The ferry ride to Coupeville from Port Townsend is a pleasant 35 minute trip. When the weather is clear, it is also very scenic. I like to pay the $1.80 walk-on ferry fare and ride across, walk off the ferry, pay the fare and take the return boat. There isn’t much around the Coupeville ferry dock except a boat launch and a nice park. While the park is a nice visit, it isn’t a necessity. I always hope to catch sight of some Orca on the trip across, but this day I only saw a couple of harbor seals … and that was a brief glimpse at a distance (no photo).
One can drive up to over 5000 feet to Hurricane Ridge in the Olympic National Park and the views are spectacular. I converted these to black and white partly because the mist/water vapor was heavy enough that there was a blue cast to the images that was difficult to remove. The Dehaze tool in Lightroom works pretty well until the hazy gets thick. Then in order to remove the overall blue cast, you have to make tonal adjustments that can turn the other colors in the image away from their normal tones. So I frequently just convert to black and white.
Besides, I like B&W.
I was running through images taken a few months back. Revisit and Review, I call it. Looking at images that I passed over the first time… and reviewing the images that I had processed. This one struck home as an image that I passed over because there was another image taken a mile or two down the road that I liked better and didn’t want to post two images that were similar. But when I went back and compared the two, this one really has a different feel to it.
This is looking across Owens Lake to the southern Sierras … if you click on the image to enlarge it, you can just see the Whitney Portal road on the far left side, where it runs up the foothills above Lone Pine.
A wonderful hike runs along the Grand Ridge Trail from Deer Park towards Obstruction Point. There is some moderate elevation gain, but the trail starts at Deer Park which is in the subalpine zone, so there is no climb to “the high country”…. just a long dusty drive.