Lisa's Pick: Seal Rock at the Oregon Coast

Seal Rock, OR

I love the Oregon Coast. I grew up there, and the Pacific Ocean will always have a special pull for me. As it turns out, it's one of my favorite things to photograph too. The sea and the shoreline are full of picture opportunities, from wide angle landscape shots of the beach, the waves, and the winding roads, to great wildlife photos of birds, starfish, and sea lions. It's a place where you can find something to photograph with just about any focal length lens. It's often misty (great for moody photos) or overcast (great for even lighting). But when it's sunny, watching the sun set into the ocean while the sky changes to a twilight blue is wonderful too. Have I talked about it enough yet? I could go on, but I won't. In this case we were at Seal Rock (we did not see any seals, so if you go there don't necessarily expect them) in late afternoon. It was sunny but not too harsh, and I took about a million photos. This was just one of the ones I liked, because I think you can feel the ocean a bit through it. Here are my settings:

Camera: Nikon D610

Lens: 50mm

Exposure: 1/1250

ISO: 320

Aperture: 8.0

White Balance: Auto

Watch out for more Oregon Coast photos, because I really do love it that much. I hope you'll consider visiting, because I do think it's a special place!

Lisa's Pick: Alpaca Farm


Eugene, OR

I recently visited Aragon Alpacas, an alpaca farm in Eugene, Oregon. There I found this lovely lady, who was as obliging as she was photogenic. Most of the alpacas on the farm were curious but liked to remain a safe distance from us humans, but not this sweetheart! She came right up to me and even sniffed (and drooled on) my camera. Thank goodness my camera is somewhat water resistant. She also made this happy face, which I thought was expressive of the alpacas' general sense of chill happiness. They were all really sweet and calm. Taking photos was quite easy, as the alpacas were used to a lot of visitors and tended to stay pretty still. The only thing that was challenging was not getting too many in frame, as that turned out to make for very busy photos. I was happy with this picture because the focus is on her eyes, which I think emphasizes her facial expression. Here are my settings:

Camera: Nikon D610

Lens: 50mm

Exposure: 1/640

ISO: 1000

Aperture: 5.6

White Balance: Auto

Look at her little smile! I'm a major animal person and I love wildlife photography, so this trip was great fun. I recommend making friends with some alpacas if you have the opportunity!