Best Photo Locations and Times.
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Haystack Rock Daytime Photos
most common Haystack Rock photos are those taken during the day. Why? Because
that's when the most people are here and walking on the beach.
of the time of day and where the sun is. If you are photographing the rock in
the late afternoon, when the sun is in the west, you get dark rock with little
detail. While this can be very dramatic, it may not be the picture you want. In
the winter the sun will often be to the south of the rock. Taking pictures from
the north will result in a dark rock with little detail. So be aware of where
the sun is, and try to have the sun at least somewhat behind you.
Photo: Taken on the beach were Gower Street meets the beach. This was a stormy
day with rain and very high winds blowing the sand.
Where are the best locations
for daytime photos? There are quite a few, Haystack Rock is very photogenic. Here
they are starting with the closest:
- On the beach near Haystack Rock.
This is the vantage point from which most people take their photos.
you want a picture taken from the beach, but don't want to do much walking,
a common location is on the beach at the foot of Gower street. There is a municipal
parking lot at the corner of Hemlock and Gower streets. Walk west on Gower until
you are on the beach, and Haystack Rock will be to your left. You can take a picture
from there, or walk down the beach to get as close as you want.
of the best locations for photographing The Rock straight on is from the stairs
located on Hemlock Street near Viewpoint Terrace. A satellite view (copyright
Google, click on the map to see a larger view on Google). The biggest problem
is that parking is very limited. There is a pull-off on the east side of Hemlock
that has room for three cars. Another option is park further north on Hemlock
and then walk to the stairs. It is an easy walk along theside of the road. Go
down the stairs and you'll come to a platform near the bottom. That platform is
an excellent place for photos of the rock. You can also continue down onto the
beach right in front of Haystack Rock.
the viewing platform in Haystack Hill State Park: There is a state park within
the city of Cannon Beach, and if you like hiking you may be able to get some good
photos of The Rock from more of a southern angle. There is a viewing platform
within the park that provides an excellent view, from high on the hill, looking
down at the beach and Haystack Rock. However, the park does not get much maintenace
attention, so the view may be blocked by vegetation, or the viewing platform could
be in disrepair. But, if you don't get a photo, at least you'll have had a nice
this link for more info on Haystack Hill State Park.
Beach State Recreation Area: .Continuing south the next accessible location
for photographing the rock is at Tolovana Beach State Recreation Area. There is
a large parking lot here, but inthesummer it fills up early in the day. From this
vantage point you are looking at the south side of Haystack Rock. It is an easy
walk up the beach to get closer to The Rock. However, do not plan on walking back
on the road. There are some tight curves, with little room for walking on the
side, and I would not feel safe the way somec ars speedthrough those curves. Plan
on walking back to your car on the beach.
- From Ecola Head in
Ecola State Park: This state park is located on the north end of Cannon Beach.
There is a $5.00 parking fee per vehicle.
Haystack Rock photo taken from the west end of West Van Buren Street. Not only
is there a good view of the The Rock, there is a bench there that provides a good
view of the sunset.
Photographing Haystack Rock Using A Drone
the rule is, don't do it. Haystack Rock is a sensitive nature area, and drones
may not be flown near the rock.
Haystack Rock Sunset Photos
my opinion the most dramatic photos of Haystack Rock are sunset photos. But you
need to be here when there is a good sunset. Really great sunsets, with a large
area of sky painted red, only happen a few times a year. On cloudy days (winter)
there is no sun. On blue sky days (summer) there is nothing to reflect the light
from the setting sun. The ideal day is when the sky is most clear with a few high,
Also, there is opena low cloud bank (fog) out on the water.
The result is that the sun sets behind the fog bank sooner than expected, about
15 to 20 minutes before it normally sets.
The angle of the sun also makes
a difference. It is more difficultto get good sunset pictures with Haystack Rock
in the summer, because the sun is too far north. The best time of year for Haystack
Rock sunset pictures is January and February. Cannon Beach often gets some nice
weather in February, with the sun setting directly tothe west of Haystack Rock,
making for a spectacular photo.
Haystack Rock Summer
summer the sun is relatively high in the sky and farther north. You need to be
on the beach and to the south of Haystack Rock to get a good sunset picture. Also,
in the summer the sun sets tend to be shorter in duration (the sun sets quicker).
In the winter the sun is lower in the sky and much further
south. You can get good pictures by positioning yourself on the beach east of
In either case, arrive at your photo location a little early,
and be patient.
How To Know How Long It Is Until Sunset
can approximate the amount of time until sunset using your hand. Hold you had
in front of you at a full arm's length, with your fingers (hand bent so that your
fingers are facing your face. Put your little finger on the horizon and note which
finger the sun is behind. Count the number of fingers between the horizon and
the sun. Each finger equals 15 minutes. So if the sun is behind your middle finger,
there is about 30 minutes before the sun has set. (This is an approximation that
works fairly well. But results may vary from person to person.)
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