Oregon - Thor's Well - Behind The Scenes
I'll start my photo set from the Oregon trip with a behind the scenes shot from the first night. We heard the best shots of Thor's Well are when it's high tide and at sunset. That happened to be the first night of the trip. So fresh from an 8hr trip across country and 3hr drive to the coast we donned our waders and headed for the rocky perch above Thor's Well. I didn't have any idea what to expect for high tide but I knew we might get wet.
I did get a shot of Thor's Well, but my camera didn't come away dry and undamaged. While taking a break from the splash zone, my camera got dunked in the tidal pool. However, I wasn't alone in getting water damage during this adventure. Some are calling Thor's Well "The Money Pit". Still I think it was a great experience and I would recommend the location with the following tips. Leave your backpack on the shore (above the high tide mark). Wear waterproof jacket, boots and waders (you will get wet). Be prepared to risk everything being lost if only to save your life.
The rocky perch above the Well is within the splash zone. Waves can knock you off the perch unexpectedly. There's no where to hide your camera from the splash. My technique was to grab the camera to my chest and turned around to let the wave splash on my back. Others tried standing firm and holding their camera high by it's tripod legs. Neither technique was completely successful in keeping the camera dry. Ultimately I think it was worth the risk. I mean, just look at that sunset! :) How could you resist?