Hiking Stories

Randall's Hiking Stories

This is the page where I will add some of the stories of my hiking adventures. I wanted to take a moment to explain why I am All-In-Camera Shooter. Because it's fun!! It is what sets me apart from all the other photographers that do post-processing and Photoshop. I started my career as a photographer in film days and I shot on Kodak Slide Films. I was a late bloomer to digital and by the time I switched I was already known as "the not digitally altered guy". When I did have to switch to digital, I did not want to lose this title. I figured out how to setup and run a digital camera as if it was my old slide film camera right down to programming the color pallets of my film right into my digital camera. Being an All-In-Camera Old School Style Shooter, is a style that makes me one of the last true All-In-Camera Teachers in the United States. Publishers also love my work, and my style has helped me become of the most published photographers in the country. Out in the field, seeing my work finished right in the camera is such a big thrill for me, I do not have to wait until later on the computer to know if I "Nailed It" and "Put it in the Bank"

Best of 2021

This is a collection of some of my favorite images of 2021. I could have easily posted another 100 but we have to draw a line somewhere. I tried to select a variety of images from a variety of locations. In 2021 I hiked and photograph over 1400 miles and spent 160 days out in the field making it a banner year for both. Time to start building a collection for 2022!

“A Perfect End”

Headed out Monday to a favorite haunt to put in some miles and shoot some creek, waterfalls, and forest shots, as it was supposed to be rainy. I also wanted to get in an epic hike, so Wallace Falls State Park was the place to go. So Foxy dog and I headed the park and packed up, met up with my buddy Randy, and got on the trail. Even though the weather report said rain, the weather was a perfect overcast, perfect lighting for forest shots with no rain. And oh boy, did I nail some amazing shots on the way up. After the forest and waterfall shooting was over, we kept on climbing to a ridgeline to continue the loop. We found a place with a view and settled in to see if we could catch a sunset. The weather report still said rain, but it looked like there was a chance. Then the sun snuck through, and I captured an excellent sun star. I thought that might be it, and I was happy with what I got. Then the sun started to duck under the clouds, and I captured a series of amazing images as the light-rays streaked across the Skokomish River Valley. It was a spectacular event! I have never really seen anything like it! Decided to stay out for a little campfire. As day went into night, the light was still amazing, so I had to get the camera back out and shoot a night photo that showed the towns along the Skokomish River of Gold Bar, Start Up, Sultan, Monroe, all the way out to Everett. And way in the distance I even got Bellevue. What a Perfect End to an already spectacular day! I hope you enjoy the four images in succession of those light rays as the reached across the Valley. I will never forget it! Thank you so much for looking.