Catching up on my never ending backlog of negatives waiting to be scanned and edited over the weekend, I was finally able to see some of my photographs created last October on a day trip out to the Hoh Rain Forest in the Olympic National Park. In a perfect world my workflow would be as such that I’d be able to shoot, develop, and edit in about a week or two turn around. Truth is, I’m always several months… well over a year in some cases, behind in my work. As daunting as this backlog feels at times, I do actually find enjoyment in the break between the moment I create an image and when I actually see it. The lack of instant gratification allows me to enjoy the moment with the camera in my hand, not stressing over whether or not I got the shot just right. Though it would be untrue for me to say that I do not care how my photographs turn out, I simply don’t view the finished image to be any more important than the effort taken to create it.
The day trip to the H0h with my friends Jana and Yani exemplifies the notion that the journey is often just as enjoyable as the final destination. Our 8 hour journey there and back dwarfed the few hours we actually spent within the ancient forest. So, instead of sharing some of the images I made once we reached our destination, I thought I’d highlight the trek itself:
We woke before dawn, wanting to get an early start on our 4 hour drive to the Olympic National Park. The trip began in downtown Seattle with a ferry ride across the Puget Sound.
We filled the time in the car conversing about this and that, and of course I utilized the opportunity to take a few pinhole exposures within the moving car.
No Journey to the Olympic Peninsula would be complete without a pit-stop at one of the many turnouts along US101 as it winds around Lake Crescent.
After several hours, and many laughs we finally entered the Olympic National Park. This final image was taken as we traveled deeper into the forest along the tree lined Hoh Valley Road. The fall colors where simply stunning.