Mount Rainier and Olympic Photos

The drive from Montana to Washington was beautiful. I really wanted to stop in many different locations and take more pictures, but I had a set and compressed schedule that I did not want to change. It was rainy and wet at Mount Rainier, which is quite normal at this time of the year. The snow was everywhere though and it turned out that I was there too early. Should have done my homework. I wanted to take pictures of wildflowers, but because of the high snow accumulation this year, there were very few areas in the park where you could find them. Apparently, the best time to be there is late August to early September. Oh well! I still managed to take some good waterfall pictures though:

Mt Rainier NP #1

Mt Rainier NP #2

Mt Rainier NP #3

Mt Rainier NP #4

Mt Rainier NP #5

So many waterfalls and streams there, I had a hard time deciding where to stop and take pictures.

Mt Rainier NP #6

Mt Rainier NP #7

Mt Rainier NP #8

Mt Rainier NP #9

Mt Rainier NP #10

Took this picture on my way out of Mount Rainier, where I only got to spend a day. Wildflowers was what I was after, so there was really no reason to stay there further.

Mt Rainier NP #11

When I got to Olympic, I was disappointed with the bad weather. From the rainy and wet Mt Rainier, to sunny coast, the sun disappeared behind the thick clouds and haze during sunset and I unfortunately did not get to take any good images. Here are a couple I took, but I am not happy with any of them:

Olympic NP #1

Olympic NP #2

Here is a giant snail that I encountered in the rain-forest:

Olympic NP #3

I then headed to the rain-forest, hoping to take better pictures there:

Olympic NP #4

This one is my favorite:

Olympic NP #5

The weather next day was not any better and it was cloudy all morning:

Olympic NP #6

The weather forecast was showing bad weather all week, so without waiting more I packed up and left to Yosemite National Park in California.


  1. 1) Gautham Ramamurthy
    July 29, 2011 at 10:14 am

    The B&W snap is enchanting!!! Were all these snaps taken with the d5100? Which lens did you use?

    • August 7, 2011 at 2:50 pm

      Thank you Gautham. The above shots were taken with D5100 and D3s (info available in EXIF).

  2. 2) Vasan
    July 29, 2011 at 10:23 am

    Beautiful place and nice photographs… Especially 4,6 and 8 are stunning! Will visit them soon.. :)

  3. 3) Diane Burchfield Johnson
    July 29, 2011 at 7:00 pm

    Did you use the filter? I really love it all except the one your not happy about. I agree!! The waterfall what was the iso, f/stop and the speed. I know I live on the east coast of GA where the beach is but no waterfall if I have to drive all the way to the north part. :(
    Such a beautiful picture…. :)

    • August 7, 2011 at 2:52 pm

      Diane, I used two different filters – polarizing and 6 stop ND to blur the waterfalls. The exposure information is available in EXIF data under each photo :)

  4. 4) Gautham Ramamurthy
    August 2, 2011 at 6:50 pm

    Still waiting for your Nikon d5100 review!!! When are you posting it?!!

    • August 7, 2011 at 2:52 pm

      Gautham, I am currently working on it and planning to finish it in a couple of days.

  5. 5) FM
    August 2, 2011 at 9:28 pm

    I always like and enjoy the great photographs that you have taken and posted on your site. I always wonder how and when can I capture such nice pictures. If you can include a short footnote on each photograph the techniques and camera settings you used to capture the picture would be great. A one liner Information like lens used, ISO, Aperture, Speed, special filters(is any) and special technique used.

    I believe some of the fans on your site would very much like to learn how to take great and nice pictures like you. And most importantly, it meets your vision of sharing your knowledge of photography with others.

    And Thanks for the great pictures.

    • 5.1) Gautham Ramamurthy
      August 3, 2011 at 1:22 am

      I fully agree with what FM has mentioned. It would be great having a small foot note (if possible). Every photo of yours is a pleasure to watch and I have spent hours on your web site, specially in the weekends, much to the displeasure of my wife!!

      • August 7, 2011 at 2:57 pm

        Gautham, the last thing you want to do is annoy your wife, so please don’t :) I do not want to be responsible for ruining relationships :))) Thank you for your feedback, I will definitely work on posting some tips for the above shots.

    • August 7, 2011 at 2:55 pm

      FM, the exposure information on the images I post is always available in EXIF data. I leave it specifically for our readers.

      As for camera technique, gear used, etc – I will definitely post some information on several images very soon. Just have not had the time to do it yet. I am also planning to create a video on how I post-process my images for the web.

  6. 6) plaz yaanwhy
    August 5, 2011 at 6:42 pm

    Hi Nassim

    I need your help, all photographs that i’ve done had been with analogic cameras
    but now i want to incursion into the digital photography, so, what’s your DSLR advice for me?


    thanks a lot

    • August 7, 2011 at 2:58 pm

      Plaz, I would recommend to get the Nikon D7000 – it has a better sensor and features compared to the D90. Unless budget is an issue, the D7000 is the camera to buy.

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