By Jeff Greene
We recently bought a new home in Enumclaw, WA which is only about 25 miles from Mt.Rainier. But with an elevation of 14,411′ and a prominence over 13,000′ high, it looks a helluva lot closer than that. Mt. Rainier dominates the town’s skyline and its looming presence on a clear day is a wonder to behold.
Last week as I was walking out of the local Safeway, I noticed the peak was all aglow in the light of the setting sun. I raced out to a spot I had scouted weeks earlier…
…but I was about two minutes too late.
I set my phone’s alarm to go off every day that week at 4:45pm (T-30 minutes) and checked the weather each day went it went off. A few days later, after a snowstorm blew through, it was clear skies (boring), but I headed out to my spot anyway.
As luck would have it, the cool air surrounding the summit was forming a double-lenticular cloud formation. The light was still a bit flat but I set up my gear hoping that it would continue to hold its form as hovered over the peak. When the sun started setting and dramatically lighting the western face of the mountain with some amazing alpenglow, I started shooting…
A very boring shot. But, since I was shooting at a 90-degree angle to the sunlight, I was certain that adding a polarizing filter would dramatically darken the sky, reduce the glare, and provide the image with the “pop” it needed. Quite frankly, I should have anticipated this scenario beforehand and had the filter already attached and dialed in. I attached the polarizer, adjusted my exposure, refocused, then fired away just in time to capture a few keepers.
There we go…
Nothing fancy, just some color correction, tonal adjustments, and some sharpening in Photoshop.
Gear, Exposure, Location
Canon EOS 7D on a tripod
Canon EOS 100-400 f/4.5-5.6 L IS USM
B+W Circular Polarizer
1/30 sec @ f/5.6 ISO 400 (100mm)
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