The Story Of My Favorite Shot


For as long as I can remember I have wanted to go out to the West coast.  Since, I am land locked where I live the ocean, rock and sea life have a big attraction for me.  Plus, visually the views tend to be more dynamic and vibrant whether in the sunsets or  in weather changes. I am not sure what the attraction is or maybe it is more of a mystery.  The sea always seems to call me to and so I decided t answer.  My opportunity came and I flew out to the Oregon coast to meet some friends for a weekend of photography.

When it comes to dynamic locations of Thor’s Well has all this sea loving heart requires.  Thor’s Well a main attraction on the Oregon coast had been very quiet for water displays for a while.  Luckily on this trip the water is giving a powerful display again and never seeing anything like this I enjoy the moment.   I have just switched over to mirrorless Fuji X-T1 from a Canon 5d Mark II.  The camera may look small but don’t let that fool you.  However, I just discovered something new.  I haven’t been able to get my hands on one yet.  I would love to check out this new small camera from Light  ( which has created technology that maintains the quality of a DSLR, all while keeping the convenience of a smartphone that can fit in your pocket. I remember being a little overwhelmed at first with so many options.

The equipment.

Fuji X-T1 and Fuji XF 18-135mm lens

The settings

ISO 1600, Lens at 27.9 m, F/4.2, 1/420 sec

I remember being a little overwhelmed at first with so many options.  I knew I wanted to get a shot of the water coming up out of the Well into the air.  This is where it becomes a patience and learning game.  Where is the water going to come up and how do I know by looking at the water coming in if it will be a good shot.  The first few shots are just a test of the equipment to see if I can get a good photo.  Is the photo going to be clear and am I standing in the right location.  This camera is still new enough to me that I still need to be reassured of its capabilities.

Then, I just stand back and wait for the right swell of water and have the camera ready to go.  I didn’t shoot on a tripod for this photo just because I liked the freedom of being able to move to adjust for the water coming from different locations.  I would hold it steady and let the camera take the shot as the swell would emerge.  I also took multiple shots because of the timing of the swell and the speed at which the water rises into the air.    As you can see from the above shot the Fuji X-T1 and Thor’s Well didn’t let me down.



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