Unexpected Sunlight

Today marks the first day of the Olympic National Park field photography workshop I’m leading along with Wolfgang Kaehler, and things are certainly not going as expected. In this case that means we’re unexpected working with lots of sunlight. And heat. And no rain! So we are focusing on subjects under much more sunlight than expected.

The average high temperature in May here is 60 degrees Fahrenheit. Instead, it hit a high of 88 degrees. There isn’t a cloud in the sky, and not a drop of rain to be found. I’m sure most folks in the Pacific Northwest are celebrating this great warm weather that is certainly a unique occurrence in May. But we’re looking forward to some clouds in the next few days, as well as lower temperatures. After all, photographing a rain forest in bright sunlight with nothing but clear blue skies overhead seems like a bit of a mismatch.

So, we’re making the most of lots of sun, and lots of contrast. After all, you have to make the most of the conditions you’re given. But I think we’ll all be more than a little happy to see clouds in the coming days.

In the meantime, I think we might have to take advantage of the clear skies and perhaps photograph the night sky this evening…

About Tim Grey

Tim Grey is in the business of making photographers smarter and happier. He is the author of more than a dozen books on digital imaging for photographers, has written hundreds of magazine articles, and publishes the Ask Tim Grey e-mail newsletter as well as the Pixology digital magazine. He also speaks at a variety of events and leads photography workshops around the world.
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