Starting the final day’s hike of a 32 mile, 5 day backpack trip into the Olympic National Park up the North Fork of the Dosewallips River. It had been sunny the previous 4 days, but just after we started our hike out the mist and clouds blew up the valley. Fortunately, I had my camera slung across the body and not in my pack. A cross-body sling (I use a BlackRapid), keeps the camera at your side above your hip and not bouncing off your chest at each step.
Mare’s Tail over Bogachiel Peak and the High Divide (Olympic National Park)
A wide angle lens often creates distortion that is distracting or makes the image feel un-natural. In this case, while there is some “leaning” of the trees on the sides of the image … the distortion actually results in a realistic representation of the steepness of the hillside.
Being a ridge or two away from the Hoh Rain Forest in Olympic National Park, the Elwha Valley still gets its fair share of rain. Not anywhere near what the westside valleys get, but still enough that there’s plenty of water. Going for a day hike, it’s always prudent to carry some raingear, regardless of the forecast.
This photo is taken at the point the road is closed due to the washout. The building in the distance is where stock is kept during the summer months. In the old days, this was the location of the Elwha store and gas station.
- Camera: Hasselblad 500 C/M with 80mm lens
- Scanned with an Epson V600
Very striking horizontal banding in this sunset.
- Nikon D810 with Nikkor 28-300mm lens set at 230mm
- ISO 100 1/320 sec f/9.0
Out in the middle of Nevada, a cold front came through and brought dramatic clouds. We pulled off the main highway onto a sideroad and I captured the rain showers in the distance. If it hadn’t been for the clouds, it certainly wouldn’t be a as interesting a picutre.
When you see dramatic weather, stop and shoot.
- Camera: Nikon D200
- Lens: Nikkor 18-70mm set at 18mm
- ISO 100 1/250 sec f/8.0