Milky Way Oregon Coast

Milky Way Oregon Coast

Last month during my travels, I headed up the west coast from San Francisco to Bandon, Oregon. One of my goals was to capture some Milky Way Oregon Coast images. There was a quick stop to visit Fern Canyon, but more on that in a dedicated blog shortly. After a few visits to this area, the stars finally aligned, to allow for a night shoot on the Bandon beaches. The moon was below the horizon, and the cloud cover was minimal, at best.

Milky Way Oregon Coast
The Milky Way near Wizards Hat Rock on the Oregon Coast

I met fellow photographers and good friends of mine, Rick Sammon and Alex Morely. They were traveling up and down the Oregon coast with a workshop. When they invited me to head up, I jumped at the opportunity. While there, I was able to help the participants with some focus stacking techniques and also some long exposure captures. Not only did we have time to capture the shots, but we also processed them for some great final pieces.

Setting up for the Oregon Nightscapes

These shots were all captured on the same beach in Bandon. I parked near the Face Rock lookout point and headed down the stairs. The image below was shot right next to the parking lot before going down the stairs.

The Milky Way as shoot from the Face Rock Lookout Point.

With today’s camera sensors, as a general rule, I will not hesitate to crank up my ISO. I captured these at 6400 ISO for the trio of images. All were also shot wide open at f / 2.8 and 20 second long exposures. I used the marvelous Nikkor 14-24 on my Nikon D750 body.

There are a few more images from last week’s blog that talks about Summer Winding Down. Check them out! As you can see, Milky Way Oregon Coast images can be amazing, when the weather and the moon cooperate! Don’t forget to check out more of my Milky Way and other nightscapes in my Dark Skies Portfolio!

Bandon Beach Milky Way
The Milky Way Stands Tall Over the Beach in Bandon, Oregon
Bandon Beach Milky Way
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