Austin, TX 2013
"Second Beach" by Corwin Prescott
February 27th 2014
I swore to myself this was the trip. After four years of traveling and five visits to Olympic National Park I still hadn’t figured out how to find and photograph the Sea Stars that the coast of Washington is so known for. I’d seen a few here and there, but mostly they were tucked in-between rocks, hidden in spots that while interesting were never photogenic.
To get this photo I did the hike down to Second Beach three times over two days. Scouting at high tide and low tide, and waiting for the right weather. Getting a decent sunset on the Olympic Peninsula is a pretty rare occurrence. Dense rain clouds darken the skies day and night for days at a time. The constant showers destroy camera equipment, flood tents, and generally wear you down, so even after I found a great place to photograph the sea stars there was never a guarantee that I would get a decent photo.
After two days of rain the weather broke, I could see the clouds in the sky loosen up, and bits of sun made it through in the afternoon. These are the perfect clouds for a sunset photo, they let just enough light in for beautiful color, but the light is soft enough to not create harsh shadows on the landscape.
I tore back down to the beach for a second time that day, to the perfect spot. This was the very fist exposure.
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Austin, Texas 2013