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10.15.2011

Eye Scene: Photographer, Ryuichi Oshimoto Travels with Sigma Camera & Lenses

Depoe Bay on the Pacific Ocean in Oregon.
Sightseers look for breaching whales on the bright reflecting surface in the ocean.

Camera: SD1 Lens: 17-50mm F2.8 EX DC OS HSMExposure mode: Manual, ISO: 200, White balance: daylight, Shutter speed: 1/2000 sec, Aperture: f8.0, Focal length: 17mm

Summer on the North and Central Coast of Oregon

I headed north from South Oregon Coast and arrived at Central Coast before it got too dark. Florence was the first big town I saw and decided to find accommodations there. Retrieving the key at the small front desk of the small motel, an elderly woman who looked like the owner informed me that the heater would take some time to warm up, but it would start working in about 30 minutes. It was the second week of July, and unlike the heat wave in the southwestern US, it was an unbelievably cold summer night here. The next morning before the sunrise, I left the motel to head south on Highway 101 and west on Sand Dunes Road toward the seashore. The coastline has a massive sandy terrain. From Florence to the south of the Coos River, the 40 mile coastline is called the Oregon Dunes.

The grass thrived near the seaside.
The fog disappeared and the sunlight pouring from the eastern sky lit up the grass.

Camera: SD1 Lens: 85mm F1.4 EX DG HSMExposure mode: Manual, ISO: 200, White balance: daylight, Shutter speed: 1/250 sec,Aperture: f8.0, Focal length: 85mm

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Small hills continued along the beach and the morning dew on the grass gleams.
The sun shining from the east and the sea breeze coming from the west created a fresh morning by the sea.

Camera: SD1 Lens: 17-50mm F2.8 EX DC OS HSMExposure mode: Manual, ISO: 200, White balance: daylight, Shutter speed: 1/250 sec,Aperture: f8.0, Focal length: 23mm

The man who brought his two dogs was climbing the hill to leave the beach.
The large aperture standard lens captured the peaceful morning by the seaside.

Camera: SD1 Lens: 50mm F1.4 EX DG HSMExposure mode: Manual, ISO: 200, White balance: daylight,Shutter speed: 1/800 sec, Aperture: f5.6, Focal length: 50mm

Crossing the bridge and returning to Florence, I appear by the Siuslaw River. The sea was very calm in the morning, but comparing to the sound of the waves I heard earlier, this soundless place felt time stood still.

The area around the river was foggy. First opening to traffic on March 31, 1936, the 1568ft long Siuslaw River Bridge looked mysterious in the hazy landscape. I set the camera on a tripod and pressed the shutter on the quiet moving scenery.

Camera: SD1 Lens: 50mm F1.4 EX DG HSMExposure mode: Manual, ISO: 200, White balance: daylight, Shutter speed: 1/160 sec,Aperture: f8.0, Focal length: 50mm

Located at the mouth of the freshwater port is Port Florence. Thick clouds covered the eastern sky where the river was flowing. The river’s reflection of the clouds was a colorless landscape. Changing to monochrome, the existence of the clouds were emphasized.

Camera: SD1 Lens: 50mm F1.4 EX DG HSMExposure mode: Manual, ISO: 200, White balance: daylight, Shutter speed: 1/640 sec,Aperture: f8.0, Focal length: 50mm

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Driving further north from Florence, I experience strong winds by the steep cliffs.
Standing on the moist ground of the steep cliff, the fog began to clear by the small cape and I saw the lighthouse with the red roof clearly.

First lit in 1894, the light at Heceta Head Lighthouse shines 21 miles away. It is the brightest lighthouse on the Oregon Coast. The lighthouse as well as the atmosphere recovering from the rain was photographed.

