Photographer's Note

This photo was taken on an early walk on Rialto Beach in Olympic National Park in Washington State, USA. This photo was processed in an HDR program.

About this photo: On our last day in Olympic National Park we spent most of the afternoon at Rialto Beach where we walked to "Hole in the Wall" at low tide. When the sun was starting to go down, we settled ourselves at some logs on the beach to enjoy the sunset. My eye fell on this huge log sitting on the beach with a big hole in it...I decided I'd have a closer look and noticed you had a nice little view through this natural window. I just had to take a photo of it!

~Camera Settings:
*Camera Model: Sony DSC-H5
*Focal Length: 6mm
*F-Number: F/5.8
*Exposure Time: 1/125 sec.
*ISO Speed: ISO-125
*Exposure Program: Aperture Priority (A)
*Exposure Compensation (E/V): -0.7 step

I used a polarizing filter for the original photo and then processed it in an HDR program. I also ran this photo through NeatImage to get rid of accessive noise.

Thank you for dropping by!
Ann :)

Some information on Rialto Beach: Rialto Beach is one of the most accessible of the West End beaches. It is also one of the most popular beaches on the Olympic Peninsula. Rialto Beach boosts some of the most awesome views of the Pacific Coast. Just a few miles away from the small town of La Push, Rialto Beach is an easy hike, with Hole-in-the-Wall a popular destination.

Rialto Beach starts at the mouth of the Quillayute River and extends 6.5km/4mi past sea stacks and tide pools. The winter months bring heavy storms which can be enjoyable to watch, as well as rewarding. As the beach turns northward, Cake Rock is the massive sea stack that rises far up out of the churning sea. Dahdayla Island is also a sight to see but is much closer to the beach. It is recommend coming at low tide, but you can traverse the beach quite nicely no matter what tide it is.

Some information on Olympic National Park: Olympic National Park is located on the Olympic Peninsula west of Seattle and in the most north western corner of the mainland of the USA. This park is such a diverse and amazing place to visit. No wonder they say it's 3 parks in one! You can enjoy the amazing surf and beautiful beaches, you will see a spectacular alpine country dotted with sparkling lakes, lush meadows, glaciers, waterfalls and North America's finest temperate rain forest.

Olympic National Park is a wilderness park with much of its interior accessible only by trail. A variety of roads lead off the major Highway (101) to various destinations around the park. There are several scenic drives including the drive to Hurricane Ridge, along the Pacific Coast and through the forested valleys of the Sol Duc, Hoh and Quinault Rivers. This all provide glimpses of Olympic National Park's diversity.

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