More Clouds and Ridges

Clouds and Ridge

Both these images were shot from the top of Mt Walker on the eastern edge of the Olympic Mountains, looking west into the National Forest. These are “working forests” … they get logged on a rotating basis and aren’t the old growth forests found in the Olympic National Park. The exception is some of the trees on the rugged ridges where it is too difficult to log to make it worth the cost.

Forested Ridges in Clouds

Big Puffy Cloud

Big Puffy Cloud

This is the view from the top of Mt Walker. Unfortunately, there was a lot of low haze besides the nice big puffy clouds. We take ’em as we get ’em.

A Glimpse through Clouds

A Glimpse through Clouds

I have always taken a lot of photos of ridge lines peeking through clouds. Maybe it is because the weather is cloudy a lot in the Pacific Northwest. But I think there is more to it than that. There’s a mysterious quality to the peekaboo game … and it is a challenge to get the right mix of visible/not visible. Then there is the challenge of getting the processing choices right: lots of challenges make for an interesting subject.

A Glimpse through Clouds (B&W)

Crossing a Single Stringer

Crossing a Single Stringer

This was another case of a photo that I originally had rejected. It was underexposed by a whole bunch. Working with it in Lightroom I was able to recover the details in the shadow areas while keeping the light areas from getting blown out. Lesson: don’t give up on an image based on first impressions.

A “single stringer” is a bridge across a stream consisting of a single log … usually flattened on the top and often with a railing.

  • Camera: Fujifilm GFX 50R with 63mm lens
  • ISO 100 1/140 sec f/2.8

Upper Dungeness

Upper Dungeness

I was working on an exercise that consisted of taking photos that I originally rejected and seeing if I could ‘make’ anything of them. This was one of the rejects … the original image was taken by mistake while I was moving the camera and was tilted at about a 45 degree angle. The foreground is a little soft … not sure if it was a camera movement issue or just a focusing issue. I liked the end result, though. It reminds me of the photos I used to take with my old box camera when I was a kid.

  • Camera: Fujifilm GFX 50R with 63mm lens
  • ISO 1600 1/50 sec f/5.6

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