Prepping to hit the road again.

Jay (IG @JasonTanakaPhotography) and I are gearing up to hit La Push, WA, near the Quillayute Tribal lands on the Pacific coast of the state. I’ve been there twice before, the most recent being last winter with Craig (IG @SomeWAWino).

This will be another overnight trip but with a twist: we’re gonna camp on the beach in hopes of getting some astrophotography in after some sunset shots. The weather forecast looks promising so far, so here’s hoping it doesn’t change last second, as it did when we tried atop Mt. Fremont. It’s a bit late in the year for galactic shots, but one arm of it is always still visible. With the west coast being what it is, I’m hoping to get some of the core at the edge of the SW horizon with some foreground sea stacks for scale. I’m going to attempt a composite with a high shutter speed shot at blue hour to catch the waves and a properly lit foreground, replacing the sky with an astro shot taken after midnight. I want to get the timing and location right, so I need to be sure I return to the same location. Unfortunately the high tide hits around midnight so I won’t be able to sneak around to First Beach to get a shot with the arch.

This time I’m bringing a 12mm f/2, 16mm f/1.4, 16-55mm f/2.8 and 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6. First 2 for astro and the other 2 for daylight. It’s unfortunate that we missed the high seas of the past week but I’m hoping we maybe get some rogue waves at least.

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