Scottwdw Returns to the Olympic Peninsula

Discussion in 'Non Disney Photos / Mobile Phone Photos' started by Scottwdw, Aug 26, 2018.

  1. Scottwdw

    Scottwdw Member

    In 1981, I interned at Olympic National Park for three months right out of college. I returned this summer after almost 27 years to find the park as beautiful as ever though under stress from outside forces.

    The park is unique in that it features high mountains, temperate rain forests and rugged ocean beaches within its borders. Here are examples of each.

    Olympic Mountain Range

    Hall of Mosses in the Hoh Rain Forest

    Pacific Beach view from Kalaloch Lodge
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  2. jbwolffiv

    jbwolffiv Member

    Following you and Merrie on Facebook was so much fun, lots of great sights you two took in!
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  3. Scottwdw

    Scottwdw Member

    Thanks, John! I'll be sharing more photos in this thread over the next few days.
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  4. I Totally agree with this sentiment!
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  5. jbwolffiv

    jbwolffiv Member

    Looking forward to it!!!!
  6. mSummers

    mSummers Member

    Nice work Scott! Looking forward to seeing more from your trip
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  7. Scottwdw

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    Ruby Beach is the best known of all the Olympic beaches with its large and small mix of sea stacks which were molded by wind, surf and sand over hundreds of years. I was so looking forward to photographing beautiful sunsets there. However, between smoke from forest fires up and down the West Coast and coastal fog, I had to make do with low contrast scenes the first time I visited Ruby Beach.

    I used various Lightroom processing methods and a couple of Skylum plug-in apps to pull out more details, colors and showing the moody atmosphere I found.

    This sea stack made my wife say it looked like an animal. Perhaps a large male gorilla? Here I used a Skylum Intensity CK's Enhanced Landscape preset which I finished off in LR.

    Nikon D750/16-35VR, 1/125s, f/16, ISO 400, EV 0, 26mm Focal Length.

    Below is a comparison of a LR edit (left) versus a set of 5 photos (-2EV to +2EV) merged into an HDR image (right) using Skylum Aurora HDR 2018 app.

    Again, I was using the Nikon 16-35mm VR lens. This time set at 24mm for both images with slightly different perspectives.

    Below, I again used the Aurora HDR app to bring out the detail and color of the scene yet still show the fog on the beach.

    Ruby Beach Sea Stacks
    by Scott Thomas, on Flickr

    The trail leading down to Ruby Beach comes out next to piles of bleached driftwood and a large Sitka Spruce tree defying gravity on the other side of Cedar Creek.

    Nikon D750/24-120VR, 1/125s, f/16, ISO 1100, EV 0, 52mm Focal Length.

    It sure was a challenge photographing and processing the resulting photos. I have learned a lot about using Lightroom pre-sets from other photographers, LR graduated and radial filters and the Skylum apps.
    Last edited: Aug 27, 2018
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