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Mt Rainier

Location: Mt Rainier National Park, Washington, Map

This image of Mt. Rainier was a total surprise. When we (myself, wife and brother in law) arrived at the Mt. Rainier National Park there was nothing but lots of fog to see. Then it started raining and snowing and it was all gray. My wife even wondered if the picture she just took was in color or black and white. Since this was my first visit to the park I was still enjoying it but had totally given up hope to see Mt. Rainier. During this time of the year the park is closed beond the visitor center at Paradise. So when we finally reached here all we could see was fog. Then quite unexpectedly the fog started clearning and soon we got a spectacular glimpse of the mountain with sunset light on it.I took a few shots but the fog and sunset light came out the best in this one. Hope you enjoyed it.

Tech Info and Tip:
Lens: Canon EF 70-200 f/4L IS @ 70mm
Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mk II
Exposure: 8sec at f/22 and ISO 50
Filters: Circular polarizer

The light on the mountain was coming from left which was a huge advantage for getting the most out of circular polarizer. The polarizer helped darken the sky which would have otherwise taken away the contrast in the image.

Mt. Rainier is a giant dormant volcanic peak. It is the most dominant peak in the northwest standing at over 14 thousand ft. Though its origins were in fire today it hosts several glaciers and resides in one of the most pristine and protected places on the earth. I wish to visit the park again and explore its beauty further.

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From Washington: Seattle Area