I went to the ocean and took some pictures

Ruby Beach, WA is where I ended up. I was there for sunrise, then I wandered the beach for a couple hours.


I thought I had it all planned out. I wanted to go to Hurricane Ridge before the winter restrictions started next week. It got snowed in, though. The phone report said 34" of snow.

I left home around 1:45, and arrived at Port Angeles around 4:30 AM. I realized Hurricane Ridge was closed, and re-routed to Ruby Beach. Not before staring at a million stars for a few minutes. It was very clear and nice.

Ruby Beach was 2 hours away, and sunrise was around 7:30 AM, so I made it in time. I was the only one there. Short hike down to the beach.

Some of these are just mildly interesting. Maybe there are a couple good ones. It was a beautiful day.

Second picture of the day, 6:52 AM. The sun was starting to show, there weren't many stars left. 3440x1440

7:16 AM, the sky has nice color. Same rock, different exposure. 3000x2000

7:48 AM, the sun is just now starting to hit the rocks/islands out there. I like this one for the horizontal lines. 5120x1440

7:50 AM, sunrise colors reflected on the sand. 3000x2000

Sand, driftwood, and scrub brush (?). 3000x2000

A lot of potential skipping stones! 3000x2000

9:04 AM, the sun is starting to hit some of the waves. Compare this picture to the next one. 3000x2000

I used a ND filter to get long exposure. It looks cool, but unrealistic. 3000x2000

I like this one. The misty shoreline leading up to the rock with the birds posing. 2000x3000

By 10 AM I was tired, so I started heading back. I switched to my macro lens and got some detail shots. This is some kind of seaweed or kelp I think. 3000x2000

Abbey Island, 10:15 AM. 3000x2000

Dew on a fungus. 3000x2000

Orange Jelly Spot Fungus. 6000x4000

That's it.

Are the 'smooth' ones cool or fake?

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    November 21, 2020 6:33 PM

    Photo dump. Long drive to the the ocean, but it was nice

    Read more: I went to the ocean and took some pictures

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      November 21, 2020 6:38 PM

      Great minds think alike. Saw your 3 on my way down the hill


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        November 22, 2020 7:15 AM

        For being late November it was a really nice day, especially on the coast.

        I skimmed through my dashcam footage and didn't see you.

        Some day we'll have to go for a drive, I'll follow you.

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          November 22, 2020 7:24 AM

          It smells distinctly like outboard behind the car, you may regret that! I get down to 10 AFR on a WOT pull and everything in the rear view goes dank

          But yeah. Might be fun to hit Ben Howard, Sultan Basin, and Woods Creek with a little zoom zoom brap brap

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            November 22, 2020 8:05 AM

            Nice. I did Ben Howard on the way back from Index last week. Fun rollercoaster. Haven't tried those others.

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      November 22, 2020 3:52 AM

      That bad, huh?

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      November 22, 2020 4:31 AM

      More thoughts.

      Ocean/beach photos are hard! Things are changing every second, so finding artistic things can be a challenge. Every wave is different.

      Sunrise on the ocean beach is kind of boring. A little color in the sky, and the sun starts shining on the waves as it's rising, but overall it wasn't worth getting there for sunrise. I won't do that again. Almost 400 miles of driving. Be easier if I just wait until later in the day and take the ferry over in the morning, but even then it's over 3 hours away.

      Next time I'm skipping the beach and going to the forest. Hoh rainforest should be good in the winter.

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      November 22, 2020 4:52 AM

      [Sound warning]

      30 seconds of waves hitting the beach.


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        November 22, 2020 4:52 AM

        Destruction Island lighthouse in the background.

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      November 22, 2020 5:04 AM

      These are really awesome, thank you!

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        November 22, 2020 5:18 AM

        Where are you, like far east Canada?

        This was almost the westernmost point of the US (lower 48 obviously). Looks like La Push is the westernmost point, and I was just a few miles from there.

        ~124 W. longitude vs ~60 W. longitude for Nova Scotia.

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          November 22, 2020 5:41 AM

          Indeed, Nova Scotia

          I'd love to see what you could capture early morning Peggy's Cove!

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          November 22, 2020 8:11 AM

          I think Cape Flattery is the most western point?

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      November 22, 2020 8:33 AM

      some really nice shots here. and i am jealous you took the time to drive out there. should do that too

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        November 22, 2020 8:47 AM

        Under 3 hours from Tacoma, easy! ;)

        I hadn't done any of the 'scenic' beaches in many years. Went to Ocean Shores a couple times, but that's pretty much just sandy and flat.

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        November 22, 2020 9:11 AM

        I could do a Cortex post about my gear. ;)

        I got the low end of the 'nice' cameras. Canon RP.

        Way more detail than a cell phone, LOL. Sure I used to take OK pictures with my phone, but the detail and sharpness wasn't really there.

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      November 22, 2020 10:43 AM

      I'm working on more. I got some good ones.

      Also apparently Mt. St. Helens is still open. I thought the road was closed. Maybe when I checked it was closed.

      Here's the picture they posted. Very snowy. https://i.redd.it/alm1avzfwt061.jpg

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