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Winter's return
Posted By: scole, 10-04-2009, 03:26 PM

Having FINALLY received my order of Lee ND Grad filters, I was eager to put them to use. This past week brought the first snows of fall to the Cascades. Forecasts called for continued clouds and chance of snow but, as Saturday morning developed, Mount Baker remained visible. I decided to roll the dice and take my gear up to Heather Meadows at the end of the Mount Baker Highway.

Rather than join the other photographers at Picture Lake, I set out for the saddle that seperates the Bagley Lake basin from the Chain Lakes basin. At the start of the "magic hour," I found myself on the saddle with Mount Baker to my right and Mount Shuksan to my left.

This was one of the best sunsets I've been able to photograph in some time (easily surpassing last week's!). About the time I had decided to head back, the full moon briefly broke through the thickening clouds. A wonderful outing..

1. Fall color and winter snows (DA 55-300)


2. Approaching the saddle (DA 12-24)


3. Mount Shuksan (DA 12-24)


4. Mount Baker and Iceberg Lake below (DA 12-24)


5. Hadley Peak (DA 55-300)


6. Alpenglow on Nooksack Ridge (L) and Ruth Mountain (R) (DA 55-300)


7. Alpenglow on Mount Shuksan (DA 18-55)


8. Last rays of sunset (DA 12-24)


9. Glaciers of Mount Baker (DA 55-300)


10. Moonrise over Ruth Mountain (DA 18-55)


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10-04-2009, 04:13 PM   #2
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I really like number three, that's the best of them all IMHO.
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Magnificent scenery, masterful photographer--excellent shots and perfect PP-ing. (My opinion, of course.)
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Absolutly stunning Landscapes, impossable to pick a favorite. jim

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Beautiful series! #5, 7, & 9 stand out for me, but they're all great.
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Great use of these simple zooms.
#6 is my fave.
Well done with them all.
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Love the fall colors in # 1, but like #3 and #6 best. Looks like you picked the right day to go up.
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Thanks, everyone. Appreciate the comments! I can't stress enough how beneficial the larger ND Grad filters were. The standard P size filters are fine for the DA 18-55 and even the 55-300 but they absolutely don't cut it with the 12-24.

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4-8 really do it for me. I saw these on my laptop and thought, I have to check these out on my regular monitor... glad I did!
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A series of beautiful landscapes. I like the last one the most.
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Really nice stuff. I can't pick a fav but really like how well you captured all the color in the sky, snow and land while showing the landscape. Impessive.
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I can't pick a favourite either - great work on capturing the scenery in different lighting conditions.
I love alpine scenery, but probably live as far away from it as possible
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I just like them all
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Sweet colors indeed - great landscapes
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Just really, really excellent. And I can't pick a favorite.
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