I try to remember to keep looking up as I hike along trails. If you keep your eyes constantly moving, there is much more you will notice. When my attention gets snagged, I try to remember that if I’m noticing something, it’s a good idea to evaluate if there is a photo there.
There aren’t a lot of days when it is bright and sunny in the Olympic National Park … often the clouds are low and drip on a regular basis. This is true even in mid-summer when the lowlands are hot and dry. It is therefore always a pleasure to chance upon clear sunny weather and be hiking into sunlit openings.
Typically, I convert an image into black and white using one of Lightroom’s presets or B&W profiles as a starting place. In this case, I used the local adjustment tool and desaturated the whole image, then switched to erase mode and removed the desaturation from the foliage on the riverbank. The desaturation technique is pretty much a blunt instrument approach: it doesn’t provide the fine tonal adjustments that are available using other techniques. However, this image didn’t require a lot of fine adjustment.
This the the Dosewallips River at the point where the road was washed out several years ago. There is a trail bypassing the washout that runs above through the woods… however, when the river is low the trail along the bank is quicker and doesn’t involve climbing up a hundred feet or so.
On the final day of a 5-day trip up the Dosewallips River, Olympic National Park, we had a low pressure area move through, bringing in clouds and mist. It created a nice variation to the sunny weather of the prior 4 days, and never rained enough to bother with a raincoat. It also created a lot of visually interest.
After a couple of days of hiking up the valley, we returned to the abandoned Dosewallips Campground on our way back to the trailhead. While the campsites that are close to the river are used fairly frequently, those areas away from the river are overgrown and in a state of decay. The middle photo shows the remains of the road running through the camp … just a trail now.