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

Smith Rocks State Park, Oregon

Smith Rocks State Park, Oregon

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.

Smith Rocks State Park, Oregon

Camera: Fujifilm GFX 50R with 63mm lens

On the Trail

Rest Break on the Upper Dungeness Trail

Over the last 35 years I have gone on a hike into the Olympic Mountains with my friend Jeff nearly every year. It is getting harder for both of us, though… as time catches up with us. We did a shorter hike this year, both in days and mileage, but enjoyed it immensely. I cut enough weight out of my pack … the white one in the image … that I decided to take a heavier camera than my point and shoot. The image quality was well worth it.

  • Camera: Fujifilm GFX-50R
  • Lens: 63mm
  • ISO 125 1/60 sec f/2.8

Piano Player

Piano Player

This is at the ferry dock at Fulford Harbor, Salt Spring Island, B.C. The boy was practicing some chords, but was not an accomplished player. It was still pleasant (and better than I would have been able to remember).

  • Camera: Fujifilm GFX 50R
  • Lens: Fujinon 63mm
  • ISO 100 1/140 sec f/11

Royal Creek

Royal Creek

Royal Creek drains Royal Basin … one of the more popular backpacking destinations in the Olympic National Park (reservations required). I was on the bridge over the creek just where the Royal Basin trail starts … about 1 mile up the Upper Dungeness trail. See below for a photo of the bridge. I was bracing the camera on the bridge rail … and shooting various long exposures to get some blur in the water. The problem was the bridge wasn’t nearly as stable as my tripod. Good thing I wasn’t shooting film!

  • Camera: Fujifilm GFX-50R
  • Lens: Fujinon GF 48mm
  • ISO 400 1/6 sec f/22
Bridge over Royal Creek

Dungeness River

Dungeness River

Took a hike up the Dungeness River in the North Olympics. This was the view from our lunch spot. What really amazed me about this image was the huge boulder on the left bank that is covered with ferns. I wish I had carried a telephoto lens …

  • Camera: Fujijfilm GFX 50R
  • Lens: Fujinon GF 45mm
  • ISO 800 1/550 sec f/5.6

Point Hudson

Point Hudson in Port Townsend WA

The view of Point Hudson from Fort Worden State Park (both in Port Townsend). The Point Hudson Marina is just to the right of the image and the downtown area of Port Townsend is just beyond that.

  • Camera: Nikon D850
  • Lens: Nikkor 80-400mm set at 360mm
  • ISO 400 1/1000 f/13

Fortuitous Accident

Fortuitous Accident

I really like it when you screw up and it turns out to be fortuitous.

I was in a little hurry and got the photo paper in the printer upside down. When it came out of the printer, I knew immediately what I had done, but my response was very positive towards the resulting image. The problem with this as a regular process to create images is that the ink doesn’t dry for weeks and weeks. I finally had it dry enough so it wouldn’t smudge too much … but still had to put it inside a plastic sleeve in order to keep the ink from covering the scanner glass.

The original image was posted on a page here.

Camera: well, that’s a good question… um, a flat bed scanner

Belted Kingfisher

Belted Kingfisher

I was down at Fort Worden for an event and got there a little early. Walking out on the dock to the Marine Sciences Center, I spotted a belted kingfisher sitting on the railing, watching the water for dinner. I was a little surprised that it let me get as close as I did. They are pretty camera shy.

I was taken by surprise and just shot with the settings that were on the camera. By the time I stopped to adjust the settings and get to a more reasonable ISO and shutter speed combination, the bird was gone.

  • Camera: Nikon D850
  • Lens: Nikon 58mm
  • ISO 1000 1/6400 sec f/6.3

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