After leaving Kansas City International Airport and a short layover and reunion with a couple of photography buddies in Salt Lake City, we arrived in Eugene, Oregon on Saturday afternoon. Our itinerary told us to meet at the hotel in Newport at 4:00 PM for introductions and workshop orientation, so we had plenty of time to pick up our bags and rental car for the hour-and-a-half drive. Thanks to Bob's upgrade, we ended up with a BMW 328i as our rental for the week. Really nice vehicle, with enough buttons to keep even Inspector Gadget busy for a while. One thing it did lack was ample cargo space for three travelers with luggage and photography gear bags. We managed to cram all our stuff in, then cram ourselves in, and after figuring out how to start it, we were on our way.
We arrived in Newport with plenty of time to check in to the hotel and get settled into what would be our new home for the next three days. It was apparent right away that this was a much different climate than what I'm used to for this time of year, with typical daytime temperatures in the mid-50s to mid-60s and cool Pacific Ocean breezes. Newport is a town of approximately 10,000 people, located along Pacific Coast Highway 101. Although I had been to the Atlantic side a time or two, this was my first time on the west coast. One thing the two have in common is lots of water. Living in the Midwest all my life, I'm always amazed at the vastness of the oceans.
After our workshop orientation and dinner with the group, we headed out for an evening shoot at the Newport docks. We had tons of fun exploring the docks and making images of the unique fishing vessels and tools of the trade. The weather was perfect, providing us with some nice color in the sky and mirror-like reflections in the harbor waters. Hope you enjoy the images!