I love shooting the Hoh Rainforest in spring. On our last workshop in Olympic National Park (Washington), the conditions were just perfect for photography. The sky was overcast, and the forest was dripping wet with the rain from the night before. The soft filtered light made the spring leaves glow.

The exposure for this photograph was pretty simple because of the soft overcast light. I used a circular polarizer to help bring out the colors in the wet leaves. The challenge in shooting forest scenes is composition… forests tend to be cluttered, and it is difficult to isolate interesting areas. My goal was to showcase the old, moss-covered tree on the right… the “Old Man” of the forest.

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