I was driving the middle of the Oregon coastline when I saw a curious name on a road sign — the Devils Punch Bowl.
I eagerly pulled into the park solely for its name and found a parking spot amongst surfers suiting up. I got out and wandered around the park until I got to the fence railing surround the Punch Bowl. What I saw was an interesting carved out rock area with green water waves rolling in.
Devils Punch Bowl State Natural Area is a naturally carved rock face that borders the Pacific coastline with a sea wall that opens a bowl-like cave into the ocean where waves are known to violently sweep through when a storm hits. It is believed that the roof of the Devils Punch Bowl caved in because the strong wave action over a long period of time.
When I first got on top of the structure the inside of the bowl was dark but the light shining in, and the green water color, came through as a brilliant hue. I waited a few minutes and took several exposures of the wave coming in, but settled on this particular one because of the light and complimentary wave structure. It looked like a dark place being illuminated by the outside, providing it with a gentle light. I love the contrast of dark and light spaces converging, and this made me press the shutter.
After I was done, I suited up myself and went surfing on the outside of the Devils Punch Bowl. The water was cold, but the beauty of the Oregon coastline was well worth the chilly waters of the Northwest Pacific Ocean.
Camera & Settings
- Fujifilm X-E2
- Lens: 18-55mm f/2.8=4
- Focal length: 55mm
- Shutter speed: 1/150
- Aperture: f/5.0
- ISO: 400
- Tripod: No
- Post: RAW image processed with ACR
Check out last week’s Through The Iris of Glacier National Park here.