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 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.