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:
This section of the Elwha River Road (technically the Olympic Hot Springs Road) is above the washout. The federal government shut down has added to the backlog of clean up and repair … including this section of road.
The peak in the background is not volcanic… just flat topped and duel peaked. It is snow covered, but I couldn’t get the blue tint out to my satisfaction. There was some mist coming up off the ferns on the right shoulder, where the sun was hitting the frost left from the night before… but it didn’t show up well.
This is an HDR (High Dynamic Range) composite of three images taken about a stop on either side of the ‘normal’ exposure setting. Combined in Lightroom Classic CC.
Camera: Nikon D850
Lens: Nikon 24-85mm set at 62mm
ISO 400 1/25 sec to 1/160 sec f/22
This tree stands alongside the trail that bypasses the washout of the Elwha River road. A week ago I took a photo of it and was disappointed at the depth of field. (not surprising since it was in the forest and fairly dark)
I returned with a tripod and tried out the focus stacking feature on my Nikon D850. I set the interval at the shortest, focused as near as I could (about foot with the Nikon 24-85mm), and let the camera do the rest. It took 28 shots with progressive focusing out to infinity (or at least the top of the tree).
I used HeliconFocus to combine the in focus part of each image into one gigantic 265MB tif file. I wish the top wasn’t so overexposed… maybe I should go back and do several stacks and combine them into an HDR Gigapixel monster!
Camera: Nikon D850
Lens: Nikon 24-85mm set at 24mm
ISO 400 1/15 sec f/5.6