North Coast Olympic Peninsula Panorama

North Coast Olympic Peninsula Panorama

This was the first panorama I did using my new Fujifilm GFX 50R. The .dng file came in at over 400MB … but at that resolution, you can see the Dungeness lighthouse (on the right shoreline) and ships in the harbor at Port Angeles (the left shoreline). In the distance you can see the San Juan Islands (on the right) and Vancouver Island (on the left) with the Victoria area just visible. This was taken from the Grand Ridge trail just west of Deer Park in the Olympic National Park.

Shore Pine Cones

Shore Pine Cones

This is a “shore pine” (Pinus Contorta, var contorta) but is growing at over 5000 feet along Grand Ridge in the rain shadow area of the Olympic National Park. (It will be ready for any expected sea level rise, for sure).

Camera: Fujifilm GFX 50R with 63mm lens

ISO 250 1/250 sec f/9.0

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

Boulder Shelter

Boulder Shelter

Boulder Shelter sits in the upper Dungeness valley, at the trail junction between the Constance Pass trail and the Marmot Pass trail. It was rebuilt in the ’90’s by a volunteer group working with the forest service.

  • Camera: Fujifilm GFX 50R with 63mm lens
  • ISO 2000 1/400 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

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