Bandon Beach Fall Sunset, Oregon, USA by Steve Giardini

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Bandon Beach is a personal favorite photo location. It was Fall and a bit cold down on the beach.

The ocean began to recede and clouds gathered taking on the colors of sunset. A previous walk up and down the beach led me back to this spot. I believed it to offer the best chance of a good capture. The sea stacks would be positioned well for where I thought the sun would meet the horizon.

With tripod firmly planted in the wet sand it was time to choose a lens. Maybe a telephoto and try to capture a setting star sun peaking around a sea stack. Or a wider shot intended to capture the reflection. I opted for the later. My composition included a middle frame horizon, not my favorite but it seemed ideal for this shoot.

As the sun made its final approach on the horizon a small hole opened above one of the rock formations in the center of the frame. I made some small composition adjustments and began the exposure testing process. Dialed in I began to make a series of exposures using the time lapse camera function. I was most satisfied with this one.

Happy with the result I took a moment to enjoy the last few rays of light before walking back to the RV.

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