The Eastern Sierra and Pacific Northwest

It’s October and that means it was road trip time (I’m in a rut—this is the third year in a row that I’ve taken a road trip the first week of October). If you really want the gory details of the entire trip, you can read about them here. Suffice it to say, it was an ambitious trip, starting in San Diego, working my way up the Eastern Sierra, and then all the way to Cape Flattery, the most northwestern point in Washington on the Pacific Ocean and Strait of Juan de Fuca.

Circumstances made this photographically challenging. On the shores of Lake Sabrina, I was buffeted by 20-30 mph winds. Complete overcast and low-lying clouds in Olympic National Park just brought a dullness to the landscape. Being able to access Rialto Beach and the Hole-in-the-Wall only during low tide in mid-afternoon had me shooting directly into the sunlight. And high winds and intermittent drizzle on Lassen Peak was the perfect end to the challenge. But I guess that landscape photography wouldn’t be as interesting without all of those challenges, right?

One thing I learned (or more specifically, re-learned) along the way is that it’s time to upgrade from my decades-old aluminum Bogen 3001 tripod (with three axis head) to a carbon fiber tripod with ball head and quick release plates. Any recommendations?

You can click on the images below to enlarge them.


Eastern Sierra Nevada Mountains

Olympic Peninsula

Northern California

2 responses to “The Eastern Sierra and Pacific Northwest”

  1. LOTS of great shots. You did an incredible job hiding the inclimate weather.

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