Okay, I really hope nobody is getting tired of Mount Rainier and Wildflower shots. I have made two runs up to the park in just the past week and four times in the past month! I met up with several Flickr friends for a 4:00am hike for sunrise on Sunday. I met up with Dene www.flickr.com/photos/denemiles/, Darren www.flickr.com/photos/dneupert/ and Scott, who is not yet on Flickr. While out on Mazama Ridge, we also ran into another one of our Flickr friends visiting from Portland, Tom www.flickr.com/photos/65316636@N00/ We were all hoping for some great conditions for sunrise. We were not too disappointed as a great Lenticular cloud formed over the summit of the mountain. Oh, sorry I am describing the morning and I have posted a evening shot!
I asked if anyone wanted to join me over at the Sunrise area on the east side of Mount Rainier for sunset, but everyone was fairly tired. I have had this shot in mind for over three months and tried this back on Wednesday when I last made an impromptu visit to our beautiful backyard! I scoured the Silver Forest trail for two hours looking for the right composition. I was extremely tired by this point as I had not had any sleep since I woke up Saturday morning to go to work! I wound up with this one early on and was not sure about shooting into the sun because of the flare. Of course today, I learned that there is a filter out there that will reduce the flare, a Singh-Ray 2 stop filter...check...put that on the "Must Have List!"
The wind was kicking up dust in the lower valley and I swore I saw wildflowers flying by me as I was taking this shot!!! If you look closely, most of the flowers are somewhat blurred because of the strong winds. I shot at 800 ISO to help shorten the exposures.
This is a combination of 6 exposures to compensate for the extreme range of light (-3,-2,-1,0,+1,+2), merged and tonemapped in Photoshop. No, my camera only brackets three shots, so I manually dialed down the exposure to get the -3 exposure. I then moved into Photoshop where the "Content Aware and Clone Stamp" tools were helpful, and tedious to remove some of the color flares cause by shooting into the sun. I then ran through Topaz Adjust to get back some detail, and ran through Topaz DeNoise to tackle the noise created by using the higher ISO and HDR merge. I then adjusted the luminance level for the yellow and pulled back the saturation of the greens. A little sharpening to crisp up the image as much as I could, due to the wind.
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