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Thar She Blows

After shooting sunrise on Crater Lake I scrambled to the car and made m way to the coast. I had a long day or two planned to hit the coast and stop at just about anything that looked interesting. The first thing I came too that's post worthy was located in Cape Perpetua. Unfortunately, the tide was low which dampered the wave action on one of my targets called The Devils Churn, but all was not lost. Also located in this area is one of the coasts spouting horns which is a hole in rock which allows the waves to blast out and then the surround water to drain into. A truly majestic sight to my eyes though unfortunately I was there at the wrong time of day for photography.

 

Like many before me, I began to shoot this from at what I considered to be a safe distance, but soon began my trek to get closer and closer. I found the line like most as a wave from the surrounding rock area came crashing against the rocks, bringing it up above my head by 20 feet and down on top me. Fortunately, I saw it out of the corner of my eye and was able to take the brunt with my body and save the camera. After a few more risky shots, I moved to another closer but seemingly safer vantage.

 

This shot is a composite between one shooting through and another back out. I wanted to show both in one to highlight the power and beauty. While I like the way it came out, I’m not sure how good an idea it was. If you feel one way or another about it, let me know.

 

Below are a couple unaltered for comparison taken just after I got pummeled by the wave.

 

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Taken on July 21, 2012