Stout Grove 2014

On our way over to the coast we stopped at Jedediah State Park and went to Stout Grove to see the Redwoods.  Well it was raining hard and so I went for a walk around the grove while Taunya waited in the car reading her book :).

ISO 100, 24mm, f/6.3, 1.0 sec

I was very glad that the D800 and the 24-120mm are weather sealed.  I put the water resistance to the test on this trip, taking photographs in the rain several times.

ISO 200, 24mm, f/9.0, 1.6 sec

Because of the dim conditions I used a tripod for all of these shots.  I could have increased the ISO to 2000 and had a quick enough shutter for hand holding the camera, but I wanted the detail, color, and dynamic range of the lower ISO settings.

ISO 100, 24mm, f/6.3, 0.6 sec

The nice thing about using a tripod in the rain is that I could get the camera set up, then hold an umbrella over the set up to clean the rain off the lens for the photograph and to keep the camera a little dryer.

ISO 200, 24mm, f/5.6, 0.5 sec

I had gotten three-quarters of the way around the loop trail when I cam across this huge tree down laying across the path.

ISO 200, 24mm, f/10, 1.0 sec

I used such a small aperture so that I could increase the depth of focus and show as much of the tree in focus as possible.

So I turned around and hiked the loop the other direction so I could see on the other side of this huge felled tree.

ISO 200, 24mm, f/7.1, 2.5 sec

It’s hard to appreciate in the photograph, but this tree was a big one.

ISO 200, 24mm, f/10, 1/3 sec

To me this next photograph looks like a head growing out of the side of the tree.

ISO 400, 24mm, f/5.6, 1.6 sec

Well I still have another day of Redwood forest shots to go through, because I had Redwood forest photographs from 2 different sites, Stout Grove and the Redwood Nature Trail, by Alfred Loeb State Park.

Here is the Gallery of Stout Grove, Enjoy!

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