After wrapping a project in the Pacific Northwest, I paid a quick visit to the Olympic Peninsula for a day and a half. I had been so close many times before but hadn’t had the time to make a visit. This time things worked out and I was able to visit. After driving for a few hours without exited my vehicle, I stopped just outside the entrance of the Hoh valley rain forest. Upon opening my door, I was overwhelmed by the pure oxygen of smell of green in the air. At exactly that moment, I could feel the muscles in my neck melt and my whole body seemed to shimmy and relax into a new posture as the stress left my body. Then, I proceeded to strap on my 35lb backpack full of camera gear (my alpa with lenses, my wonderful new Nikon 810 and my trusty Iphone for my instagram pics). I choose the trail I hoped was the least traveled given the full parking lot of vehicles. Impossible to escape the people but the deeper I got, the less people I saw on the trail. The light was coming in and out of clouds as I hiked along the trail. What I loved the most was how the light would come through just windows into the forest and illuminate just bits and pieces of the forest. It made for some really great pictures.
See full post here: David Westphal Photography2015-09-03.