Last weekend I took a short trip around the state of Oregon. Well, actually it was a long trip, but short on time. I traveled almost 800 miles from Friday evening through to Saturday night. As I planned the trip, I wanted to make sure to hit as much of the coast as possible as well as Crater Lake. I finally determined that the best alternative was to hit the coast on the way back allowing me to catch night and sunrise shots on Crater Lake, so that left finding something suitable on the way out. During this effort, I received a suggestion to stop at Smith Rock which not only provided a great scene but also worked out perfectly for catching Friday's sunset. The only bummer was passing all the great scenes with no time to stop, but the end result more than made up for it. For those unfamiliar, Smith Rock State Park is just north of Redmond, Oregon and about 20 miles north of Bend. It's considered by many to be the rock climbing Mecca of the west.
I got to the area about 1/2 hour before sunset and had a planned vantage in the park thanks to TPE. However, pulling up I decided to call an audible for a couple reasons. First, the rock is much bigger than I thought and a shot from the park would be too close. Second, as I was approaching the park I passed a spot off the side of the road that provided an interesting foreground as well as an elevated view of the rock. The sunset that day would have been perfect if not for the mountains to the west being socked in which ended the sunset artificially early. I wasn't complaining though, considering I had just about an hour to find and shoot this landmark, I came away pretty lucky!