Sol Duc Valley – Olympic National Park – Washington

Just a quick image taken in September last year in Olympic National Park prior to attending a workshop with Kevin McNeal and Adrian Klein of Photo Cascadia. It was great to get back to this area again as it has a lot to offer in regards to rainforests and rugged coastline.

I was absolutely drenched at this point as it was continually raining the whole time I was in the valley. The camera stopped working for a period and I had to leave my 45mm tilt shift lens out to dry. Poor baby.

On another note… There are some incredible images and videos surfacing from the Earthquake / Tsunami / Nuclear crisis in Japan at the moment. An amazing event. My thoughts go out to all those affected.

Hopefully the image appears alright as I had to make a few final adjustments from my macbook. I try to avoid processing on the macbook display, but hey….. I needed to post something.

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13 responses

  1. Good to see you posting Luke ( says he who needs to get his A into gear himself ) .

    Your right about Japan , what an incredible event. I switched on the TV as it was happening and sat mesmerized by the whole thing. Such devastation , and the quake by itself appears to have done little damage for its size , it’s all about the wave….. unreal.

    March 18, 2011 at 6:43 pm

    • Luke Austin

      Yeah it was surreal to watch.

      Get cracking on those posts!

      March 20, 2011 at 3:40 pm

  2. amazing shot Luke! great composition, love that little cascade fanning out, the rock “floating” in the middle of frame has a nice captivation about it too. love how the eye wanders up the stream

    March 18, 2011 at 9:12 pm

    • Luke Austin

      Cheers Stephen. Hopefully meet up with you over the next few weeks.
      Looking forward to shooting that area

      March 20, 2011 at 3:41 pm

      • Yeah was talking to Neal bout that, but yus are flying into the wrong town! haha. i’m not sure at this stage if i’ll be able to make it out that way when you’re there, but you’ll have a damn good time when you’re there! :-)

        March 21, 2011 at 8:12 pm

  3. Nice image Luke, a great look and feel in this one.

    March 19, 2011 at 5:18 am

  4. Great shot and processing Luke, Marc Adamus would be proud.

    Its amazing how much technology has advanced since the 2004 Boxing Day Tsunami, this event was well captured.

    March 19, 2011 at 4:39 pm

  5. Luke Austin

    Thanks Thomas, the check is in the mail.

    Yeah the media coverage has come along in leaps and bounds, and these days a much larger population has access to a digital camera / video camera.

    March 20, 2011 at 3:44 pm

  6. Great composition! Love the water movement

    March 28, 2011 at 7:54 pm

  7. Nicely done mate!

    April 1, 2011 at 6:36 pm

  8. Really nice image Luke, the rocks with the fan of water going over it looks like a whales tail coming out of the water…

    April 12, 2011 at 4:57 pm

  9. Yep a classic landscape, very Adamus looking, which is a compliment btw.

    April 14, 2011 at 5:15 pm

  10. Beautiful. Looks just like my Plant Physiology book’s cover.

    October 28, 2011 at 9:12 am

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