Cape Alava and Driftwood
Olympic National Park, WA
Copyright 1998-2019 by Michael L. Anderson

date found:
September 1998
Pentax ME Super
Sigma zoom, polarizer
Fujichrome Velvia
recommended enlargement size:
8 x 10 inches

The seastack in the background is Tsawahyah Island.

I have often wanted to capture near-far shots such as this, but have had little success. To maintain depth of field, I set the aperture to f/22, but while everything is in focus, nothing is critically sharp. Cameras that allow the lens to tilt, such as large format cameras, enable a close focus on one side of the frame and a distant focus on the other, but are of little use here. In fact, for small apertures, 35mm and 4 x 5 inch formats theoretically yield the same 8 x 10 inch print resolution when using equivalent lenses with the same depth of field. Large format has an advantage only because it more closely approaches the theoretical maximum resolution, something which the cheap zoom lens I used does not.