Mt Rainier Wildflower Weekend

August 10, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

It was a fun time the last month. We made 2 trips to Mt Rainier to shoot the wildflowers. Both times were fun, but we spent time in different areas and revisited others. The first time out, the wildflowers were not fully at peak, and the first day, the mountain was fogged in so we spent time shooting what ever we could find. The Pasque flower below was drenched in dew and made for a photo stacking shot. All I had to do was wait for the wind to die down and rattle off 5 or 6 frames to later combine using Helicon Focus software, then some tweaking in PS for the final. For some of the other shots from the weekend, we went to Sunrise to shoot the Milky Way at night. Always fun, but a bit frustrating from all of the traffic on the hill. It is becoming difficult to go to an area to photograph without a deluge of others seeking the same. Some are considerate of those around them, others not so much. The flowers were not as profuse this year as I have seen in the past. 2012 was one of the best years I have ever seen. If you are interested in shooting the mountain during the wildflower season, check the web for reports on when to go. The National Forest Service has Twitter accounts that can be helpful, and of course the weather plays a most important role. The thing about going to a mountain area to photograph is that you can get a different view every time you visit. As I have a house that is 45 minutes from Paradise, it is much easier for me to go when I want. I swear I can drive the  road in the dark now. As always, be careful when driving in the mountains at night or early in the morning as the deer and elk also travel in that time and do a lot of damage to your vehicle if you run into them. I know from experience. Good Shooting! Pinecone Pixels 2013


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