Reflection Lakes and Mt. Rainier

Mount Rainier is mirrored in Reflection Lakes in the evening light at Mount Rainier National Park.

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Mount Rainier at Reflection Lakes (Purchase)

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   I know the Reflection Lakes are a very common subject in Mt. Rainier National Park and, being right beside the road, readily accessible. I still love this spot though, and since on my other two trips to Rainier it was first surrounded by snow and then very windy I lingered in the early evening on my recent October trip. Unfortunately it was a bit late in the year to get a good foreground subject as the wildflowers were long past, but I still like this result – the reflection is almost perfect. Not terribly original though but I have written in a notebook that I bring with me on such trips a few compositional ideas I have for next time. Without it I tend to forget my ideas until a few hours after I have left an area, having returned to implement those very ideas. Of course, this all hinges on me remembering to bring the notebook…

More photographs from this location can be found in my Mount Rainier National Park Gallery

Lenticular Cloud Forming On Mt. Rainier

Well, maybe. I don’t know a lot about how Lenticular clouds form, but the cloud shown here, at Reflection lakes, turned into one shortly after. In September of last year I drove through Mt. Rainier National Park from Longmire to Sunrise. When I left Sunrise the Lenticular cloud was hovering over Mt. Rainier like a pancake, but you’ll have to wait a few days until that picture surfaces here. A cliffhanger!

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Smoky Sunset on Reflection Lakes

A smoky sunset on Reflection Lakes in September 2009. Some of the wildfire smoke caused me problems earlier in the day with haze in Stevens Canyon but I had a few shots during sunset where it added to the colours available.

9 exposures stitched, Canon EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM @ 18mm

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Shutter Button Insurance?

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Just so there is a picture here somewhere… Reflection Lakes in Mt. Rainier National Park. It was not feeling terribly reflective back in July!

Recently the shutter button on my Canon 30D has been failing me. Sometimes I press the button and nothing happens, or it takes a bit of massaging to get it to fire. Not exactly perfect for something thats fast moving or for getting a borderline hand held shutter speed shot. Then there are the instances where it shoots 3 in a row inexplicably (its still on single shot mode). A bit disappointed that the thing would start to crap out on me after only 10,000 exposures. So what to do? I’m betting fixing this will take a few weeks of sending it who knows where – and this was about to be my fall trip time. I imagined a future where I’m somewhere awesome and… voila – the shutter button doesn’t work at all. Kaput. Dead. Not really a situation I was looking forward to. You just know that it would have occurred when something truly epic was unfolding in front of me and I happened to have a strong battery, the right lens, right ISO etc etc.

So rather than deal with the worst case photography scenario… I bought a remote (Canon RS-80N3). I’d been thinking of this for a while – great for the macro stuff I shoot and long exposures… and catastrophic shutter button failure insurance.

On another note… I’m not really satisfied with the prices on photography equipment in Canada. I have bought many things from B&H as a result. I understand that the Canadian Dollar is about $0.90 to the US right now, but sometimes I find that prices in the US are just over half of what I would be paying here. I have yet to find a local retailer interested in matching the price with the exchange rate and shipping, or even coming close – so I buy things in the US when I would rather not. The remote I spoke of above was 1/2 the price at B&H, and the B+W 77mm polarizer I just bought was well over $250 up here. Even with the exchange rate and 30 dollars shipping it is not even close. CMON!