Seaside, Oregon and Ecola State Park

flowers in seaside 1507 (1 of 1)My wife’s family lives near Portland so I have made a few trips out to Seaside.  Most recently, we went last summer for the Fourth of July.  Seaside is the most touristy town I have visited on the Oregon Coast.

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Seaside offers a lovely little shopping area and a fun area with carnival attractions.  There is also a small aquarium that is great for kids.

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For a photographer, Seaside doesn’t offer much.  The beach has no character and is almost always crowded.  After walking a couple miles along the promenade, I only took one photo that wasn’t of my daughter.

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To get really good images, you’ll want to leave seaside.  In the past, I have always gone south to Cannon Beach.  After some research, I decided to go to Ecola State Park this year.  I was not disappointed.  It is one of the best places I have been to shoot as it offers 3 amazing views with easy access.  I left the family one evening and headed there to catch the sunset at Ecola Point, the first of only two stops in the park.  I got there earlier than expected and decided to check out the second stop, Indian Beach, with the extra time.

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The road drops you right on top of the beach, which is nestled into a little cove with lots of sea stacks.  It was a great location and would be awesome with good lighting.  It is also the place to go if you want to check out surfers in the area.

After Indian Beach, I headed back to Ecola Point, which offers two views: Tillamook Rock Lighthouse and Cannon Beach.  The shot I wanted was Cannon Beach.  Unfortunately, the sun was setting behind the lighthouse so I rushed over there just as the entire sky turned yellow then orange.

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There were only a couple other photographers there, but they told me if you are there at the right time of the year, you can capture the sun setting directly on the lighthouse.

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Once the sun completely set, it cast a nice red glow over Cannon Beach so I set up to take some long exposures as the last bit of light faded away.

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