Olympic National Park with the X-Series

Olympic National Park with the X-Series

We gaze at the mountains in Olympic National Park every day but do we go to visit them? No, not until now. The park is just across the border but you know how it is – you never visit the places in your own backyard.

Exhausted after three days of waking up at 4 AM, travelling and shooting until 10 PM because of the long summer days, we have come back with rings under our eyes and a lot of great memories and exciting material.

Over the next few posts we will be sharing images from this trip along with some commentary. For now, we would like to share a few – a teaser of sorts.

All images were taken with the Fuji X100S and Fuji X-T1 paired with XF 14mm F2.8 and XF 56mm F1.2, some JPEGs, others processed in LR6.

We started very early at Hurricane Ridge. In fact it was so early that we found no company but fantastic light.


Fuji X100S, Fuji Velvia

Neah Bay somehow drew us right from the beginning and we are glad we drove there.

Fuji X-T1, XF 56mm, F1.2

Near Neah Bay.


Fuji X100S, Fuji Velvia

Cape Flattery was one of the highlights of our trip.

Fuji X-T1, XF 14mm, F2.8

Then we decided on the Second Beach at the Quileute Reservation. We had to visit it twice to get the light we wanted.


Fuji X-T1, XF 14mm, F2.8

We didn’t want to miss the remarkable Rialto Beach at any cost.


Fuji X-T1, XF 14mm, F2.8 

And here is the image Kasia took near our resort. It immediately became one of my favourites.


Stay tuned for much, much more.



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The God of Bears and Mountains Watching Over Vancouver

One of our favourite places to watch the sunset in the Vancouver area is Burnaby Mountain Park. Although the place offers spectacular views and a relaxed atmosphere, it is not our favourite place for photography. As you know, Kasia and I are always searching for less popular or even unknown places but each day on the Burnaby Mountain you can find a torrent of photographers.

Despite this, we are somehow being drawn back to this magnificent location. One of the highlights of the Burnaby Mountain is totem poles. Given the history of the region and the importance of native art in British Columbia, most people assume that the totem poles at the top of Burnaby Mountain are the artwork of British Columbia’s First Nations. Wrong!

This work of art is the exhibition created by Naburi Toko and his son Shusei Toko – a renowned modern sculptor of the Ainu. The Ainu are the indigenous people of the island of Hokkaido in Japan.

Like the Japanese people, the Ainu are animists and believed that spirits known as kamuy inhabit all things. One of the most important Gods is known as Kim-un Kamuy, or the god of bears and the mountains. All animals are thought to be the manifestations of gods on Earth; however, the bear is believed to be the head of gods and is known as kamuy, or “God.” Therefore, the owl, the bear and the orca represent the Ainu gods, while the poles below represent the people.

What a visual treat!











Notes: We arrived at the location an hour before sunset. Note how the light was changing. Don’t leave immediately after the sunset – sometimes the twilight provides enough light and a fantastic background for interesting images. All images were taken with the Fuji X100S, Fuji X-T1 & XF 14mm F2.8 or XF 56mm F1.2. Processed in LR6.


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