Sun and Fog in the Redwoods

I love the mood that a light fog creates in the forest. Sun rays coming through that fog is magical. I experienced this on one of my days in the redwoods. The day started with some pretty thick fog. A friend of mine showed me a composition with a twisted branch from a few days before. While walking the trail, I noticed this same branch and started exploring other ways to capture the scene. I took many versions of the photo below. If you want to see others, check out all the photos from this trip here.

The Understory IV
Light in the Forest
Ancient Woodlands
In a Spotlight

When I was just about done, I noticed this backlit web catching the sun. I put on my 100-400 lens and shot this at 400mm in crop-sensor mode.

Forest Web

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Rainy Day in the Redwoods

May 28, 2022

The next day was a day of showers. I wore my rain jacket and that was enough to keep me dry since it wasn’t a heavy rain and it wasn’t constant. I was excited to be able to use my camera umbrella for the first time. With the rain and overcast the forest was quite dark.

Light in the Forest
87mm, 1/6 sec at f/11, ISO 640

I was drawn to this old partially hollowed-out redwood and photographed it the previous year. This year, however, the rhododendron in front of it was blooming.

Hollow Giant
36mm, 1/5 sec at f/14, ISO 1250

This is the same scene (below) I photographed the previous day. I was drawn to see how it changed in the rain. While taking photos, other hikers wandered in. I like the perspective they add.

In the Dripping Forest
62mm, 1/10 sec at f/16, ISO 2500

This next photo is one of my favorites from the trip. the rhododendron anchors the foreground while a tall redwoods fade into the misty background in somewhat of a row.

Rhododendron in the Rain
38mm, 0.5 sec at f/11, ISO 640

May 28, 2022

I returned to the same trail the following morning. For the following shot, I put on my 100-400mm zoom lens. I was struck by the glowing leaves of this young rhododendron sapling.

Forest Lantern
139mm, 1.3 sec at f/14, ISO 200

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