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Light on Little White Foot



Little White Foot is the translation of the Lummi name for Mt. Shuksan. Here is a sunrise shot from August, 2016.

Little White Foot is the translation of the Lummi name for Mt. Shuksan. Here is a sunrise shot from August, 2016.
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markbehal PRO+
 
markbehal December 05, 2017
gorgeous shot

Behind The Lens

Location
This was taken at Artis Point, near Glacier Washington. Take the Mt. Baker Highway all the way to the end and then hike towards Huntoon Point. There is an easy access spot at Picture Lake, which is very popular. At that spot, there is a bench and a photographers platform that lines up a similar shot. This shot is about a mile along hiking trail.
Time
Sunrise. I arrived a little after midnight, with the intention of shooting shooting stars. I had no luck with the stars, because of the clouds. I decided to hang out until sunrise, just in case. I was rewarded with this view at first light.
Lighting
I was set up for long exposures and night shots. The colors lasted only a few moments. I has planned the spot during a day light hike. I found the perfect spot for the tripod, where the mountain would be reflected in the water. It was almost too dark to see the reflection when I set up on this morning. I did move the tripod a few feet for better reflections. I had about a minute once the light came up. With 40 second exposures, I had little time for adjustments.
Equipment
Canon 6D with standard kit lens, tripod, cable release and long exposure.
Inspiration
I had taken this shot during daylight and harsh lighting. I decided to try again with different light. The sunrise light was rewarding today.
Editing
I used lightroom to lighten the shadows on the rocks and mountain. I would have also adjusted whites, blacks, shadows and highlights too, but I do not remember any specific issues with this shot.
In my camera bag
I have nothing special. My camera is a Canon 6D. I use a sturdy tripod, a release cable and I have a few ND filters. Since taking this shot, I have added a 50mm lens, a cheap 75-300 zoom and a Tamron 150-600 lens for wildlife. I purchased several random filters that fit the 300 zoom at a yard sale including an infrared, and many color tints used to alter the white balance.
Feedback
Go back to the same locations many times. I knew this little mountain tarn would provide a good reflection. In the dark, I never would have found this spot. This was my third or fourth trip to this spot in about 4 weeks. I knew just where to stand and how high to set the tripod. I also spent hours on location before the light was just right. It took some time and many return visits to get this shot.

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