22 Dec 15 Day 8 has us looking at one of the two remaining B&W images I mentioned last week. This time it is a B&W of a colored version I shared a few weeks back, that of the set of "stacked" mountains from Tipsoo Lake. My approach to this version was that of creating a silk screen and although it doesn't have that look throughout, I think it approached that effect rather well in the layers of mountains. The big peak in the image is Mt Rainier, the highest peak in the Cascade Range measuring in at 14,411feet (4,392 meters) in height. Not all that difficult a climb to the summit and hundreds of folks claim it annually. If memory serves me correctly, it has more glaciers on it than any other mountain and one of its glaciers, the Nisqually Glacier, is the most studied glacier in the world. Glaciologists have been marking the endpoints of its growth and shrinkage for decades and the side of it is literally littered with flags, so many flags that it sometimes looks like a flagged rope line paralleling the edge of the glacier. This shot is taken from Tipsoo Lake with the highway immediately behind me and the lake on the other side of the road. This is a great location for star photography and if you are of the mindset to spend your night shooting the stars I highly recommend this location. Best part, for at least some I would imagine, is that there is a campground 100 yards or so down the road with restroom facilities as well as plenty of accessible parking. Next time, or first time, you visit Mt Rainier National Park from either entrance, be sure to include a visit to Tipsoo Lake as part of your itinerary.
As before, the base image is actually 5 individual shots [ -2, -1, metered, +1, +2 ] which I ran through an HDR program to get a single image. Next I enhanced the small details to tease out the layering that my eyes could clearly see but the camera not so well, then gave it a small amount of global micro contrast enhancement. Finished all that with a conversion to monochrome. Nikon D300sl 18 - 200; Aperture Priority; ISO 400; 1/160 sec (middle of 5 exposures) @ f /13.