Last February I did a post on Sea Ranch’s Salal Trail with some preliminary shots of the waterfall along its creek. I had promised to return there and see if I can get some better shots of the waterfall, so today I did just that. This time I took my tripod and took a series of bracketed images for HDR (High Dynamic Range) image processing. It was getting late in the day and the sun managed to bring in enough warm light to make for an interesting photo. There was quite a good flow in the little Salal Creek which made the waterfall an excellent subject.
This image is a composite of 5 images, and was shot at about 2.5 seconds at f22, with a Nikkor 24-70 mm 2.8 lens at 55 mm, and mounted on a tripod. This is a very tight place to work, and after all the rains we’ve had, it was also a very slippery place to work as well. But the remaining moisture also added a nice crispness to the image, so even crappy weather means good photo-ops for the persistent photographer.
The Salal Trail is a favorite among Sea Ranchers and for all those who manage to stumble across it. I’ll keep coming back here as there are many good photo-ops along this short trail. So get your Sea Ranch Trails Map out, find the trail, and get out there for a hike. You’ll be glad you did, rain or shine, especially now that the waterfall is in full swing.
Equipment: Nikon D3s, Nikkor 24-70 mm f2.8 lens