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.
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)
This is along the Elwha River in Olympic National Park. The sun was going down and backlit the trees with the mists behind them. The line of trees along the ridge line is a nice touch that I didn’t notice at the time.
Camera: Nikon D850 Lens: Nikon 24-85mm set at 85mm ISO 400 1/125 sec f/6.3
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