Light upon the mountain
Originally uploaded by Douglas Remington - Ethereal Light™
A zoomed in version of a previous photo
Not sure what kind of shroom this is, but I found it growing out the side of a tree while Chanterelle hunting. Many thanks to my friends, Karl Samson, and Alex Knotts for holding auxiliary lighting for me and pulling branches back!
Right after my previous 'wall of light' photo, a loud crack of lightning and thunder busted out and it started to rain and the 'wall of light' moved further east (to the right). I recomposed zoomed out to catch most of it in my frame. I liked the effect of the water droplets on the lake. I had to wipe off my grad filter several times do to the rain but managed to get this photo off with no drops on it.
The orange light entity that was moving across the sky was one of the most dramatic and interesting displays of nature I have ever seen. It was like a sand storm, dust storm, or blizzard in a way except it was more beautiful to my eyes.
I took one more exposure (although I liked this one the best), and it was over. I packed up my gear hiked back to camp and drove off. It snowed here later that night and they closed the road shortly after.
Sparks lake, day 3 - here comes the light!
So after I took the previous sparks lake post, the sky went dark, and it looked like it was done. With concern of hiking back some distance in the dark, I really wanted to pack it up, but decided to wait longer; experience forces this "suffering" upon a photog, lol! I was up on a cliff made up of sharp lava boulders, and while up there, and out the corner of my eyes I noticed the sky started to turn a bit yellow. I'm wondering, "is there something still to come?" "Ah yes, we have a hint of orange!" And oh boy, in a split second, the sky was lighting up! The position of the light forced me out of my former comp and I had no choice but to scramble down them sharp rocks as quickly as possible and get down to the waters level (and at the same time praying to the powers that be to not let it fizzle out before I got to the lake). I didn't even have time to extend my tripod legs, I was kissing the water and squeezed one off with my 2 stop hard grad.
That's south sister in the back ground. I especially like how parts of the mountain slice the light like a knife.
Next photo, it gets better, stay tuned friends! :)
Day 3, Magic hour - Sparks lake
Shortly after I shot the B+W cloud motion photo, the sky started to grey up. I thought my chance of catching some dramatic warm light had passed. Nonetheless, I shot another photo with the 10 stop filter and during the exposure a sweet band of warm narrow light suddenly brushed the basses of South Sister and Broken Top. I had to refrain myself from closing my shutter and removing the filter, and try to take a faster exposure; experience has taught me I may miss everything! So I just kept the shutter open with the hope that I wasn't blowing out the exposure.
30 seconds later (a 64 second exposure overall) I ended the exposure and the light was gone. I immediately checked the new image and was ecstatic with what I found.
Then the sky went total grey and that was that. Or was it???
Stay tuned for the following photos, we are not done yet my friends! :)
Went Chanterelle hunting again today in the Oregon coastal mountains. The weather was perfect. I got over 3#'s, and they go to the market at $20 a #. My friends did better than I however. I made a wild Chanterelle and wild giant sea-scallop dinner tonight, and oh, was it yum, yum, yum!!!
But the real treat was finding this mystical patch of the fabled, Amanita Muscaria; the red and white pokadot entities.
Here's a photo I made of my friends celebrating this magical stumble-upon.
Color Sparks lake photos on the way, for now, here's one from a few days ago.
This is a Leopard maple leaf found here on the banks of Gales Creek. One of the coolest leafs I have ever seen 4 sure!
I have heard a lot of people pouting about how it's a bad fall here in the northwest. I have to say, its how you look at it. I know that is obvious and easy to say. But for me it's been one of my most productive. My Autumn Mt. Jefferson photos this year prove that there is pleanty of awe inspiring fall colors out there; sometimes you just can't drive to it, you have to hoof it, really.
I didn't stop my lens down all the way because I wanted the leaf to be the main focus with the s curve of the creek to simply compliment it.
I kinda wished I had used a polarizer here, however it was raining so hard that I didn't feel like running up the slippery muddy bank to go fetch it out of the car; oh well...
There was also a some of distracting twigs in the river scene which I digitally removed. I really like that part. I refuse to do the "chop job" while in nature, but the digital world lets me sleep at night (when I'm not up late processing, lol! :)
Sparks lake, day 3.
Here comes the clouds, woohoo! The little cloud inbetween South Sister and Broken top came to being (out of nature's thin air) in the later part of the 82 second exposure. Mountains create their own weather, whether you are prepared for it or not.
This scene was dodged and burned in camera with my home-made nd grads. Yes I will get to the tutorial when I find some time, hang on! :)
This is the "last" of the sparks lake B+W series, color is up next!
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