Central Olympics

Bailey Range from Hurricane Ridge

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.

Bailey Range Detail from Hurricane Ridge

Little Beggars

Canada Jay (AKA Gray Jay)

Both Jays and Chipmunks can be terrible beggars. These were at Hurricane Ridge in Olympic National Park. The jays were particularly pushy and the chipmunk was nervous and content with natural food. There was a wedding and reception taking place in a relatively secluded picnic area and the jays were quite interested in the food table. They hadn’t been invited, but that didn’t seem to bother them much.

Yellow Pine Chipmunk

Deer at Hurricane Ridge

Young Buck

I was recently up at Hurricane Ridge in the Olympic National Park and several deer wandered by. A young buck following a young doe. They were unconcerned with the constant stream of hikers going by. While they do have some natural predators (cougar), people aren’t in that category. (but their cars are)

Young Doe

Foggy Winter Scene

Foggy Winter Scene

This was from the same day as the previous post (Sunny Winter Scene) and about an hour later. The clouds came up the mountain and everything was totally socked in. Not much to shoot except the outlines of trees. So, I shot outlines of trees. This is not a black and white image, by the way. There just isn’t any color making it through the fog.

  • Camera: Nikon D850
  • Lens: Nikkor 80-400mm set at 400mm
  • ISO 200 1/32o sec f/7.1

Sunny Winter Scene

Sunny Winter Scene

I was walking around up at Hurricane Ridge in Olympic National Park recently. Not much snow, so easy walking. A couple of folks were cross-country skiing, mostly because it was the first time they could.

  • Camera: Nikon D850
  • Lens: Nikkor 80-400mm set at 400
  • ISO 200 1/640 sec f/14

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