Mount Rainier Over Reflection Lake

In August I went to Washington for a Photo Tour of Mount Rainier National Park. The trip was another gift from my fantastic wife. One of the highlights of the tour, guided by Aaron Baggenstos, was a sunrise shoot of the mountain reflected in the appropriately-named Reflection Lake. We were extremely fortunate to have a calm morning and a beautiful mist floating over the lake. Visiting the location the day before I noticed the interesting reddish color of the lake bed in this spot, so when we arrived the next morning I knew exactly where I wanted to be for my composition. The nice sky and clouds and the mist over the lake were just very pleasant bonuses!

Mount Rainier over Reflection Lake
Mount Rainier over Reflection Lake, Washington | Nikon D800 with Nikkor 16-35mm VR

The above image is a composite of 3 vertical captures at 25mm. This was my first trip to use my new Nodal Rail, which eliminates parallax error when panning the camera on a tripod.  The finished panorama ended up being about 11,700 x 7,000 pixels in dimension.

Sunrise over Reflection Lake, Mt Rainier National Park
Mount Rainier and Reflection Lake | Nikon D800 with 16-35 VR Nikkor @ 19mm

The above image is from the same location but a little while later as the sun was starting to hit the mountain. I like this vertical composition because of the reddish-brown color and texture of the lake bed.

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  1. Diane B.

    Absolutely beautiful!!

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