On Always Having Plan B Up Your Sleeve

On Always Having Plan B Up Your Sleeve

By |2012-01-30T09:56:59+00:00Jan 29th, 2012|

I wish someone would have told me that the best laid plans don’t always play out the way I intended. :)

The other day, I went on a fantastic photo hunt along the Oregon Coast. The plan was to hit Pacific City for a few hours and then make our way north to Cannon Beach for sunset. Unfortunately, because it was my first time driving out to the coast, I underestimated just how slow traffic on a 2-lane “highway” would actually be.

We did make it to Cape Kiwanda and got some decent shots along the beach there and then we were off again, heading north. It became clear that we wouldn’t make it to Cannon Beach for sunset – and that is where having a backup plan is so critical.

Laz began scouting new locations almost immediately after getting back in the car. Just because Plan A wouldn’t work out doesn’t mean Plan B can’t be enacted, right? And so, we found Rockaway Beach. We had plenty of time to get there, scout, and position ourselves for sunset against the beautiful Twin Rocks. Mission accomplished!

And even though Plan A (Cannon Beach) failed in its original form, it did become Plan C! We did make it to Cannon Beach after a nice dinner and had the entire place to ourselves for some awesome astral/star photography. :)

As for the technical details of this shot:

This is a two shot exposure blend taken with the Canon 15mm Fisheye lens. One shot exposed for the driftwood and ocean reflection while the other exposed for the gorgeous sky. I blended the two images in +onOne SoftwarePerfect Layers and stylized in Perfect Effects 3.

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  1. Richard Hawkins January 29, 2012 at 10:08 am - Reply


  2. anne-marie Janssen January 29, 2012 at 10:11 am - Reply

    or..if plan A, B or C doesn't work…just go with the flow. Great shot Brian!

  3. Damian Vines January 29, 2012 at 10:12 am - Reply

    Dude, that's awesome, it looks like a petrified fossil of the Batmobile!

  4. Brian Bonham January 29, 2012 at 10:12 am - Reply

    And the nice thing about living in Portland is that you'll get plenty of opportunities to head out to Cannon Beach again. ;-)

  5. Rich Williams January 29, 2012 at 11:08 am - Reply

    Stop it.

  6. Steven Smith January 29, 2012 at 11:11 am - Reply

    Sometimes, the road less travelled is the way to go.

  7. Mike Edmondson January 29, 2012 at 11:32 am - Reply

    anne-marie has it right, iron the plan out and fit it into the day

  8. Chris Lazzery January 29, 2012 at 12:31 pm - Reply

    Excellent dude. This came out great.

  9. Nicole S. Young January 29, 2012 at 12:57 pm - Reply

    +Chris Lazzery cough Color Checker Passport cough … ;)

  10. Patricia Davidson January 29, 2012 at 1:28 pm - Reply

    Way cool shot and effect! I love how a plan can come together if you are willing to think of the possibilities :) Love those locations!

  11. Chris Lazzery January 29, 2012 at 2:28 pm - Reply

    +Nicole S. Young I know. I'm an idiot. It will be on its way back tomorrow. Apologies. And thanks again for everything. :)

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