Westport, Washington

October 31st, 2010 | Posted by Steve in Washington

Hi all,

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.

Westport Washington Lighthouse - Exterior

Westport Washington Lighthouse - Exterior

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.

Westport Washington Lighthouse - Interior

Westport Washington Lighthouse - Interior

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.

Point Grenville Washington from Wreck Creek

Point Grenville Washington from Wreck Creek

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.

Point Elizabeth Washington

Point Elizabeth Washington

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.

I have made these jpegs smaller so they will load quicker.  I hope you all enjoy these.

Steve

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