Spring Break arrived and we headed west. For us that means a ferry ride and drive along Highway 101, through Olympic National Park, one of the greenest places on earth. We stopped to see Sol Duc Falls along the way.
And after checking into our B&B we headed to Ruby Beach for sunset.
The next morning was rainy, but the skies cleared in the afternoon for a hike along Rialto Beach.
That night we stayed in La Push and enjoyed crazy skies and a lot of hail!
Port Townsend is always a treat for more eye candy.
The class went very well, due in major part to the clear skies we were lucky enough to have.
I spent most of my time advising and helping people get their settings right and compose images, but I did manage to get a few cool images as well.
This image is of Diablo Lake and Ross Dam. The snow in the foreground adds a nice balance to the image.
As I awaited the students to return to the vans for the ride back to NCI I wandered out towards the highway and saw a sign for the Cascade Loop Scenic Highway.
This and the road and starry sky presented a wonderful opportunity.
I lead Night Sky Photo Tours each month, when there is no moon. This link gives the dates for each month this year (through September) as well as other details and a way to register for your own adventure!
I recently embarked on a trip from my home in Sedro Woolley to my favorite coastal hike and camping spot at Point of the Arches, in Olympic National Park. It’s a long way, maybe 9 hours from start to camp site, and one of the beautiful legs of the sojourn is a ferry ride from Coupeville to Port Townsend. I booked my spot on the Ferry and arrived just as the sunrise was happening.
Washington State Ferry Sunrise
Inside the ferry
On the Ferry Deck
Washington State Ferry Sunrise
Washington State Ferry Sunrise Crown
Washington State Ferry Sunrise: Looking Out
Washington State Ferry – Coupeville
Washington State Ferry Sunrise light
I knew it was going to be a great trip when the images from the ferry ride were enough to make the entire trip worth while!
Images of the coast to come, but here is just one to whet the appetite!
Between mundane tasks like work and exercise I try to entertain myself by studying PS books and navigating the mental fog to apply new techniques for image manipulation.
My most recent “new” technique are the brushes in Camera RAW.
Here is an image in its untouched state:
And here is the finished version.
After opening the image in Camera RAW and hitting “auto” for the exposure setting almost all the additional changes were made with the brushes, altering saturation, clarity, contrast and exposure on various sections, one at a time.
Its a new way to bring out colors and textures. The image is taken at Point of the Arches, Olympic National Park.
I have camped at many places. Sometimes you find a spot with such beauty, such a personality that you fall in love.
Point of the Arches is one of those places for me. When the tide is out the beach stretches beyond the sea stacks. Wandering among the tide pools, excited to see what’s next, I am astounded at how much things change each time I visit, yet stay the same.
The sound of the waves, first muted and now roaring create a soundtrack that calms and thrills. The gulls and wind add their parts to the symphony.