Elwha River in Winter

Elwha River, west side and ridge by Allan J Jones
Elwha River, west side and ridge

Taken from the Madison Falls parking lot in the Olympic National Park. I’m not too excited about how the details show up on the web view. One of those times that the image really needs printing.

Camera: Nikon D850
Lens: Nikon 24-85mm set at 42mm
ISO 400    1/160 sec    f/6.3

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

Focus Stacked Doug Fir

Elwha Doug Fir Focus Stacked by Allan J Jones Photography
Elwha Doug Fir Focus Stacked

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

Washout Bypass Trail

Elwha Washout Bypass Trail by Allan J Jones Photography
Elwha Washout Bypass Trail

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.

Elwha River Washout by Allan J Jones Photography
Elwha River Washout

Camera: Nikon CoolPix W300