As we were heading north on the Oregon coast, we started to see some really vibrant colors starting to paint the sky shortly after lunchtime. Since sunset wasn't scheduled for another few hours, I thought there was a good chance we'd have a real burner on our hands. The original plan was sunset at Haystack Rock. Yes, I know this has been done a million times, but it is something I haven't done myself and just had to get it out of my system. However, on the way there, a sign caught my eye with what looked to be a pair of rock stacks that I had never visited before. So, we quickly changed plans and looked for a path out to the beach. When we found it, the beach had virtually nobody there and it was actually quite different from what I had prepared myself for with the original plan.
Unfortunately, as we got closer to sunset, heavy clouds rolled in and the color faded quickly. I had spent the first hour or so trying to find a composition of the rocks I liked, but nothing I was doing struck me as particularly interesting. So, while there was still a small amount of color, I started scouting around for foreground elements that could make the picture a bit more lively. I finally found something I was pleased with and this was the result.
This was a focus stack of two images. I wanted the foreground tack sharp so I used an aperture that I knew my lens was potent at. However, that left the background blurred. Some may actually like that but I wanted the rocks to still have detail so I refocused on them while stopping down to get a nice long exposed shot of the waves which produced the "best" look from my earlier tests.
NIKKOR NIKKOR AF-S 70-200mm f/2.8 FL ED VR
Focal Length: 130mm