Daily Image - Oct 2011 Archive - sonofjohan
17 Oct 11.  The weekend trip to Baker Lodge with the Mountaineers was a fruitful 50 hours, not so much for the local area, but due to two of us taking Saturday afternoon/evening off and going to Picture Lake to try our luck. Saturday marked my 10th day trying to get the desired shot and 6th trip in so doing; Saturday's effort turned out to be equal to the prior 9 days combined, and we really had some truly fantastic weather, at least lighting wise. Color wise it was a pretty big bust, but according to the Rangers the best day so far this year and expected to be the best day for the year as the huckleberry bushes were already dropping their leaves. So I am still trying to get the exact combination of weather/lighting/snow/color that I want for my "perfect" Picture Lake image. The road to Artist's Point did not open for a single day this year due to the colder weather pattern and failure of the snow pack to melt; snow was clearly evident completely covering Mt Baker from the summit down to roughly 5000 feet and Mt Shuksan was snow covered from its peak down to ground level, so there was lots of snow to see even if we didn't actually get into any. With what I can only call perfect lighting, the opportunity to play with the lake and mountain combination was simply a delight. I've selected a series of 5 images taken at 1 stop intervals from -2 to +2, combined them in an HDR program to produce a single color image, and then converted that color HDR image into B & W. For those of you familiar with the Zone System of photography, this image has zones 0 - 10 represented. Overall I think it does well as a B&W image, perhaps even a wee bit better than the original color image.  ISO 200; 1/125 sec (middle of 5) @ f / 14.

17 Oct 11. The weekend trip to Baker Lodge with the Mountaineers was a fruitful 50 hours, not so much for the local area, but due to two of us taking Saturday afternoon/evening off and going to Picture Lake to try our luck. Saturday marked my 10th day trying to get the desired shot and 6th trip in so doing; Saturday's effort turned out to be equal to the prior 9 days combined, and we really had some truly fantastic weather, at least lighting wise. Color wise it was a pretty big bust, but according to the Rangers the best day so far this year and expected to be the best day for the year as the huckleberry bushes were already dropping their leaves. So I am still trying to get the exact combination of weather/lighting/snow/color that I want for my "perfect" Picture Lake image. The road to Artist's Point did not open for a single day this year due to the colder weather pattern and failure of the snow pack to melt; snow was clearly evident completely covering Mt Baker from the summit down to roughly 5000 feet and Mt Shuksan was snow covered from its peak down to ground level, so there was lots of snow to see even if we didn't actually get into any. With what I can only call perfect lighting, the opportunity to play with the lake and mountain combination was simply a delight. I've selected a series of 5 images taken at 1 stop intervals from -2 to +2, combined them in an HDR program to produce a single color image, and then converted that color HDR image into B & W. For those of you familiar with the Zone System of photography, this image has zones 0 - 10 represented. Overall I think it does well as a B&W image, perhaps even a wee bit better than the original color image. ISO 200; 1/125 sec (middle of 5) @ f / 14.

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