Elwha Valley View

Elwha Valley View by Allan J Jones Photography
Elwha Valley View

This is from a little used overlook of the Elwha River valley in Olympic National Park. The area is between sites of the two dams that were removed several years ago… and the river is enjoying its newly re-found freedom by washing out the road. I liked the madrone on the right… they are just along the trail.

This is a panorama of 7 photos (a lot of overlap) … close to a 180 degree view. So there is lots of horizontal compression. I also used a manual exposure setting to ensure consistent values across the shots… and used Abode Lightroom to stitch the panorama.

Camera: Nikon D850
Lens: Nikkor 24-85mm set at 24
ISO 250    1/320 sec   f/8

Madison Falls

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Madison Falls is along the Elwha River just at the boundary of the Olympic National Park. The walk is about a city block and is accessible (though not so much in the snow).

We had a few days of below freezing temperatures, but the ice hadn’t built up quite as much as I was expecting. Still nice, though.

Camera: Nikon D850
Lens: Nikkor 28-300mm
ISO 200    .4 sec   f/22

Winter Trail

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The lowland forests of the Pacific Northwest are usually snow free most of the winter. The trails are muddy sometimes… but not as crowded as in the summer. Occasionally you will have to climb over a tree that has blown down. But the solitude and quiet are worth it.

Camera: Nikon D850
Lens: Nikon 24-85mm set at 38mm
ISO 1250    1/100 sec    f/5

Quilcene River in Winter

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There is a short loop trail that runs from the Falls View Campground in the Olympic National Forest. It’s a nice walk through the woods, but there isn’t a lot of access to the river bank. This is one of the few. A nice winter walk … especially when the river is running low and not all angry like.

Camera: Nikon D850
Lens: Nikon 24-85mm set at 85mm
ISO 100    1/50 sec    f/4.5

Big Leaf Maple and Elwha Ranger Station

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The sun shining on the mossy trunk of the maple really caught my attention… having the ranger station in the background was a plus. The hill behind has the bluish cast due to the mists forming in the valley (my hypothesis). Across from the ranger station is the old gas station used for fueling park vehicles.

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Camera: Nikon D850

Lens: Nikon 24-85mm set at 31mm (top) and 32mm (bottom)

ISO 400    1/250 sec at f/7.1 (top)    1/60 sec at f/8 (bottom)

Alders, Maples and Mist

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Alders, Maples and Mist by Allan J Jones Photography
Alders, Maples and Mist

This is another shot from the Madison Falls parking lot in the Olympic National Park along the Elwha River. I really liked the pink blush of new growth on the tops of the alders… that’s what attracted me to taking the shot. But then I changed it in B&W and liked it even more. I use the Lightroom plugin version of Silver Efex Pro2 for the initial conversion to B&W and then use Photoshop for detail enhancements.

Camera: Nikon D850
Lens: Nikon 24-85mm set at 48mm
ISO 400    1/60 sec     f/4.2

Madison Falls Picnic Area (Winter)

Madison Falls picnic area with mist by Allan J Jones Photography
Madison Falls picnic area with mist

The trailhead parking for accessing the Elwha River road is the (small) Madison Falls parking lot. Fortunately, in the winter, the traffic is not heavy. I was returning from my hike up to the bridge (about 6 miles round trip) carrying cameras and tripod … and the mists were moving through the valley. There are a couple of guys with their dog over on the picnic table to the left. They were admiring the view below:

Elwha River Road at Dusk with Mist by Allan J Jones Photography
Elwha River Road at Dusk with Mist

Camera: Nikon D850

Lens: Nikon 24-85mm (settings: Top-52mm; Bottom-85mm)

ISO 400    Top: 1/60 at f/4.2  Bottom: 1/125 at f/5.6

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