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
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
The Elwha River is one of the type examples of a river being returned to a wild state by the removal of dams. The river has shown it’s wild state by washing out the road in a couple places. To provide trail access there is a new trail that runs higher up along the hill. We went to take a look at the Elwha when it was in flood stage on January 4th. Quite impressive. The photo below shows one of the washouts (this is only one branch of the free flowing river).
I was going to carry other cameras, but with an expected 6+ mile hike, I opted for light weight.
During a hike of the High Divide (one of the highlights of the Olympic National Park), we camped along the ridge. The view across the Hoh River valley to Mt Olympus was dramatic.
On return, I used the photo for the basis of an art pen image which I then took a photo of to print as a greeting card.
During the process of printing a test card, I put a sheet of photo paper wrong side up in the printer. As a result, the ink ran all over the place. However, the image that resulted had an interesting impressionistic feel to it. Once the ink (eventually) dried, I scanned it.
This Indian Paintbrush was growing on a rock wall along the side of the Pacific Crest Trail near Hart’s Pass. I had to use a very fast shutter speed to stop the motion caused by the gusting wind. I was a little disappointed with the depth of field, but that is always a challenge when you shoot close up.
Camera: Nikon D810
Lens: Nikon 28-300mm set at 135mm
ISO 200 1/500 sec f/11
Photo from the East Folk Quinault valley of the Olympic National Park. I was on a day hike after backpacking in several miles. I was struck by the amazing texture of the bark on a tree along the trail.
This is the bridge over part of Slate Creek, near the trailhead.
In “the old days”, the continual washouts in this area created constant headache for maintaining the 4 miles of road up the valley to the Flapjack Lakes trail junction. I remember driving this road in the 60’s. The trail doesn’t look much like a roadbed anymore, but a lot of it is very rocky and un-trail-like as a result.
It was real busy on the trail up to the junction with the Flapjack Lakes trail. Most everyone was heading out at the end of the 3 day weekend. We thought that was a very good sign.
We made pretty good time … we had light packs for just an overnight. We got to Donahue Creek and stopped for filling water bottles and a light snack. A couple came down the trail and offered to take our photo. They were the last folks we saw until we reached Camp Pleasant. At the camp, there was a couple taking a break along the trail… but they soon headed out. We set up camp in the main, large campsite. Two 1 person tents and a tarp.