Hi everyone. Todays image comes from the Olympic Peninsula on the border between Olympic National Park and the Quinault Indian Reservation. On the day I shot this image I drove across the state of Washington in a driving rainstorm and had just about given up any hope of shooting along the coast that evening. By the time I arrived the rain had dissipated but left a grey cloud cover. I almost packed it in but decided to do some scouting along the coast for the next morning. So here is the lesson for the day. We always hear it is “darkest before the storm”. But actually, sometimes, it is “darkest before the light”. I found this incredible beach on the Quinault Indian Reservation near where the Quinault River flows into the Pacific. As if on que the clouds moved away and low level sunlight hit the two seastacks. The tide was out and a beautiful pool of water encircled a large beach rock covered in sea urchins. Working quickly I framed the rock and pool as a contrasting element against the two seastacks. I got off 6 exposures before the light went.
If you are in this area you will need to obtain a permit at Tribal Headquarters to shoot on the Quinault Reservation.