Quite an interesting and adventurous day shooting with Kim and her husband Dave. We were up at 6 AM and on our way around the Olympic Peninsula. Well, OK. The intention was to head straight over to Aberdeen and then up Highway 101 to Lake Quinault for shooting in the rainforest. Instead, I took a wrong turn and headed up Hwy 101 toward Port Townsend on the wrong side of the peninsula. A happy mistake. Turns out that the rainstorm last weekend on the coast had stripped the Maple trees bare of autumn color. In fact, there had been 7 inches of rain in Forks. Wow! That’s a lot of rain. But our day was bright and sunny – just beautiful.
So anyway, after realizing my navigation mistake we detoured over to a local park beach and then over to the Fort Flagler bunkers for some infrared photos. Some great nude shots, while evading tourists, and then we were off along the north coast and then down to Forks from the north. South of Forks we passed an abandoned Cedar shake mill and made a fast U-turn when Kim spotted a cool old stripped down truck on the lot. The setting sun was also lighting up the rusting old slash burner. Very very cool lighting!
We ran as fast as possible through our shots there, then hastily off again to Lake Quinault. We missed the best light in the woods, with a few interesting exceptions with Kim lit by the final rays of the setting sun as she stood alongside some sunlit tree trunks. Later we stopped and watched a large herd of cow elk being shepherded by a majestic 5 point bull elk. A few final shots of Kim in the car headlights and finally we were heading home. Even then, eager to see the day’s photos, we weren’t done. We stayed up ’til midnight making our selections. And my own personal favorites from those, you’ll see right here.
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