Today, unlike most of the last two weeks, dawned bright and clear in Tacoma, WA. It was a welcome relief from the rain. By 9:15 am I had set out headed for the Westport Lighthouse and the southern Washington Pacific shoreline along WA Hwy 109.
I arrived at the Westport light with good weather and got photo #1 with the polarizer. After a while I went inside and shot straight up for picture #2.
This was available light, hand held & 1/6th of a second at f2.8. I am very surprised & gratified it held the focus as well as it did with such a long exposure. Fortunately the wide open f stop made no difference on depth of field because I was shooting at such an ultra wide setting. When I switched to flash I found my flash was apparently too old to work with my current camera. I had forgotten my good flash at home and Fran sent up one of my old ones. Oops, it did no good.
By the time I left it was 12:30 pm. It took an hour to drive around to the north side of the bay and by the time I got to the Pacific coast the clouds had rolled back in.
Photo 3 was in shot in color, but I knew it would have a very limited color range. I converted it to black & white on the computer. It is pretty good, but not great. I need Aaron or Keith to tell me how to make the sky more dramatic.
At the end of Hwy 109 is the home of the Quinault Indian Nation. It is a town named Taholah with some 500-1000 souls. Along the north side of town I shot photo #4.
Right behind me was a small to middle sized store doing a fair business. Lots of people were out so I had to make sure I got no one in the photo. Those are large piles of driftwood in the center of the photo in the middle distance.
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