Hall of Mosses 1
Olympic National Park
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Photographing Olympic National Park has always been on my "bucket list" and I was able to complete the trip in May, 2014. I prepared for rain (160" annual rainfall) but we had mostly sun. Less than 1/4 inch of rain over 5 days.
Sun is not what most photographers want. Tourists and sightseers want sunlight but photographers like the overcast and drizzle to help capture the subtleties and nuances of color in foliage in the deep tropical forest. I happen to prefer early morning or mottled sunlight. In fact, I specialize in photographing subjects lit in early morning light in botanical gardens. Filtered sunlight in the middle of the day can be problematic to creating drama.
I always head up to a workshop a day before the start and stay a day or two later. This gives me the time to go back and take another look at a location I thought had potential. The group was headed by an established photographer extremely familiar with the Northwest especially the Olympic peninsula. IMO, the main purpose of the workshop leader is to get me to the locations at the right time to experience the most photographic opportunities. This leader even taught me some outstanding techniques and different ways to look at images.
Since I may never visit OLY NP again, (I'm in my 60's and there are too many other places to visit), besides photographing cool stuff, I also wanted a visual reminder of where I had seen and experienced for future reference. Thus, the collection of 52 images reads like a photo essay with a diversity of images from postcard to abstract. If it could also deliver the same experience to the viewer of this blog, then that's an added bonus.
Of course traveling with a bunch of photo equipment in a backpack on a plane takes some planning. I use a backpack specifically designed to fit in the overhead bins of a regional jet. I don't check camera equipment but tripod legs are the exception. Due to the size restrictions, I managed to fit 3-24 MP, Nikon DX bodies and 1-24 MP Sony DX body. To maximize flexibility, lenses included 8-16, 17-70 macro, 18-35 F1.8, and 70-400. The back pack still had room to fit a high end ball head and external hard drive.
The above image shot was taken with a cropped frame, 24 MP DSLT with 8-16 zoom lens on a carbon fiber tripod
with monoball head.