Mt Rainier above Puget Sound from Fort Flagler on Marrowstone Island with the north end of the Kitsap Peninsula in the middle distance.
The Elwha River has been getting a lot of press lately. It is the site of one of the largest dam removal projects to date. Salmon runs are returning in numbers (miles and miles of recovered salmon breeding habitat), the delta is being rebuilt and numerous species (including bears and birds) are benefiting from the decaying salmon carcasses.
The section shown here is between the two dams that were removed (the Elwha Dam below this point and the Glines Canyon Dam above).
There is quite a bit of difference between shooting into the sun and shooting away from the sun. There are many folks that caution you against shooting into the sun … there can be challenges with lens flare and reduced contrast. However, in the image above you can see the reflection of the sun on the pond … something you can’t get if you only follow ‘the rules’. The image below (Mt Baker in the distance) was shot a few minutes later than the above … away from the sun. It took less work to get a decent exposure, but it also doesn’t seem as dramatic.
Dappled light is charming, but getting the exposure right can be a challenge. There is quite a range of exposure values. Adobe Lightroom Classic is the program I use for ‘post-processing’. It’s a great tool for photographers … although there is a bit of learning curve.
The autumn brings a quieter experience to many trails and parks. The summer crowds are gone and one can find relative solitude even in parks that are heavily used.