Photographing the Forests of Olympic National Park

This week, I had planned to share more of the images from my recent outing to Blackpool. But then something happened, and I became side-tracked. I wish I could tell you what it was, but I don’t know. This seems to happen to me with increasing regularity. You might think it’s my age, but I prefer to think of it as being creative.

Anyway, I ended up looking at a bunch of images that I had shot back in 2016 when I visited Washington State and Oregon in the US. One of the highlights of this trip for me was a visit to the Hall of Mosses. I took hundreds of shots whilst walking the trail but none of them seemed to capture the beauty of this forest.

Although I have tried to process the images from this trip many times, the results were disappointing. Then a couple of days ago, an urge to try again popped into my head. This time, for whatever reason I like the finished image.

Hall of Mosses Trail, Olympic National Park

This is a handheld exposure I made with an Olympus EM5 (first generation) micro four thirds camera. I was using the Olympus 12-45 Pro lens set to 25mm with it. The exposure is 1/15 second at f/7.1 and ISO400, so it’s about on the limit of what I could handhold. The RAW file was then processed using DxO PhotoLab with the rest of the work in Photoshop using luminosity masks to dodge and burn.

I hope you like it.

The Week’s YouTube

In last week’s blog post, I shared a couple of shots from Blackpool. One of these featured a strong sun glow effect which makes the sky appear bright and the reflections glow. This week, I published a YouTube video demonstrating how I produced the effect using Nik Color Efex Pro. If you’re interested and would like to watch the video, here’s the link https://youtu.be/TkPq3MEIHE8.

Enjoy the video and I hope you have a great weekend.

8 thoughts on “Photographing the Forests of Olympic National Park

  1. Excellent image, Robin and it shows what fine results can be obtained with MFT. It would be interesting to see the final result compared to the original raw image (a video showing the workflow would be even nicer!)

  2. Hi Robin
    have you ever produced a video on the use of PhotoLab or might you be considering one re PhotoLab 6

    regards
    Bob (Robert in Sundays)

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