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Jul
10
2013

Olympic National Park & 2nd Beach

A Segment of the Bill Forney Workshop, Olympic Peninsula, WA

(6th of 7 Posts from this Trip)

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Before visiting the Olympic NP on Bill Fortney’s His Light Workshop, I had an impression that the entire peninsula would most likely be shrouded in mist or drizzle much of the time.  That wasn’t the case, and in fact, the sunshine made shooting other than at the day’s extremes a bit challenging.

The one exception was Hurricane Ridge, about 20 miles above Port Angeles.  We made three trips (two sunset, one sunrise) and clouds covered much of the ridges and even the ridge itself during the first evening’s shoot.  So we were forced to alter the plan and instead to try out a few macro and close-ups.

Olympic5The most popular subject of the group that evening was of the misty, young lupine leaves along the trail from the parking lot.  It was really funny to be in a big setting like the Hurricane Ridge overlook and see two dozen photographers all huddled near the ground with cameras only inches off the plants – like scientists over microscopes.  Hilarious!

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Olympic8About halfway down on the drive back down to town, I dropped below the ceiling of clouds that had covered the ridgeline.  An amazing sky, clouds and even a rainbow popped out.  By the time I found a pull-out, most of the rainbow had dissipated, but he scenes from there were worth shooting nevertheless.1-px-x-560-px-background-line-shim

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Jul
10
2013

Lighthouses, a Cool Harbor, and a Shipwreck

Down the Washington and Oregon Coast, After the Bill Fortney Workshop

(7th, and Last of 7 Posts from this Trip – Whew!)

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After finishing with my recent eight-day workshop will Bill Fortney and the His Light Workshops team across much of Washington, I decided to take several days and make the drive back home a more leisurely one down the Washington and Oregon coast.  I didn’t have any particular photography targets in mind, with the exception that I hoped to make stops at several lighthouses.

One of the most recognizable of those is the North Head Light (above) in Ecola State Park, just north of the Columbia River in Washington.

Coast2I spent two overnights in Astoria, Oregon, near the mouth of the Columbia River.  It is a quaint riverfront town, unfortunately best known by many as the filming location for the two movies, “Kindergarten Cop” and “The Goonies”.  On a more serious note, I was surprised to learn that it is the oldest American settlement west of the Rockies.  It has the feel of a seaside town, but is actually on the river.1-px-x-560-px-background-line-shim

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