Well, our trip to Oregon was not exactly what I was hoping. What you see above was probably the *best* weather we got. At the worst, well, we ended up dragging Elena through rain blowing sideways at 50 mph (luckily only a short distance). If any of you are familiar with Oregon's Sea Lion Caves, the entry is up on a high cape a few hundred feet above water level. After we dragged Elena from the car into the building at the top of the caves, they said "you can't go down to the caves, we just had a gust of 68 mph and winds have been sustained in the mid 50s." Luckily, winds died down after a shot time and we made it down . . . but it was hinting at what we'd be dealing with all weekend.
This is the Yaquina Head Lighthouse outside Newport, OR. Built in 1973, it stands 93 feet tall - the tallest in Oregon. And for the first time, Elena was tall enough to climb the stairs all the way to the top! It looks better Full Size. More gloomy northwest weather pics to follow . . .
Note on processing - this scene didn't really need HDR (subnote: 'hdr' to me means bracketed shots, so this isn't just tonemapping) except with the sky - I've found that when skies are plain flat (like this one was) bracketing and tonemapping can pull a lot of detail out when there's not much visible to the eye. . .