Nick Carver Photography Blog

Photography Tips, Tutorials, & Videos

CONTACT
 

Washington Trip: Part 2

Time for Part 2 of my Washington Trip photos. This post covers the second half of the first shoot day and includes the remaining Hoh Rain Forest photos plus a single shot from Ruby Beach.

Hall of Mosses in the Hoh Rain Forest - Olympic National Park, WA

I talked extensively in the previous post about how amazing the scenery is in the Hoh Rain Forest. My urge is to keep trying to describe it, but I'm sure my words will only fall short. I hope my photos can paint a more accurate picture. But it means a lot when I say this place really is one of my favorite places I've ever visited.

Many of the pictures in this post were taken in a special section of the Hoh Rain Forest called the Hall of Mosses. This area consists of huge Bigleaf Maples covered with Cat-Tail Moss andĀ Oregon Selaginella. Everything is utterly dripping with green here. Just stunning. Throughout the entire forest, I felt like I was on Pandora and I'd see some Avatars walk out of the forest at any second, but the Hall of Mosses in particular was otherworldly.

Hall of Mosses in the Hoh Rain Forest - Olympic National Park, WA

Hall of Mosses in the Hoh Rain Forest - Olympic National Park, WA

The Hoh Rain Forest - Olympic National Park, WA

Hall of Mosses in the Hoh Rain Forest - Olympic National Park, WA

Hall of Mosses in the Hoh Rain Forest - Olympic National Park, WA

Here's a panorama of a particularly amazing section of the Hall of Mosses. I was lucky enough to have this view all to myself for quite awhile. Click the picture for a larger view to really see the detail.

Hall of Mosses in the Hoh Rain Forest - Olympic National Park, WA

Another interesting phenomenon that happens in the rain forest is when trees fall and become "nurse logs." It works like this: a tree falls from natural causes, it starts to decay on the forest floor, then other trees start to sprout from this log as they absorb the nutrients from this decaying "nurse log." Eventually, this nurse log deteriorates entirely and all that's left are the trees that grew from it. But with the nurse log gone, these trees seem to grow in a neat row and as though they are raised up on stilts. This row of trees is called a "colonnade."

Deadwood in the Hoh Rain Forest - Olympic National Park, WA

^ Deadwood on the forest floor gives new life to other plants.

Trees on a Nurse Log in the Hoh Rain Forest - Olympic National Park, WA

^ Trees grow from a nurse log, leeching nutrients from the decaying matter

Colonnade of trees in the Hoh Rain Forest - Olympic National Park, WA

^ Once the nurse log decays entirely, what's left is a colonnade of trees

And finally, I just had to get this shot of a pay phone near the visitor center of the Hoh Rain Forest. It's been photographed a million times by a million tourists, but I felt it summed up the rain forest quite well.

Pay Phone in the Hoh Rain Forest - Olympic National Park, WA

After my visit to the rain forest, I decided to race down to Ruby Beach to try and catch the sunset. Unfortunately, I left a bit too late and so I was very rushed at the beach and only came back with 1 decent shot. Click it to view a larger version.

Ruby Beach in Olympic National Park, WA

Coming up next: tons and tons of waterfall shots!

 

Corona Del Mar in February

If you're a regular follower of my blog, Twitter and Facebook, you may be wondering if I fell off the face of the earth. Not quite, but I do feel a little like I'm coming back from the dead after a week-long bout of the flu. The worst part was it hit its peak on my birthday. I don't often get sick, but my body chose to shut down its immune system on my birthday...awesome.

Corona Del Mar, CA

Anyway, I've had some pictures in my backlog from the week before I got sick. They cover 2 days back-to-back both at the same beach: Corona Del Mar.

The first day was on Saturday, February 19th. It was rainy all day and the clouds didn't look promising for a good sunset, but I really felt like getting out there. Plus, I love being at the beach in the rain.

Corona Del Mar, CA

Corona Del Mar, CA

The rain had let up for most of the evening, but the clouds held fast. Instead of packing it in, I decided to use the blue tones and cloudy skies to create a really dark, dramatic mood with these interesting rock formations. I under-exposed most of these rainy-day pictures to help with the drama. I'm actually quite pleased with the overall mood. Feels like something from a fantasy novel.

While I was out there, I had to take shelter under a cliff when the rain flared up. I was lucky enough to have some company with another photographer by the name of Ryan. We stayed dry and talked photography until the rain let up. Really great guy. Nothing like some inclement weather to get an interesting conversation going with a stranger.

Corona Del Mar, CA

A waterfall formed off the cliff behind me as the rain came pounding down. It wasn't a real gorgeous falls, but I thought it was interesting enough to warrant a shot. A waterfall onto the beach isn't too common, after all.

Corona Del Mar Waterfall

The weather cleared out the next day, so I decided to head back to the same exact spot. I knew the light and clouds would be different enough to create some drastically different shots despite the same subject matter. Check out how much a little bit of warm light changed the mood of these shots.

Corona Del Mar, CA

Corona Del Mar, CA

Corona Del Mar, CA

Corona Del Mar, CA

There you have 'em. Thanks for stopping by!

Some New Seascapes

Ah, you gotta love winter in Southern California. The weather isn't bad enough to be a hassle, but there's just enough of it to bring some color to our sunsets.

Over the past couples weeks, I've been able to get down to the beach several times to get shots at sunset. This post covers just 2 of those outings (with 2 more days coming in another post soon!). The first set here is from Laguna Beach down below the Montage Resort and are actually my results from the field shoot for the recent winter 2011 session of my Landscape Photography Class. The clouds were fantastic and lit up a blood red as the sun dropped below the horizon. It was gorgeous.

In this first picture, I wanted to capture all the sea life in this tide pool along with the perfect reflection of clouds off the water in the background. I couldn't believe how many sea urchins were in this pool. I had to get my camera uncomfortably low for this shot, but it was worth it.

Laguna Beach Sunset

I then moved over to the sand to get the movement of the water with, again, the reflections of the clouds off the ocean surface in the background. I couldn't decide which of the two verticals I liked better, so I thought I'd post them both. They have a different enough feel to warrant two pictures, I think.

Laguna Beach Sunset

Laguna Beach Sunset

Laguna Beach Sunset

Once the clouds flared up red, I moved back to the rocks and tide pools.

Laguna Beach Sunset

The second day was at Crystal Cove State Park. The sunset wasn't as vivid as I normally like, so I didn't come home with a ton of pictures I loved. Again, I couldn't decide which of the following two pictures I liked better, so here's both.

Crystal Cove State Park Sunset

Crystal Cove State Park Sunset

There you have it. More from Corona Del Mar coming soon!