About 5 PM last night it looked like it might be worth a drive out to Cannon Beach for sunset. I checked the visible satellite radar via  and it appeared like there was a chance of a few clouds would be around only to enhance the sunset. It also looked like this would be the best night until next week due to some incoming weather. Never the less, I got out to Cannon Beach about 7:30PM. Sunset was at 8:15PM.

As I was framing some shots, hoping  for the light to start to “happen” when another photographer, hand holding  a Nikon D50 walked up to me. He seemed like a nice enough guy so we began to chat. He said he shot Hassleblad’s, Leica’s in his old “pro” days but now he’s hooked on digital. Hmmmmmmmm? I didn’t get into the hand holding situation, as he didn’t even have a lens hood, cable release either, let alone a tripod. The biggest problem was that he left before the show!

IMAGE 1, was taken right as the sun disappeared below the horizon. There was nothing exciting going on here as far as I was concerned but he though it was great. Again, I bit my tongue. Another problem we had was that some folks built a huge fire to the right of Haystack Rock on the beach. Fires are common in the evenings on the beach but this one was huge. The wind was blowing out and caused the smoke to unsharpen the image a bit. However I knew that if the light worked out right, the smoke could help the image, but it wouldn’t happen for another 1/2 hr or so.

1.jpg IMAGE 1 —- shot about 8:15PM

Below is IMAGE 2. This was shot about 8:25. My new friend shot this at the same time as me. I was shooting at ISO 100, F 16 at about 3 seconds or so. Handheld? NO WAY!!!!—-But he shot it anyway. This light was pretty good, and getting sweeter. Right after this shot, he looked at me and said ” Well we nailed it!” and shook my hand and began to prepare to leave thinking that he had just shot another winning image. He asked If I wanted to walk back with him, and I said that I was going to hang around for another 1/2 hr to 45 minutes because the show was just getting started. He looked at me like I was crazy. So much for being an ex-pro.

I played around with different compositions, some verticals ( for those of you who know me know my passion for vertical compositions!) I even got a nice image looking the other direction(south) toward Hug Point. ( Very last image on the bottom of this writing)

 2.jpg IMAGE 2  –shot about 8:30   not bad but wait!

Now I was alone and things started to get great. The light became sweeter and made for the best images of the evening.

32.jpgIMAGE 3  Shot about 8:45  1/2 hr after sunset   15 Minutes after my buddy took off!

IMAGE 4 was photographed around  9:05PM  50 minutes after sunset, and 35 minutes after my fellow photographer left, when the light was just about done but still really great. Here is the final shot of the evening. It was well worth hanging around for the duration.

The moral of the story is, “It Ain’t Over till its Over.

4.jpg IMAGE 4  shot at 9:05PM  50 minutes after sunset.

Here is the shot looking south toward Hug Point. This was shot about 8:20PM

5.jpgLOOKING SOUTH-toward Hug Point. Sometimes things are happening in the other direction too!





I figured that a rare rainy Monday in August would be ideal to spend in Ecola State Park. So I headed west out Oregon Hwy26 about 1 hour or so to the park.

ECOLA STATE PARK, Oregon, is located just north of Cannon Beach, about 50 W. of Portlamd. In 1805 the Lewis & Clark expidition established a fort and stockade here. The area offered plenty of protection from the winter storms and food. The forests here date back to 123,000 years. The image above is a good representation of the Sitka Spruce, moss covered alder forest that encompasses the entire park, right doen to the edge of the 60o’ plus cliffs that come right up to the edge of the Pacific Ocean. Douglas fir, red cedar and red alder also are plentyful. The area averages over 75″ of rain per year and rarly freezes. If you like green, here is the place! 

There are 2 main areas with plenty of hiking trails. On the north, there’s Indian Beach. On the south, theres Crescent Beach. You can get to points that offer great views of Seal Rocks, and Haystack rock just south at near by Cannon Beach.

laorcstecolacres1.jpgCrescent Beach

laorcsttillrocklh1.jpgTillamook Rock Lighthouse

This lighthouse is visable only on fairly clear days as it is located 1.2 miles off shore. The tower is 62′ tall and is 133 above sea level. It opened in 1881 after three years of construction ( imagin building this lighthouse one mile off shore in the late 1800’s!) and was active until 1957 when it was shut down. Today, there is an automated bouy that replaces the functions of the lightouse. Believe it or not, the only use for this lighthouse today is as a mausoleum for storing the ashes of those wishing to spend their eternity at sea.

faelkroosv_ecols0807a.jpgRoosevelt Elk

Just as the rain was increasing and I was getting ready to head out leter in the day  a small heard of Roosevelt Elk came out of the near by woods. Roosevelt Elk originated from a transplant of 8 calves captured on the Olympic Peninsula in 1928. The can be found south into Northern California. The are slightly larger  and darker in color but less symmentrical then the Rocky Mt. Elk found east of the Cascade Mts.

Ecola State park is a great place to photograph, even in rainy weather.



laortill1.jpg TILLIMOOK BAY

I spent a day exploring on the Oregon Coast, preparing and learning the spots for my workshops here in 2008 ( details will be found here as well as at in mid September). I drove the stretch from Tillamook to Newport. I saw lots of wildlife ( Elk, brown pelicans, cormorants, lots of shore birds, harbor seals etc… ). I caught the sunrise at low tide looking across Tillamook Bay ( Tillamook is know for the cheese!). There are 2 roads that take you off HWY 101 and close to the ocean. There is so much to shoot it’s a paradise. The small town of Depoe ( known for having the world’s smallest navigable harbor) is a really cool place to shoot the boats in it’s harbor. It’s also know as the best spot on the Oregon Coast for whale watching. The light wasn’t great ( bright sun, no clouds) but I had a great day and look forward to many more.

laorlhcmears1.jpg CAPE MEARS LIGHTHOUSE

laorcst_anderson1.jpgANDERSON’S VIEWPOINT ( Three Arch Rock in the distance)


I’ve Got the Blues


While getting settled here in Oregon I’ve been reading lots of books that I brought along with me about Blue Herons. I am preparing an article that will go up on my web site in a few weeks about these birds. It will be structured toward things most folks don’t know about them. Here’s a tease…Did you know that they have 3 “fingers” facing front on their feet? Did you know that the middle “tow” has a special hook built in to help preen themselves with? It’s the only such hook on their feet or legs.  More to come!

(This Heron was one of my last Heron images from the Cuyahoga Valley NAtional Park in Ohio, Photographed June 2007)




Finally, I am unpacked enough, up and running Internet wise and kind of caught up on emails etc to get back to blogging. I’m going to updating my web site sometime in August. Look for my 2008 Workshop Schedule ( now that I am here in Oregon look for new and exciting locations with other features that I couldn’t do while living in Ohio).

Having said that, there isn’t a day that goes by that I don’t think about what’s going on wildlife wise at the boardwalk in the CVNP or some of those great foggy morning shoots in the park. Yes I do miss the place. and my friends. I haven’t been out shooting yet since we are still far from being settled. However Duke & Roscoe made it out to Cannon Beach last Saturday and then up into the Hood River area on Sunday. Needless to say they loved the ocean. I kept telling them about it on the way out and I hope it was all I described.

So as always, feel free to send me an email at and be on the lookout for details on photo events throughout the remainder of 2007 and into 2008. ( The fall workshop in OHIO in October is filling up fast–2007_graham_fall_workshop_flyer.pdf  FOR DETAILS!!! )