Daily Image - Sep 2011 Archive - sonofjohan
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07 Sep 11.  If you spend sufficient time in any location, before long you have a feel for where to be when a specific type of shot is needed. That of course is basically what any photo tour leader is being paid to do, generally far too well, and something I must admit I'd love to do, say to Alaska to shoot big game and LARGE mountains. Maybe in the future. Meanwhile, I'm getting enough time at Mt Rainier to begin getting a feel for where I'd like to be at different times of the day. Still don't have the seasonal thing perfected, no thanks to Mother Nature and her "interesting" weather patterns, but little by little getting there. Of course it helps significantly to have the phone numbers of the appropriate ranger stations to provide on-site assistance. Last Saturday's excursion concluded in a small parking lot providing a nice but limited view of Paradise Valley, not far from the Paradise Visitor's Center. Some (me included) might consider it walking distance; others would call me crazy. Regardless of how you arrive there, it is a perfect spot to work the sunset lighting on into twilight and finally night light. It takes patience, and some persistence, to remain there as the sun sets and things look like the show is over, but your patience will be rewarded. We didn't stay all that long, but still, long enough to get several shots I'll be sharing starting with that for today. This shot is an HDR compilation which has been severely cropped to achieve the effect I wanted. If you look closely, you should be able to discern 7 layers of "hills" or mountains, depending upon your definition of the words. Early on in my military career, while stationed in PA, I got into a friendly "discussion" with a couple of young ladies regarding the fact that there were only hills and no mountains in PA; they didn't agree. We finally concluded the "discussion" be referencing Webster who clearly defined the difference as: Mountain - higher than a hill; Hill - lower than a mountain. Couldn't be much clearer, wouldn't you agree. ISO 200; 1 250 sec (middle of three) @ f /10.

07 Sep 11. If you spend sufficient time in any location, before long you have a feel for where to be when a specific type of shot is needed. That of course is basically what any photo tour leader is being paid to do, generally far too well, and something I must admit I'd love to do, say to Alaska to shoot big game and LARGE mountains. Maybe in the future. Meanwhile, I'm getting enough time at Mt Rainier to begin getting a feel for where I'd like to be at different times of the day. Still don't have the seasonal thing perfected, no thanks to Mother Nature and her "interesting" weather patterns, but little by little getting there. Of course it helps significantly to have the phone numbers of the appropriate ranger stations to provide on-site assistance. Last Saturday's excursion concluded in a small parking lot providing a nice but limited view of Paradise Valley, not far from the Paradise Visitor's Center. Some (me included) might consider it walking distance; others would call me crazy. Regardless of how you arrive there, it is a perfect spot to work the sunset lighting on into twilight and finally night light. It takes patience, and some persistence, to remain there as the sun sets and things look like the show is over, but your patience will be rewarded. We didn't stay all that long, but still, long enough to get several shots I'll be sharing starting with that for today. This shot is an HDR compilation which has been severely cropped to achieve the effect I wanted. If you look closely, you should be able to discern 7 layers of "hills" or mountains, depending upon your definition of the words. Early on in my military career, while stationed in PA, I got into a friendly "discussion" with a couple of young ladies regarding the fact that there were only hills and no mountains in PA; they didn't agree. We finally concluded the "discussion" be referencing Webster who clearly defined the difference as: Mountain - higher than a hill; Hill - lower than a mountain. Couldn't be much clearer, wouldn't you agree. ISO 200; 1 250 sec (middle of three) @ f /10.

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