In May 2002 I spent 4 days photographing in Olympic National Park in far northwest Washington state. I started from the north, visiting Hurricane Ridge at dawn and then worked my way southwestward: Lake Crescent, Marymere Falls, Sol Duc Forest, Rialto Beach, Hoh Rain Forest, Ruby Beach, Kalaloch Beach and finally, the Quinault Rain Forest.

All the images below were made on Velvia film with my trusy Nikon N90 camera. I have digitized a selection of slides made on this trip using my Nikon D850 digital camera, fitted with a Nikon 60mm macro lens and Nikon ES-2 slide adaptor, creating 45MByte image of each slide. I’ve then post-processed each image as usual in Lightroom, Photoshop, and (occasionally) ON-1 Photo Raw 2020.

Velvia film was famous for creating deeply saturated colors and a bias to the reds. I think that even though these images are digitized you can still see some of the “analog smoothness” that film creates as opposed to digital. Sort of like vinyl records compared to digital CDs.

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