I’m just back from my “Redwoods in the Fog” photo workshop for Muench Workshops. We had great shooting conditions including a nice mix of sunshine, overcast, and fog. The timing for the workshop was also excellent as the rhododendrons were just really starting to bloom. As usual, the area around Damnation Creek Trail in Del Norte Coast Redwoods State Park had the most profuse bloom.
Late spring/early summer is also a great time of year for photography in the Redwoods because the understory foliage is lush and green, with lots of new growth. Trails through the memorial groves on either side of Walker Road in Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park yield great views of giant old-growth trees and a forest floor covered in ferns.
This year was great for the lupines in the prairies along Bald Hills Road above Lady Bird Johnson Grove, and we hit the bloom at its peak.
During my workshops, I rarely photograph for myself. These photos were all taken prior to the workshop while scouting locations and after the workshop was over.
Tech details: Nikon D750 with 16-35mm (lupines), 24-85mm (trail), and 70-200mm (rhody in fog) Nikkor lenses, plus a Rokinon 14mm (looking up). Sirui W-2204 tripod, Really Right Stuff BH40 ballhead. Processed with Adobe Lightroom CC and On1 Effects 10.