The soft pastels of this sunset reminded me of a Maxfield Parrish image… except for the lack of a young woman in a swing. Not a lot of post production work on this one … it is pretty much the colors that were there.
This was a particularly striking example of crepuscular rays. I enjoy the challenge of trying to cover the high dynamic range that are typically present when crepuscular rays are present. In this case, the foreground was urban and cluttered, so I opted to take it to black.
The John Day area of Eastern Oregon has very dark skies with minimal light pollution. The star gazing is spectacular. I was down camping out a year or two back and took some time exposure shots with a Zeiss 21mm lens. I really liked the images at the time, but I recently revisited them and realized that I had not developed their full potential in Lightroom by removing as much noise as possible. I really liked the improvement, so here’s the resulting image.
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.
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.
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
This is the lighthouse at Point Wilson at Fort Worden State Park in Port Townsend. This is an example of where the conversion to Black and White adds a lot of dramatic effect to the image. See the color image below. It’s an okay image, but the black and white conversion adds a lot of punch to the sky.