PHOTOGRAPHER: Alexander Tran
BASED IN: Washington, USA
KNOWN FOR: Modern and moody outdoor portraits
SHOOTS WITH: FUJIFILM X-T2 Camera, FUJINON XF16mmF1.4 R WR Lens, XF18mmF2 R Lens, XF23mmF2 R WR Lens, XF50mmF2 R WR Lens, XF18-135mmF3.5-5.6 R LM OIS WR Lens
Seattle-based X Series photographer Alexander Tran loves to get out in nature to shoot photos, so much so that when his friends asked him what he wanted to do to celebrate his birthday, he chose a trip to the Olympic Peninsula in western Washington to capture some unforgettable shots. Measuring 3,600 square miles, this vast tract of land was one of the last unexplored places in the Contiguous United States until the early twentieth century. In this Showcase article, Alex shares some of the shots he took with his FUJIFILM gear during that wet weekend at the Olympic Peninsula.
"The Olympic Peninsula in Washington State is home to rugged coastlines, lush forests, and Olympic National Park. The rugged and varied topography makes it a popular scenic destination for photographers. However, at times the Pacific Northwest is notorious for rain, so I packed my X-T2 with the weather resistant XF16mmF1.4 R WR and XF23mmF2 R WR lenses. Weather-resistant X Series gear is perfect for a trip like this, because you don’t have to worry about the elements."
"On the trip, we quickly stopped along the coast at a pebble-sprinkled beach. With the help of the three-way tiltable screen on my X-T2, I was able to get very close to the sand to capture some beautiful, abstract details. I loved seeing how the water trails glistened as they reflected the sky."
"Later, we encountered a wet and slippery boardwalk on the trail leading to Cape Flattery, which is the northwesternmost point of the contiguous United States. A slick wooden path like this can be a challenge for most cameras, because the sky is reflected in an overshadowed area, which means the camera needs to be able to capture a dynamic range that consists of deep shadow and bright light at the same time."
"During a small trek to Cape Flattery I noticed the glossy leaves and ferns along the trail. To get a close view of these greens I used my XF50mmF2 R WR lens, which provided great depth-of-field and sharpness."
"I like to shoot with the my XF50mmF2 R WR lens at a wide aperture. It gives me just enough aperture to keep a leaf looking tack sharp, while the background around it is beautifully blurred. It creates an almost 3D look, as if the subject is bursting out of the frame. It allows you to draw the viewer’s attention to just one subject and de-emphasize everything else."
"The view on our arrival at Cape Flattery was brooding and dramatic. We reached an overlook that revealed a jagged, tree-lined cliff and the seas below. At that moment rain started falling heavily and the wind picked up – we even had some hail! The only barrier to taking great shots was my frozen fingers; the X-T2 handled the extreme weather like a champ."
"A short while later we climbed down to a peaceful scene of the dock at Lake Crescent. The falling rain created tiny concentric circles on the surface of the lake. The rain and fog made the hills look misty and reduced the visibility. This diffused light, combined with a wet sheen and muted colors, makes for a distinctively northwestern scene."
"Nearby, we found Storm King Ranger Station. It was a small, traditional building – totally unassuming and surrounded by large evergreens. Also known as Morgenroth Cabin, this historic building is situated in Olympic National Park and was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2007."
"Since I live nomadically, traveling in an RV, my goal is to see and photograph places in the USA that I have never been to before. I'm currently concentrating on the west, but hope to see more places across the country. I definitely see myself traveling internationally in the future."
Alexander Tran is a Fujifilm-compensated professional photographer.
To see more of Alexander's work, visit his website