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This past weekend, my wife and I decided to spend one night in Mount Rainier NP. The purpose of this trip was mostly to scout a new area, and see what was there. If anything.
On our way back to the car, I noticed that a pretty awesome lenticular clouds was forming. I stopped and took a few shots but I wasn’t pleased with the comp. So I decided to just appreciate the moment and let go of trying to make photographs.
Once at the parking lot, I remembered a spot I’d found the year before. This isn’t a secret spot or anything. It’s the Emons Glacier vista, which is one of my favorite view points in the park. And I wanted to show it to my wife. So we walked over there and that’s when the sky simply went off. No warning or anything. Went nuclear in a jiffy.
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I don’t have many chances to get out to nature currently. “Life gets in the way of living” kind of stuff. When my friend Tula invited me on a hike on one of the busiest trails in Oregon on the Fourth of July… I felt no hesitation about tagging along.
I think my favorite image from the day is this one right here. I was hanging out in a cave when I noticed the backlit ferns. Not thinking anything of it.. I just started shooting. I was lucky enough to catch the sun peeking through the space between the top of the cave and the opposing ridge line. Water dripping down the outside cliff face adds another pleasing element to the scene.
Yeah.. there was a line at the payment box in the parking lot. Yeah.. there was barely any parking. Yup… there was a highway of people walking up the trail and cooling off in the waters. Yes.. I shot Punchbowl Falls. But sometimes when you have those chances to get out and immerse yourself in natural beauty you just need to suck it up and let that opportunity shine.
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I dedicate this photo to the camera of my buddy Ted Gore.
I had originally shot this composition in a heavy downpour with flat light. It came out okay enough but while I was shooting this Ted had alerted me that his camera wasn’t functioning. We had spent the day shooting in some serious rain (for Oregon’s standards) and while Ted took precautions to protect his camera (and honestly.. didn’t even have it out in the rain much), the wetness permeated his protective barriers and caused damage.
I was feeling rushed. Not only did I want to get his camera into the bag of rice we had in the car.. but I was also worried about my gear. So we hoofed it back, did what we had to do, and called it a day.
I liked this comp enough that I went back two days later in the evening. The rain had stopped, the flow of the water was lighter, and we were treated to a glorious golden light show. The sun was still cresting the canyon wall and it illuminated the foreground trees. The falls is recessed back enough that it was shielded from the light which really helped balance the photo.
Aside from Ted’s bad luck and the heavy rain the first day, we had a killer weekend of great spring conditions, awesome people, and good times.
Sorry about your camera, Ted!
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