Friday, 02 June 2017 22:13

Dark Behind It Rose the Forest

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The massive forests of the Pacific Northwest are awesome to behold. The great Coast Range conifer forests of Sitka spruce (Picea sitchensis), Douglas fir (Pseudotsuga menziesii), western hemlock (Tsuga heterophylla), and western red cedar (Thuja plicata) contain the greatest amount of biomass per acre of any place on the planet. All of this life is the gift of the Pacific Ocean and the coastal mountains, which between themselves moderate climate and rainfall across the region. The town of Forks, Washington, for example, receives nearly 120 " of rainfall per year, and temperatures throughout the year are relatively mild. The result is a temperate rain forest of incredible beauty and vitality: a photographer's dream. A focal length of 32mm, the long end of wide-angle, gave me the angle-of-view I wanted. An aperture of f/18 provided depth-of-field, and a shutter speed of 2.0 seconds at ISO 200 gave me an overall very-slightly-darker-than-medium exposure. How could it be that we are not obligated to preserve and protect such beauty as this?

 

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  • Comment Link Donald McGowan Friday, 09 June 2017 12:24 posted by Donald McGowan

    Good afternoon Everyone. Thank you all very much for joining me for this conversation. Working at the edge of a camera's dynamic range has, over the past several years, changed from being nearly impossible to merely quite challenging; and as this has occurred, it has become increasingly satisfying to work with various forms of contrast, including the dynamic range. This was certainly, for me, one of those occasions. Knowing that I ran the risk of "blowing out" the highlights meant that I had to carefully consider both exposure and composition, including where to stand and which highlights to include, and how. It was a lot of fun, for the rainforest is amazing even when it isn't raining.
    Hey Warren, it's always good to have you join us. And to be mentioned in the same sentence with John Muir is sort of "off the charts." I am honored by and grateful for your kind words. I hope you are able to plan that trip to Death Valley we were discussing recently; I somehow get the sense you are slowly morphing into a Desert Rat, certainly not a bad morph to happen. Walk in Beauty.
    Hi Lynn. It great to hear from you. You are more than welcome to live the Great Northwest vicariously with me. I hope to return in the not too distant future. This was my first trip to the Olympic Peninsula, and I truly hope it will be the first of many. Come along as you will, and be well.
    Hi Ken. You grew up in great beauty, my friend; and I would not castigate you in any way for returning as often as possible. One of my mentors, Pat O'Hara, also grew up in Washington State, and we were able to spend some time with him on this trip. He's been in Port Angeles for many years and his love of the Olympic Peninsula is more than infectious, it's compelling.
    Hey Nancy T., the Olympic Peninsula is only a dream away from Tennessee, and I hope I get to help you make it a reality somehow. You're right, you can't walk very far without Beauty staring you in the face and demanding that you take its image. Be well wherever you walk.
    Thanks, again, Everyone. I think we can all agree that there are so few "bad" images in the Olympic Peninsula, they can be ignored as statistical aberrations. What a wonderful place to share. Walk in Beauty.

  • Comment Link Nancy Tripp Tuesday, 06 June 2017 12:27 posted by Nancy Tripp

    That just looks awesome! I don't think it would be possible to get a bad image in there. I would get so involved with it I would lose track of time... get lost for a couple of days. Maybe some day I will get back out there. It is a long way from Tennessee but who knows! Thanks for sharing.

  • Comment Link Ken Sunday, 04 June 2017 13:29 posted by Ken

    I grew up in Washington State and have spent many vacations and holidays in the Olympic National Park and it is truly a great place to visit with your camera.
    I always enjoy going back. When it comes to forests the Olympics and the forests of NC are very comparable in beauty.

  • Comment Link Lynn Sunday, 04 June 2017 10:06 posted by Lynn

    One day, I will may my way out that way. Until then, I will live vicariously through your images. Thank you, Don

  • Comment Link J. Warren Berry Sunday, 04 June 2017 09:28 posted by J. Warren Berry

    When considering the depth of beauty in your photograph and the nature it represents, I can only think that John Muir would be proud--really proud.

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