Camera: SD1 Lens: APO 70-200mm F2.8 EX DG OS HSMExposure mode: Manual, ISO: 200, White balance: daylight, Shutter speed:1/640 sec, Aperture: f5.6, Focal length: 200mm

Attempting to walk down to the beautiful shore I saw from the steep cliff, but I favored the view from above the cliff. As I returned on Highway 101 to head north, the clouds were covered in clouds. Varying landscape spread throughout the coast and the shore became flat as I arrived at the town of Yachats by the beach.

Exiting the forest to fly a kite on the beach. Following the two grandchildren and their grandmother, I walked toward the beach.

Camera: SD1 Lens: 17-50mm F2.8 EX DC OS HSMExposure mode: Manual, ISO: 200, White balance: daylight, Shutter speed: 1/400 sec,Aperture: f8.0, Focal length: 50mm

Shrouded by the fog at the beach, there were many people flying kites. To avoid getting pushed around by the strong wind, I firmly stood on the ground and used the high-magnification telephoto zoom lens to photograph the scene.

Camera: SD1 Lens: APO 50-500mm F4.5-6.3 DG OS HSMExposure mode: Manual, ISO: 200, White balance: daylight, Shutter speed:1/640 sec, Aperture: f8.0, Focal length: 373mm

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The sandy landscape was interrupted by a large rock suddenly. Seawater poured between the Seal Rock State Wayside. Beyond the rocks, the horizon can be faintly seen. It was a strange landscape.

Camera: SD1 Lens: 50mm F1.4 EX DG HSMExposure mode: Manual, ISO: 200, White balance: daylight, Shutter speed: 1/200 sec,Aperture: f9.0, Focal length: 50mm

Crossing the Yaquina River, I arrive at a large city, Newport. The clouds had taken off somewhere and it became a warm afternoon. The temperature had risen so high that it was an opposite world from the gray sky and foggy seashore I was experiencing before.

The warm afternoon sun streamed in Newport by the Yaquina River. There were people walking around in light clothing.

Camera: DP2sExposure mode: Manual, ISO: 100, White balance: daylight, Shutter speed: 1/250 sec, Aperture: f5.6, Focal length:24.2mm

Driving a little further north from Newport, I stopped by Yaquina Head, a cape where it was mostly a protected area (the Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area.) I paid the entrance fee, I went to the very end of the cape to see the lighthouse. I left shortly, but the landscape surrounding Yaquina Head is a place where I could spend my time without getting uninterested.

Oregon’s tallest lighthouse (93ft), Yaquina Head Light.

Camera: SD1 Lens: 85mm F1.4 EX DG HSMExposure mode: Manual, ISO: 200, White balance: daylight, Shutter speed: 1/500 sec,Aperture: f8.0, Focal length: 85mm

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Cape Yaquina is a big breeding ground for Murre.

Camera: SD1 Lens: APO 70-200mm F2.8 EX DG OS HSMExposure mode: Manual, ISO: 200, White balance: daylight, Shutter speed:1/500 sec, Aperture: f5.6, Focal length: 200mm

Driving further north, even when I reached Depoe Bay, the fog hadn’t covered the shore and the western sky was clear. I was not planning to stop by the small town by the shore, but I was lured by the people gazing at the Pacific Ocean. I parked the car to get closer to them and they let me know that there were whales in the distance. The whales didn’t show up often, but I was able to acknowledge its existence in the far distance.

I didn’t know when or where the whale was going to show up. Using the high-magnification telephoto zoom lens, I caught a small glimpse of the whale.

Camera: SD1 Lens: APO 50-500mm F4.5-6.3 DG OS HSMExposure mode: Manual, ISO: 200, White balance: daylight, Shutter speed:1/400 sec, Aperture: f8.0, Focal length: 244mm

The seashore located north of Depoe Bay. The scenery of the ocean anticipating the sunset was changed to sepia colors.

