The power of Thor’s Well

By |2016-02-23T12:11:47+00:00May 9th, 2014|
The other day, I had the pleasure of finally catching high tide at Thor’s Well in Cape Perpetua, Oregon with three good buddies and great photographers: Matt Kloskowski, Rick LePage and Hudson Henry. Matt and I made an attempt to photograph Thor’s Well a few years ago, which ended up being a big bust. On this second attempt, I thought we were going to repeat our bad luck. After undershooting our parking location, Matt took a pretty gnarly tumble after jumping a chasm (the alternative would have been falling in, which would have been severely worse).
Thankfully, Matt mustered up all of his hobbling strength and we managed to get to Thor’s Well with more than enough time and light to experiment with different vantage points and focal lengths. I took this particular photo from the same location that Hudson was at just prior. He was using a 24mm lens so I opted to go as wide as I could with my 17mm T/S lens to try and get some variety with the hopes of illustrating just how powerful the waves in this area can be.
I’m already itching to go back and am just finding a good day when high tide matches up with sunset again.


  1. Serap Yavuzbas May 9, 2014 at 8:55 am - Reply

    Great work! I liked it very much.

  2. Frank Compani May 9, 2014 at 8:57 am - Reply

    Very Nice!

  3. Barb Cochran May 9, 2014 at 9:36 am - Reply

    Great capture!  This is definitely on my bucket list.

  4. Scott Wood May 9, 2014 at 9:45 am - Reply

    Stunning.  I have been by there 4 times now since moving back home to the PNW and it has been pouring rain each and every time.  It is on my list, but until I get there on a decent day I will be enjoying images like this.

  5. Maximilian Laue May 9, 2014 at 10:18 am - Reply

    Stunning work +Brian Matiash, I really like this location, the danger and the adrenalin rush you get her his second to none

  6. Joey Kruse May 9, 2014 at 10:22 am - Reply

    sweet pick bro!

  7. John Balboni May 9, 2014 at 12:17 pm - Reply

    Beautiful photo +Brian Matiash!  That's quite an impressive location!

  8. Mari Black May 9, 2014 at 12:43 pm - Reply


  9. Chris Lazzery May 9, 2014 at 1:48 pm - Reply

    Aw yeah.

  10. Brian Matiash May 9, 2014 at 3:05 pm - Reply

    Thank you, everyone!

  11. William Patino May 9, 2014 at 3:07 pm - Reply


  12. Brian Matiash May 9, 2014 at 3:20 pm - Reply

    +William Patino Come out to visit and we'll hit this up, mate!

  13. Lisa Co May 9, 2014 at 3:29 pm - Reply

    So…umm…eventful; excellent!

  14. Aurora Murray May 9, 2014 at 4:11 pm - Reply

    Wow show

  15. Sandy Smith May 9, 2014 at 4:45 pm - Reply


  16. Robert Forrister May 9, 2014 at 6:09 pm - Reply

    Magnificent +Brian Matiash. I am confused what do you mean " undershooting your parking location."

  17. Brian Matiash May 9, 2014 at 6:23 pm - Reply

    +Robert Forrister Thank you! By undershooting, I meant that we initially parked about a 1/3 mile earlier than we needed to. We then hiked down to the beachhead, realized that we were in the wrong place, and booked it back up to the car. Two min later, we found the right place. It'll be much easier next time. :)

  18. Robert Forrister May 9, 2014 at 6:48 pm - Reply

    Hey I have done that too. Thought I was the only one spacially challenged. Glad you shared this I have never heard of this spot before +Brian Matiash. Thanks again for sharing. Hope that you and your beautiful wife enjoy your new home.

  19. George Fletcher May 9, 2014 at 6:51 pm - Reply

    Wow! Great shot!

  20. Reichlyn Aguilar May 9, 2014 at 7:12 pm - Reply

    That's so cool! Def making a photo trip to the US soon!

  21. Francois Fourie May 9, 2014 at 10:14 pm - Reply

    What a fantastic image! Love how you captured it. I saw photos of this years ago, and loved the location! If I ever make it up your way, you have to take me here +Brian Matiash 

  22. Josh Haftel May 9, 2014 at 11:32 pm - Reply

    Dude, this is wicked. I'm adding this to the list of places I want to go when I'm up there.

  23. Fototaker Sf May 10, 2014 at 12:55 am - Reply

    Gorgeous image and powerful wave action in this still image!! i've been there and never seen it like this!!! on my Sony I've got a 10-18mm and a prime 16mm  ;)

  24. Carlos Nieto May 10, 2014 at 3:17 am - Reply


  25. Linda Daugherty May 10, 2014 at 5:17 am - Reply

    Wow good shot kinda looks scary.

  26. Shirley Groleau May 10, 2014 at 9:23 am - Reply

    very nice work

  27. Dan Hawk May 13, 2014 at 1:45 pm - Reply

    Man, That is a fantastic image! Being in Oregon, I’m definitely putting that place on the list to see.

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