On days 2-3 of our 24-day road trip up the west coast, Erica and I camped at Bandon, Oregon. The day after we arrived, we went exploring and found this incredible area near the Coquille Lighthouse entirely shrouded in fog with this beautiful cool light. There was an abandoned wooden pier where you could walk out and disappear into the mist walking out into the ocean. The sand was silky smooth and very pale in color, and the coastal grasses sprouted from the rolling dunes like tufts of fur, gradually puttering out into a perfectly flat sandy beach that stretched out into the distance, disappearing into the dense fog. As we walked down the beach, we found 4 messages in bottles, and also a very cool fort made of driftwood. This was Erica’s favorite spot on the trip.
For this image, I wanted to capture and preserve the cool coastal mood of the scene, so I went with a film-inspired style based on Fuji Astia, and used a manual cool white balance to help convey the feel of the cool ocean breeze blowing in off the Pacific Ocean, the deep blue of which can be seen disappearing into the fog in the background.