Alien - Boiler Bay Oregon

(click to view on black // canon 5d mark ii, canon 16-35mm 2.8 l, 16mm, iso 50, f/8.0, 602 sec, 10-stop filter // buy print)

If I had to pick my top five favorite science fiction movies of all-time, I think Alien would be in there, and perhaps also the sequel, Aliens. The second one was fantastic…there was just so much awesome action and memorable lines (“Game over man, game over!“) but the first one will always be a classic. A terrifying trip with some space travelers who are being slaughtered by a creature hitching a ride on their vessel.

For those that have seen Alien, you may already have figured out why I chose it for this week’s Movie Title Wednesday image. One of the more haunting scenes in the movie is when they find the alien spaceship and rappel into the belly of the thing. Lining the floor in a strange mist are all these organic pods, which just happen to be eggs ready to own your face.

Kind of reminded me of the rocks floating in the foggy ocean in my image. And it’s hard to see, but one of them is actually not a rock, but a old, rusty canister, which to me almost looked like an abandoned space capsule. Sweet.

This photo was taken on the Oregon coast in an area known as Boiler Bay. I left my hotel well before the sun came up that morning and was using Google Maps to locate ANY good spot about an hour north of Newport. I came across Boiler Bay and waited until there was enough light to hike down a fairly steep trail to the beach below. I was surprised I found the spot at all…it was a tiny little pull-out on the side of the road and I barely saw it in the dark.

Glad I did.

I believe this was one of my last shots of the morning before I had to book it to Portland and catch a noon flight. I was lucky enough to have perfectly overcast skies to keep my images moody just like I wanted. This particular exposure was done with a 10-stop and lasted just over 10 minutes. Thanks again to Rick Young for letting me borrow his filter.

I badly want to return to the coast of Oregon sometime, perhaps for a week or two. There is just so much to see, so many skies and sunsets to capture with the gorgeous, rocky shoreline. Two weeks wouldn’t even be enough.

  • Scott Ackerman

    Awesome dude! That’s exactly what I thought of when I saw this shot. Absolutely love that sky!

  • Scott Wood

    Absolutely stunning image Mike. Very well done.

  • Chris Nitz

    Nailed the Alien feel. I agree as well about Alien/Aliens being some of the best sci-fi movies around. The creep factor with the brilliant beasts make for such a great movie experience. Damn, now I’m firing up Netflix.

  • Chris Frailey

    Love the mood you captured in this one Mike.

  • Chris Kenison

    Wow, Mike! Great shot! I’m going to that area next summer and I can’t wait to get some shots like this! Awesome!

  • Jesse

    Sick shot. The rocks leading from the bottom left of the frame and elongated cloud movement is just fantastic.

  • J Howe

    I really like the smoky look of the water and I really like the composition, the way the rocks lead you in to the image. Very cool black and white image!

  • Kris Koeller

    Nicely done. The reference works. I really like these long exposures. I need to look into some filters.

  • Chris DeAngelis

    This is just such a sick shot on so many levels! Nailed the 10 stop! Love the sky and the fog around those rocks.

  • Brian Furbush

    Really great shot, can’t wait to get out there sometime myself. Love the B&W choice.

  • Curt Fleenor

    Definitely pegged the moody feel with this one Mike and it fits with the Alien motif perfectly!

  • Jan Winther

    Stunning shot Mike.