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Spofford, New Hampshire, United States
Jeff Newcomer has been a physician practicing in New Hampshire and Vermont for over 30 years. Over that time, as a member of the Conservation Commission in his home of Chesterfield New Hampshire, he has used his photography to promote the protection and appreciation of the town's wild lands. In recent years he has been transitioning his focus from medicine to photography, writing and teaching. Jeff enjoys photographing throughout New England, but has concentrated on the Monadnock Region and southern Vermont and has had a long term artistic relationship with Mount Monadnock. He is a featured artist in a number of local galleries and his work is often seen in regional print, web publications and in business installations throughout the country. For years Jeff has published a calendar celebrating the beauty of The New England country-side in all seasons. All of the proceeds from his New England Reflections Calendar have gone to support the Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program at the Cheshire Medical Center. Jeff has a strong commitment to sharing his excitement about the special beauty of our region and publishes a weekly blog about photography in New England.

Monday, September 3, 2012

Photography on the Oregon Coast

Yaquina Head Light, The Eddington Moment
"Getting My "Eddington Moment"

It is great to be home after an exciting trip out west.
Nellie, the Look
We managed to pack a lot into about 3 weeks of travel through Yellowstone, the Tetons, the Columbia River Gorge and the Oregon coast, but it is nice to be sleeping in my own bed, eating home cooking and apologizing to our dog Nellie. I have about 2500 photographs that I have barely reviewed and if history holds, I will have to come back to the archive in brief visits over the the next months as other more immediate demands press for my limited time. I am still returning to my pictures from previous travels of years past and I am sure I will be mining these treasures for years to come. Wadding through unexplored photographs is a great way to relive previous adventures.

Toe in the Pacific, Newport, Oregon
Before I veer away to Autumn responsibilities, I want to close my travelogue with some images from our brief glimpse of the Oregon coast. I never feel a trip out west is complete without an opportunity to dip my toe in the Pacific and for two days before our flight home Susan and I ran along the coastal highway from Tillamook Bay to Newport. This portion of the coast is not as ruggedly dramatic as other areas, such as the Big Sur, and it is sadly overdeveloped, but we enjoyed some lovely beaches and interesting lighthouses.

Cape Kiwanda Beach
On the first day, our drive to Newport was plagued with cloudy weather, but I had only one sunset opportunity on the coast and I was committed to looking for something interesting. During an early dinner in Newport I noted that the clouds seemed to be thinning just above the ocean horizon. Nearby Yaquina Cape Lighthouse provided a great subject and I determined that the sun would dip into the Pacific right behind the lighthouse. With my hopes, once again, on an "Eddington Moment" we went to the Cape and I set up on a low hill to await the miracle. As usual the lighthouse was crawling with people, contaminating my clean view, but then the first miracle occurred. As the sun approached the horizon many of the gawkers decided that the old guy with the tripod must know what he is doing and they joined me on the hill. The second miracle was that the sun did peak below the clouds, just before being extinguished by the sea, and by that time I had attracted most of the viewers to me and away from the lighthouse. Ah the power of a tripod! Next time I will set up an ice cream stand and will have no cloning to do whatsoever. 

Yaquina Head Light


As the sky remained a dull pinkish gray.  My fellow hill dweller seemed to be developing a growing skepticism about my photographic expertise, but when the sun began dipping below the overhanging clouds, my credibility was restored.. For a precious few seconds the golden light skipped across the overcast creating a ceiling of brilliant color. Pocket camera fired all around me., almost always with flash to help illuminate the sun! It was a brief moment of glory, but well worth the wait. I bracketed the exposure, but found later that only two images were needed to capture a nice dynamic range. I hope that people living on the Pacific coast fully appreciate the fact that they don't have to get up at 5 in the morning to see the sun floating on the ocean.


Three Arch Rocks, Oceanside Oregon

Cape Lookout Beach

The next day we worked our way up the coast in much brighter weather. We explored a number of spectacular ocean promontories and visited the diminutive Cape Meares Lighthouse. Now retired, this historic light is the shortest along the Oregon coast. It is an interesting experience to approach a lighthouse with the trail at lens level

Cape Meare Light
Cape Meare Trail

US Bancorp Tower, Portland
The Top of Portland
Back in Portland we treated ourselves to dinner at the Portland City Grill, thirty stories up in the US Bancorp Tower, overlooking the city and Mount Hood, brilliant in the sunset afterglow. It was the perfect, relaxed ending to a hectic, but remarkable trip. Now we need for someone to get married in Yosemite next summer .


Mount Hood from Portland
Mount Hood, From the Grill

Jeffrey Newcomer

1 comment:

  1. You want to see the sun set over the ocean in the east? Provincetown and Wellfleet are accessible; Monhegan, Matinicus, and the Yarmouth shore (NS) less so.