The first photo is looking up the Crooked River from the overlook at Smith Rocks State Park, while the second is looking downriver from the trail running down to the footbridge crossing the river. The park is a local rock climbing Mecca and offers some great hiking. Besides the dramatic scenery.
Went down to Oregon on a road trip to get out of the rain in Washington. We stopped in Prineville. We had rented a trailer and discovered that the doors had leaked and soaked the mattress. It was motel time.
This view is from a scenic overlook just outside town. A merge of several shots to get the panorama.
This is a 3 image HDR (High Dynamic Range) composite with the exposures being one stop apart. I took a set of 5, but using the whole set resulted in too much ghosting. The peak on the far left horizon is Mt Baker.
This view is looking north to the Quimper Peninsula … Port Townsend is on the far end just along the water.
After shooting in the forest under cloudy skies, I turned the ISO down and took this photo. I didn’t pay as much attention as I should have … I was pretty tired from the climb back to the top (I drove to the top and hiked down and back up). I should have paid more attention … I could have dropped the ISO to 64 and still would have been able to handhold.
The Washington State Ferry Kennewick leaving Port Townsend and heading to Coupeville on Whidbey Island with Mt Rainier in the distance. This image is a good example of the difference between what the eye can see and what shows up through an image system. I had to play all sorts of tricks to get Mt Rainier to show up … it was pretty faint at the time, but a lot more noticeable to the eye than what the sensor recorded.
Camera: Nikon D850
Lens: 28-300mm set at 300mm
ISO 200 1/640 sec f/13
I don’t often do “street photography” … but this image in downtown Port Townsend was compelling. The empty table and chairs with the couple at the picnic table, and the clouds were a nice touch.
I invite you to visit my website to view my photos in a gallery format. I also have some photo essays of hiking in Olympic National Park and some examples of other art I have done over the years. Thank you.
This is the ferry Kennewick leaving Port Townsend on its last trip of the day to Coupeville on Sunday May 5th. I was across the bay at Fort Flagler State Park, to try and get a photo of the very new moon. (see below) There is a tiny bit of jet contrail above the hill. Just after this, I spotted (with my binoculars) a much higher contrail that was glowing red in the sunset. I couldn’t find it with the camera, though. And it would have just been a red smudge. But it was very cool looking.
I couldn’t see the moon without using the binoculars, either. This image was right after I first spotted it … about 9 PM (it set at behind the trees at 9:25 or so). It was 8.6% waxing at this point. It needs to get to be 11% or so before you have much chance to spot it with your naked eyes.
Unfortunately, I forgot to bring my cable release – remote. So I used the timer … but that still left me with mirror bounce. With the cable release, I can use the mirror up mode and eliminate the bounce. There were some high clouds … that’s the few horizontal streaks you can see.
Both images are with my Nikon D850 and 80-400mm with the zoom set at 400mm. With the moon shot, I added a Nikon 2x teleconverter… and still cropped a bunch to eliminate all the extraneous sky.
The Olympic National Park includes a road that runs up to Hurricane Ridge at an elevation of over 5000 feet. During the winter it is the only ski area on the Olympic Peninsula… it’s small but it attracts a lot of folks, even though there is only a rope tow and no actual lift. On days when there’s a view, it is spectacular. This view looks across the Elwha Valley to the central Bailey Range.
I had been shooting with my zoom lens out to 400mm … and had the ISO and shutter speed set for that lens. When I changed the lens back to the wide angle zoom, I forgot to readjust the settings until after I had shot this.
Camera: Nikon D850
Lens: 28-85 mm set at 52mm
ISO 400 1/1000 sec f/16