I have previously photographed Mt. Shuksan and Picture Lake but last Wednesday I was fortunate enough to have a near perfect reflection in the lake. No wind, no breeze, no monsoon. I knew that Mt. Shuksan was one of the most photographed mountains in the world, but even still I did not anticipate a lineup for various favoured viewing spots. Lots of photographers to talk to is nice though, ignoring the one guy who was pointing out to all the Canon users that he shot Nikon and was therefore in some manner superior.
Made the trip up to Artist Point last night – just caught the last bit of nice light. A portion of my shots were unusable as a lot of mosquitoes decided that it would be a good idea to take up residence in my lens hood and I was in too much of a hurry to notice. Note to self: I will get there earlier next weekend and I will bring bug spray.
The decent sunset is courtesy smoke from forest fires in Washington State and BC.
Mt. Shuksan and a still frozen Picture Lake. Almost exactly a year ago I in much the same location but the ice was off the lake already and there was little snow around. This year there is still much snow, the trail around Picture Lake is not accessible, and I bet I will have to wait until at least late July before getting up to Artist Point.
9 exposures stitched, Canon EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM @ 28mm
Baker Lake, Mt. baker Snoqualmie National Forest – September, 2009.
I have taken a lot of pictures of Mt. Shuksan at Picture Lake near Mt. Baker. I am still looking for that shot that tells me I don’t have to keep shooting it. Now that I have my foot in the door on a real neutral grad, I expect my shots will get better and I won’t have to try to apply a fake ND in post. One more tool in my bag that makes me think about retaking shots I’ve taken many times already.