Mt Rainier
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Photo taken from the next ridge away from Mt Rainier CoolPix L830 | 1/640 sec | f/4.8 | 24 mm | ISO 125

We all get up early as if we are going to work. But today is Saturday so you are heading for the mountains. Today you’re going to get that perfect landscape photograph. You’re finally on your way to get out and capture that perfect light c alled the golden hour.

Some drive for hours to get to that perfect shot, only to get caught up in morning traffic, which makes you wonder how many people are on their way to do the same thing. As you make the exit towards the mountains you realize you’re the only one. You begin to smile, knowing that the day may turn out to be a good day after all.

As you come to the end of the pavement you see that the gravel begins. You can now roll down your windows and rest. The birds are singing and the air is fresh. You drive for a few more miles trying to find that perfect spot. It could be a river or even a beautiful creek with a beautiful waterfall. You know there are more ahead so you pass the first few locations but you start regretting it: “should I pass or should I stop?” You know when you’ll be back the light will be different, so you turn around and take the shot.

Back on track. You drive a few more miles up the side of the mountain knowing that the perfect shot might just be around the corner. The road is rough but you don’t care. You’re all by yourself. No one is around to get that same picture. There are many more creeks and waterfalls ahead but this time you stop and take the picture. No more wondering. By now you’ve added up some miles and ahead, at the top of mountain, the sun is coming over the ridge from the east. You might just be too late! You must hurry! Finally, you’re there just in time to see the sunrise on the most beautiful mountain in Washington State, Mount Rainier. The time and money you spent was all worth it, to get up early and get out there. You loved every moment of it. You wouldn’t trade it for anything. Landscape photography, they say, is calming – eventually.

Michael Wick
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Michael Wick

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