Camera: SD1 Lens: 17-50mm F2.8 EX DC OS HSMExposure mode: Manual, ISO: 200, White balance: daylight, Shutter speed: 1/2500 sec, Aperture: f5.6, Focal length: 50mm

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On this day, I left Depoe Bay where I saw the whales and headed north. According to the map in the visitor guide, I decided to stay at Lincoln City, the most northern part of the Central Coast. The next morning, I headed north again on the Oregon Coast Highway (Highway 101). The road veered away from the coast and ran through the forest and back again by the coast. By the time the sun was shining bright, I was driving across farmland. Since I came all the way here by driving along the coast, it was a shame to not be able to see the ocean. When I checked the map, Highway 101 deviates away from the shoreline, so I exited the highway and headed west to Pacific City into the North Oregon Coast.

Light fog appeared by the time I arrived by the coast and the clouds covered the sky. Haystack Rocks appearing to float on the ocean and the sun-kissed Cape Kiwanda looked hazy.

Camera: SD1 Lens: 50mm F1.4 EX DG HSMExposure mode: Manual, ISO: 200, White balance: daylight, Shutter speed: 1/250 sec,Aperture: f8.0, Focal length: 50mm

From Pacific City, driving slowly north through the thick clouds and fog, I drove over a small mountain overlooking the shore and back along the Pacific Ocean coast.

I stood at the area where hang gliders jump off from.
On this misty day, the landscape looked like a watercolor painting.

Camera: SD1 Lens: 85mm F1.4 EX DG HSMExposure mode: Manual, ISO: 200, White balance: daylight, Shutter speed: 1/200 sec,Aperture: f8.0, Focal length: 85mm

The very small community of Oceanside had small restaurants and small lodges. The feeling of calm and quiet was in the air and I felt like staying here for a few days.

Camera: DP2sExposure mode: Manual, ISO: 100, White balance: daylight, Shutter speed: 1/160 sec, Aperture: f5.6, Focal length:24.2mm

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The 38ft high Cape Meares Lighthouse is connected a road that leads to a higher ground where I become eye-level to the lighthouse.
Setting the camera on the tripod, I framed the lighthouse lights that were used from 1890 to 1963.

Camera: SD1 Lens: 85mm F1.4 EX DG HSMExposure mode: Manual, ISO: 200, White balance: daylight, Shutter speed: 1/160 sec, Aperture: f8.0, Focal length: 85mm

From Cape Meares Lighthouse, I drove along the Tillamook Bay, then away from the town of Tillamook toward Highway 101 again.

The six mile long, 2 mile wide Tillamook Bay. The only visible things on the south shore of the big lake are a few houses and no sign of life.

Camera: SD1 Lens: 50mm F1.4 EX DG HSMExposure mode: Manual, ISO: 200, White balance: daylight, Shutter speed: 1/250 sec,Aperture: f8.0, Focal length: 50mm

Proceeding north on the highway, I appear on the east coast of Tillamook Bay. Continuing to drive along the bay, at the arrival of Garibaldi, the fizzing sound of smoke coming from the locomotive is heard.

The locomotive spouting smoke is on the Oregon Coast Scenic Railroad. The silhouetted locomotives, the smoke and the cloud skies were memorable. The large aperture standard lens was pointed at the smoke and I quickly pressed the shutter.

Camera: SD1 Lens: 50mm F1.4 EX DG HSMExposure mode: Manual, ISO: 200, White balance: daylight, Shutter speed: 1/1000 sec,Aperture: f5.6, Focal length: 50mm

Continuing further north on the coastline, there were a number of towns and most of them were crowded with tourists. To only buy a cup of coffee, parking was almost impossible in the stylish streets of Manzanita. The woman who worked at the coffee shop said, “Fridays during the summer, many tourists from the inland come to visit, so it’s a good idea to book your accommodations.” On this day, my intention was to head to the big city of Astoria by Columbia River, but I passed Cannon Beach and I headed east 20 miles before entering Astoria.

*All artwork on this page was processed from RAW data (X3F) with Sigma PhotoPro software. After processing, some selected images were imported into retouching software to remove dust. This photo essay is currently running on Sigma Japan’s site and it is published here two months late

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