Cottonwood Detail

Cottonwood Detail

I recently watched a Ben Long video in Linkedin Learning that going back to old images and looking for the pictures within pictures. (I highly recommend Ben’s video’s in general and “The Practicing Photographer” series of weekly posts in particular.)

I found this detail of cottonwood trees along the Elwha River in Olympic National Park that I took over a year ago. I like it better without the clutter in the foreground and the distant ridge line. The background of a tree covered hillside is nice, the rest was just distraction.

  • Camera: Nikon D850
  • Lens: Nikkor 24-85mm set at 85mm
  • ISO 400 1/125 sec f/6.3

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

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

Morning Mists

Morning Mists at Camp Handy

We were hiking out from our trip on the Upper Dungeness Trail and stopped for the evening. Just after dinner, it started to sprinkle and it continued through the evening. We spent 13 hours or so in our tents.

When we got up in the morning, the rain had stopped and there were wonderful mists on the ridges on the west side of the Dungeness.

  • Camera: Fujifilm GFX-50R with 63mm lens
  • ISO 1600 1/50 sec f/8

On The Trail

On the trail in the Rhododendron Forest

On the trail through the lower forest

On the trail down loose gravel

Regardless of the effort, the time spent on backcountry trails is worth it. The trails show the passage of thousands of pairs of boots over the years. It connects you with unknown hikers of the past. The best is hiking trails that you have visited before and have become close friends.

Camera: Fujifilm GFX-50R with 63mm lens

Rhododendron Forest

Rhododendron Forest

Hiking the Upper Dungeness trail in the Buckhorn Wilderness in the Olympic Mountains, you pass through an area dense with Rhododendrons. Not sure what makes this particular spot so favorable for them, but it is quite spectacular. And a good example of why the Rhody is the official Washington State flower.

  • Camera: Fujifilm GFX50R
  • Lens: Fujinon 63mm
  • ISO 800 1/50 sec f/11

Sunrise over Twin Sisters

Sunrise over Twin Sisters

Visiting a friend just outside of the small town of Acme in NW Washington. A wonderful view from the kitchen table. (Note that this is a normal lens and basically uncropped.) Mt Baker is the bump just behind the ridge on the left side of the image. I tried various HDR images, but the clouds were moving so fast that they didn’t really turn out well.

  • Camera: Fujifilm GFX 50R
  • Lens: Fujinon 63mm
  • ISO 160 1/950 sec f/11

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