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Reflection Lake
Reflection Lake

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Challenge: Free Study 2008-09 (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Nikon D3
Lens: Nikon AF-S Zoom-Nikkor 28-70mm f/2.8D IF-ED
Location: Mt Rainier, Washington, USA
Date: Sep 14, 2008
Aperture: f/22
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/6
Galleries: Landscape, Nature
Date Uploaded: Sep 16, 2008

Photographer’s Notes
One of my favorite places is Mt Rainier National Park … about 100 miles south of Seattle. Beginning more than 30 years ago we would bring the kids here to hike. We came once for a spectacular view of the Perseid Meteor Shower. Over the years we would come here for brief getaways. It’s a great destination for a motorcycle trip. And in September, after the Labor Day Holiday, when it’s crisp, clear, gloriously sunny, with temperatures in the 60’s (F) … well there’s no better time or place for a weekend hiking trip.

Last weekend we revisited the park and did a circumnavigation of “the mountain.” This photo was taken from the shore of Reflection Lake.

To get to where I was standing, you follow a short boggy trail and stand in the middle of a mosquito storm. Set up the tripod (swat mosquitoes), adjust camera settings (swat mosquitoes), and take multiple bracketed shots (swatting mosquitoes).

As I was finishing, a couple came up, he carrying a Canon 1Ds-Mark III. He hands me his camera and says, “Will you take our picture with the mountain in the background.” Sure. Looking at my Nikon D3, he says, “Do you know how to use a Canon?” Sure, how hard can it be? They head off down the trail and a few minutes later stand on the little peninsula you can see in the photo. I snap about 5 shots. They head back and a few minutes later I hand him back his camera. That's trust.

Fun weekend activity! Hope you enjoy the photo as much as we enjoyed the weekend.

Post Processing
• Convert from RAW for Highlights (CS3 Camera Raw)
• Convert from RAW for Shadows (CS3 Camera Raw)
• Stack Layers and Selectively Mask
• Crop
• Remove Sensor Dust (Clone Tool Layer)
• Dodge & Burn (50% Gray Overlay Layer)
• Brighten Clouds (Masked Selective Color Layer)
• Emphasize Foliage (Masked Selective Color Layer)
• Resize (Bicubic Sharper)
• Sharpen (Masked USM Layer)
• Save for Web

Camera Data
• Date: 2008-09-14 13:12
• Camera: Nikon D3
• Lens: 24-70 mm f/2.8 @ 24mm
• ISO: 100
• Aperture: f/22
• Shutter: 1/6

Place: 54 out of 430
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Votes: 159
Comments: 8
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04/04/2009 06:55:28 PM
A very nice presentation of a beautiful area.
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10/08/2008 12:13:51 PM
Congrats on a new highest scoring image-- keep up the good work!!
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10/08/2008 01:40:41 AM
Love this shot and subject! Like I said earlier you must have gotten your feet wet in addition to being bit. A few more clouds and it would have been a 7!

Oh and btw, congrats on a new front page shot!

Message edited by author 2008-10-08 01:52:06.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
10/07/2008 11:57:11 AM
Postcard perfect.
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10/06/2008 08:41:56 PM
Breath taking shot!!
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10/05/2008 04:04:22 PM
Absolutely beautiful shot. The colours, the calrity, the lighting....Fantastic.
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10/02/2008 11:09:55 AM
Absolutely gorgeous
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10/01/2008 09:45:32 PM
Esmerelda returned from the salon that afternoon and took a look in the mirror. Sadly, she came to the conclusion that perhaps she had gone over-board on the frosting application after all.

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