Point of the Arches, Sunset, Olympic National Park

Point of the Arches, Sunset, Olympic National Park

One of the unique features of this stretch of Shi-Shi Beach, at Point of the Arches there are these peculiar parallel ridges of rock protruding through the sand. The form dramatic leading lines towards the sea stacks leading into the Pacific. For better or worse, our sunset occurred during low tide, and the effect is much more subtle that it would have been if there was more shallow water pooled among the rocks.

On the other hand, with the tide being low, the bright green seaweed growing on the rocks stands out, contrasting with the sunset colors. This was taken very shortly after the previous post, though a fair distance further south down the beach. I think this was the location I'd hoped to reach when the color started to get good, and it seemed to arrive very abruptly, so it required a quick dash down the beach.

Not much processing was required for the final image. Once again I stacked three exposures and blended a little of the lighter exposure into the bottom, and a little of the darker exposure into the top.

See more related images in my Olympic National Park Gallery.

Nikon D90 | Nikon 18-200VR@18mm | f/8 | 1/30s | ISO200 | Tripod

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