Olympic National Park, Rain Forests and Wild Coastlines
June 4th, 2013
I am back from an extended two week trip to the Pacific Northwest with Alex Mody and where we spent many days hiking and exploring locations on the Olympic Peninsula and the Columbia River Gorge. I wish I had more to share but unfortuantly my laptop containing most of my images from Olympic National Park was stolen from Alex’s truck while we were hiking in the Gorge. I managed to recover a few images from the first leg of the trip using recovery software on my memory cards, but much of it was lost! Olympic’s rain forest were a big part of the trip and with almost constant rain we focused much of our energy exploring the Ho, Quinault and Sol Duc. The greens were very intense and every square inch of ground was covered in a thick emerald blanket. It was wonderful!!
The first image I would like to share is from the Hoh rain forest. I explored many locations in the Hoh most of the time simply parking off the side of the road and walking into the forest. This Vine Maple was an amazing subject and I climbed into the underside of the maple using my ultra wide-angle Nikon 14-24mm at 14 to compose the image. I used the raiding lines of the Vine Maple’s limbs to pull the eye into the composition. It had been raining early that morning everything was saturated. I used my Fotodiox Adapter and Circular Polarizer to remove contrast and color robbing glare from the wet leaves. Nikon D800, 14-24mm, Fotodiox CPL, 15 seconds @ F20, ISO 400
So this was the second best display of light I encountered over the two week trip, and one thankfully that was not lost. The most amazing light show was captured at Ruby Beach on the first evening of the trip and that was unfortunately lost to my stolen laptop! These sea stacks are a 1.8 mile hike north along the coast from Rialto Beach. It is an absolute favorite location of mine for sunset. On this evening the light broke free of the constant cloud cover for a few moments illuminating the scene for a brief moment before it faded. I had my workshop group set up and waiting for the light. I shot many images experimenting with different ISO and shutter speed combinations until I got the exact foreground wave action I was wanting. This is a single image exposure (no bracketing or grads) captured with my Nikon D800 which has the most amazing dynamic range of any film or digital medium I have ever worked with. Nikon D800, 14-24mm @ 14mm, 1/4 of a second @ F11, ISO 50.
Stay tuned! I’ll be presenting more Pacific Northwest images in the coming weeks.