Stan Bormann, FPSA, MPSA  

Bandon Beachhenge by Stan Bormann, FPSA, MPSA

September 2021 - Bandon Beachhenge

About the Image(s)

The town of Bandon on the Oregon coast named these sea stacks after the more famous circle of rocks in England. The rocks all have names also. The most prominent here is the Howling Wolf or the Witches Hat depending on who you talk to. Shot at ISO 200, 85mm, f/11. 1/250 sec with an Olympus M1 Mrk II and Olympus M40-150 f/2.8 lens. Processed in Lightroom and converted to mono in silver Efex with a lot of control points to fine tune various parts of the image.

5 comments posted

John Roach   John Roach
Stan, the tonality of your image is wonderful with a lot of contrast and I like how you composed it to demonstrate to us the size of the sea stacks. The soft mist fog and soft sand foreground helps me keep my eyes focused on the features and think about the tides ebb and flow among the stacks. This image works for me.   Posted: 09/09/2021 11:43:25

Jerry Snyder   Jerry Snyder
You have included a lot of information in this image. The person give the stacks impressive scale. The sea appears to be ebbing or at low tide, and the person's shadow indicates morning light. I would have likes to see more of the large rock on the right hand side.   Posted: 09/09/2021 17:49:55

Stuart Ord   Stuart Ord
Well, I suppose it has a passing resemblance to Stonehenge!
The picture though is much more authentic I think, and I like it for the same reasons as given above.I'd agree with Jerry's comment, that rock is uncomfortably cloase to the edge (as indeed is the mid rock to the right edge)and more of that rearmost rock would add, I think.   Posted: 09/18/2021 15:52:42

Jerry Funk   Jerry Funk
I think the tonality, contrast and detail are outstanding. Great sense of scale. I'm not bothered by the big rock in the background. I'd like to see a bit more space to the right of the lower rock that's closely cropped to the edge.
I'm enjoying exploring this image. I still hope to see the Oregon Coast first hand some day.   Posted: 09/20/2021 11:20:30

Helen Sweet   Helen Sweet
I spent a lot of time at Bandon Beach on a photo tour a few years ago, never thinking to try my images in B&W. This is very effective. I like you angle on the sea stacks and agree with Jerry re the figure and its shadow. All the fine detail gives your image the look of an etching.   Posted: 09/23/2021 14:37:13


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