farther and tried again. At this point it might have been more useful to have a zoom lense, hahaha.
After getting home, I did my research and finally (FINALLY!!!) figured out the issue. Essentially, on long exposure shots with lots of light, the light will leak into the shot through the viewfinder. "The viewfinder?!" you ask? Yes, the viewfinder. All I had to do to get a great shot here was shut the little built in cover for my viewfinder, and I would have been just fine.
Oh well, now I know for next time! In any case, this was such an awesome spontaneous trip with my friend Timmy, and I really hope this isn't the last of the good weather, but it probably is.