08 Sep 11. Driving around what might be considered the base of Mt Rainier from the NE side (Sunrise) to the SW side (Paradise) one has multiple opportunities to view the mountain from differing aspects. Several of the better views are marked and feature pull outs where, depending on the time of the year, you may find yourself fighting for a parking place or simply be the only one there. Saturday was more of the former and we were fortunate to find an open slot not far from where we wanted to shoot. The challenge of course is to get the shot that hasn't been taken before, perhaps thousands of times. This is a 3 frame HDR composite that has been further manipulated by a series of masked curve layers to selectively lighten and darken specific areas so as to hold detail in both the shadows and highlights beyond what the HDR process could satisfactorily achieve. In the process the river took a bit of a beating but I doubt that anyone would have noticed had I not brought it to your attention. The mid afternoon light being a bit of a challenge, the manipulations were required to provide what the eye could see but the equipment could not capture. For those of you who like to play with these images, you might consider either darkening somewhat or playing with some of the creative filters. ISO 200; 1/500 sec @ f /10.