Highlights of the Forest

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September 9, 2016

Our thanks to Steve Bisig, a photographer from Seattle, for sharing his story and a few extraordinary shots from a recent visit to Federation Forest State Park. To see more photos from this trip and his other stunning snaps from around the state, visit his blog or find him on Instagram! Note: Our sincere apologies if our blog platform does not do justice to the contrast levels on these photos. 
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Usually photographing the forest on a bright sunny day doesn’t produce the greatest results.


 
However, on a recent trip to Mount Rainier National Park, I was driving by Federation Forest State Park near Greenwater, when I noticed beams of soft light highlighting small portions of the forest. I immediately turned around and headed into the old growth forest in search of these patterns of light.
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“Highlights of the Forest No. 2, Greenwater, Washington, 2016”
Nikon D700, Nikkor 80-200 mm ƒ2.8 lens, ƒ16, ISO 400, 0.6 seconds, 135 mm.
I chose my 80-200 mm lens to isolate the areas of the forest in which the light was shining. Later in the photo shoot, I switched to my 50 mm lens for some wider angle and close-up photographs.
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“Highlights of the Forest No. 3, Greenwater, Washington, 2016” 
Nikon D700, Nikkor 80-200 mm ƒ2.8 lens, ƒ16, ISO 400, 1/20 second, 155 mm.
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 “Highlights of the Forest No. 10, Greenwater, Washington, 2016”
Nikon D700, Nikkor 80-200 mm ƒ2.8 lens, ƒ8, ISO 400, 1/50 second, 200 mm.
After the quality light subsided, I packed up my gear and headed up to Sunrise at Mount Rainier National Park, Washington. Read about the next part of the days landscape photography adventure at August Afternoon at Sunrise, Mount Rainier National Park 2016.
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“Highlights of the Forest No. 4, Greenwater, Washington, 2016”
Nikon D700, Nikkor 80-200 mm ƒ2.8 lens, ƒ16, ISO 400, 0.4 seconds, 135 mm.
My original plan was to process this series of nature photographs as color images. Once I was in my digital darkroom and started experimenting in Adobe Lightroom, it wasn’t long before I knew black and white was the way to take this small nature photo project.
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“Highlights of the Forest No. 7, Greenwater, Washington, 2016”
Nikon D700, Nikkor 80-200 mm ƒ2.8 lens, ƒ16, ISO 400, 0.4 seconds, 200 mm

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“Highlights of the Forest No. 8, Greenwater, Washington, 2016”
Nikon D700, Nikkor 80-200 mm ƒ2.8 lens, ƒ16, ISO 400, 1/6 second, 200 mm.



Part of my Pacific Northwest / Washington State black and white nature photography series.

47°9’15” N 121°42’3″ W

Enjoy.

—Steve Bisig
Seattle
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