Photographer: Tim Luce, Redmond

Photo taken: Feb. 16, Cannon Beach, Ore.

Photographer’s description: “On our anniversary weekend to Cannon Beach, my wife and I were greeted with 50 mph winds and relentless rain. On Sunday we were greeted with glorious sunshine. Just as I was going to take this picture a flock of seagulls took flight. They almost look 3D in front of Haystack Rock. I used a Panasonic DMC-FZ18 set to auto.”

Expert says: “Haystack Rock is a much-photographed monument, but I don’t think I’ve ever seen it photographed quite like this. I love that the rock is fully lit while the foreground is shaded, but just enough light hits the birds so they aren’t silhouetted. I wish the first bird at the top left didn’t get his head chopped off, but I understand that’s sometimes tough to do in the heat of the moment. I would crop slightly from the top and a teensy bit from the bottom for impact. Great shot!”

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