The Wizard


I had visited Bandon Beach on many occasions but always came away disappointed as the weather just wouldn’t cooperate. One day the sky would be completely clear and the next day the entire coast would be socked in. I began to believe I was cursed at this location. Then, one morning, my luck changed – completely. After an incredible sunset the night before, I rose before dawn and made it out to the shore. As the sun rose over the horizon it lit the clouds above with incredible color. I moved into my shooting position and got my camera close to the ground. My goal was to time the tide so that I was shooting when the water rushed back into the Ocean. I slowed the shutter speed to 2 seconds to create movement in the tide and used an aperture of f/8.0 and an ISO of 100. In order to capture the entire scene in one frame I used my 16-35mm lens at 16mm. I shot the image with a Nikon D800E for the exceptional dynamic range and resolution. When I pulled the image off the CF card, I realized just how lucky I had been. In one of the images during the peak of the sunrise, the foam made a perfect leading line to the main sea stack. I couldn’t believe it. The curse of the Wizard was over and I had my shot!

Date Added
August 9, 2016