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 late afternoon sun shining through the trees at Fort Worden State Park, Port Townsend, WA. One of the advantages of living in the north is that the ‘Golden Hour’ that photographers enjoy for low angle sun is longer … if you are in Alaska in the summertime, for instance, the Golden Hour can be 4 hours long. It’s not that much in Washington State, but it is longer than you find in California.
I spotted this red splash of Oregon Grape in the middle of a patch of Salal. Two of the typical natural ground covers in the Pacific Northwest.
The upper campground at Fort Worden State Park is closed except during the summer season. It looks a little lonely without any people around. But you can still walk through and enjoy the fall colors of the big leaf maples (the few that there are).